By Impact Public Affairs
Davy Sabourin, of Jamaican and French-Canadian heritage, is an award-winning federal public servant and human rights advocate.
Before joining the Federal Anti-Racism Secretariat with Canadian Heritage (PCH) in August 2020, he worked in privacy law compliance at the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada for almost five years. Starting as an Intake Officer for two years (FSWEP student), he made his way up to assuming the role of Senior Investigator, during which he led complex investigations under the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, including in the areas of facial recognition and artificial intelligence. Most notably, he led and was part of the joint team that investigated Cadillac Fairview’s use of facial recognition technology in digital information kiosks. During his last year at the OPC, Davy acted as Strategic Advisor and Business Intelligence Officer to the Deputy Commissioner of Compliance, in addition to his investigative duties. He was also responsible for the establishment of the OPC’s Young Professionals Network.
Prior to joining the Public Service, Davy worked in Ottawa as a Mental Health and Addictions Counselor.
In his spare time, Davy is a human rights advocate who, through his community involvement fulfills his passion for being an educator, connector and bridge-builder between individuals, groups and communities, particularly on 2SLGBTQ+ issues, anti-racism, and mental health. Until very recently, he was the Chairperson of Capital Pride, one of Canada's largest Pride organizations serving Ottawa-Gatineau. He remains actively involved in his communities in Ottawa-Gatineau and Montreal.
Davy has received the United Way's Community Builder Award in February of 2021, and the OPC's inaugural Wellness and Inclusivity Award in 2019. More recently, he was honoured to have received a Deputy Minister's Award at PCH for his 2SLGBTQ+ work in and out of the workplace (2021), and the OPC's Deputy Commissioner's Award in recognition of his "extraordinary contribution" on the historic reduction of investigations' backlog (2019-2021).
Davy holds a college degree in Police Foundations, a college post-diploma in Mental Health and Addictions, as well as a Bachelor of Social Sciences, in the fields of Conflict Studies and Human Rights, and Social Work. He is currently undertaking a Master in Public Administration.