Davy, of Jamaican and French-Canadian heritage, is an award-winning federal public servant and human rights advocate.
With over 7 years of experience within the Federal Public Service, Davy has occupied key roles in the areas of privacy law enforcement, stakeholder and public relations, programs, and policy. He has had investigative, analysis, advisory, and management roles. A seasoned project manager, he's also had strategic advisory roles, working closely or directly with senior management (from Director to Deputy Minister level). Throughout his time in government, he has worked at the Department of National Defence, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, the Department of Canadian Heritage, and the Centre on Diversity and Inclusion (Office of the Chief Human Resources Officer/Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat).
Prior to joining the Government of Canada, Davy Sabourin worked in Ottawa as a mental health and addiction counselor. In his spare time, through his community involvement, he fulfills his passion of being an educator, convener, and bridge builder between individuals, groups, and communities - particularly on 2SLGBTQI+ issues, anti-racism, and mental health.
Davy received the United Way's Community Builder Award in February of 2021, and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner's (OPC) Inaugural Wellness and Inclusivity Award in 2019. He is also the recipient of a Deputy Minister's Award for his 2SLGBTQI+ work in and out of the workplace (2021), and the OPC's Deputy Commissioner's Award in recognition of his "extraordinary contribution" to the historic reduction of investigations' backlog (2019-2021). More recently, he was the recipient of the OPC's Service to Canadians Award for his leading role in investigating the use of facial recognition technology by the private sector; and a Deputy Minister's Excellence Award for his contribution to departmental priorities related to anti-racism as part of Canada's Anti-Racism Strategy.
Davy holds a college degree in Police Services Technology, 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 of Public Administration.