OTTAWA, Sept. 19, 2012 /CNW/ - This year's winner of the Grace-Pépin Access to Information Award is Darrell Evans of Vancouver, BC for his long dedication and hard work
to advancing the principles of access to information both in his home
province and across Canada. It was presented to Mr. Evans today during
the BC Information Summit held in Vancouver.
"Darrell Evans is recognized among his peers for his tireless work and
commitment to freedom of information issues" said Suzanne Legault,
Information Commissioner of Canada.
The award was introduced on September 29, 2011, by the Federal,
Provincial and Territorial Access to Information and Privacy
Commissioners. It is given to an individual, group or organization that
has contributed in a significant way to promoting and supporting the
principles of transparency, accountability and the public's right to
access government information. The selection committee is made up of
federal, provincial and territorial experts.
Mr. Evans began work in 1990 to establish the British Columbia Freedom
of Information and Privacy Association (FIPA) and served as President
when it was established in 1991. FIPA is a non-partisan, non-profit
society that promotes and defends freedom of information and privacy
rights in Canada.
Through FIPA, Mr. Evans played a major role in the passing of British Columbia's Provincial Freedom of Information and Protection of
Privacy Act (FIPPA), in 1992.
Mr. Evans has also been instrumental in defending access to information
legislation and coordinating extensive public education and outreach
programs. The work carried out under Mr. Evans' leadership has helped
shape the debate around access to information and transparency not just
in BC but in other provinces, as well as the municipal and federal
Today, Mr. Evans continues to be an active advocate for the rights of
Canadians in terms of access to information and is still fighting for
improved government transparency. Among his current projects, he is
establishing the Canadian Institute for Information and Privacy
Studies, a think tank dedicated to advancing the state of information
rights in Canada.
The Grace-Pépin Award was named in recognition of the contributions of
John Grace, former Information Commissioner of Canada, and Marcel
Pépin, President and founder of the Commission d'accès à l'information
SOURCE: Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada
For further information:
Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada
Director, Public Affairs