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Chan Kevin, Global Director and Head of Public Policy, Canada at Facebook

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Kevin Chan

Global Director and Head of Public Policy, Canada at Facebook

Advisory Board
Master of Public Policy Program

Biography

Kevin Chan is a global Director and Head of Public Policy, Canada at Facebook. He has spearheaded the creation of Facebook’s Canadian Election Integrity Initiative, the Digital News Innovation Challenge in partnership with Ryerson University, and the Facebook – Canadian Press News Fellowship. He co-founded with the National Arts Centre #CanadaPerforms, the COVID-19 relief fund for the performing arts that has become a national livestreaming platform promoting Canadian culture online. Its success inspired sister initiatives globally, including #ArtsAcrossAmerica in partnership with the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Kevin has played a key role in creating the Facebook-CIFAR Research Chairs in Artificial Intelligence, and the work he led to remove Canadian violent extremists from Facebook’s platforms made NOW Magazine’s 2019 Year in Review.

An executive with deep expertise in tech policy and the digital economy, Kevin is a Technology and Democracy Fellow at Harvard and a Governor of Ontario Tech University. He has testified before numerous Parliamentary Committees, including the International Grand Committee on Big Data, Privacy and Democracy. Kevin sits on the Board of Kids Help Phone, playing a governance role in its move to texting and other innovative means of serving young Canadians, as well as MediaSmarts, Canada’s centre for digital literacy. He also served as Director of Policy and Research to the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, and as a fellow at Stanford's Center for Internet and Society. He is a member of the Max Bell School of Public Policy Advisory Council.

Kevin was previously Deputy Secretary-General of McGill and served for 5 years in the Privy Council Office, including as Director, Office of the Clerk of the Privy Council. He has held visiting appointments at SFU and Carleton, and served on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada and the Ted Rogers School of Management Dean’s Council. He was on the 2017 Selection Board of the Canada Excellence Research Chairs.

His media appearances include CBC's The National and The Current, Radio-Canada’s Enquête, as well as TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin, and he has written for The Globe and Mail and The Ottawa Citizen. He was named one of The Hill Times’ “Top 100 Lobbyists” in 2018.

Kevin graduated from Harvard Kennedy School, Ivey Business School and the Royal Conservatory of Music. An Action Canada Fellow, he is the recipient of the Public Service Award of Excellence, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal.

He and his wife have three children.