Dr. Mark Vale, who died last Friday at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, is best remembered for having led the development and implementation of standards for managing government information assets in the Ontario government. Not only did his work lead to improved access of government data, but he also helped secure sensitive information held within Ontario Public Service.
Toronto-born Vale, a 25-year veteran of the information technology industry, was named chief information and privacy officer for the Ontario government in July 2006. At the time he accepted the job, he was president of Toronto-based Information Management & Economics, Inc., an organization that helps government bodies and companies across Canada become more efficient by better managing information.
Fawn Annan, president of IT World Canada Inc., said “all of us who had the fortune to work with Mark at ITWC will miss him. His deep insights, accompanied by his willingness to collaborate with all parties prepared to help move Ontario’s privacy issues forward, is a huge loss for all of us and for the Ontario government.”
A celebration of Mark’s life will be held in Toronto this fall. If you’d like to be notified of the date and location for the Memorial Service, send your contact details to rod.sanford(at)sympatico.ca.