It’s Go Time.

The GDPR is kicking in, Brexit is raising more questions than answers, and there’s no break from concerns like breaches and compliance management. In times like these, the Canada Privacy Symposium is the only place to go for solutions.

You’ll find breakout sessions that analyze policy changes, operational challenges, legal developments and more. Among the issues on the agenda are:

  • Meeting the GDPR compliance deadline—and what to do after
  • Adapting to new technologies like artificial intelligence
  • Operationalizing privacy by design
  • Using personal medical information to improve care outcomes
  • Privacy’s impact on technical innovation

Keynote speakers—pioneering engineer Craig Nevill-Manning, Canadian privacy expert and author Michael Geist, and Canadian Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien—will put the big questions in perspective. And of course, the always-entertaining Commissioners’ Game Show makes its annual appearance.

Join us for all that plus outstanding networking in our expanded venue at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and InterContinental Hotel—bigger for better access to your top-choice sessions.

Come to the Symposium and master the changes happening all around you. It’s go time.

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Stellar Keynotes

Karolina Mojzesowicz

Deputy Head of Unit Data Protection, European Commission

Looking to understand the GDPR? Hear from the woman at the European Commission tasked with overseeing its implementation.

Craig Nevill-Manning

Head of Engineering, Sidewalk Labs

Using the streets of Toronto as a test bed, Nevill-Manning and his team are walking the walk of privacy on a daily basis.

Michael Geist

University of Ottawa, Toronto Globe and Mail

What’s on the mind of one of Canada’s best-known voices on privacy issues? The prolific author and national weekly columnist brings deep perspective to every privacy discussion.

Daniel Therrien

Privacy Commissioner of Canada

In his annual address, the Privacy Commissioner will outline his goals for the coming year and reflect the efficacy of recent efforts.

Commissioners’ Game Show

David Goodis

Assistant Commissioner, Policy and Corporate Services, Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario

Kris Klein, CIPP/C, CIPM

Managing Director, IAPP Canada; Partner, nNovation

Michael McEvoy

Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia

The Commissioners’ Game Show returns! That’s right; once again, IAPP Managing Director Kris Klein will grill Canada’s most knowledgeable privacy commissioners about the big issues of our day. Who’ll come out on top? Join us and find out!


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Top-Notch Networking

Expand your orbit of contacts from day one at the Welcome Reception, in the elegance of the Privacy Soiree, rapid-fire style at the 5-Minute Mixer, or in the casual setting of networking breakfasts.


Can’t-Miss Sessions


Privacy Breach Ready? Key Strategies for an Effective Breach Management Plan

What to do if a breach occurs? Don’t wait until it happens to decide. Create an effective response plan guided by the practical advice and real-world examples you’ll hear this session.


SaaS Encryption: Lies, Damned Lies, and Hard Truths

Encryption is the catalyst to making SaaS (Software as a Service) privacy safe, right? Yes, no, and maybe. Learn to weigh vendors’ claims about encryption and exactly what it can do to protect personal information in cloud-based infrastructures.


Shifting Gears to Proactive Privacy Protection and Citizen Empowerment

Reaction alone isn’t good enough in today’s dynamic privacy environment, so the Office of the Privacy Commission is going proactive and empowering citizens to be their own privacy guardians. What are the implications for Canadian organizations?


The Symposium returns this year to the adjoining Metro Toronto Convention Centre and InterContinental Hotel with more space than ever before.

In response to 2017’s sold-out demand, we’ve added more space at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Same venue, same great programming, more elbow room!

Metro Toronto Convention Centre
North Building
255 Front Street West
Toronto, ON, Canada M5V 2W6
Phone: +1 416.585.8000
Click here for a map and directions.

InterContinental Toronto Centre Hotel
225 Front Street West
Toronto, ON, Canada M5V 2X3
Phone: +1 416.597.1400
Fax: +1 416.597.8128
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