Canada’s Number-One Gathering of
Privacy Professionals Gears Up for
Another Winning Event in 2019

The call for proposals is closed, and the Canadian privacy community has provided us with rich choices for programming the 2019 Symposium. Their ideas cover everything from ground-level operational details up to national policy questions. Privacy pros in the public sector, healthcare, law, education, media and technology can expect to find on-point sessions and speakers on the 2019 agenda.

Symposium registration opens in mid-February. Sign up to receive reminders so you can reserve your spot as soon as possible. See you in Toronto in May!

2019 Pricing

MAIN CONFERENCE (May 23–24 only)    
  Early Bird
Until March 15
Regular Rate After March 15
IAPP member $1,145 CAD $1,295 CAD
Nonmember $1,295 CAD $1,545 CAD
Government/Non-Profit $875 CAD $975 CAD
Academic $595 CAD $595 CAD
Guest price (coworkers/industry associates in the industry not eligible: pass gives access to the reception, meals and exhibit hall only) n/a $270 CAD

**Full-time university faculty or student. Please email us at to request this rate.


WORKSHOPS (May 22: NOT part of the main event, additional fee required you must register separately)
One half-day workshop $445 CAD $445 CAD
Two half-day workshops $595 CAD $595 CAD


Training registration deadline: May 6    
  IAPP Member Nonmember
Canadian Privacy $1,595 CAD $1,795 CAD
Privacy in Technology $1,595 CAD $1,795 CAD
Privacy Program Management $1,595 CAD $1,795 CAD

*Price includes two-day training, textbooks, practice test, and participant guide.

Note: Subject to 13% HST, not included

Canada Privacy Symposium 2018 in Review

The 2018 Symposium saw the GDPR take effect on the last day of the event—May 25. Not coincidentally, much of the event programming was GDPR-focused. However, the Symposium was also closely attuned to the many other issues facing Canadian privacy professions.

The sold-out crowd at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and InterContinental Hotel attended breakout sessions that analyzed policy changes, operational challenges, legal developments and more. Among the issues on the agenda were:

  • 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

The keynote speakers brought distinct perspectives on privacy informed by —pioneering engineer Craig Nevill-Manning, Canadian privacy expert and author Michael Geist, Privacy by Design creator Ann Cavoukian, Canadian Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien, and internationally recognized privacy lawyer Eloïse Gratton—shared their perspectives on current developments and prospective shifts in technology, privacy practice and the regulatory framework.

And on the lighter side, privacy commissioners Michael McAvoy and David Goodis put themselves on the hot seat with emcee Kris Klein as the Commissioners’ Game Show made its annual appearance.

Scroll through these highlights for more details, and plan to join us for next year’s Symposium.

Stellar Keynotes

Ann Cavoukian

Distinguished Expert-in Residence, Privacy by Design Centre of Excellent, Ryerson University

Eloïse Gratton

Partner and National Co-Leader, Privacy and Data Protection, Borden Ladner Gervais

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!


Can’t-Miss Sessions


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

What to do if a breach occurs? Attendees were guided on creating 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. Attendees were guided on creating 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

One of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner’s top priorities for 2018 was to empower citizens to be their own privacy guardians. This panel explored the implications of this proactive new approach and how it would affect Canadian organizations.

Scenes from the Symposium: Speakers, Sessions, Networking and More

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Active Learning May 1
Conference May 2-3
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