The Call for Speakers has closed. Now we’re sifting through a stack of outstanding submissions to put together another IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium for 2018 you won’t want to miss.

Last year’s 10-year anniversary program will be hard to beat, but with the insightful proposals we received, we’re off to a great start. Be sure to check back in February when registration opens and make your plans to join us in Toronto for the Symposium!


Don’t miss the announcement when registration opens in February!

More space for the Symposium in 2018


In response to 2017’s sold-out demand, we’re adding more space at the InterContinental Toronto Centre Hotel for this year’s event. The same venue, the same great programming, but with more elbow room!

10 Years of Symposium Celebrated in Style

Get an idea of what the IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium is all about by checking out these highlights from the 2017 10th anniversary event. They’ll make you want to be at the 2018 Symposium!

Even bumping up the size of the 2017 Canada Privacy Symposium twice couldn’t contain the demand. About 600 privacy professionals poured into Toronto to mark the Symposium’s first decade with an expanded program that informed, entertained and provoked thought.

Keynote speakers Jim Harris, Michael Kydd, Daniel Therrien and Nora Young brought their perspectives on transformative technologies, the reputation economy, privacy enforcement Big Data. Privacy commissioners matched wits in the Commissioners’ Game Show.

A packed slate of sessions tackled the GDPR, recent privacy law developments, video surveillance, CASL compliance, and the march of new technologies like virtual reality and driverless cars. And that’s just a sampling. Networking events rounded out the program.

There was even action in the days prior to the Symposium opening as about 100 privacy professionals took training for CIPP/C, CIPM and CIPT certifications.

The 2017 Canada Privacy Symposium was a rich palette of learning and connecting. Let us host you at next year’s Symposium for the same kinds of opportunities.

Stellar Keynotes

Jim Harris

Author, International Bestseller, Blindsided!; Principal, Strategic Advantage

Jim, the author of Blindsided!, spoke about the rapid pace of technology, the disruptions it can cause and how the best organizations handle it, based on his observations.

Michael Kydd

BPR, Principal, Chardin Crisis Consulting

Do Google search results define the man? And if he pays enough, can he change the definition? Michael Kydd examined the right to be forgotten other issues in the world of reputation economics.

Daniel Therrien

Privacy Commissioner of Canada

Recounting the privacy success stories of 2016, Daniel Therrien also provided the audience with a preview of his agency’s plan to focus on proactive enforcement in 2017.

Nora Young

Author, The Virtual Self; Host of Spark, CBC Radio One

Host of CBC's Spark and author of The Virtual Self, Nora Young is one of Canada's foremost tech journalists and deep thinkers. She offered her perspective on the Big Data’s influence, its benefits and challenges to privacy, and what’s coming in the near future.

Commissioners' Game Show

A perennial favorite at the Symposium, in the spirit of “Family Feud.” Commissioners Jill Clayton, Drew McArthur and Catherine Tully competed for top honors, fielding questions on a wide range of privacy topics from IAPP Canada Managing Director Kris Klein.

Moderator: Kris Klein, CIPP/C, CIPM

Managing Director, IAPP Canada; Partner, nNovation

Jill Clayton

Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta

Drew McArthur, CIPP/C

Acting Information and Privacy Commissioner of British Columbia; Principal, The McArthur Consulting Group

Catherine Tully

Information and Privacy Commissioner, Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Nova Scotia

Session Sampler

PIPEDA Sneak Peek

A tradition at the IAPP Canada Symposium, the Sneak Peek returned with senior staff members of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada offering a unique peek behind the curtain of coming development of interest to CPOs.

Three Regulators: Tackling the Rouge Valley Hospital Privacy Breach

Representatives of the authorities that addressed the sale of lists of new mothers at Rouge Valley Hospital discussed their approaches to the breach. They reviewed the jurisdictional questions, outcomes, and the synergies that emerged between them as their investigations proceeded on separate but complementary tracks.

Living with CASL: Businesses Take Stock

This session reviewed challenges businesses face while trying to market products and services in compliance with the CASL regulatory framework. Using data derived from surveys and recent focus groups conducted with Canadian marketers, presenters discussed some of the main issues businesses have struggled with and the solutions they developed.

Data Retention Is a Team Sport: How to Get It Right

In April 2016, hackers leaked 4.8 million emails, 2.2 million PDF files, 1.1 million images and more from Panamanian law firm, Mossack Fonseca. Amidst the backlash, weak data retention emerged as the culprit. This session helped attendees create and enforce a data retention program, including how to use the concept of data lifecycle management to shape data retention policies.

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