Canada's must-attend privacy event returns to answer your crucial questions

Join us at the IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium 2024 to learn and network with your peers from the Canadian privacy world.

The keynote stage will feature commissioners and experts who will provide you with the insight you need to help support your company with its privacy concerns. Breakout sessions will cover updates on Canadian and non-Canadian privacy laws and regulations, as well as topics ranging from privacy in healthcare to risk management and AI governance.

On top of delivering the content you need to succeed in the privacy world, Symposium will provide plenty of networking opportunities, including the welcome reception and Privacy Soirée.

Keynote speakers

François-Philippe Champagne

Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry of Canada

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne brings decades of experience working internationally in technology, innovation and strategic development to ensure Canada remains at the forefront of the world’s digital economy.

Philippe Dufresne

Privacy Commissioner of Canada, Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada

Commissioner Dufresne discusses his office’s current priorities, developments in the privacy landscape during the first two years of his mandate as commissioner, and trends that will be areas of emphasis in the near future.

Woodrow Hartzog

Professor of Law, Boston University School of Law

Internationally renowned for his work in privacy and technology law, Professor Hartzog shares how his colleague Ian Kerr continues to influence his thoughts about the role of privacy law in governing the design and deployment of artificial intelligence technologies.


Keynote panel: privacy and AI governance

Moderator: Samir Chhabra

Director General for Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Canada

Stephanie Hazlewood

Distinguished Engineer, Head of Data Privacy and Trust, Data and AI, Technology and Operations, Royal Bank of Canada

Suzanne Morin

Vice President, Enterprise Conduct, Data Ethics; Chief Privacy Officer, Sun Life

Carole Piovesan

Managing Partner, INQ Law/Consulting

Privacy, AI and Broader Digital Governance: How We Are Doing It
Join senior Canadian leaders in privacy, security, artificial intelligence and broader digital regulation to understand how they approach governance. As we work to collectively tailor guardrails and processes around new technological development and deployment, including in response to regulation, we will hear from those leading work at the cutting edge. Along with specific examples of how they believe companies and institutions should approach implementing best practices for digital governance, each panelist will share their broad perspective on the emerging role of this complex, challenging and multidisciplinary field.

Keynote panel: AI research and the future

Ashley Casovan

Managing Director of the AI Governance Center, IAPP

Justine Gauthier

General Counsel & Head of AI Governance, MILA — Quebec AI Institute

Katie Gibson

Senior Fellow, The Dais at Toronto Metropolitan University

Roxana Sultan

Chief Data Officer and VP Health, Vector Institute

Expanding Canada’s AI capacity through research labs
As the first country to release an artificial intelligence strategy — in 2017 — Canada has played a pivotal role in advancing the global dialogue on AI’s development and responsible use. This achievement has been made possible largely through the efforts of the country’s three national AI institutes. This panel will review the role that they have played to position Canada as one of the world’s foremost AI leaders and discuss what the future will hold.

Commissioners’ Game Show

Moderator: Kris Klein, CIPP/C, CIPM, FIP

Managing Director, Canada, IAPP; Partner, nNovation

Philippe Dufresne

Privacy Commissioner of Canada, Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada

Michael Harvey

Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia

Patricia Kosseim

Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario

Tricia Ralph

Information and Privacy Commissioner for Nova Scotia

Hear the commissioners spill their biggest privacy secrets during this year’s Commissioners’ Game Show. The panel will compete in an enlightening game of “Never Have I Ever” that is sure to educate as well as entertain.

Tackling Canada’s hot topics

  • Artificial intelligence.
  • Canadian legislative updates.
  • Children’s privacy.
  • Cybersecurity.
  • Healthcare privacy.
  • Indigenous perspectives on privacy.
  • Privacy by design.
  • Privacy-enhancing technologies.
  • Privacy impact assessments.
  • Quebec’s Law 25.
  • Regulatory developments and enforcement.

Ian Kerr Memorial Lecture

The IAPP is honored to continue the Ian Kerr Memorial Lecture at Symposium. Dr. Kerr’s legacy of advancing the growth and visibility of our profession will live on in forward-thinking discourse from keynotes on the big stage.

This year, the IAPP welcomes Woodrow Hartzog to the keynote stage for the Ian Kerr Memorial Lecture. Professor Hartzog will connect how the work of his colleague Ian Kerr, as well as his own experience as a privacy scholar, have impacted his perspective on the intersection of privacy law with the governance and creation of artificial intelligence technologies.

The University of Ottawa Centre for Law, Technology and Society established the Ian R. Kerr Memorial Fund to continue his legacy by supporting students, innovative programming, and cutting-edge research. For more information please visit:

Enhance your privacy knowledge

Training sessions and workshops begin before the conference.

Training classes

We offer two full days of training on 8-9 June, before Symposium begins. Choose from classes in AI Governance, Canadian Privacy or Privacy Program Management.


On 9 June, we offer two half-day workshops that provide a deep dive into one area of privacy.

Network and share with colleagues

Meet up with old friends and make new acquaintances at Symposium. We provide many ways to connect with your fellow privacy pros, from networking breaks and lounges to our welcome reception and famous Privacy Soirée.


The Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto Hotel
1 Harbour Square
Toronto, ON Canada M5J 1A6
+1 416.869.1600

Click here for a map and directions.

The Westin Harbour Castle is located in downtown Toronto, nestled in the heart of the rejuvenated waterfront district, near Toronto’s most famous attractions. As a vibrant, waterfront hotel with spectacular views of Lake Ontario, what better place to get your privacy on?

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