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What can Canada’s premier privacy conference do for you?

The world of Canadian privacy can make you feel like you’re alone in the wilderness — even when you’re seated comfortably in your office. You face an overwhelming onslaught of local, regional and national acts and laws. Not to mention Europe, Brazil and the U.S. mucking up the landscape further with fines and lawsuits in the millions and billions of dollars.

As your resources get stretched thinner, you don’t have time to hunt for expert assistance on how to address issues to build compliance. So how do you keep up in this frenetic environment?

At the IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium 2020, you’ll find answers to your privacy questions. From keynote speakers like Michael Geist, University of Ottawa Law Professor, and Daniel Therrien, Privacy Commissioner of Canada. Session speakers and panellists who are experts in Canadian data protection. And benchmark with your fellow Canadian privacy pros at networking sessions throughout the conference.

This is Privacy’s True North. Register now to put it on your radar for Toronto in May. (With the added bonus of seeing the Commissioners’ Game Show, back by popular demand.)

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Keynote Speakers

Michael Geist

Law Professor, University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law

One of Canada's leading voices on privacy issues brings deep perspective on global technology law and policy to the Symposium.

Daniel Therrien

Privacy Commissioner of Canada

In his annual address, the Privacy Commissioner will outline the blueprint for updating and modernizing Canada’s federal privacy laws.

Commissioners’ Game Show

The Commissioners’ Game Show returns! This year, Team Commissioners and Team Past Commissioners will go head-to-head on the big privacy issues of our day. Join us for this lively event. Game contestants coming soon.

Sessions for Every Interest


Privacy is Officially a Job Seeker’s Market: How Can Employers Compete?

Privacy is a job-seeker’s market, thanks to a market that can’t keep up with demand. Learn what skills to look for in a future privacy pro, how to sell a career in privacy and how to develop skills within your team.


Privacy Legal Update: Recent and Upcoming Privacy Law Developments

This session’s overview will include significant legislative changes, privacy class action and related litigation activity, plus commissioner and court decisions. You will come away with a solid understanding of the current state of privacy law.


Understanding the Use of AI in Chatbot and Key Risks

Ada Inc., is a Toronto-based chatbot company. You will get an overview of how Ada’s Chatbot is set up, implemented, understands data and how it learns through machine learning models and through continued use and customer feedback.


Introducing MyData

MyData is a human-centered approach in personal data management that combines industry’s need for data with digital human rights. This session will introduce you to the MyData declaration so you can use MyData principles to build trust with your customers.

Announcing the Inaugural Ian Kerr Memorial Lecture

The IAPP is honored to introduce the Ian Kerr Memorial Lecture to take place at the Symposium. Dr. Kerr’s legacy advancing the growth and visibility of our profession will live on in forward-thinking discourse from keynotes such as this year’s lecturer, Michael Geist, Law Professor, University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law.

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:

Canadian Privacy Bar Section Forum

Join data protection law professionals for a special half-day event held in conjunction with Symposium workshops on May 20. The Forum is back for its second year and features a distinguished panel of experts in an information-packed program designed for Canada’s privacy pros.

A Buffet of Networking Options

The Symposium makes it easy to network (and eat) throughout the conference. From networking breakfasts, lunches, snacks and receptions to Networking Happy Hours and the fun and fast one-on-one mini meetings at the 5-Minute Mixer, we help you make connections and expand your network day and night.


The Symposium returns this year to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre with reconfigured breakout space for added convenience, plus a new breakout room.

Delta Hotel Toronto
75 Lower Simcoe Street
Toronto, ON, Canada M5J 3A6
Phone: +1 416.849.1200
Click here for a map and directions.

Workshops and Main Conference:
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
North Building (Level 100)
255 Front Street West
Toronto, ON, Canada M5V 2W6
Phone: +1 416.585.8000
Click here for a map and directions.

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