Call for speaking proposals is open for the 2019 Symposium

Add your voice to those shaping Canadian privacy by submitting a proposal to speak at the IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium 2019. The Symposium combines policy and practice into a single comprehensive agenda. Speakers from law, government, healthcare, education, media and technology tackle the big questions and offers solutions to specific front-line challenges. From shifts on the global level to new practices at home, Canadian privacy pros come to the Symposium to stay ahead of change.

Missed the Symposium last year or simply want to relive it because it was just that good? Scroll down for recap of last year’s sold-out event and get the event’s flavor. See the 2018 presentations for the full scope of topics explored at the Symposium then send us your ideas today. We want to hear from you!

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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