The Push and Pull of Privacy and Progress

Personal data makes so much possible in technology, and health care, and marketing, and retail, and… where does privacy fit in?

Explore that question and more by attending the IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium 2019. Register now for two days of breakout sessions focused on the challenges of deriving value from personal data while protecting individual rights. Hear advice on fundamentals such as breach response, privacy/data security synergy, data localization and anonymization, and vendor management. Look ahead to policy developments that will influence privacy practice.

Privacy Commissioner of Canada Daniel Therrien returns as a keynote speaker to preview his agency’s agenda for the year. Joining him on the keynote slate is University of Toronto law and technology scholar and privacy lawyer Lisa Austin.

As always at the Symposium, there’s fun amid the seriousness. Meet your peers at the Privacy Soirée at the Steam Whistle Brewing, speed-network at the 5-Minute Mixer, and get a ringside seat for the Commissioners' Game Show. Register now to join peers is in Toronto in May!

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Keynote Speakers

Lisa Austin

Professor, Chair in Law and Technology, University of Toronto

As technology’s advance threatens to outstrip legal and social norms, Dr. Austin is an advocate for a new definition of privacy that protects individual liberties.

Max Schrems

Honorary Director, Chairman, Data Protection Lawyer,

Max Schrems champions the privacy interests of European consumers in international legal arenas as head of an innovative new non-governmental organization.

Daniel Therrien

Privacy Commissioner of Canada

With new guidance on consent, and new rules for breach notification, Commissioner Therrien's annual address promises to be even more can't-miss than usual.

Amy Yee

Chief Digital Officer, Health Standards Organization

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, moderated by IAPP Managing Director Kris Klein. Join us for this lively event.


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

Managing Director, Canada, IAPP; Partner, nNovation


Team Commissioners:
Jill Clayton, Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta, Canada
Brent Homan, Deputy Commissioner, Compliance, Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
Michael McEvoy, Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia, Canada
Catherine Tully, Information and Privacy Commissioner of Nova Scotia, Canada

Team Past Commissioners:
Chantal Bernier, National Practice Leader, Privacy and Cybersecurity, Dentons
David Loukidelis, Former Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia; President, David Loukidelis QC Law Corporation
Jennifer Stoddart, Former Privacy Commissioner of Canada; Attorney, Fasken
Frank Work, Former Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta, Canada

Sessions for Every Interest


Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada’s Annual Sneak Peek

Commissioner Daniel Therrien promised a more proactive OPS at last year’s Symposium. How have things changed? Take this chance to hear from OPC staff who implemented the promotion and compliance programs, discuss the process and get a preview of what might be coming next.


The Last Jedi: Why the Future of Privacy Belongs to Canada

Canada is Yoda and the rest of the world is Luke Skywalker, according to this panel of privacy experts. Hear them explain why Canada’s privacy protection model, balancing regulation and market forces, is The Force, and why the rest of the world should let it flow around and through them. Informed, will you be.

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Canadian Privacy Bar Section Forum

New to the Symposium for 2019. Join data protection law professionals for a special half-day event held in conjunction with Symposium workshops on May 22. The Forum features a distinguished panel of experts in an information-packed program designed for Canada’s privacy pros.

Located in Room 103B, Convention Centre

A Buffet of Networking Options

Casual, semi-casual, high speed or late night? The Symposium has networking events for every taste. At your request, we’ve also extended networking refreshment breaks between sessions to accommodate hallway conversations. Check out the lineup!


The Symposium returns this year to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre with more space than ever.

In response to 2018’s sold-out demand, we’ve consolidated our programming into a single larger area at the Convention Centre. Same venue, same great event, much more elbow room.

Workshops, Forum 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.

Privacy Training:
Delta Hotel Toronto
75 Lower Simcoe Street
Toronto, ON, Canada M5J 3A6
Phone: +1 416.849.1200
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