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IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium 2023

Training May 24-25
Workshops May 25
Conference May 26-27

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Call for speaking proposals is open for the 2023 Symposium

Help shape privacy’s future by speaking at the IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium 2023. Privacy pros come to Symposium to stay ahead of changes locally, nationally and internationally. Share your thoughts and insights in your area of expertise: privacy practice, law, policy or operations.

Raise your profile in the industry by speaking to an engaged audience at Canada’s premier privacy conference while contributing to the international data privacy community.

The call for proposals closes October 30.

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Speaking Has Its Benefits

Seize the opportunity to give back to the community and share your expertise. You will also:

  • Identify yourself as a thought leader in the data protection community.
  • Gain exposure with the world’s largest privacy association.
  • Elevate the profession by sharing your knowledge.
  • Receive a complimentary pass to next year’s main conference program.

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Symposium 2022 Returned to Toronto to Help Attendees Find Privacy’s True North

Canada’s premier data privacy conference came back to Toronto with over 500 people attending in person. There was great energy and engagement in the building as people came from all over Canada to focus on the latest challenges and opportunities facing Canadian privacy and data protection professionals.

In his final Symposium keynote as Privacy Commissioner of Canada, Daniel Therrien shared his insights on the existing and proposed frameworks for federal Canadian privacy law as well as his thoughts on why the current state of privacy in Canada is so uncertain and the likelihood of having a new privacy reform bill this year.

Other Symposium sessions ranged from national policy questions and ground-level operational details to regulating artificial intelligence, avoiding privacy storms in the cloud and making sure privacy laws support and help grow our tech industry. It was a unique combination of practical learning, visionary ideas, unmatched educational and networking opportunities. Plus, the ever-popular Commissioners’ Game Show.

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All sponsor handouts are now provided in digital format instead of paper. Access them conveniently at

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Return of the Ian Kerr Memorial Lecture

The IAPP was honored to continue the Ian Kerr Memorial Lecture at the 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.

In 2022, IAPP was thrilled to welcome Dr. Valerie Steeves to the keynote stage for the Ian Kerr Memorial Lecture. Dr. Steeves is a Full Professor in the Department of Criminology at the University of Ottawa in Ottawa, Canada. Her main area of research is human rights and technology issues. During this address, Dr. Steeves discussed the challenges facing young Canadians as they navigate an uncertain digital present, and future.

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:

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