Plans for next year’s program are already in the works, so mark your calendar now: training and workshops May 15-16; conference May 17-18.

This fall, we’ll be looking for proposals on the top issues in privacy, both in Canada and around the globe. Stay tuned for details!

Highlights from 2016

The IAPP took Canada by storm in 2016. We followed two days of training and workshops with a conference program that was loaded with essential data protection content. Attendees went home with the knowledge and connections to take their careers to the next level.

In case you missed it, here are some highlights:

Forward-Thinking Keynote Speakers

Jennifer Corriero

Co-Founder, TakingITGlobal

So much technology discussion is focused on the problems created by its ever-present creep into our lives. Jennifer Corriero, a leader in the movement to bring women and young people into tech business, focuses on the opposite: Technology’s power to create the world we want, if only we learn to harness it. 

Daniel Therrien

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

The jury’s in: The commissioner has shown he’s eager to tackle the tough issues and take on the mantle of global privacy voice—a voice we were thrilled to hear from in Toronto.

Elizabeth Denham

Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia, Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of British Columbia

Elizabeth Denham has seen it all—and has the stories to prove it. Denham joined us to share notable moments and lessons learned during her tenure as a regulator.

Robert J. Sawyer

Science Fiction Writer

Sawyer has an uncanny ability to comment on the hottest issues of today by looking far out into the future, which is exactly what he did at this year’s Symposium.



Commissioners’ Game Show

The Game Show returned in style to this year’s Symposium. IAPP Canada Managing Director Kris Klein grilled Commissioners Tully, Clayton and Therrien on all things privacy-related, and they did not disappoint!

Content-Rich Sessions

Keynote Address

In his keynote, Commissioner Daniel Therrien announced the launch of a public consultation on the nature of consent and a call for an update to the “archaic” Privacy Act that covers the handling of citizen data.

The Newest Privacy Tort

Canada’s extended privacy tort—a civil law that allows victims to seek compensation in addition to criminal charges—covers revenge porn, but it could have wide-ranging implications for journalists and the media, and may allow people to sue over non-sexual images and unflattering words, even if they’re the truth. Sam Pfeifle and lawyer Donna Wilson recommend you stay tuned.

A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words

Check out our Symposium 2016 photo gallery.


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