Head of Engineering, Sidewalk Labs
University of Ottawa, Toronto Globe and Mail
Privacy Commissioner of Canada
Craig Nevill-Manning leads an engineering team that focuses on developing new urban technologies and working with portfolio companies to develop their engineering teams and technology. Before joining Sidewalk Labs, he founded Google’s first remote engineering center, located in New York City. In his role as engineering director at Google, he oversaw the development of products including Google Local (now Maps) and Froogle (now Google Shopping), as well as features of web search such as Question Answering and Web Definitions.
As engineering director of Google.org, Google’s philanthropic arm, Nevill-Manning co-founded Google.org’s Flu Trends and Crisis Response projects, providing maps, imagery and a missing persons service after crises in Japan and elsewhere. Prior to joining Google in 2000, he was an assistant professor in the Computer Science Department at Rutgers University, and a post-doctoral fellow in the Biochemistry Department at Stanford University.
Nevill-Manning is the author of 44 peer-reviewed academic publications, and was awarded a Career Grant by the National Science Foundation for work combining information retrieval and computational biology. A native of New Zealand, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Canterbury University and a Ph.D. in computer science from Waikato University.
Michael Geist is a law professor at the University of Ottawa, where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law. He has been a visiting professor at universities around the world including the University of Haifa, Hong Kong University, and Tel Aviv University.
Geist is the editor of many books including Law, Privacy and Surveillance in Canada in the Post-Snowden Era; The Copyright Pentalogy: How the Supreme Court of Canada Shook the Foundations of Canadian Copyright Law; From "Radical Extremism" to "Balanced Copyright": Canadian Copyright and the Digital Agenda; and In the Public Interest: The Future of Canadian Copyright Law (2005, Irwin Law). He is a regular columnist for the Toronto Globe and Mail, the editor of several monthly technology law publications, and the author of a popular blog on Internet and intellectual property law issues.
Geist serves on many boards, including CIRA, Internet Archive Canada, and the EFF Advisory Board. He was appointed to the Order of Ontario in 2018 and has received numerous awards for his work including the University of Ottawa Open Access Award in 2016, Kroeger Award for Policy Leadership and the Public Knowledge IP3 Award in 2010, the Les Fowlie Award for Intellectual Freedom from the Ontario Library Association in 2009, the EFF’s Pioneer Award in 2008, and Canarie’s IWAY Public Leadership Award for his contribution to the development of the Internet in Canada.
Geist holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Master of Laws (LL.M.) degrees from Cambridge University in the UK and Columbia Law School in New York, and a Doctorate in Law (J.S.D.) from Columbia Law School. Dr.
Daniel Therrien was appointed Privacy Commissioner of Canada on June 5, 2014 after three decades serving Canadians as a lawyer with various federal departments where human rights issues were important. Commissioner Therrien has said that the over-arching goal of his mandate is to increase the control Canadians have over their personal information. Since his appointment, he has championed privacy rights in the public debate over national security and public safety, and led research and investigations into privacy issues that go to the heart of consumer trust and confidence. Commissioner Therrien holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Licence en droit from the University of Ottawa. He was called to the Quebec Bar in 1981.
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Assistant Commissioner, Policy and Corporate Services, Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario
Managing Director, IAPP Canada; Partner, nNovation
Acting Information and Privacy Commissioner, Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner, British Columbia
David Goodis is a graduate of Western University’s law school, and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1988. He has represented the IPC in hearings before the Divisional Court, the Ontario Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of Canada. He previously held the positions of director of legal services and senior adjudicator with the IPC. He also worked with the Privacy Committee of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. Goodis co-authored the 2017 Annotated Ontario Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Acts, and teaches administrative law at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law and Osgoode Hall Law School.
Kris Klein has more than a decade of experience in the federal regulatory arena, which he gained in both the public and private sectors in Canada. He is also one of the country’s leading experts on the application of the Access to Information Act, the Privacy Act and the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). Klein practiced law with a preeminent national firm for several years prior to gaining a significant litigation experience working for the Federal Department of Justice. He also has provided instrumental and crucial legal advice for the Privy Council Office. More recently and prior to founding nNovation LLP, Klein practiced exclusively in the area of privacy law for the privacy commissioner of Canada.