Lisa Austin a professor of law at the University of Toronto, where her research and teaching interests include privacy law, property law, and legal theory. She is also a co-founder of the IT3 Lab at the University of Toronto, which engages in interdisciplinary research on privacy and transparency.
Austin's privacy work has been cited numerous times by Canadian courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada. She is also active in a number of public policy debates in Canada. Most recently, she collaborated on a report for the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada entitled Seeing Through the Cloud: National Jurisdiction and Location of Data, Servers, and Networks Still Matter in a Digitally Interconnected World. Previous policy work includes consulting for the Canadian Judicial Council on their Model Policy for Access to Court Records in Canada.
Prior to joining the faculty, she served as law clerk to Mr. Justice Frank Iacobucci of the Supreme Court of Canada. She holds a bachelor’s degree from McMaster University, and master’s, law and doctoral degrees from the University of Toronto. She was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2006. Austin received a 2017 President's Impact Award from the University of Toronto.
Maximilian Schrems is an Austrian activist and author who became known for campaigns against Facebook for privacy violation, including its violations of European privacy laws and alleged transfer of personal data to the US National Security Agency as part of the NSA's PRISM program. Schrems is the founder of NYOB — European Centre for Digital Rights. He earned his law degree at the University of Vienna and is the author of two privacy-themed books: Fight for Your Data (2014) and Private Video Surveillance Law (2011.)
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.
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.
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.
Amy Yee, Chief Digital Officer at the Health Standards Organization (HSO) and its affiliate, Accreditation Canada leads software engineering, enterprise business platforms, IT services, infrastructure, marketing and communications. Her team supports a portfolio that includes digital transformation of the stakeholder experience from employees, partners and surveyors, to health service providers and patients around the world.
Prior to joining HSO, Yee traveled the world working closely with CEOs, business leaders and their customers to map business opportunities to digital strategies and solutions. Yee has led teams of highly skilled experts in areas such as user experience, software development, business strategy, content strategy, technology architecture and big data. Yee’s clients have included Fortune 500 companies, and have ranged from health care, energy, engineering and manufacturing companies to law firms, helping them to shape more powerful and delightful experiences.
Yee sits on the board of Kemptville District Hospital, and is the co-host of The Weekly Stand-up, a show on Blockchain Radio that examines the latest blockchain developments from a business perspective that is heard in over 90 countries. Yee is also a regular speaker at events around the world, including Canada, U.S., Japan, UK, Chile and Australia. She has a background in venture capital and entrepreneurship, a degree in electrical engineering and UX certification from the Nielsen Norman Group. Yee has over 12 years combined experience of sitting as a director on non-profit boards, and in 2015, she won a Forty Under 40 Award in her hometown of Ottawa, Canada.