Education & Events

2019 Municipal Information Access & Privacy Forum


Four Points by Sheraton Toronto Airport
6257 Airport Road
Mississauga, Ontario L4V 1E4


Local governments manage a range of highly sensitive information and records using a myriad of tools. Managing the storage, security and access to these records, while ensuring adherence to the needs of the public, law enforcement, and relevant legislation, can create uncertainty around a politically sensitive and charged responsibility.

How local government professional’s balance, information, access, privacy and security in the rapidly changing digital age is often a moving target for policy makers and practitioners seeking to balance compliance, respect for the public, and the need for good governance.

The AMCTO Information Access & Privacy Forum provides a unique venue to convene leading experts to offer their expertise and insights on current and emerging issues affecting local governments.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Michael Geist, Professor, University of Ottawa


Smart Privacy: Does Law and Policy Have a Chance in the World of Emerging Technology ?

As the pace of technological change accelerates, the legal and policy challenges for privacy and security continue to mount. Canadians are increasingly concerned with privacy safeguards, but legislative reform has been slow and new policies often seem to be little match for emerging technologies. Drawing on his experience with the smart city development and privacy policy reform, Professor Michael Geist, one of Canada’s leading privacy experts, will canvass the latest developments and discuss how we can begin to re-assert privacy and security rules that can keep pace with technological developments.

Dr. Michael Geist is a law professor at the University of Ottawa where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law and is a member of the Centre for Law, Technology and Society. He regularly appears in the Globe and Mail, is the editor of several monthly technology law publications, and the author of a popular blog on Internet and intellectual property law issues.

Dr. Geist serves on many boards, including Ingenium, Internet Archive Canada, and the EFF Advisory Board. He is the Chair of the Digital Strategy Advisor Panel for Waterfront Toronto. He was appointed to the Order of Ontario in 2018 and has received numerous awards for his work including the 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. 

Keynote Speaker: Brian Beamish, Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario

Brian Beamish first began his career at the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (IPC) in 1999, as Director of Policy and Compliance. This was followed by his appointment to Assistant Commissioner in 2005, where he directed the Tribunal Services Division – investigating privacy complaints and resolving access to information appeals.

In addition to overseeing Tribunal, Brian also served as an executive policy advisor, playing a key role in executing the mandate of the IPC and supporting several initiatives in the best interests of the public, such as bringing universities and hospitals under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and ushering in the Personal Health Information Protection Act.

Prior to joining the IPC, Brian held a number of positions within the Ontario Public Service, including with the Ministries of the Solicitor General and Correctional Services. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and a graduate of the University of Toronto Law School. In 2016, he was the recipient of the OBA Karen Spector Memorial Award for Excellence in Privacy Law.

Preliminary Agenda  

Closed Meetings:

Examining how to deal with leaks and the increasing public expectations for transparency.


Question Box Session:

Bring your questions and challenges to a panel of information, access, privacy, and security experts who will respond and engage in a live dialogue with participants.


Smart Cities:

Do local governments fully understand the access and privacy implications and perspectives related to Smart Cities? 


Cyber Security:

With regular cyber-attacks on municipalities this discussion will highlight if your municipality is  prepared for what's ahead. 


Q & A with the IPC: 

Discuss key cases, findings and recommendations.


Ontario Data Strategy:

Hear from the Ontario government on their new data strategy and the privacy impact it can have for municipalities.

Forum Hashtag: #IAP19


Registration Form

Time: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm (Breakfast and Registration begins at 8:00 am)

Member Rate: $435.05 (includes $50.05 HST)
Non-Member Rate: $542.40 (includes $62.40 HST)
(Includes breakfast, lunch, refreshments and materials)

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