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2019 Municipal Information Access & Privacy Forum



 

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

Please note that registration is now closed.  

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.
 

Morning Keynote: 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. 

Afternoon Keynote: 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.

Agenda  

Opening Keynote Address: 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, Professor of Law, Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law, University of Ottawa

Smart Cities

This panel will take a broad perspective on the emergence of Smart Cities and the issues and implications local governments need to understand around evolving access and privacy issues. 

Stephen Spracklin, Deputy City Solicitor, City of Vaughan 
Barbara Swartzentruber, Executive Director of Strategy, Innovation and Intergovernmental Relations, City of Guelph  
Shawn Slack, MBA, Director Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, City of Mississauga

Ontario Data Strategy

Whether using smartphones, social media or search engines, nearly every Ontarian is now producing data every second of their digital lives. In response to these trends, the Government of Ontario is developing Ontario’s Data Strategy. This session will provide an overview of the key focus areas of the Data Strategy and outline future engagement opportunities for municipalities.

Nicole Visschedyk, Team Lead, Ontario Digital Service, Cabinet Office, Government of Ontario 

Question Box Session

A panel of expert practitioners are prepared to respond to an array of questions on current issues in the world of Information, Access and Privacy within the municipal context. This interactive session be facilitated by attendee, Matthew Trennum(Deputy Regional Clerk, Regional Municipality of Niagara) to cover questions.
 
Laura Purves, Manager, Information Governance, Office of the Regional Clerk, Corporate Services, Regional Municipality of York 
Stephen Spracklin, Deputy City Solicitor, City of Vaughan
Shawn Slack, MBA, Director, Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, City of Mississauga

Afternoon Keynote

Brian Beamish, Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, IPC

The IPC Commissioner will engage the attendees in a broad and relevant discussion around many of the emerging issues, trends and changes occurring in the world of information and privacy.  His discussion will touch on topics like increased use of surveillance technologies, smart cities, privacy breaches and much more.

IPC Landmark Cases

The Assistant Commissioner will look to take a deeper dive into a series of recent decisions from the IPC in an open discussion environment.  This address will tackle many issues that are currently relevant to local government practitioners across Ontario.

David Goodis, Assistant Commissioner, Information and Privacy Commission of Ontario

Closed Meetings: A Call for Transparency

The panelists will discuss and debate the paradox between increased expectations for more transparent local government and the prevalence of regular closed meeting sessions.  This session wil also take a deeper look into how to address Bill 68’s definition of a “meeting” along with the four additional reasons to meet in camera; What’s next or best – traditional minutes, audio tapes or Hansard; The overlap in roles of the Ontario Ombudsman, the IPC, local Integrity Commissioners and Closed Meeting Investigators. And finally, what do you do when there has been a “leak” of confidential information from a closed meeting?
 
John Mascarin, Partner, Aird & Berlis LLP, Adjunct Professor, Osgoode Hall Law, Integrity Commissioner, Ontario Municipalities
Rick O'Connor, City Clerk and Solicitor, City of Ottawa
Joanna Bull, Senior Counsel, Office of the Ombudsman of Ontario

Fortifying your Line of Defence with Cyber Security Awareness

For local governments, the end user is the first line of defence but unfortunately, the end user can also be the weakest cyber security link. As the number of attacks through the weakest link in organizations grow, providing cyber security awareness on these areas of exposure is crucial to reduce the impact of malware, ransomware and other compromises that pose a significant risk to the overall health and operations of Ontario’s municipal governments.
 
Ian Evans, President and CEO, E-Tech
 

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Forum Hashtag: #IAP19

Registration

Registration Form

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

Fee:
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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