Call for Speakers

The National Privacy and Data Governance Congress is about quality, not quantity. And that’s only one of the differences that distinguishes the PACC Congress as a superior learning event.

Another difference: We don’t think that packing as many delegates as possible into a venue is a valid indicator of superior quality. We do think it gets in the way of networking and conversation. So we limit attendance, have longer sessions than usual, and discourage speakers from relying on PowerPoint — and that facilitates learning, sharing, and networking.

We also don’t offer manels (all-male panels) and are careful to ensure that neither men nor women dominate the conversations.

Congress attendees and speakers are unequivocal in their appreciation for the caliber of the Congress speakers, and the fact that sessions offer practical guidance that delegates can put to work in their own organizations — not thinly veiled sales presentations or promotions.

If that appeals to you, and you believe your insight would benefit the access, privacy, law and data governance community and is consistent with this year’s Congress theme — The Road Ahead — Balancing privacy and the public interest — we invite you to submit your proposal for suitable workshops and plenary sessions that delve into timely issues that affect the profession, offer new perspectives, and share insights and best practices. If you’d rather focus on theoretical issues, academic pursuits, recitations of annual reports, or product marketing we invite you to consider other events.

Please submit session proposals to congress_at_pacc-ccap_dot_ca before November 17, 2017 and include your bio and high-res headshot. Congress registration fees are waived for speakers.

Submissions will be reviewed to ensure that speakers and topics align with PACC’s standards of excellence, allowing us to once again deliver a world-class program that is informative, vibrant, and offers relevant content that provides value for delegates and sponsors alike.

  • Speakers must be available to present all three days of the conference.
  • Plenary and breakout sessions are generally 90 minutes long; some are 120 minutes long. Workshops are 3 hours long, and are held on the first day of the Congress.
  • Only those speakers’ whose proposals are being considered will be contacted by a member of PACC staff or by a PACC Congress committee member
  • Speakers will be required to agree to meet deadlines for providing session descriptions, audiovisual requirements, and presentation materials.
  • You will commit to maintaining an educational or professional development focus in your session and to avoid all sales messages or presentations
  • Speakers who incorporate a sales theme or message and/or receive low audience evaluations will not be invited to present at future seminars or conferences
  • PACC offers fresh and timely programming at its learning events, so being approved as a speaker at a PACC event does not imply that the speaker will be invited to speak at future events

Suggested Topic Areas

• Emerging Global Legislation/Regulations • Employment & Human Resources Issues
• Artificial Intelligence • Information Risk Management
• Compliance, Ethics & Professional Practice • Information Security & Technology
• Data Brokers & International Data Flows • Data Governance
• The Internet of Things • Privacy by Design


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