Noemi Chanda

Noemi Chanda, MA, JD, is a Senior Consultant in Deloitte’s Data Protection and Privacy practice in Toronto. She provides privacy advisory services for clients leveraging innovative technology to deliver new and better services for their customers, advising clients in the areas of regulatory compliance, data protection and information privacy, and risk management. She specializes in serving healthcare, financial, and technology clients participating in data sharing initiatives, including banks, credit unions, payment processors, federal and provincial government entities, hospitals, national centres of excellence (NCEs), medical device companies, software companies, and data analytics companies.

Prior to Deloitte, Noemi articled at a leading full-service law firm, where she provided privacy advisory to a number of financial services, health care, and technology clients. She was invited as a Visiting Researcher to the University of Washington Tech Policy Lab in Seattle, and contributed to cutting-edge, cross-jurisdictional legal research and analysis. Her work focused on privacy and data protection in the domains of mobile and sensor technology, teleoperated robotics, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, augmented reality, and the Internet of Things. She has worked as a lawyer and consultant helping medical device companies, researchers and technologists navigate legal and regulatory challenges.

Noemi has spoken about privacy at several conferences and sessions, including for the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association (CCCA), the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), and ISACA. She is licensed to practice law in Ontario.



Michelle Chibba

For the last 10 years, Ms. Chibba developed and led the Policy Department and Special Projects at the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Canada (IPC). During her tenure at the IPC, her department was responsible for conducting research and analysis (see paperswww.privacybydesign.ca), as well as liaising with a wide range of stakeholders to support Dr. Ann Cavoukian’s leadership role in proactively addressing privacy and technology issues affecting the public, otherwise known as Privacy by Design.

Michelle has over two decades of experience in strategy development, most of it in the public sector where she was responsible for developing and implementing several strategic policy projects. She received a master’s degree from Georgetown University (Washington, D.C.), with a focus on ethics and international business. She is a frequent speaker on Privacy by Design and emerging data privacy/technology issues and has written a number of publications on privacy and technology.

Jill Clayton

Jill Clayton was sworn in as Alberta’s third Information and Privacy Commissioner on February 1, 2012. In February 2017, Ms Clayton was reappointed for a second 5-year term.

Ms. Clayton began her career with Alberta’s Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC) in 2004 as a portfolio officer with the team responsible for ensuring oversight and compliance with Alberta’s Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). She served as acting director, PIPA, from 2007 to 2008 and director, PIPA, from 2008 to 2011. In June of 2010 Ms. Clayton was appointed Assistant Commissioner, responsible for the development, implementation and oversight of amendments to PIPA, particularly mandatory breach notification requirements.

Prior to her service with the OIPC Ms. Clayton worked as a privacy consultant, providing services to public- and private-sector clients, primarily in the health care, oil and gas, telecommunications and non-profit sectors. She also worked for the Bethany Care Society as manager, planning and performance measurement, from 2001 to 2002 and records management co-ordinator from 1998 to 2000.

Jean Eaton

Jean Eaton is a recognized and respected leader and expert in health information management, privacy management and  legislation. An engaging workshop leader, she provides solutions that are practical and effective for today’s healthcare providers.

She is constructively obsessive about privacy and security when it comes to the handling of personal information, particularly in primary health care settings. Jean is passionate about supporting primary care practices to implement privacy by design and best practices to protect privacy, confidentiality, security of personal information.

Jean has helped hundreds of physicians, chiropractors, pharmacists, and other healthcare providers and privacy officers across Canada and the US develop and improve their Privacy Education programs. With over twenty years of experience, she has the knowledge and tools to help any healthcare provider or business improve their information privacy practices.

Derek Fildebrandt

Derek Fildebrandt is the Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Strathmore-Brooks and the Wildrose Shadow Minister of Finance.

Before being elected in May of 2015, Derek served as the Alberta Director & National Research Director of the Canadian Taxpayers. At the CTF, Derek fought for fiscal responsibility and against government corruption and waste.

He and his wife Emma have one daughter and two German Shepherds.

Outside of work, Derek loves to play guitar, canoe, and hunt.





Catherine Ford

In a forty-year career in journalism, Catherine Ford has lived and worked across the country, but her home is Alberta and that’s where her heart is. Until her recent retirement, she was national columnist for CanWest News Service, based at the Calgary Herald. A past president of Mensa Canada, Ford is the winner of ten Western Ontario Newspaper Awards.

Marc Gagné

Marc-Roger Gagné’s life’s work can be described as the critical point where information security and privacy protection meet policy development and regulatory compliance. He is a well-known advisor to government and industry on these matters, and as such has received the honor of serving on the Board of Directors of the Privacy and Access Council of Canada.

Mr. Gagné’s career spans two decades of working to translate his passion for the complex issues of data security and privacy into actionable advice and workable solutions for the organizations he advises. He does this via the company he founded in 2011, Gagné Legal Services, and as a Senior Privacy and Access Consultant, a position he’s held since 2000.

Gillian Hrycko

Gillian Hrycko is a graduate from the Environment and Business program at the University of Waterloo. She specializes in integrating the tools of business and sustainability, helping to align corporate and environmental goals. Currently, Gillian is an Environment Programs Manager at Hewlett Packard Enterprise Canada, with the mandate to use technology to solve some of the world’s toughest social and environmental challenges.

Dr. Thomas P. Keenan

Professor Keenan is a professor in the Faculty of Environmental Design. He is an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science, Member of the Institute for Security, Privacy and Information Assurance, and a Research Fellow of the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies.

Drew McArthur

Drew McArthur was appointed Acting Information and Privacy Commissioner for B.C. on July 6, 2016.

Best known for his role as the former Chief Compliance and Privacy Officer at TELUS, he was responsible for the development and implementation of its industry-leading privacy policy.

A founding member of the Canadian Council of Chief Privacy Officers, Mr. McArthur was also a long-standing member of their executive committee. He founded a cross-industry networking association in British Columbia in 2004 to help privacy practitioners understand the implications of private sector privacy legislation. In 2006, Mr. McArthur worked with the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), an international organization dedicated to privacy education, to develop its Canadian professional certification program. He was one of the first individuals to achieve the designation of Certified International Privacy Professional of Canada (CIPP/C).

Following his retirement from TELUS in 2007, he has continued to work in the field of privacy and compliance in his consulting practice. Mr. McArthur also served on the External Advisory Board of the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner from 2010 until his appointment as Acting Commissioner.

Peter McCaffrey

Peter McCaffrey is the Director of Research at the Manning Centre, where he oversees the development of research, education, ideas, and public policy. He is a regular feature in a wide variety of local and nationwide media, including TV, radio, and print, on topics as diverse as municipal finance and transparency, taxi regulation, liquor laws, environmental regulation, economic policy, drug reform, and technology.

Diane McLeod-McKay

Diane McLeod-McKay was appointed Yukon’s first full-time Ombudsman/Information and Privacy Commissioner effective June 10, 2013 for a term of five years.

Ms. McLeod-McKay brings to the office extensive experience in the information and privacy fields. In September of 2011, Ms. McLeod-McKay joined the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta’s Office as the Director of the Personal Information Protection Act. Prior to this position, she spent several years at the Calgary Health Region where she was responsible for Legal Services and Information and Privacy. After relocating to British Columbia in 2004, Ms. McLeod-McKay worked as a privacy and security consultant for the Government of British Columbia. In 2009, she obtained her law degree from the University of Victoria and focused her practice on advising the private, public and health sectors on their responsibilities for compliance with privacy legislation. Throughout her career, Ms. McLeod-McKay has participated on many committees advocating for the protection of privacy, including the Canadian Bar Association Access and Privacy Section and the Vancouver Island Clinical Research Ethics Board.

Patrick Neal

Patrick has been involved in the justice and public safety field since 1982. He has worked in the Canadian military, federal corrections, law enforcement at the federal, provincial, municipal and city level, health care security, and post-secondary institutions. He has published research articles on cyber deterrence, vehicle arson patterns, information sharing between federal agencies, and marijuana grow-ops to mention a few. Beginning in 2005 he became involved in cyber-crime issues related to child pornography, privacy breaches, and cyber deterrence. He continues to work on cyber security intelligence analysis projects, public policy reviews, and most recently the measuring and reporting of harms associated with cyber crime incidents. Patrick is completing his 4th year of his Doctor of Social Sciences (Royal Roads University) researching active cyber defence and cyber deterrence tactics and strategies as public policy.

Crystal O’Donnell

Crystal O’Donnell is the founder and CEO of Heuristica Discovery Counsel Professional Corporation.

She has extensive experience as litigation and e-discovery counsel having practiced with a leading litigation firm and the Ministry of the Attorney General (Ontario). Crystal has represented clients in a number of complex matters at all levels of the Ontario courts as well as in regulatory proceedings and investigations.

While counsel with the Ministry of Attorney General, Crystal provided legal advice regarding the intersection of privacy rights, access to information and disclosure of Crown investigation information.  She also has experience with cross-border and conflicts of laws issues which arise in multi-jurisdiction and multi-forum matters. Crystal’s range of expertise includes legal, strategic and software aspects of e-discovery, which are critical components of all legal proceedings and evidence-based proceedings.

Crystal’s years of experience give her a keen appreciation and understanding of clients’ needs and allows her to deliver defensible, proportionate and cost-effective solutions, which balance the requirements to disclose with the protection of individual privacy.

Crystal is currently the Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors, CanLii, a Steering Committee member of Working Group 7, of the Sedona Conference (Sedona Canada), and a member and past Vice-Chair of the Ontario E-Discovery Implementation Committee, (“EIC”). She also teaches eDiscovery at the Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario.


Sharon Polsky

President of AMINAcorp.ca, President of the Privacy and Access Council of Canada, and a Privacy by Design Ambassador with more than 30 years’ experience advising corporations, governments and organizations about privacy and access implications, and about the unintended consequences of emerging laws, technologies and global trends. She is also a director of the Rocky Mountain Civil Liberties Association and Editor‑in‑Chief of The Winston Report, the foremost quarterly journal of information access, privacy protection and data governance in Canada.

Ms. Polsky has been described as a woman who is passionate about privacy and access, and who connects dots that others don’t even see. She completed a thesis examining the legislation and regulations of Canada and Alberta to identify and assess whether and to what extent individual rights to privacy and to gain access to information is protected or imperilled. She serves on several national advisory boards, and is highly sought-after by conference organizers and media.

Chris Stinner

Chris Stinner is a Senior Information and Privacy Manager with the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta. As a member of the Compliance and Special Investigations team, he reviews privacy impact assessments, investigates privacy breaches, contributes to special projects, and conducts investigations initiated by the Commissioner.

Prior to working with the OIPC, Chris spent a number of years working as a privacy advisor in the health sector, working with physician practices and hospitals to help them comply with the Health Information Act. Since 2010, Chris has also been an instructor in the Information Access and Protection of Privacy certificate program offered by the University of Alberta. Chris received his MBA from the University of Alberta in 2007 and holds the CIPP/C designation from the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

James Swanson

James practices technology, intellectual property, privacy and cyber security law as a partner with Miller Thomson LLP in Calgary. He is listed in Lexpert as a most-recommended lawyer in computer and IT law, has been continuously listed in The Best Lawyers In Canada under Technology Law for more than 10 years, and currently has been named by The Best Lawyers In Canada as Calgary’s “Technology Law Lawyer of the Year” for 2017.

Ian Thorburn

Ian Thorburn has been practising technology law for 17 years. He is currently a solicitor with the City of Toronto advising on technology procurement, and a member of the board for IT.CAN  (Canadian IT Law Association).

Robert Tremonti

Robert has been involved in the worlds of IT security, IT audit, and IT Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC) for over 25 years.  In that time he has experienced first-hand the ever increasing need for IT to support and participate in corporate compliance efforts, and the challenges IT teams encounter in fulfilling these expectations.  He has developed departmental and corporate awareness programs to assist IT and non -IT teams in understanding and meeting compliance obligations.

Robert began his career on the technical side of IT, starting at a nuclear research facility.  He later worked for companies in the airline, oil & gas, financial, forestry, retail, and communications industries, national IT consulting firms, and for provincial and federal crown corporations.

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