20th Annual Privacy and Security Conference Looking Back and Leading Forward in a Digital World Feb.6-8, 2019, Victoria, BC

General Information

Privacy and data protection is the number one issue businesses around the world are facing. Personal privacy is at the forefront of information sharing and social media requirements. For the past 20 years, the Privacy and Security Conference has been the number one conference on the issues of privacy and security globally.

Presented by the Offices of the CIO and Corporate Information and Records Management, Ministry of Citizens’ Services, Province of British Columbia, this three-day conference attracts over 1000 delegates and 100 international subject matter experts. It provides essential education, training and opportunities for CPD credits for individuals who are responsible for the transformation of the public and private sector into the new digital economy.

Reasons to Attend

  • Timely, motivational presentations from leading industry experts
  • Learn about current trends, issues and actions
  • Valuable CPD credits to maintain a variety of qualifications essential for your career
  • Unparalled networking opportunities
  • Informative 3-hour pre-conference educational sessions and 1.5-hour panel sessions
  • Get immediate answers and solutions to issues current in your organization


Conference Rates*

Early Bird registration by December 14, 2018 Regular registration after December 14, 2018
Public Sector $750.00 CAD (plus GST) $925.00 CAD (plus GST)
Private Sector $850.00 CAD (plus GST) $1,250.00 CAD (plus GST)

*We are pleased to offer our Alumni program, providing a special rate to past attendees. Delegates who have attended this conference before will receive the special public sector price of $675 or private sector price of $795 when they register on or before September 28th. Please contact us for the promo code if you did not receive it by email.

Registration Fees Include

  • 2 plated lunches
  • All coffee breaks
  • All keynotes, plenaries, panel sessions and applied sessions
  • Pre-conference educational sessions
  • Access to networking lounges
  • Networking reception Thursday evening
  • Conference notebook
  • Conference materials
  • On-line access to presentations post-event

Social Media

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Victoria Conference Centre

There’s nowhere in the world like Victoria. It’s small yet sophisticated; a technology leader and an historic capital city; a vibrant business community yet surrounded by nature. At its heart is the Victoria Conference Centre – an exceptional experience for delegates and world-class support for planners.

Victoria Conference Centre
720 Douglas Street
Victoria, BC
V8W 3M7

Keynote Speakers

Nikolas Badminton

Futurist & Strategic Advisor

Robert Barton

Distinguished Systems Engineer, Cisco

Dr. Ann Cavoukian

Former Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario; Distinguished Expert-in-Residence, Privacy by Design Centre of Excellence, Ryerson University

Jeff Jonas

Founder & CEO, Senzing

Michael McEvoy

Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia

Sir Rob Wainwright

Partner, Deloitte North-West Europe


Erinn Atwater

Research Director, Open Privacy

Nikolas Badminton

Futurist & Strategic Advisor

Dr. Colin J. Bennett

Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Victoria

Joni Brennan

President, Digital ID & Authentication Council of Canada (DIACC)

Bonnie Butlin

Co-Founder & Executive Director, Security Partners’ Forum

Jill Clayton

Information and Privacy Commissioner, Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for Alberta

Dr. Martin Dawes

Chief Scientific Officer and Co-Founder, GenXys Health Care Systems

Pam Dixon

Executive Director, World Privacy Forum

Dr. Jay Fedorak

Information Commissioner, Office of the Information Commissioner, Jersey (Channel Islands)

Dr. Teri Fisher

Physician and Clinical Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia; Founder & Host, Voice-First Health and Alexa in Canada

Dr. David Flaherty

Former Information and Privacy Commissioner for BC

Dr. Robert Fraser

President and CEO, Molecular You

David Furlonger

Distinguished VP, Analyst, Gartner

J. William Galbraith

Executive Director, Office of the CSE Commissioner

Robin Gould-Soil

Chief Privacy Officer, HSBC Canada

Najo Ifield

Member of the Executive Committee, Outreach Chair, Control System Cyber Security Association International

Dr. Satyamoorthy Kabilan

Vice President, Policy, Public Policy Forum; Former Director, National Security and Strategic Foresight, The Conference Board of Canada

Glenn Lanteigne

President & CEO, Tectonic Advisory Services Inc.

Dr. Victoria Lemieux

Chief Information Security Officer, Molecular You; Cluster Lead, Blockchain@UBC

Christian Leuprecht

Professor, School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University

Holly Longstaff

Research Privacy Advisor, Provincial Health Services Authority

Dr. Catalina Lopez-Correa

Chief Scientific Officer & Vice-President Sectors, Genome BC

David Loukidelis

David Loukidelis Privacy & Access Consulting Services; former BC Information and Privacy Commissioner

Erwin Malzer

Healthcare Transformation Advocate

Drew McArthur

Principal, The McArthur Consulting Group

Michael McEvoy

Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia

Dr. Michele Mosca

Professor, Combinatorics and Optimization, University of Waterloo; Co-founder, Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo

David O'Toole

President and CEO, Canadian Institute for Health Information

Cristina Onosé

Director of Government Relations, Canadian Marketing Association

Dr. Christopher Parsons

Research Associate, The Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto

Richard Purcell

CEO, Corporate Privacy Group

CJ Ritchie

Government Chief Information Officer, Ministry of Citizens’ Services, Province of BC

Yoel Robens-Paradise

VP, Clinical Systems Transformation and Health Information Management, Providence Health Care

Sherry Rumbolt

Senior Information Security Officer, Western Region, Department of National Defence

Karen Sandhu

Director, Diversity & Inclusion, ISACA Vancouver Chapter (SheLeadsTech Vancouver)

Dr. Stephanie Simmons

Assistant Professor of Physics and Canada Research Chair in Quantum Nanoelectronics, Simon Fraser University

Jennifer Stoddart

Former Privacy Commissioner of Canada

Dr. Kelly Sundberg

Associate Professor, Mount Royal University

Rachel Tobac

CEO, SocialProof Security; Chair of the Board, Women in Security and Privacy (WISP)

Ashley Tolbert

Cyber Security Engineer and Researcher, Stanford University

John Wunderlich

Chief Privacy Officer, JLINC Labs
Print Agenda

*Invited Speaker

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

9:00am - 12:00pm TBD

Pre-Conference Educational Training Sessions - TBD

Morning Sessions

1:00pm - 4:00pm TBD

Pre-Conference Educational Training Sessions - TBD

Afternoon Sessions

Thursday, February 7, 2019


Registration & Networking Lounge Open

8:15am - 8:20am Carson Hall (Salon ABC)

Call to Conference - Master of Ceremonies

8:20am - 8:30am Carson Hall (Salon ABC)

Welcome Remarks

8:30am - 8:45am Carson Hall (Salon ABC)

Welcome Remarks

8:45am - 9:25am Carson Hall (Salon ABC)

Keynote Presentation

9:25am - 10:00am Carson Hall (Salon ABC)

Keynote Presentation

10:00am - 10:15am Upper & Lower Foyers

Morning Break

10:15am - 10:45am Salon A

Concurrent Keynote Presentation by F5 Networks

10:15am - 10:45am Salon B

Concurrent Keynote Presentation by Deloitte

10:15am - 10:45am Theatre

Concurrent Keynote Presentation by IBM

10:50am - 12:05pm Salon A

Concurrent Panel Session - Panel A: Artificial Intelligence - Should Canada Be A Leader Developing Ethical Standards For AI?

Will Canada’s adoption of AI in the Public Sector ensure it is governed with clear values, ethics, and law in accordance with human rights? The government wants to use AI to predict outcomes and gain deeper insights into behavioural patterns and trends. The government wants to use AI to improve its interaction with citizens. The government wants to offload low-value tasks from employees and make business process more efficient.

How will artificial intelligence affect our lives? We could build a richer society and perhaps enjoy a shorter working week, but there are countless pitfalls to avoid and they are not trivial. Hamfisted moves that lead to routine exploitation in our daily lives that leave society more divided than ever and threaten the fundamentals of democracy.

10:50am - 12:05pm Salon B

Concurrent Panel Session - Panel B: GDPR: Why Should You Care?

With so many digital channels and technological advances, we provide and create more data than ever before and it’s vital this data is treated with respect. Organizations, both large and small, need to ensure they are taking the necessary steps in protecting their customers’ valuable information from exposure to potential threats around the world. Why is this necessary? Data Protection Agencies and customers around the world are demanding it…..and there are stiff penalties for ignoring these requirements. All companies, no matter where they are located, that have European customers and require access to personal data from Europe must comply with GDPR regulations, or face great financial consequences. Panelists will discuss the reasons behind GDPR regulations, how to ensure your organization is fully compliant and the risks of ignoring the requirements of this new piece of important legislation.

10:50am - 12:05pm Theatre

Concurrent Panel Session - Panel C: Should Your Health Data Be Managed on A Blockchain?

Blockchain has promise to overcome many of our current healthcare data and records management challenges. This includes overcoming digital health data silos, to providing users with greater control and security assurance of their health data/records, to streamlining the consent process for sharing of health data in healthcare research. But is it really stable and secure enough for our health data and medical records? Blockchain technology creates an immutable and transparent record of a transaction. Is it possible to reconcile these features with protection of personal privacy? It’s also complicated for the average user to use. Are people ready to take on this level of complexity?

Personalized medicine relies upon the application of big data analytic techniques. Can these techniques be applied to data that is decentralized and distributed over a blockchain network? This panel discussion considers active research on the application of blockchain technology to the management health data and records. Each of the panelists is actively engaged in research to answer these questions whether our health data should be managed on a blockchain and, if so, how it should be managed.

10:50am - 12:05pm Salon C

Concurrent Panel Session - Panel D: Shining a Light on the Encryption Debate

12:05pm - 1:20pm Carson Hall (Salon ABC)

Luncheon Keynote Presentation

12:05pm - 1:20pm Crystal Ballroom

Networking Luncheon

1:20pm - 1:55pm Carson Hall (Salon ABC)

Keynote Presentation by OneTrust

2:05pm - 2:35pm Salon A

Applied Session - TBD

2:05pm - 2:35pm Salon B

Applied Session by Cisco

2:05pm - 2:35pm Salon C

Applied Session - Privacy Engineering: Myth, Aspiration or Job Description?

Privacy in the enterprise is moving front and center to operational concerns. A privacy program can move beyond legal compliance and build privacy into infrastructure, operations, and development the typical purview of process improvement consultant, network/systems administrators, and software engineers. Standards and practices are emerging for this new field which some are calling privacy engineering. This keynote will share with you how these disparate disciplines can come together to take your privacy program to the next level.

2:05pm - 2:35pm Theatre

Applied Session by IBM

2:05pm - 2:35pm Saanich Room

Applied Session - TBD

2:35pm - 2:50pm Upper & Lower Foyers

Afternoon Break

2:50pm - 4:05pm Salon A

Concurrent Panel Session - Panel A: Smart Cities: Soon to Be a Reality, But Are We Ready for Them?

The 21st-century knowledge-based and data-driven economy is all about IP and data. “Smart cities” are the new battlefront for big tech because they serve as the most promising hotbed for additional intangible assets that hold the next trillion dollars to add to their market capitalizations. “Smart cities” rely on IP and data to make the vast array of city sensors more functionally valuable, and when under the control of private interests, an enormous new profit pool.

As the world becomes increasingly digital, almost all aspects of our lives will be affected, including the cities we live in and how they are managed. Private companies have developed the technology and are ready to forge ahead to demonstrate how emerging technologies can make cities more affordable, easier to travel within and more environmentally sustainable. Government has fallen behind in this area, as it scrambles to keep up with the pace of change. Rules and regulations need to be quickly put into place surrounding the data this new technology generates. Who does this data belong to? Who has access to it? Where is it stored? Who will benefit from the data? Who monetizes the data and what are some of the ethical issues surrounding it?

2:50pm - 4:05pm Salon B

Concurrent Panel Session - Panel B: FinTech: Perils and Opportunities

2:50pm - 4:05pm Theatre

Concurrent Panel Session - Panel C: Women in Technology: Creating a New Normal

What would a more gender-inclusive technology sector look like and act like? This engaging panel will discuss the unique challenges and barriers women in technology and security face today. They’ll share their advice on how to break stereotypes, how to get more women into tech and how to promote and support women already in the field. Join us for a nuanced discussion on redefining the new normal.

2:50pm - 4:05pm Salon C

Concurrent Panel Session - Panel D: Healthcare: Protecting the Most Sensitive Data

Electronic health records and other advances in health information technology can enhance and facilitate access to information, clinical investigations, diagnosis, treatment, and patient outcomes allowing doctors, medical researchers and patients around the world to benefit from this information.

There is no doubt that access to data can improve healthcare immensely, but what are we doing to protect people’s valuable personal information from those who seek to use it for destructive purposes? Data breaches occur on a daily basis, continually putting our sensitive information at risk. Doctors and hospitals are ultimately responsible for protecting this information, but how do they ensure privacy and instill confidence in their patients?

4:15pm - 5:15pm Carson Hall (Salon ABC)

Panel Session - 20 Years of Privacy & Data Protection

5:15pm - 5:20pm Carson Hall (Salon ABC)

Day 1 Closing Remarks

5:20pm - 6:00pm Upper Foyer

Networking Reception

Friday, February 8, 2019


Registration & Networking Lounge Open

8:30am - 8:35am Carson Hall (Salon ABC)

Administrative Announcements

8:35am - 8:55am Carson Hall (Salon ABC)

Opening Introductions

8:55am - 9:30am Carson Hall (Salon ABC)

Keynote Presentation

9:30am - 10:05am Carson Hall (Salon ABC)

Keynote Presentation

10:05am - 10:25am Upper & Lower Foyers

Morning Break

10:25am - 10:55am Salon A

Concurrent Keynote Presentation by Cisco: Security in the Age of Cyberwarfare

As the world is becoming hyperconnected new efficiencies and opportunities are emerging, however this increases the risk of cyberattack. In both industry and government innovative strategies are being developed to leverage cybersecurity architectures to protect critical infrastructure effectively and efficiently.

Rob Barton will lead us through a series of instructive use cases to highlight the opportunities and threats.

10:25am - 10:55am Salon B

Concurrent Keynote Presentation by TELUS

10:25am - 10:55am Theatre

Concurrent Keynote Presentation by TBD

11:00am - 12:15pm Salon A

Concurrent Panel Session - Panel A: Politics and Privacy Regulation

The Facebook/Cambridge Analytica controversy reveals that political parties and campaigns thrive on personal data. Politicians require businesses and public agencies to follow privacy laws to ensure personal information is kept secure and not improperly used. However, in Canada at least, political parties are not subject to the same level of scrutiny when it comes to how they collect, store and use people’s data. A House of Commons committee has recently recommended significant changes to Canada’s privacy laws, including tighter restrictions on political parties, in order to protect Canadians’ privacy and the country’s democratic voting system. Should political parties be subject to the same privacy protection rules as apply to government agencies and the corporate sector? Or are there essential differences that call for a different set of expectations and legal requirements?

11:00am - 12:15pm Salon B

Concurrent Panel Session - Panel B: Genetic Privacy and Genomic Driven Medicine – “Big Pharma Would Like Your DNA”

Precision medicine allows medical professionals to analyze a person’s genetic makeup and target treatments based on their specific needs. This new technology will not only assist in diagnosing and preventing genetic diseases, but it will also help prevent adverse drug reactions, the 4th leading cause of death in Canada. While the idea of individualized healthcare brings great hope, there are still a number of hurdles that must be overcome. In order for precision medicine to be successful, individuals must be willing to give up their genetic privacy to be used for scientific purposes. How will this valuable data be stored and protected and how can we be sure our genetic data cannot be used against us in the future?

11:00am - 12:15pm Theatre

Concurrent Panel Session - Panel C: Is Canada a Global Leader in Cyber Security?

The Government of Canada’s national cyber security strategy outlines a working relationship with the Province’s and private sector to improve cyber security in the country. A commitment to support advance research, foster digital innovation and assist in developing cyber skill and knowledge to position Canada as a global leader in cyber security.

Cyber security is driving innovation and economic activity in Canada and contributes $1.7 billion to Canada’s GDP and provides over 11,000 jobs. The Global cyber security industry will grow 66% by 2021. Governments, academia and the private sector can collaborate to create new opportunities, investment and foster leading-edge research and development.

The panel will discuss role of including small business, economic investment opportunities, cyber security certificate, and the new Canadian Centre for Cyber Security and the National Cybercrime Co-Ordination Unit.

12:15pm - 1:30pm Carson Hall (Salon ABC)

Luncheon Keynote Presentation

12:15pm - 1:30pm Crystal Ballroom

Networking Luncheon

1:40pm - 2:10pm Salon A

Applied Session by TBD

1:40pm - 2:10pm Salon B

Applied Session by TBD

1:40pm - 2:10pm Salon C

Applied Session

1:40pm - 2:10pm Esquimalt Room

Applied Session

2:10pm - 2:25pm Upper & Lower Foyers

Afternoon Break

2:25pm - 3:40pm Salon A

Concurrent Panel Session - Panel A: Quantum Computing Will Create Jobs but Which Ones?

Quantum computing is the attempt to harness the laws of quantum mechanics to build incredibly powerful computers that can perform some incredibly demanding computational tasks, tasks so demanding that they would otherwise take the age of the universe to perform.

What are quantum computers good for? Experts have some ideas, like optimizing shipping logistics, breaking modern encryption methods, discovering a complex molecule for a drug, or designing fertilizers. Industry needs to make the computers more accessible to everybody, not just quantum physicists. What opportunities by harnessing quantum technology for next generation cryptography/security will enable a secure set of tools to re-establish the status quo, but also make things better? What are the security challenges and how do we protect privacy?

2:25pm - 3:40pm Salon B

Concurrent Panel Session - Panel B: Integrated Data: Evidence-Based Decision Making

2:25pm - 3:40pm Theatre

Concurrent Panel Session - Panel C: Robotics and Cognitive Automation: The Promise of AI and Voice First

Today we exist in a complicated, complex web of relationships between humans and technology beyond comprehension of any individual. AI monitors and arbitrates on our behalf, from health monitoring and resource allocation to customer service and security. What control will we cede? How much have we ever had?

3:50pm - 4:30pm Carson Hall (Salon ABC)

Keynote Presentation - TBD

4:30pm - 4:45pm Carson Hall (Salon ABC)

Closing Remarks & Announcements

Title Sponsor

Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

VIP Reception & Dinner Sponsors

Conference Sponsors & Exhibitors

Event Partners

Fairmont Empress Hotel Room Block

If you need to make accommodation arrangements, the Fairmont Empress is offering a special conference rate of $179/night for Corporate reservations and $159/night for Government reservations. Please note that this room block ends January 11, 2019.

Please contact the hotel directly at (250) 384-8111 to book a room or book online using the following links:

Government Reservations – https://book.passkey.com/go/PSCGOV0219
Corporate Reservations – https://book.passkey.com/go/privacysecurityconfcorp2019

Fairmont Empress
721 Government Street
Victoria, BC
V8W 1W5


YYJ Airport Shuttle Discount

If you are needing transportation from the Victoria International Airport to Downtown Victoria/Empress Hotel why not consider using the YYJ Airport Shuttle.

When booking the shuttle online or over the phone please use the promo code REBOOT20. This will give you 20% off tickets.

For more information please visit their website at www.yyjairportshuttle.com or call them at 1-855-351-4995.

Harbour Air Seaplanes Discount

Flying in from Vancouver or Seattle for the conference? Arrive in style in Victoria’s Inner Harbour with Harbour Air. Subject to availability, attendees will receive a 20% discount on their goFlex and goGold fares for confirmed travel to/from Victoria between February 4 and 10, 2019. Please note that all rates are subject to tax and fees. This offer cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions or be paid by Airbucks or TurboBucks and cannot be applied to private charters.

In order to receive this special discounted rate, attendees can contact the Reservation Department directly by phone at 1.800.665.0212, by e-mail at reservation@harbourair.com or online at www.harbourair.com and quote the promotional code ‘P&SC02-19’. Also be advised that you will need to provide a copy of your conference registration upon check-in.

All schedules and location information can be accessed through their website at www.harbourair.com.


Celebrate 20 Years of Privacy and Security Solutions!

Why should you attend? Here’s what past attendees of the conference are saying:

One of the strongest conferences globally on the issues of both privacy and security.” – Elizabeth Denham, UK Information Commissioner

I’ve heard from many delegates over the years that this is one of the best privacy and security conferences that they attend anywhere.” – Ian Bailey, Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Information Officer, Ministry of Attorney General, Province of BC

It’s a great gathering of privacy professionals, security professionals, information management professionals, regulators, civil society.” – Jill Clayton, Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta

We’ve partnered with Reboot to create a venue where privacy and security, people who have mutual goals in terms of protecting information, meet together, share information, become more collaborative in their practices and end up being more united in the ways they approach their goals. Great learning opportunities for the two professions … You also have other kinds of representation: public sector, private sector, health care, technology, civil society. All of these different groups have different perspectives and we all have very common goals, just different ways of getting there. So that sharing is very, very helpful.” – Richard Purcell, CEO, Corporate Privacy Group

“I love the conference. This is one of the most well executed and also impactful conferences that I go to each year … It is one of the best executed security conferences on the globe.” – Preston Hogue, Senior Director of Security Marketing, F5 Networks

I find the attendees to be a very wide spectrum, from the technical to the purely policy-oriented, and I get to learn and see things from a different perspective. For me, that is very valuable.” – Winn Schwartau, Security Theoritician & Author

This is the #1 professional development opportunity for privacy and security experts on the west coast.” – Gary Perkins, Chief Information Security Officer, Province of BC

It’s one of the few conferences I love coming to every year, because it’s an opportunity to learn more from a privacy and security perspective. You get the chance to see and listen to peers in the industry, talking about issues that really matter to us in the security and privacy world.” – Tim McCreight, President, Risk Rebels

Call for Speakers

Please note that the call for speakers closed September 28, 2018.

The Advisory Board for the 20th Annual Privacy and Security Conference is pleased to announce that the Call for Speakers is now closed.

Subject matter experts working within the privacy and information security communities are invited to submit papers on their area of expertise. Of particular interest are briefs on cutting-edge subjects and themes suitable for presentation in either a panel session, applied session, workshop or keynote address. Presented by the Province of British Columbia’s, Ministry of Citizens’ Services, this three-day conference draws an international audience focused on policy, programs, law, research and technologies aimed at the protection of privacy and security.

Date: February 6-8th, 2019
Location: The Victoria Conference Centre, Victoria, British Columbia

2019 Conference Suggested Topics (not exhaustive):

  • Advanced Robotics
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Augmented & Virtual Reality
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Biohacking
  • Blockchain
  • Cloud Computing
  • Crypto Currency
  • Cyber Security
  • Dark Web
  • Data Encryption
  • ePrivacy Regulation
  • Ethics
  • GDPR
  • Genetic Privacy & Precision Medicine
  • Healthcare Privacy & Security
  • Internet of Things
  • Mobile Privacy & Security
  • Open Data
  • Politics and Privacy Regulation
  • Quantum Computing
  • Ransomware
  • Sensor Cities
  • Social Media in Elections
  • Voice First Technology


All entries must be received by midnight of September 28th, 2018. Invited speakers will be notified by October 31st, 2018.


Submissions will be accepted electronically using the form below.

Presentation Types:

  • Issue papers: An executive or management briefing on a prominent issue or aspect of information privacy or security.
  • Case studies: Descriptions of a specific information privacy or security situation or incident, or research results. Names of organizations can be kept anonymous to maintain confidentiality if necessary.
  • Research: Results or developments in cutting edge research on new information privacy and security technologies.
  • Sociological/ Philosophical perspective: A candid and/or introspective look at the impacts of new technological developments on privacy, security, social consciousness, or social functioning.

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