2nd Annual Vancouver International Privacy & Security Summit
Protecting our Data in the New Era of Digital Innovation
March 9-11, 2022, Vancouver, BC

General Information

Presenting the 2nd Annual Vancouver International Privacy & Security Summit – This global hybrid event is an integrated experience with two simultaneous components giving all virtual delegates and in-person delegates an all encompassing experience.

The summit will offer a platform for over 1000 security and privacy professionals from around the world to discuss important issues on how we securely live, work, and play as the move to digital platforms accelerates.

Presented by Reboot Communications in partnership with ISACA Vancouver, this three-day summit will provide 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.

The Digital-First Summit Virtual Experience & The Summit In-Person Experience
Designed to offer virtual delegates and in-person participants more. With enhanced integrations allowing virtual attendees to network with in-person participants. It is a place where you will experience engaging and interactive live streaming keynotes and panel sessions, networking activities, live streaming collaboration between virtual delegates and in-person participants, along with interactive virtual social spaces and building business relationships.

(All In-Person attendance and components are subject to provincial guidelines)

Digital First Experience*

Early Bird
(until Jan.14th)
(after Jan.14th)
Virtual Registration $299.00 CAD (plus GST)
$350.00 CAD (plus GST)
Virtual Experience Registration Includes:
  • Signature keynotes and concurrent keynotes by international subject matter experts in privacy & security
  • Concurrent panel sessions + interactive live streaming Q & A
  • Pre-summit virtual sector day sessions on March 9th
  • Access to the customized virtual platform (content available on-demand for 30 days after the summit)
  • Access to the virtual exhibition hall
*If you are a post-secondary student please inquire about our special student rate.

In-person Experience**

Early Bird
(until Jan.14th)
(after Jan.14th)
Public Sector Registration $499.00 CAD (plus GST)
$599.00 CAD (plus GST)
Private Sector Registration $749.00 CAD (plus GST)
$850.00 CAD (plus GST)
In-Person Experience Registration Includes:
(includes full virtual experience registration)
  • Join us live in Vancouver, B.C for our 2-day interactive in-person experience
  • Collaborate with senior executives who are changing the privacy & security industry
  • Signature keynotes and concurrent keynotes by international subject matter experts in privacy & security
  • Concurrent panel sessions + interactive in-person Q & A
  • Unparalleled in-person networking via 1:1 meetings and small group conversations
  • Exhibit booths for our top tier sponsors
  • Lunch and coffee breaks
**Subject to provincial guidelines (if the in-person portion needs to be canceled you will be given a virtual pass and refunded the difference).

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Keynote Speakers

Jim Balsillie

Chair, Council of Canadian Innovators; Founder, Centre for Digital Rights

Dr. Khaled El Emam

CEO, Replica Analytics

Shri Kalyanasundaram

Director of Cybersecurity, TELUS

Michael McEvoy

Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia

Eric O'Neill

National Security Strategist, VMware

Myla Pilao

Director of Threat Research, Trend Micro


Martin Abrams

Executive Director and Chief Strategist, Information Accountability Foundation

Dr. Colin Bennett

Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Victoria

Joni Brennan

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

Timothy Brown

Chief Information Security Officer, SolarWinds

Dr. Ann Cavoukian

Former Privacy Commissioner; Executive Director, Global Privacy & Security by Design Centre

Leo de Sousa

Director of Enterprise Technology, City of Vancouver

Dr. Robert Fraser

President and CEO, Molecular You

Bob Gordon

Executive Director, Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange (CCTX)

Robin Gould-Soil

President, RGS Management Consulting Services; CPO, Pentavere

James Hursthouse

CEO & Founder, Departure Lounge Inc.

John Jacobson

Former Deputy Minister, Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services

Keith Jansa

Executive Director, CIO Strategy Council

Max Jarvie

Senior Associate, Privacy and Data Protection, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Dr. Alena Kottova

Sessional Professor, Faculty of Engineering, University of Victoria

Dr. Victoria Lemieux

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

Christian Leuprecht

Class of 1965 Professor in Leadership, Royal Military College and Queen’s University

Dr. Alan Low

Clinical Associate Professor, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, UBC; Primary Care Pharmacist and Pharmacy Lead, BioPro Biologics Pharmacy

Drew McArthur

Principal, The McArthur Consulting Group

Margaret Mills

Global Associate Partner, Kyndryl

Lance Morginn

President & Co-Founder, Blockchain Intelligence Group

Suzanne Morin

VP, Enterprise Conduct, Data Ethics & Chief Privacy Officer, Sun Life

Doug Olson

Chair, Safe Design Council

Lauren Reid

President, The Privacy Pro; Former Director of Privacy and Data Governance, Sidewalk Labs

Dr. Teresa Scassa

Canada Research Chair in Information Law and Policy, University of Ottawa

Steve Simpson

Former Commissioner BC & Yukon,CRTC

Dr. Kelly Sundberg

Associate Professor, Mount Royal University

Shane Tews

Nonresident Senior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute

Joshua Topnik

Senior Systems Engineer, Arctic Wolf

Dominic Vogel

Chief Strategist, CyberSC

Robert Wong

Chair, Ontario Cyber Security Expert Panel
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Thursday, March 10, 2022

8:20am - 8:25am Stanley Park Ballroom

Call to Conference & Territorial Acknowledgement

8:25am - 8:40am Stanley Park Ballroom

Welcome Remarks

8:40am - 9:20am Stanley Park Ballroom

Session 1 - Keynote Address

9:20am - 10:00am Stanley Park Ballroom

Session 2 - Keynote Address by TELUS: Ransomware Realities, Impacts, and Controls: An introduction to the TELUS Canadian Ransomware Study

The increase in ransomware seen across the globe has fundamentally changed how organizations think about security. With cyber attacks becoming easier to perpetrate and threat actors casting an ever wider net, the new reality is that anyone can be a target. And Canadian organizations aren’t immune.

Join Shri Kalyanasundaram, Director, TELUS Cybersecurity as he shares insights from the TELUS Canadian Ransomware Study. Based on the feedback of over 450+ Canadian organizations, this study shares some surprising realities about how ransomware is impacting organizations, which controls are most effective and how to best protect yourself.

10:00am - 10:30am

Morning Break / Exhibit Booth Time

10:30am - 11:30am Ballroom A

Session 3 - Concurrent Panel A: Global Privacy Accord International Data Flows

A global privacy accord to facilitate data flows would truly make everyone’s life easier. While Canada is adequate under the EU GDPR there are numerous other countries with adequacy requirements. Furthermore, countries are seeing data as national assets, and enacting data localization rules as a “privacy protection.” Elizabeth Denham, former UK ICO and BC Information Commissioner has led a G7 process to develop such an accord. Should we be optimistic, or are all the political and cultural impediments a barrier? Join this session to find out.

10:30am - 11:30am Ballroom B

Session 3 - Concurrent Panel B: Blockchain: Web 3.0 - Crypto Currencies and The Impact on Privacy & Security

10:30am - 11:30am Ballroom C

Session 3 - Concurrent Panel C: The Internet of Everything: The Next Step in Government Data Tracking

11:35am - 12:05pm Ballroom A

Session 4 - Concurrent Keynote Address by Trend Micro: Cybersecurity Fighting Back in 2022

In the coming year, amid a landscape still in flux, enterprises will push forward with their digital transformation and hybrid work endeavors. This period is brimming with possibilities not just for companies that want to drive progress but also for cybercriminals who want to cash in by launching attacks both old and new. We will tackle the various security issues that we believe will make an impact on the threat landscape of 2022, and recommend security best practices and solutions to keep organizations protected against ever-evolving attacks.

The main takeaways of attendees will include:

-Understand why there will be a surge in zero-day exploits, which will break 2021’s record. Enterprises will be on high alert for potential patch gaps as more vulnerabilities are expected to be unearthed.

-How Cloud attackers will both pivot and shift as they carry out tried-and-true attacks that will use new trends in technology and target DevOps tools and pipelines in cloud integrated development environments (IDEs).

-How global supply chains will be in the crosshairs of fourfold extortion techniques as companies evolve their supply chain operations. There will be a surge in supply chain attacks that will use the quadruple extortion model

11:35am - 12:05pm Ballroom B

Session 4 - Concurrent Keynote Address by VMware: Data is the Currency of Our Lives: How to Protect it in the Age of Espionage

11:35am - 12:05pm Ballroom C

Session 4 - Concurrent Keynote Address by Google

12:05pm - 1:10pm Stanley Park Ballroom

Lunch Break (Please visit the exhibit booths)

1:10pm - 1:50pm Stanley Park Ballroom

Session 5 - Keynote Address by Fortinet

1:55pm - 2:25pm Ballroom A

Session 6 - Concurrent Keynote Address by Zscaler

1:55pm - 2:25pm Ballroom B

Session 6 - Concurrent Keynote Address by ServiceNow

1:55pm - 2:25pm Ballroom C

Session 6 - Concurrent Keynote Address by TBD

2:25pm - 2:55pm

Afternoon Break / Exhibit Booth Time

2:55pm - 3:55pm Ballroom A

Session 7 - Concurrent Panel A: The Dawn of Digital Health & Innovation in Healthcare: Protecting and Securing the Most Valuable Personal Information

McKinsey Global Institute estimates global digital-health revenues from telemedicine, online pharmacies, wearable devices will rise from $350bn last year to $600bn in 2024. 70% of hospitals still fax and post patient records. Doctors have embraced digital communication and analytics that have been common in other industries for years. Patients are growing more comfortable with remote and computer-assisted diagnosis and treatment. Technologies such as sensors, cloud-computing and data analytics are becoming medical-grade just as the risk of contracting Covid-19 in hospitals and clinics makes their adoption look more enticing than ever. Regulators around the world are pressing healthcare providers to open up their siloed system a precondition for digital health helping medicine evolve from “a clinical science supported by data to a data science supported by clinicians”. If the new generation of digital technologies is to thrive it must “improve health, not increase costs”.

2:55pm - 3:55pm Ballroom B

Session 7 - Concurrent Panel B: Canadian Private Sector Privacy Law Reform

2:55pm - 3:55pm Ballroom C

Session 7 - Concurrent Panel C: The New Hybrid Workplace

COVID has accelerated and in some cases mandated that organizations and government work from home. The shift may rival workplace transformations in the 19th and 20th centuries. The rapid shift to work at home was enabled by preconditions. Broadband services allow for document downloads and videoconferencing and remote work seems both normal and acceptable. Major challenges lie ahead. Are we prepared to provide the security and privacy needed in the work at home environment?

Organizations of all sizes, from all industries, rely heavily on cloud computing to operate. The massive shift to remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic has only increased this reliance. In fact, a sector built around fables of industry "disruption" has enabled many to maintain constancy, connection, and business continuity–and afford some enterprises new opportunities.

How can advances in computing power, networking, AI and devices help businesses, governments, and citizens thrive in a world that has been disrupted?

4:00pm - 4:45pm Stanley Park Ballroom

Session 8 - Keynote Address by BCIT/Northeastern University

4:45pm - 4:55pm Stanley Park Ballroom

Day 1 Closing Remarks

4:55pm - 5:00pm Stanley Park Ballroom

Message from our Founding Sponsor

Friday, March 11, 2022

8:15am - 8:20am Stanley Park Ballroom

Administrative Announcements

8:20am - 8:50am Stanley Park Ballroom

Session 9 - Keynote Address

8:55am - 9:35am Stanley Park Ballroom

Session 10 - Keynote Address by Microsoft

9:40am - 10:20am Stanley Park Ballroom

Session 11 - Keynote Address by Kyndryl

10:50am - 11:50am Ballroom A

Session 12 - Concurrent Panel A: State Sponsored Threat Vectors: Accountability & Governance of Civil Intelligence Relations Across the Five Eyes Security Community

10:50am - 11:50am Ballroom B

Session 12 - Concurrent Panel B: Artificial Intelligence in Canadian Healthcare: Will the Law Protect us from Algorithmic Bias Resulting in Discrimination

10:50am - 11:50am Ballroom C

Session 12 - Concurrent Panel C: The Metaverse: Big Tech But Bigger

The Metaverse is projected to be an $82B market by 2025. Tomorrow’s cyberspace will be empyrean, transcendent, immersive, 3D, and all folded together. It will be a super-platform that convenes sub-platforms: social media, online video games, and ease-of-life apps, all accessible through the same digital space and sharing the same digital economy. A metaverse must be interoperable; digital services associated with it must piece together, quilt-like, to form its fabric. Connecting services so they can collect our data, track us, and dominate our attention even more completely will likely make the world worse, not better.

The implications of this technology include physical damages to those using the technology, the effects on users’ mental health and the legal ramifications. The metaverse also raises concerns surrounding personal, biometric, financial and even emotional data.

11:55am - 12:25pm Ballroom A

Session 13 - Concurrent Keynote Speaker by Check Point

11:55am - 12:25pm Ballroom B

Session 13 - Concurrent Keynote Speaker - TBD

11:55am - 12:25pm Ballroom C

Session 13 - Concurrent Keynote Speaker - TBD

12:25pm - 1:30pm Stanley Park Ballroom

Lunch Break (Please visit the exhibit booths)

1:30pm - 2:30pm Ballroom A

Session 14 - Concurrent Panel A: Ransomware: Should the Public Sector be More Proactive on Ransomware?

A Case Study on the largest health data breach in Canada. Health & Community Services Newfoundland.
Ransomware is an increasingly common form of cyberattack and a majority of businesses and institutions are willing to pay the ransom rather than fight the invasion and loss of data. 70% of organizations paid the hackers financial demands. The most important protection is employee training. Governments must take a long look at how they allocated funding for cybersecurity especially when health dollars are stretched to the limits.

1:30pm - 2:30pm Ballroom B

Session 14 - Concurrent Panel B: Smart Cities: The New Modernization Strategy Banking on “Your Data”

The future modernization plans for cities to develop policies and the general digital transformation is on everyone’s agenda. Leveraging smart technology and innovation to engage residents and solve some of our city’s most pressing issues is at stake. A well-connected, sustainable city where people work, live and thrive in the new digital future is at stake.

The goal to transform cities into a modern, global city at the leading edge of innovation and technology with the creation of labs to test new tech in real-life, solve local innovation challenges and to bridge the gap between those that have access to technology and those who don’t is the plan.

Digital hubs to provide networking, connections to services, training, and tools in the mobile workplace, connected parks, free WiFi and main streets. Inter-modal transportation options bikes, cars, electric vehicles, and automated traffic management systems are the benefits.

Portals that connect the digital ecosystem with access to services and information and open data, GIS, and other smart city technology will be central to the success of smart cities?

So what is the cost? Your data and your privacy, are we ready to address these challenges?

1:30pm - 2:30pm Ballroom C

Session 14 - Concurrent Panel C: Digital ID: Ensuring Privacy and Security to Protect Canadians’ Personal Information in the New Digital Age

75% of Canadians feel it is important to have a secure and privacy enhancing digital ID. A majority of Canadians believe it is important for federal and provincial governments to move quickly on enabling digital ID in a safe and secure manner. The lack of standardization attributes to people and businesses not using the identity verification technology.

2:30pm - 3:00pm

Afternoon Break / Exhibit Booth Time

3:00pm - 3:30pm Ballroom A

Session 15 - Concurrent Keynote Speaker: Solving the Data Sharing Problem with Synthetic Data

Privacy enhancing technologies can enable organizations, such as in healthcare, to derive tremendous benefits from the secondary use and disclosure of personal information. Some traditional PETs, however, are facing headwinds such as a rise in re-identification attacks, increasingly challenging economics, as well as regulator and public concerns.

Synthetic data has been gaining rapid adoption as an innovative and practical PET that can address these concerns, offer greater safeguards and provide high utility data. Global analysts predict synthetic data will reduce data collection, minimize the risks of privacy breaches, help avoid privacy violation sanctions and ultimately result in better privacy. Organizations want to better understand what this new phenomenon is all about.

In this session, discover how synthetic data is generated using machine-learning models and why it’s considered non-identifiable information. See how it can be applied in practice and hear about an exciting and highly collaborative project involving the creation of a synthetic dataset mirroring a provincial health-care system which is being used in Alberta to answer important public health questions. With legal regimes evolving in Canada and abroad, you’ll also gain insights into how privacy authorities view regulating these innovative PETs and what’s needed to incentivize organizations to adopt them responsibly.

3:00pm - 3:30pm Ballroom B

Session 15 - Concurrent Keynote Speaker - TBD

3:00pm - 3:30pm Ballroom C

Session 15 - Concurrent Keynote Speaker - TBD

3:35pm - 4:15pm Stanley Park Ballroom

Session 16 - Closing Keynote Address by IBM

4:15pm - 4:25pm Stanley Park Ballroom

Closing Remarks & Announcements

Title Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Summit Sponsors

Sector Day Sponsor

Westin Bayshore Hotel - Vancouver, BC

If you are attending the in-person experience at the 2nd Annual Vancouver International Privacy & Security Summit and need to make a hotel reservation we have a room block at the Westin Bayshore Hotel with room rates starting at $195. The room block ends February 7th. To book a room within this room block please click here.

With lush and serene Stanley Park at its doorstep, water lapping the Coal Harbour Shores, snow-capped North Shore mountains in sight, and the vibrant city centre just around the corner, The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver is in perfect balance with its breathtaking surroundings. An elegant base from which to explore Vancouver, this resort-style property is a hub for well-being, whether travelling for leisure or business. A variety of year-round signature wellness programs promote feeling your best, while premier food and beverage offerings recharge the body and mind. Over 71,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space, one of Western Canada’s largest hotel ballrooms, and customizable catering options make this iconic hotel an ideal destination for conferences and social events. The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver is your gateway to inspired revitalization.

Call for Speakers

  • Please note that the call for speakers is now closed.

    The Advisory Board for the 2nd Annual Vancouver International Privacy and Security Summit is pleased to announce that the Call for Speakers is now closed and we are reviewing all of the submissions.

    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 or keynote address. 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: March 9-11th, 2022
    Location: Westin Bayshore Hotel, Vancouver, British Columbia

    2022 Summit – Suggested Panel Topics:

    • Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare
    • Blockchain & Crypto Currencies
    • Digital Health & Innovation in Healthcare
    • Digital ID
    • Global Privacy Accord
    • Hybrid Workplace
    • Internet of Everything
    • The Metaverse
    • Ransomware
    • Smart Cities
    • State Sponsored Terrorism


    All entries must be received by midnight of December 3, 2021. Invited speakers will be notified by December 17, 2021.


    Submissions will be accepted electronically using the form below.

    Have Questions or Need More Information?

Recommended Books

Please find below a list of recommended books that we suggest you check out (all written by various speakers from our events).

Title:  BREACHED! Why Data Security Law Fails and How to Improve It
Author:  Daniel J. Solove & Woodrow Hartzog
Description:  A novel account of how the law contributes to the insecurity of our data and a bold way to rethink it.

Digital connections permeate our lives and so do data breaches. It is alarming how difficult it is to create rules for securing our personal information. Despite the passage of many data security laws, data breaches are increasing at a record pace. In Breached!, Daniel Solove and Woodrow Hartzog, two of the world’s leading experts on privacy and data security, argue that the law fails because, ironically, it focuses too much on the breach itself.

Drawing insights from many fascinating stories about data breaches, Solove and Hartzog show how major breaches could have been prevented or mitigated through a different approach to data security rules. Current law is counterproductive. It pummels organizations that have suffered a breach but doesn’t address the many other actors that contribute to the problem: software companies that create vulnerable software, device companies that make insecure devices, government policymakers who write regulations that increase security risks, organizations that train people to engage in risky behaviors, and more.

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Title:  Intelligence as Democratic Statecraft
Author:  Christian Leuprecht and Hayley McNorton
Description:  Accountability and Governance of Civil-Intelligence Relations Across the Five Eyes Security Community – the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

Each country chapter surveys the member organizations of the intelligence community, the strategic environment that informed their historical and current development, the national security priorities from the vantage point of each country, and the concomitant intelligence accountability architecture.

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Title:  Gray Day
Author:  Eric O’Neill
Description:  My Undercover Mission to Expose America’s First Cyber Spy

A cybersecurity expert and former FBI “ghost” tells the thrilling story of how he helped take down notorious FBI mole Robert Hanssen, the first Russian cyber spy.

Eric O’Neill was only twenty-six when he was tapped for the case of a lifetime: a one-on-one undercover investigation of the FBI’s top target, a man suspected of spying for the Russians for nearly two decades, giving up nuclear secrets, compromising intelligence, and betraying US assets. With zero training in face-to-face investigation, Eric found himself in a windowless, high-security office in the newly formed Information Assurance Section, tasked officially with helping the FBI secure its outdated computer system against hackers and spies–and unofficially with collecting evidence against his new boss, Robert Hanssen, an exacting and rage-prone veteran agent with a disturbing fondness for handguns. In the months that follow, Eric’s self-esteem and young marriage unravel under the pressure of life in Room 9930, and he questions the very purpose of his mission. But as Hanssen outmaneuvers an intelligence community struggling to keep up with the new reality of cybersecurity, he also teaches Eric the game of spycraft. Eric will just have to learn to outplay his teacher if he wants to win.

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