Vancouver International Privacy & Security Summit May 5-7, 2021, Vancouver, BC

General Information

This first annual summit will be a digital-first experience on our customized virtual platform with an immersive look and feel that will engage our delegates from start to finish. We will deliver our virtual summit from a professional studio with a full production team and made for TV quality presentations. 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.

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 pre-conference educational sessions and many compelling panel sessions
  • Get immediate answers and solutions to issues current in your organization

Conference Rates

Early Bird virtual registration by March 5, 2021 Regular virtual registration after March 5, 2021
Public Sector $300 (plus GST) $350 (plus GST)
Private Sector $300 (plus GST) $350 (plus GST)

Registration Fees Include

  • All keynotes and panel sessions
  • Pre-conference educational sessions
  • Access to virtual exhibition booths
  • Access to virtual platform
  • On-line access to presentations post-event

Social Media

Stay connected and engaged in the conversation leading up to and during the conference by following along on Twitter. Use the event hashtag to follow others who are already posting, and include it in your tweets to add to the existing discussions. The hashtag for this year’s summit is #VIPSS21 and our twitter handle is @VIPSSummit. We would appreciate you sharing your voice with our other followers.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Ann Cavoukian

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

Vint Cerf

Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google; “Father of the Internet”

Robert Falzon

Head of Engineering, Office of the CTO, Check Point

Kevin Lonergan

Senior Strategy Manager, TELUS Security

Dan Pontefract

Founder and CEO, Pontefract Group; Author & Speaker


Michael Argast

Co-founder & CEO, Kobalt

Clarence Chio

Artificial Intelligence & Security Specialist

Leo de Sousa

Director of Enterprise Technology, City of Vancouver

Justin Fox

Director of Software Engineering, NuData Security, A Mastercard Company

Dr. Robert Fraser

President and CEO, Molecular You

John Jacobson

Former Deputy Minister, Ministry of Citizens’ Services

Soyean Kim

Director of Digital Products, Providence Health Care

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; Executive Director, Medicines Access Coalition – BC; Primary Care Pharmacist and Pharmacy Lead, BioPro Biologics Pharmacy

Edward Pereira

Principal Consultant, Carmel Info-Risk Consulting

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

Bill Tam

Co-founder & Chief Operating Officer, Digital Technology Supercluster

Jody Vance

Broadcaster and Writer
Print Agenda

*Invited Speaker

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Thursday, May 6, 2021

8:15am-8:20am PST

Call to Conference

8:20am-8:40am PST

Welcome Remarks

8:40am-9:20am PST

Session 1 - Keynote Address

9:20am-10:00am PST

Session 2 - Keynote Address

10:00am-10:30am PST

Morning Break / Exhibit Booth Time

10:30am-11:30am PST

Session 3 - Panel A: Building Canada into a Digital World – Interacting with Digital Consumers and Citizens

To create a digital Canada it's essential to build trust and prioritise "engagement and education" with communities. When we talk about the concept of trust, we really have to put ourselves as best as we can into the context of the people whom we want to build this trust with. identity management is a core component to building a solid foundation for a socioeconomic safety net.

As digital transformation accelerates, we must solve the challenges we face today while preparing for an abundance of future opportunities. At the heart of that effort is the commitment to building trust and data stewardship into our AI development projects and organizations.

10:30am-11:30am PST

Session 3 - 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, electronic 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?

11:35am-12:05pm PST

Session 4 - Concurrent Keynote Address by TELUS

11:35am-12:05pm PST

Session 4 - Concurrent Keynote Address by Cisco

11:35am-12:05pm PST

Session 4 - Concurrent Keynote Address by TBD

12:05pm-1:10pm PST

Lunch Break (Please visit the exhibit booths)

1:10pm-1:50pm PST

Session 5 - Keynote Address by Tanium

1:55pm-2:25pm PST

Session 6 - Concurrent Keynote Address by Check Point: IoT and the new ab·normal

IoT devices permeate the most intimate aspects of our everyday lives. Now more than ever we must address the risks associated with these always on, always connected devices!

1:55pm-2:25pm PST

Session 6 - Concurrent Keynote Address by Ernst & Young

1:55pm-2:25pm PST

Session 6 - Concurrent Keynote Address by TBD

2:25pm-2:55pm PST

Afternoon Break / Exhibit Booth Time

2:55pm-3:55pm PST

Session 7 - Panel A: Banking on the Future: How the Digital Surge Will Reshape How We Do Business

The shift from physical to digital payments has been dramatic as the rise of cashless transactions worldwide has risen to levels not expected in two or five years. Conventional banks now account for only 72% of the total market value of the global banking and payments industry. The acceleration of digitisation is most visible in payments. The digital rush offers a new business model from banks, e-commerce sites, fintechs, social networks, taxi apps and telecom firms all vying to become the next platform.

Cybersecurity has quickly become one of the most important issues of our time, As a leading organization in cybersecurity entrusted to keep our clients data safe and secure, RBC is proud to support the Cybersecure Policy Exchange and its ambitious policy agenda. Questions of privacy and security are paramount for all Canadians and policymakers, and proper governance of these issues will ultimately contribute to a more prosperous and equitable world.

2:55pm-3:55pm PST

Session 7 - Panel B: Creating a Cyber Resilient Organization – The Conversation with the Board of Directors

COVID-19 has forever transformed the way we run business. Now more than ever, cybersecurity and cyber-resiliency are critical for market survival. Understanding which technologies will have the most significant impact and success in your organization is critical. The next step is the conversation with your Board of Directors or Executive Management Team. You will need to demonstrate clear ownership of the risk and your command of the top from both a technology and an overall business perspective. CIO Survey indicates there is a large gap between technology leaders and Executive Management. Can you gain the trust and confidence of your Board to enable and empower your organization from cyber attack and create resiliency from a cyber attack?

2:55pm-3:55pm PST

Session 7 - Panel C: Managing Identity & Security in the Cloud – Lessons Learned from Digital Health

Healthcare providers are creating their own branded “digital front door” that provides efficient, personalized user experiences through SMS, web, phone, video, apps, and other channels. Consumers also are opting for time-saving real-time digital interactions. Healthcare and commercial organizations rightfully want to control and safeguard their patient and customer relationships and data in each method of digital engagement to build brand awareness, personalized interactions, and loyalty.

The healthcare industry has historically been slow to adopt new digital technologies. However, a host of market forces, rising costs, and new regulations are expanding the landscape for digital tools to manage care better, find new cures, and change healthcare business models entirely. Digital Health Insights is a data-driven research publication looking at how technology is changing the healthcare space, who the big players in the space are, new trends to look out for, and how incumbents across insurance, pharma, providers, and more are responding.

4:00pm-4:45pm PST

Session 8 - Keynote Address by BCIT

4:45pm-5:00pm PST

Day 1 Closing Remarks

Friday, May 7, 2021

8:30am-8:35am PST

Administrative Announcements

8:35am-8:50am PST

Day 2 Welcome Remarks

8:50am-9:05am PST

Opening Remarks

9:05am-9:40am PST

Keynote Address

9:40am-10:20am PST

Keynote Address by Fortinet

10:20am-10:50am PST

Morning Break / Exhibit Booth Time

10:50am-11:50am PST

Session 11 - Panel A: Trust, Ethics and the Future of Artificial Intelligence Machine Learning (AI-ML)

At the heart of digital transformation is the commitment to building trust and data stewardship into our AI development projects and organizations.

Even as a nascent technology AI is incredibly complex and powerful, delivering benefits by performing computations and detecting patterns in huge data sets with speed and efficiency. But that power, combined with “black box” perceptions of AI and its appetite for user data, introduces a lot of variables, unknowns, and possible unintended consequences. Hidden within practical applications of AI is the fact that trust can have a profound effect on the user’s perception of the system, as well as the associated companies, vendors, and brands that bring these applications to market.

Advancements such as ubiquitous cloud and edge computational power make AI more capable and effective while making it easier and faster to build and deploy applications. Historically, the focus has been on software development and user-experience design. But it’s no longer a case of simply designing a system that solves for x. It is our responsibility to create an engaging, personalized, frictionless, and trustworthy experience for each user.

Responsible data stewardship establishes a chain of trust that extends from consumers to the companies collecting user data and those of us building AI-powered systems. It’s our responsibility to know and understand privacy laws and policies and consider security and compliance during the primary design phase. We must have a deep understanding of how the data is used and who has access to it. We also need to detect and eliminate hidden biases in the data through comprehensive testing.

Every AI vendor and developer not only needs to be aware of the inherently sensitive nature of user data but also of the need to operate with high ethical standards to build and maintain the required chain of trust.

10:50am-11:50am PST

Session 11 - Panel B: The New Digital Normal - Doing Business Remotely and Securely

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 enabled 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 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?

10:50am-11:50am PST

Session 11 - Panel C: State Sponsored Threats: A Case Study for the SolarWinds Security Breach

11:55am-12:25pm PST

Session 12 - Concurrent Keynote Address by Google

11:55am-12:25pm PST

Session 12 - Concurrent Keynote Address - TBD

11:55am-12:25pm PST

Session 12 - Concurrent Keynote Address - TBD

12:25pm-1:30pm PST

Lunch Break (Please visit the exhibit booths)

1:30-2:30pm PST

Session 13 - Panel A: Rise of Surveillance Capitalism

Law enforcement agencies use the technology to monitor perceived threats and predict criminal behaviour, the capabilities of facial recognition are far more extensive. Software can monitor your body through a combination of biometrics (measurements of physical and behavioural characteristics), anthropometrics (measurements of body morphology), and physiometrics (measurements of bodily functions such as heart rate, blood pressure, and other physical states).

We have long used science and technology to categorize and differentiate people into hierarchies that, even today, determine who is able and unable, deserving and undeserving, legitimate and criminal. The scientific racism of old, facial recognition doesn’t simply identify threats; it creates them, and as such intensifies a dangerous digital moment. Facial-recognition systems tend to misidentify people of colour and women at higher rates than white people and men Invasive technologies such as facial recognition and electronic monitors reproduce and supersize racial inequality in an era of big data and offer few tangible metrics with which to measure effectiveness. These technologies are as destructive to democracy as they are discriminatory.

1:30-2:30pm PST

Session 13 - Panel B: Women in Cybersecurity & Privacy: Challenges, Successes & Opportunities

2:30pm-3:00pm PST

Afternoon Break / Exhibit Booth Time

3:00pm-3:30pm PST

Session 14 - Concurrent Keynote Address by Trend Micro

3:00pm-3:30pm PST

Session 14 - Concurrent Keynote Address - TBD

3:00pm-3:30pm PST

Session 14 - Concurrent Keynote Address - TBD

3:35pm-4:15pm PST

Session 15 - Closing Keynote Address

4:15pm-4:25pm PST

Closing Remarks & Announcements

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