26th Annual Vancouver International Privacy & Security Summit
Guarding Privacy, Fortifying Security: Navigating the AI Frontier
March 6-8, 2024, Vancouver, BC

General Information

Presenting the 26th Annual Vancouver International Privacy & Security Summit at the Westin Bayshore Hotel.  This fully in-person summit will offer a platform for up to 750 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 valuable education and training opportunities for individuals who are responsible for the transformation of the public and private sector into the new digital economy.

Embark on a transformative intellectual journey on “Guarding Privacy, Fortifying Security: Navigating the AI Frontier“, where visionaries, experts, and innovators convene to dissect the intricate intersection of cutting-edge artificial intelligence and the critical imperatives of preserving privacy and enhancing security. Through riveting keynote sessions, interactive workshops, and collaborative panels, this event promises to unravel the complexities, challenges, and opportunities that define our digital age. Join us in charting a course toward a harmonious future where AI advancements coalesce with unwavering commitments to individual rights, data sovereignty, and technological trust.

CPD/CPE Credits

We are proud to announce that delegates within local government and professionals in the industry can obtain CPD/CPE credits through our accreditation with:

🛡️The BC Law Society
🛡️ISACA Vancouver
🛡️Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada

Registration Information

Early Bird Rates (until December 31st)

Public Sector Private Sector
VIPSS  3-Day Pass
(Westin Bayshore Vancouver)
$575.00 CAD (plus GST) $875.00 CAD (plus GST)

Standard Rates (starting January 1st)

Public Sector Private Sector
VIPSS 3-Day Pass
(Westin Bayshore Vancouver)
$695.00 CAD (plus GST) $995.00 CAD (plus GST)

Registration Includes*:

  • Join us live in Vancouver, B.C for our 3-day summit (March 6-8, 2024) – includes the pre-summit educational workshop day on March 6th (no lunch served this day).
  • 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 (March 7 & 8th) and coffee breaks (March 6-8th)
*Subject to provincial guidelines (masks are currently optional).

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Keynote Speakers

Manfred Boudreaux-Dehmer

Chief Information Officer and Chief Information Security Officer, NATO

Dr. Kate Crawford

Author, Atlas of AI; Research Professor, USC Annenberg

Philippe Dufresne

Privacy Commissioner of Canada

Sami Khoury

Head , Canadian Centre for Cyber Security

Michael McEvoy

Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia


Martin Abrams

Chief Policy Innovation Officer, Information Accountability Foundation

Dr. Ewan Affleck

Senior Medical Advisor - Health Informatics, College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta

Umit Aksu

Founder and Director, Mobile Hacking Lab

Melanie Anderson

Director General, Secure Solutions and Services, Canadian Centre for Cyber Security

Dr. Colin Bennett

Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Victoria

Manfred Boudreaux-Dehmer

Chief Information Officer and Chief Information Security Officer, NATO

Dr. Gregory Carpenter

Chief Security Officer, Knowledge Bridge International

Rob Davidson

Chief Information Security Officer, Pacific Blue Cross & PBC Solutions

Michael Doucet

Executive Director, Office of the CISO, Optiv

Michelle Finneran Dennedy

CEO, PrivacyCode

Dr. Robert Fraser

President and CEO, Molecular You

Aarti Gadhia

Board Advisor, WiCyS Western Canada Affiliate; Principal Security Specialist, Microsoft

Dharmesh Gandhi

CIO, BC Hydro

Bob Gordon

Strategic Advisor, Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange (CCTX)

Robin Gould-Soil

President, RGS Management Consulting Services; CPO, Pentavere

John Jacobson

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

Patricia Kosseim

Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario

Brian Lenahan

Founder & Chair, Quantum Strategy Institute

Christian Leuprecht

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

Penny Longman

Director, Information Security and Data Stewardship, Fraser Health

Amanda Maltby

General Manager, Compliance and Chief Privacy Officer, Canada Post Corporation

Drew McArthur

Principal, The McArthur Consulting Group

Tim McCreight

VP Business Development Canada, Apollo Information Systems; ASIS President

Dr. Brenda McPhail

Director, Privacy, Surveillance, and Technology Program, Canadian Civil Liberties Association

Harsh Modi

Harsh Modi, Lead SecurityArchitect, Bell Canada

Suzanne Morin

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

Edward Pereira

Principal Consultant, Carmel Info-Risk Consulting

Markus Pflitsch

Founder, CEO & Chairman, Terra Quantum

Jennifer Quaid

Executive Director ,Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange (CCTX)

Sherry Rumbolt

Senior Cybersecurity Strategic Advisor, Government of Canada- Shared Services Canada

Dr. Teresa Scassa

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

Dr. May Siksik

CEO, The Canadian Innovation Network

Pam Simpson

Senior Information Security Analyst, TD Bank

Pamela Snively

Chief Data & Trust Officer, TELUS

Jeannette Van Den Bulk

Deputy Commissioner, Policy, Adjudication, and Audit, Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia
Print Agenda

*Invited Speaker

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Wednesday, March 6, 2024


Registration Opens

9:00am - 10:30am Salon ABC

Concurrent Workshop 1A: Fortinet

9:00am - 10:30am Salon EF

Concurrent Workshop 1B: Build your own Security Awareness Program

9:00am - 10:30am Salon D

Concurrent Workshop 1C: Data Privacy for Sensitive Data and Generative AI

Preserving the privacy of sensitive data like names and social security numbers is a top priority for any global business. But protecting sensitive data and easing compliance without sacrificing data usability requires sophisticated solutions. The compliance landscape is increasingly complex, with an ever-growing number of distinct privacy regulations being considered (such as Canada’s Bill C-27) or passed into law, including Quebec’s Law 25, the EU’s GDPR, and India’s DPDP. Privacy regulations often impose data residency requirements that restrict where sensitive data can be stored and processed, creating complex data requirements for global businesses. At the same time, businesses are eager to harness the power of generative AI large language models (LLMs) like ChatGPT, but are wary of the dangers LLMs can pose to data privacy.

Your company can’t afford to ignore the promise of entering new markets, or compliance requirements in current markets. And, you can’t afford to fall behind your competitors by not using LLMs. But, the stakes are high. You need deep expertise to implement effective data privacy, and the consequences of a mistake are massive: eye-popping fines for regulatory non-compliance, or even a data breach that can damage your brand and undermine customer trust. The solution lies in leveraging the expertise of privacy experts with a data privacy vault.

In this session, veteran privacy practitioners from Canada and the US will discuss the changing global landscape of data privacy, data residency, LLMs, and AI. They will provide tips and actionable insights from an architectural perspective on how to solve these challenges so businesses can keep sensitive data within geographic borders without sacrificing data use.

10:30am - 10:45am

Morning Coffee Break

10:45am - 12:15pm Salon ABC

Concurrent Workshop 2A: A Practical Model for Personal Information Sovereignty

A practical solution for First Nations information sovereignty (OLAP) building on a First Nations established digital Identity, add an OLAP member-centric data model to drive improved health and life outcomes

10:45am - 12:15pm Salon EF

Concurrent Workshop 2B: IBM

10:45am - 12:15pm Salon D

Concurrent Workshop 2C: TBC

12:15pm - 1:30pm

Lunch Break (on your own - no lunch provided today)

1:30pm - 3:00pm Salon ABC

Concurrent Workshop 3A: Protecting the Blueprint of Life: The Importance of Information Security at the Molecular Level

This presentation discusses the need for information security (INFOSEC) at the molecular level to protect our genetic information in light of the increasing use of gene editing technologies such as CRISPR/Cas9. The proliferation of these technologies, coupled with crippling ransomware attacks, has raised fears about the security and loss of integrity of genetic data. Research has demonstrated that we are on the verge of having the internet run through our bodies and that we will soon be another end device in the larger world of IOT. Consider the consequences of a malicious actor launching a biocyber attack that executed a DDOS of your brain or another vital organ. It is imperative to immediately implement INFOSEC at the molecular level to protect individual privacy, thwart off malicious actors, and help prevent errors and accidental mutations in genetic data that could result in false diagnoses or incorrect treatment plans, potentially risking patients' lives.

1:30pm - 3:00pm Salon EF

Concurrent Workshop 3B: Cisco

1:30pm - 3:00pm Salon D

Concurrent Workshop 3C: Local Government Workshop

3:00pm - 3:15pm

Afternoon Refreshment Break

3:15pm - 4:45pm Salon ABC

Concurrent Workshop 4A: TBC

3:15pm - 4:45pm Salon EF

Concurrent Workshop 4B: Amazon

3:15pm - 4:45pm Salon D

Concurrent Workshop 4C by ISACA Vancouver Chapter: Ethics, Risks, and AI: Crafting the Governance Framework

This presentation zeroes in on the critical dilemma facing our industry: how to harness the rewards of AI innovation while mitigating the risks of misuse and ethical pitfalls. Discover how AI governance and risk management frameworks emerge as key solutions, providing a blueprint for ethical, safe, and effective AI deployment in technology sectors. Gain insights into implementing these governance strategies using various case studies that will safeguard your projects, propelling your organization forward in an AI-driven future.

Thursday, March 7, 2024

8:15am - 8:25am Bayshore Ballroom

Call to Conference & Territorial Acknowledgement

8:25am - 8:40am Bayshore Ballroom

Opening Remarks

8:40am - 9:20am Bayshore Ballroom

Session 1 - Fireside Chat

9:20am - 10:05am Bayshore Ballroom

Session 2 - Keynote Address by Fortinet

10:05am - 10:30am Bayshore Foyer

Morning Coffee Break

10:30am - 11:30am Salon ABC

Session 3A - Concurrent Panel: AI Data Is Regulated – Outcomes Are Next

Privacy regulators, including those in Canada, have been crystal clear that the data used for generating algorithms are covered by privacy and data security laws. These laws cover the input for AI and machine learning. What comes next are laws that will specially require that AI outcomes are fair and just. Whether in Bill C 27, or a successor, rules and regulations are coming. And they will be compared to the new executive order in the U.S., and the European AI Act. This panel will forecast both the future of enforcement, the nature of new laws, and the impacts on AI implementation in both the public and private sectors.

10:30am - 11:30am Salon EF

Session 3B - Concurrent Panel : Quantum Computing - Security Implications in 2024

In a thought-provoking conference panel discussion, experts will delve into the realm of quantum computing, shedding light on its distinctions from classical computing and exploring its impact on businesses and cybersecurity. Quantum computing's unique properties, and its potential for tackling complex problems that are beyond classical computers' capabilities will inspire business leaders towards approaching innovation in the context of security. The panel will explore the growing interest and investments from the business community in harnessing the potential of quantum technologies vis-Ă -vis protection mechanisms or potential threats. Addressing practical considerations, the panel will discuss where quantum computing fits within today's IT budgets and whether Chief Information Officers (CIOs) are taking notice. As well, the panel will address raising awareness of the transformative potential of quantum technologies, highlighting real-world use cases, and demonstrating the competitive advantages they offer today and in the future as key drivers to gain attention and commitment from top-level executives.

10:30am - 11:30am Salon D

Session 3C - Concurrent Panel: How Artificial Intelligence Empowers Cybercriminals

11:35am - 12:05pm Salon ABC

Session 4A - Concurrent Keynote by DPOrganizer

11:35am - 12:05pm Salon EF

Session 4B - Concurrent Keynote by TELUS

11:35am - 12:05pm Salon D

Session 4C - Concurrent Keynote by Netskope/Abnormal Security

12:05pm - 1:05pm

Lunch Break

1:05pm - 1:35pm Salon ABC

Session 5A - Concurrent Keynote: TBC

1:05pm - 1:35pm Salon EF

Session 5B - Concurrent Keynote by Rubrik

1:05pm - 1:35pm Salon D

Session 5C - Concurrent Keynote by iON United/Tenable

1:40pm - 2:10pm Salon ABC

Session 6A - Concurrent Keynote by ServiceNow

1:40pm - 2:10pm Salon EF

Session 6B - Concurrent Keynote by SentinelOne

1:40pm - 2:10pm Salon D

Session 6C - Concurrent Keynote by Arctic Wolf

2:10pm - 2:35pm

Afternoon Refreshment Break

2:35pm - 3:35pm Salon ABC

Session 7A - Concurrent Panel: Demonstrable Fair AI Governance

The accelerated adoption of AI in both the Canadian public and private sectors powered by large language models is creating a demand for demonstrable governance. While this governance requires expanded requirements in both data security and privacy, it also creates new demands, processes and governance structures on many other organizational functions. These expanded governance capabilities will be reflected in laws and regulations as they develop, both explicitly and implicitly. While today, they are not well defined, they will be expected as already necessary for compliance with the accountability principle. AI developers will have to be able to demonstrate that their use of the technology is legal, fair and non-discriminatory. To do this, organizations will need to govern their processes from data and technology acquisition, transformation of data into processable information that is secure, algorithmic processes that are trustworthy and decisions that are fair. At the very least these governance programs will include the CISO, CPO and CDO but will require integration with many other roles. This form of “horizontal” governance is under development by key players participating on this panel. This session will explore how they are building out programs, securing broad organizational support, and creating accountability to stakeholders. These experiences will be useful to audience members as they plan their own demonstrable governance programs that will be demanded by both regulators and other stakeholders.

2:35pm - 3:35pm Salon EF

Session 7B - Concurrent Panel: Board Oversight: Why Can’t We Solve Canada’s Massive Cybersecurity Problem?

2:35pm - 3:35pm Salon D

Session 7C - Concurrent Panel: East Meets West: Practicing Cyber Defensive Vigilance During Global Uncertainty

Given today's complex and evolving cyber threat landscape coupled with the rise of sophisticated widespread malicious campaigns it is vital that organizations continuously bolster their critical infrastructure and systems from disruption. This session will discuss ways to practice defensive vigilance as we navigate through an uptick in global cyber crime, ransomware attacks, misinformation and disinformation, along with geopolitical threats.

3:45pm - 4:15pm Bayshore Ballroom

Session 8 - Keynote Address

4:15pm - 4:55pm Bayshore Ballroom

Session 9 - Keynote Address by Amazon

4:55pm - 5:00pm Bayshore Ballroom

Message from our Founding Sponsor ISACA

5:00pm - 5:05pm Bayshore Ballroom

Day 1 Closing Remarks

Friday, March 8, 2024

8:05am - 8:15am Bayshore Ballroom

Administrative Announcements

8:15am - 8:30am Bayshore Ballroom

Opening Remarks

8:30am - 9:00am Bayshore Ballroom

Session 10 - Keynote Address

9:00am - 9:40am Bayshore Ballroom

Session 11 - Keynote Address by IBM

9:40am - 10:20am Bayshore Ballroom

Session 12 - Keynote Address by Cisco

10:20am - 10:50am Bayshore Foyer

Morning Coffee Break

10:50am - 11:50am Salon ABC

Session 13A - Concurrent Panel: Data Security & Theft of Intellectual Property - The Biggest Threat to Western Democracy

10:50am - 11:50am Salon EF

Session 13B - Concurrent Panel: Strengthening Health Data Foundations Through Data Governance - Striking a Balance Between Privacy & Security and Data Sharing & Access

Canada's healthcare industry is very complex and continues to be under siege. The number of cyber attacks on healthcare institutions continues to rise. At the same time, there is the recognition that more data sharing and access to patient information is necessary to deliver better, safer care and more sharing is needed for the healthcare system planning and research.

However, the Pan-Canadian Health Data Strategy Report released in May 2022 outlined the principles and recommendations to make this a reality, but it did not touch upon whether any legislative changes are needed. This panel will discuss highlights from the Pan-Canadian HealthData Strategy Report, but focus on what is needed by the government, regulators, healthcare practitioners, technologists, privacy and security professionals, and citizens to make this strategy a reality.

10:50am - 11:50am Salon D

Session 13C - Concurrent Panel: Bounty Hunters: Let's Hear from the World's Best Hackers

11:55am - 12:25pm Salon ABC

Session 14A - Concurrent Keynote by Zscaler

11:55am - 12:25pm Salon EF

Session 14B - Concurrent Keynote by Palo Alto Networks

11:55am - 12:25pm Salon D

Session 14C - Concurrent Keynote: TBC

12:25pm - 1:30pm

Lunch Break

1:30pm - 2:30pm Salon ABC

Session 15A - Concurrent Panel: CIO Panel

1:30pm - 2:30pm Salon EF

Session 15B - Concurrent Panel: Geopolitics-State Sponsored Threats

1:30pm - 2:30pm Salon D

Session 15C - Concurrent Panel: Safeguarding Healthcare Data: Unleashing the Power of AI Responsibly “Data Sharing and the Emergence of Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PETs)”

Opportunities exist for public health organizations to advance precision public health by adopting genomic sequencing and data sharing through highly curated, but interoperable, genomics data sharing. Privacy-enhancing technologies, backed by national statistical organizations such as the United Nations Statistics Division are examples of this. This panel will discuss key opportunities for IT to leverage PETs as the fastest path to early wins in pathogen genomic data sharing for important public health applications.

2:30pm - 3:00pm Bayshore Foyer

Afternoon Refreshment Break

3:00pm - 3:30pm Salon ABC

Session 16A - Concurrent Keynote by TBC

3:00pm - 3:30pm Salon EF

Session 16B - Concurrent Keynote by Optiv/Tanium

3:00pm - 3:30pm Salon D

Session 16C - Concurrent Keynote by TBC

3:35pm - 4:15pm Bayshore Ballroom

Session 17 - Keynote Address

4:15pm - 4:45pm Bayshore Ballroom

Session 18 - Keynote Address

4:45pm - 4:55pm Bayshore Ballroom

Closing Remarks & Announcements

Title Sponsor

Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Summit Sponsors

Westin Bayshore Hotel - Vancouver, BC

If you are attending the 26th 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 $289. The room block ends February 5th. 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 closed October 31, 2023.

The Advisory Board for the 26th Annual Vancouver International Privacy and Security Summit acknowledges 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, workshop 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 6-8, 2024
Location: Westin Bayshore Hotel, Vancouver, British Columbia

2024 Summit – Suggested Topics:

  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
  • Blockchain & Crypto Currencies
  • Data Exfiltration
  • Digital ID
  • Financial Cyber Crimes
  • Healthcare Cyber Attacks & Privacy Breaches
  • Hybrid Workplace
  • Internet of Everything
  • Privacy Legislation
  • Quantum Computing
  • Ransomware
  • Smart Cities
  • State Sponsored Terrorism
  • The Metaverse


All entries must be received by midnight of October 31, 2023. Invited speakers will be notified by November 30, 2023.


Submissions are now closed.

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