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Cyber Summit 2016 focused on the privacy / policy implications of technologies related to open, big data, and the Internet of Things. It showed public organizations, tech leaders, and everyday citizens what is fully at stake when information (both public and private) is made available online, and what legal defenses may (or may not) exist to protect them.

Stay tuned for Cyber Summit 2017!

Keynote Speakers


Michael Geist

Dr. Michael Geist is a law professor at the University of Ottawa, where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law. He is a syndicated columnist on technology law issues, with his regular column appearing in the Toronto Star and the Hill Times. Dr. Geist is the editor of many books including Law, Privacy and Surveillance in Canada in the Post-Snowden Era (2015, University of Ottawa Press), The Copyright Pentalogy: How the Supreme Court of Canada Shook the Foundations of Canadian Copyright Law (2013, University of Ottawa Press), From "Radical Extremism" to "Balanced Copyright": Canadian Copyright and the Digital Agenda (2010, Irwin Law) and In the Public Interest: The Future of Canadian Copyright Law (2005, Irwin Law). He is also the editor of several monthly technology law publications, and the author of a popular blog on Internet and intellectual property law issues. In 2010, Managing Intellectual Property named him on the 50 most influential people on intellectual property in the world and Canadian Lawyer named him one of the 25 most influential lawyers in Canada in 2011, 2012 and 2013. More information can be obtained at michaelgeist.ca.


Jill Clayton

Jill Clayton was sworn in as Alberta’s third Information and Privacy Commissioner on February 1, 2012. 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.

A nonpartisan officer of the Legislature, the Information and Privacy Commissioner has the requisite authority to perform the broad range of responsibilities, duties and functions prescribed in the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, the Health Information Act, and the Personal Information Protection Act. The Commissioner is an Officer of the Legislature and is independent of government. The Commissioner has a broad range of regulatory responsibilities and powers.