Building Policies Around Privacy – What You Need To Know

The tools and technologies that protect data have come a long way in recent years, but have the policies? What guidelines and standards are being used to govern how we collect, store, analyze and distribute data? Join us for a panel discussion that will explore the recent developments, considerations, and compliance issues around data privacy policy-making. The panelists will bring perspectives from government, research and the private sector, from both sides of the Canadian/American border.

Brendan Seaton, President, ITAC Health

Brendan Seaton is one of Canada’s leading experts and innovators in the management of eHealth risks, including privacy, security, safety, project and business risk. He has more than 30 years experience in health service administration, information system project management and information privacy and security in both the public and private sectors. He has been a leader in the development of health IT standards, particularly in the areas of security and privacy. He has held senior management and executive level positions in Veterans Affairs Canada, Ontario Blue Cross, and the Ontario Smart Systems for Health Agency. Brendan is currently President of ITAC Health, the health care division of the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC), and is an instructor at the National Institutes for Health Informatics teaching workshops on eHealth privacy, security and risk management.

Kim McGrail, Associate Director, UBC Centre for Health Services 

Kim McGrail is an assistant professor in the School of Population and Public Health, an Associate Director of the UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, a senior researcher with Statistics Canada and an associate with the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation. Her current research interests are in variations in health care services use, aging and health care services use, understanding health care as a determinant of health, comparative health policy, and the development of health information and technology to improve evidence and practice. She has conducted collaborative research with provinical and national agencies including the BC Ministry of Health Services, the Canadian Institute for Health Information and the Health Council of Canada. Dr. McGrail earned her PhD from the University of British Columbia and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Statistics Canada. She has a master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Michigan.

Kris Klein, Managing Director, Industry Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) Canada; Partner, nNovation LLP 

Kris Klein has more than a decade of public and private sector experience in the federal regulatory arena in Canada, and is one of Canada’s leading legal experts on privacy, access to information and information security issues. He has litigated and counseled extensively on federal regulatory law with a pre-eminent national firm, and for Canada’s Department of Justice, including providing instrumental legal advice to Canada’s Privy Council Office. He has also practiced exclusively in the area of privacy law, advising the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. In that role, Klein advised the Privacy Commissioner and senior officials on legal, policy and strategic issues, including on the handling of high-profile and sensitive cases. He negotiated and settled complaints with private sector organizations facing scrutiny over privacy compliance issues. Klein has also represented the Commissioner and her office publicly before Parliamentary committees, as a conference speaker, and before the media.

Caitlin Lemiski, Policy Analyst, Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner

Andrew Clement, Professor, Faculty of Information; Coordinator, Information Policy Research Program, University of Toronto


Panel Discussion

Intended Audience 


Session Duration

60 minutes

Session Schedule

Wednesday May 2nd, 2012

9:30-10:30 a.m.

Labatt Hall (Room 1700)