Data Privacy: Rights, Responsibilities and the Way Forward

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Date & Time

March 23, 2020
7:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.


Fasken Office, 333 Bay Street, Suite 2400, Toronto


Limited seats available


Kellie Rabak


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Fasken Office, 333 Bay Street, Suite 2400, Toronto

(333 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5H 2R2, Canada)



7:30 a.m.  Registration and breakfast
8:15 a.m.  Opening Remarks
8:30 a.m. Panel Discussion
9:15 a.m. Audience Q&A
9:30 a.m. Event concludes


Jennifer Stoddart, Strategic Advisor, Privacy and Cybersecurity Group, Fasken; former Privacy Commissioner of Canada

Jennifer Stoddart is a strategic advisor in the Privacy and Cybersecurity Group. With her extensive experience in the field, Jennifer brings her expertise to her work for clients on issues that include organizations’ compliance with the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), the status of Canadian legislation, and current and future international trends in this area.

Jennifer was the Privacy Commissioner of Canada from 2003 to 2013. In that position, she oversaw numerous investigations, including the personal information protection policy of a social networking website and the data security breach of an American retail giant.

Previously, she was the Chair of the Commission d’accès à l’information du Québec from 2000 to 2003. She has also held management positions on the Human Rights Commissions of Canada and Québec.

Jennifer has been very active on the international scene in seeking better protection for Canadians’ data and has led numerous personal data protection initiatives. As Commissioner, she contributed to the work of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). She has continued this work, now focussing on the revision of the changes made to the Guidelines in 2013. She was also involved in Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) work with the aim of developing methods for protecting personal information in data flows within the Asia-Pacific region.

Over the years, her achievements have earned her a number of distinctions. Jennifer was named an Officer of the Order of Canada “for her international leadership in privacy rights and for her exemplary public service as the Privacy Commissioner of Canada”. The Québec Bar has recognized her with the distinction of Advocatus Emeritus and the Christine Tourigny Award of Merit, and the Université du Québec à Montréal awarded her the Prix Reconnaissance for her commitment to Canadians’ privacy rights. She has also been named twice as one of the Top 25 most influential lawyers in Canada by Canadian Lawyer magazine. In addition, she has received honorary doctorates from the University of Ottawa and McGill University.

Jennifer is currently involved in a variety of organizations and committees. She is a member of the Committee on the responsible conduct of research, reporting to the Chief Scientist of Québec. Jennifer is a member of the board of directors of Génome Québec. She was a Visiting Scholar at the Centre of Genomics and Policy of the McGill University Faculty of Medicine from 2014 to 2019.

She is Honorary Colonel of the 34th Combat Engineer Regiment, a reserve unit based in Montreal and a mentor with the Women’s Executive Network (WXN). She also contributes to the mentorship program developed by the McGill University law faculty .She is co-author of the book History of Women in Quebec over Four Centuries.

John Pecman, TMX Industry Professor, DeGroote School of Business; Senior Business Advisor, Antitrust/Competition and Marketing Group, Fasken

John Pecman is a Senior Business Advisor in the Antitrust/Competition & Marketing group at Fasken. He served as a Commissioner of Competition at the Competition Bureau Canada from 2013-2018. Having worked at the Competition Bureau as an investigator, manager and executive, John’s public service career spanned over 34 years.

Under John’s leadership, the Bureau worked to preserve and enhance competition in many areas of the Canadian economy, including the pharmaceutical, manufacturing, telecommunication, digital and retail sectors. During his time at the Bureau, John lead a restructuring of the organization including the development of an Action Plan on Transparency to promote a more efficient and responsive agency, and better inform Canadians about its work.

As Commissioner, John was a member of the executive bodies of the International Competition Network (ICN) and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Competition Committee. He also served as the first ICN-OECD Liaison to ensure coordination of the work by these two international bodies. Currently, John is a Non-Governmental Advisor to the ICN, a member Business at the OECD, Competition Committee, and a member of the ABA Antitrust Section Policy Task Force

John holds an M.A. from McMaster University in economics. He is currently a Senior Fellow with the CD Howe Institute, Competition Policy Committee and a TMX Industry Professor for  the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University.

Daanish Samadmoten, Associate, Privacy and Cybersecurity, Fasken

Daanish is a member of Fasken’s Privacy and Cybersecurity Group. Daanish frequently advises clients on various privacy and cybersecurity matters by providing practical and strategic advice in respect of privacy compliance, data breach incidents, and privacy litigation.

Daanish has assisted numerous clients in addressing privacy and cybersecurity incidents, including by advising clients about their legal obligations and litigation risks, reporting to privacy regulators, working with forensic and data management experts, and drafting external communications.

With considerable experience and an ongoing practice in the fields of commercial, civil, and administrative litigation, Daanish brings to bear key legal and litigation risk management considerations in relation to privacy and cybersecurity matters.


Alfredo Tan, MBA ’01, Industry Professor, EMBA, DeGroote School of Business; Chief Digital and Innovation Officer, Westjet Airlines

Alfredo C. Tan is the first Chief Digital & Innovation Officer for WestJet Airlines responsible for building a culture of innovation and in the process enable the airline to become a digital enterprise. His focus is to significantly enhance WestJet’s digital experience and transform all their digital platforms, allowing for not only a seamless guest experience, but improve commercial performance. He leads a talented and passionate team of experts in E-Commerce, Aviation, Mobile, Digital Marketing, Engineering, Software Development, Mobile, Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, Product Management, Content Strategy, UX Research and Design.

Alfredo joins WestJet as a former Facebook & Instagram Executive in Canada, where he was a founding team member in early 2009. Alfredo went on to work with the leadership team in Asia-Pacific in 2016 to help launch Facebook and Instagram in the Philippines as the Country Manager. Similar management and leadership assignments brought him throughout Southeast Asia (Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia & Indonesia) and Latin America (Mexico, Colombia, Argentina & Brazil), where he was responsible for helping to build a high performance culture, drive operational excellence, strategic planning, client partnerships and accelerate growth in emerging markets.

Alfredo is also an Industry Professor in the Strategic Management Faculty at McMaster University. His lectures focus on Digital Transformation, Organizational Leadership & Strategy in the EMBA, MBA, and BComm programs. He is also a guest lecturer in The Directors College’s Innovation Governance program for Board Directors.

Alfredo currently sits on the the Digital Advisory Board at the World Aviation Festival, the University of Waterloo, the Advisory Board on Innovation at McMaster University and provides research support for the McMaster Digital Transformation Research Centre (MDTRC). He is also a member of the Leadership Council at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. Alfredo is currently a graduate student at the prestigious University of Toronto Law School where he is a Masters of Law Student, specializing in Innovation, Law & Technology. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Forensic Science & Biology, an MBA with a specialization in Information Systems & Technology. Alfredo is a Harvard alumnus and graduate of the Advanced Management Program (AMP) at the Harvard Business School. He is also a member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO).


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