Speakers

Alice Davidson

Vice President and General Counsel

Mogo Financial Technology Inc.

Alice Davidson is the Vice-President and General Counsel at Mogo – a financial technology company offering a finance app that empowers consumers with simple solutions to help them get in control of their financial wellness.  Prior to her role at Mogo, she was an associate in the Corporate/Securities group at Stikeman Elliott LLP. Ms. Davidson has supported Mogo from a legal & compliance perspective in the launch of all six of Mogo’s current products, its expansion across Canada and plays a key role in Mogo’s strategic initiatives and partnerships. She serves as Mogo’s Chief Anti-Money Laundering Officer and Privacy Officer. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business and a Juris Doctor from the Allard School of Law at UBC.  She is a member of Law Society of British Columbia, the Association of Corporate Counsel and Women General Counsel Canada.

Brian Rosenbaum

Brian Rosenbaum

National Director of the Legal and Research Practice

AON Risk Solutions

Brian Rosenbaum joined Aon Reed Stenhouse in November 2006, and is a Senior Vice President and the National Director of Aon’s unique Legal and Research Practice (LARP) that works in conjunction with the Financial Services Group. His department provides risk transfer counsel and solutions to many of Canada’s most prominent corporate executives and boards. Currently considered an authority on insurance matters dealing with management liability, Brian contributes regularly to prominent industry publications and is a much sought after speaker on these issues. Brian is also Aon Canada’s National Cyber and Privacy Practice Leader. He has been at the forefront of the privacy breach exposure issue within the Canadian insurance industry and continues to lecture and publish on this important topic.

Prior to his Aon engagement, Brian developed continuing legal education programs with an emphasis on management liability insurance, worked in private practice, and was General Counsel of a Toronto-based group of companies. Brian is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School and a member of the Ontario Bar.

David Crane

Partner

McCarthy Tétrault

David Crane is a partner in the Business Law and Information Technology Law groups of the Vancouver office of McCarthy Tétrault LLP, a Canadian law firm. His practice focuses primarily on complex commercial transactions, in particular those involving technology and intellectual property. For over 15 years, David has been assisting clients in a wide range of sectors with their complex and strategic technology-related transactions, including technology procurement, business process and technology-based outsourcings, IT systems development, integration and implementation projects, inbound and outbound technology licensing, cloud (SaaS, IaaS, PaaS) services agreements, data sharing arrangements and strategic alliance arrangements. He also provides strategic advice with respect to privacy and data protection, cybersecurity (including data breach preparedness and response), technology and data commercialization, intellectual property, e-commerce, procurement, blockchain, artificial intelligence, anti-spam and social media. Earlier in his career, David practised as in-house counsel for a TSX-listed international technology product development company. David frequently speaks at industry and legal conferences and is a director on the Board of the Canadian Technology Law Association. He received a B.Comm. (Honours with Distinction) from the University of Manitoba in 1997 and his LLB from the University of British Columbia in 2001. He was called to the British Columbia bar in 2002.

Eric M. Rae

Eric M. Rae

Senior Manager, Technology Risk Consulting

KPMG LLP

Eric is a Senior Manager in the Technology Risk Consulting group at KPMG. He also has leadership roles in the Vancouver Cyber Security Services and KPMG Emerging Technologies sub-groups.

Through Technology Risk Consulting Eric has led numerous complex engagements covering a broad range of infrastructure, risk management, and attestation areas including: IT governance; IT Control Assurance and Attestation, Third Party Assurance, Information Security Management (ISO 27001/2, ITSG-33, NIST, NERC, etc); Security Operations; Vulnerability Management; IT Policies and Procedures; Privacy Legislation; and Infrastructure Engagements (such as SIEM, IDS, and IAM).

Through Cyber Security Services Eric helps clients develop solutions and capabilities across people, process and technology layers to combat information security threats. From ethical hacking to developing cyber security protection strategies, he advises various government and corporate IT organizations across several industries and empowers business managers to prepare, detect and respond to cyber threats and make the right decisions on how to best protect their digital assets.

Through the Emerging Technologies group Eric is a Digital Ledger Services (DLS) specialist and has significant experience with various Blockchain technologies such as Ethereum and Hyperledger, as well as, cryptocurrencies and digital tokens. Over the past several years he has been advising, designing, and assessing various solutions as well as supporting the KPMG financial audit teams across Canada as they engaged with Blockchain organizations and crypto asset funds. He is also a frequent speaker at various Blockchain and cryptocurrency events.

Gary Perkins

Executive Director, Chief Information Security Officer (CISCO)

Province of British Columbia

Gerald Kim

Gerald Kim

Partner

MNP

Gerald Kim, CA, CPA, CBV, CIP, is a Partner with MNP in Calgary. A trusted advisor in the Valuations, Forensics and Litigation Support group, Gerald has extensive experience directing and managing complex damage quantifications for litigation, business valuations and business interruption claims.

He has prepared and presented business interruption loss quantifications for a range of industries, and assisted in high profile forensic investigations. He also provides litigation support as an expert in damage quantification. Gerald has been qualified as an expert witness by the Manitoba Human Rights Commission.

Gerald has deep experience in other industries including: Electricity Generation;       Oil and Gas; retail; Hospitality;  Real Estate; Construction; Airline

In addition to his forensic accounting expertise, Gerald has a background in financial statement auditing, hedge fund administration and real estate development.

Holly Longstaff

Holly Longstaff

Director, Privacy and Access, PHSA Research and New Initiatives, Provincial Health Services Authority

Provincial Health Services Authority

Jennifer Brough

Jennifer Brough

Senior Legal Counsel

Vancity

Jennifer Brough has been an in-house lawyer at Vancity credit union since December 2010.  Prior to that, she worked at law firms in Vancouver and in New York. She provides advice relating to contracts, IT issues, privacy, marketing and financial products and services.

Katherine McNeill

Katherine McNeill

Associate

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Katherine McNeill is an associate in the Corporate Commercial Group in Borden Ladner Gervais’ Vancouver office, and a member of our national Privacy and Data Protection, Intellectual Property and Information Technology groups. Katherine’s practice focuses on advising private businesses across a range of industries on corporate and commercial law matters, including privacy, technology and related matters.

Matt Lonsdale

Matt Lonsdale

Legal Counsel

Coast Capital Savings

Matt Lonsdale is Legal Counsel with Coast Capital Savings Federal Credit Union, Canada’s largest federal credit union, where he focuses on IT services contracting and other technology issues, privacy, and financial services regulation. Prior to this, he worked for a municipal government, supporting the licensing of their fiber-optic network and participation in CRTC proceedings. In his pre-law life he studied computer science and math with a focus on cryptography, making him an absolute hit at dinner parties.  Outside of work, he holds on to the dream that you’re never too old to become a rock star.

Noemi Chanda

Noemi Chanda

Senior Manager, Risk Advisory

Deloitte

Noemi is a Senior Manager in Deloitte’s Data Protection and Privacy practice in Toronto. She provides privacy and data protection advisory services for organizations seeking to deliver new and better services for their clients and the community, advising in the areas of regulatory compliance, data protection, information privacy, and risk management. She specializes in serving technology, healthcare, retail, and public sector clients participating in new initiatives that involve the collection or use of personal information.

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Ray Boisvert

Ray Boisvert

Associate Partner - Security

IBM Security

Ray is the Associate Partner for Ontario within IBM Security. Given his deep background in national security, as well as consulting within the realm of threats to corporate assets and initiatives, Ray is focused on assisting IBM clients to better identify and mitigate security risks in an integrated, strategic manner.

Previously, Ray was appointed as the first Security Advisor for the Province of Ontario.  While reporting to the Secretary of Cabinet, Ray supported efforts to protect provincial assets from events that could adversely affect services, networks and facilities that are critical to Ontario’s economy, public safety and security.

Just prior, and during a five-year tenure as President of I-Sec Integrated Strategies, Ray delivered business intelligence solutions affecting core challenges such as cyber and insider threats, while guiding resilience building and opportunity pursuits with an emphasis exploiting geo-strategic foresight. He also consulted on global business strategies such as M+A opportunities with potential National Security risks.

At the outset of his career, and after five years in federal policing with the RCMP, Ray joined the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) in 1984 and retired in 2012 as the Assistant Director responsible for the Intelligence Directorate. During his tenure at CSIS, Ray was involved in broad facets of security intelligence operations such as leadership for Intelligence Assessments, the Counter Terrorism Branch, as well as driving national security priorities pertaining to Operational Risk, Data Exploitation and Covert Operations.

Robert Piasentin

Robert Piasentin

Partner, Head, Technology Law Practice Group

McMillan LLP

Formerly, General Counsel and Privacy Officer, Sierra Systems

Robert brings a broad range of strategic business leadership experience with extensive senior level experience in law, governance, negotiation and consulting.  Robert is a trusted and key advisor with respect to developing and implementing high level strategies across all industries and verticals. He has successfully contributed to the development and growth of new and challenged business around the world, most notably in Canada, the United States and England.

Robert began his career as a lawyer with Borden Ladner Gervais/Ladner Downs in Vancouver practicing corporate and commercial law in the Intellectual Property and Technology practice group.  He then worked for several years in London, England as senior counsel to one of the largest sports retailers and brand owners in Europe. Upon his return to Canada, Robert became in-house counsel for Sierra Systems Group Inc., one of the largest Canadian IT consultancy firms in Canada.  Robert has since progressed within Sierra Systems to become the General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Privacy Officer of the company.

Robert has been awarded two high profile awards recognizing his achievement and contributions to both the legal and business communities.  In 2014, Robert was named one of the Association of Corporate Counsel’s Top 30-Somethings which is an award given to the top 10 in-house lawyers from around the world who are under the age of 40.  In 2013, Robert was recognized as one of Business in Vancouver’s Top Forty Under 40 for his contributions as a leader in the Vancouver business community. Robert graduated from the University of British Columbia with a BA in Political Science, the University of Toronto Faculty of Law with an LLB, and the University of London, Queen Mary and Westfield College (England) with an LLM.  He is a member of the bars of both British Columbia and England and Wales.

Sandra Mollet

Deputy General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer

HSBC Bank Canada

Steven Tam

General Counsel

Vancouver Coastal Health Authority

As General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer at Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), Steven manages legal risks in a broad range of areas from commercial contracts and medical staff relations to privacy compliance and data governance.

As CPO, he has spent the last 10 years at VCH finding ways to facilitate the use of innovative technologies that enhance healthcare service delivery while addressing privacy and security risks.  He led the development of the General Health Information Sharing Agreement (GHISA), an overarching agreement signed in 2013 between the BC Ministry of Health and all BC health authorities, which sets out a legal, policy and governance framework to manage the sharing of health information across the province for provision of care, research, quality improvement and healthcare planning.  He played a key role in influencing recent changes to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act that reformed its data residency provisions to better support health innovation and technology adoption.

Currently, he continues to provide leadership on various provincial committees that are building an access management framework to facilitate and govern information sharing for Primary Care Networks, a new model of health care that creates more coordination between acute and primary care providers to deliver more integrated, holistic care to patients.

In addition to a Bachelor of Laws degree from UBC, Steven holds a Masters in E-Business law from Osgoode Hall Law School and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from UBC.

Susy Mendoza

Data Privacy and Technology

Lululemon Athletica, Seattle