Speakers

Imran Ahmad

Imran Ahmad

Partner & Head of Technology

Norton Rose Fulbright

Imran Ahmad is the Canadian head of our technology and innovation industry group and the Canadian co-head of our data protection, privacy and cybersecurity practice.  He is based in our Toronto and Montreal offices and is recognized as a leading cybersecurity lawyer by several legal directories.

Imran advises clients across all industries on a wide array of technology-related matters, including outsourcing, cloud computing, SaaS, strategic alliances, technology development, system procurement and implementation, technology licensing and transfer, distribution, open source software, and electronic commerce.

In his privacy law practice, he advises clients on compliance with all Canadian federal and provincial privacy and data management laws. He has a particular focus on cross-border data transfer issues and enterprise-wide governance programs related to privacy and information governance. Imran is the former chair of the Privacy and Access to Information Section of the Ontario Bar Association.

Imran is an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law, where he teaches cybersecurity and privacy law.

Alex Cameron

Alex Cameron

Partner & Chair, Privacy & Cybersecurity Group

Fasken

Alex Cameron is Co-Chair of the Privacy and Cybersecurity Group at Fasken, recognized as the 2021 Privacy and Data Security Law Firm of the Year. Alex has a leading practice in the areas of cybersecurity and privacy and is consistently sought out by clients from all industry sectors, including numerous Fortune 100 and 500 companies. In recognition of his expertise, Alex has received a doctoral degree in the field of privacy law and a number of prestigious commissions from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.  An accomplished litigator, Alex has acted as lead counsel in landmark cases and regulatory investigations in his areas of practice, including in defence of some of the most significant data breach class actions in Canada. Alex is ranked in the highest band in the legal rankings guide, Chambers, and is consistently top ranked in The Best Lawyers in Canada in the fields of Privacy and Data Protection Law. He was recognized at the 2020 Toronto Privacy and Data Security Law “Lawyer of the Year”. https://www.fasken.com/en/alex-cameron/

Ted Charney

Principal / Senior Partner

Charney Lawyers

Jeff Curtis

Chief Privacy Officer

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Ashley Dent

Ashley Dent

Counsel & Chief Privacy Officer

Hamilton Health Sciences

Beth Dewitt

Beth Dewitt

National Leader Data Protection & Privacy

Deloitte Canada

Beth is a Partner in Cyber Risk Advisory at Deloitte Canada and leads the Data Protection and Privacy business offering nationally. Beth is also a member of our Board of Directors for Deloitte Canada and Chile. Beth has over 15 years’ experience designing privacy and data protection strategies and programs, driving alignment between business strategy and risk management. Beth has trained privacy officers, ran executive and board level briefings, advised on privacy/data protection modernization efforts, and designed strategies to support digital transformations. In her experience, she has advised clients on statutory legal obligations and the impact on data sharing and governance, data analytics, and the adoption of emerging technologies, such a cloud and AI on individual privacy. Beth has also spoken on the topics of privacy program management, privacy audits, and privacy risk and maturity assessments in numerous congresses. In addition, Beth leads our Global and Canadian Women in Cyber Initiative (www.deloitte.com/womenincyber).

Lyndon Dubeau

Lyndon Dubeau

Vice President, Innovations for Connected Health, Digital Excellence in Health

Ontario Health

Lyndon Dubeau is Vice President, Innovations for Connected Health within Ontario Health’s Digital Excellence in Health portfolio. He has over 20 years of information technology, digital, and systems security experience within privacy sensitive environments. At Ontario Health, Lyndon provides thought leadership and direction for teams supporting IT audit, information security, risk management, compliance, architecture and technology standards. A long-standing contributor to advancing the betterment of security and privacy within health care, Lyndon is the executive lead for the stewardship of the Ontario Provincial Cybersecurity Operating Model, a provincial effort to align a collective cyber defence of Ontario’s health care sector.

Lyndon holds a Master of Science in Information Security from Royal Holloway, University of London and has a Digital Forensics post graduate diploma from Ryerson University. In 2015, Lyndon was awarded the Information Security Leadership Award for North America from (ISC)² for his work with Cancer Care Ontario and physician access to cancer screening reports.

Constantine Karbaliotis

Constantine Karbaliotis

Counsel

nNovation LLP

  • Constantine Karbaliotis is counsel at nNovation LLP, a boutique privacy law firm in Canada. Constantine has nineteen years’ experience in privacy, on both domestic and international levels. Constantine has fulfilled numerous roles in privacy, first and most recently as a consultant; Constantine has also acted as privacy officer and leader for two multinational organizations, where he managed the company’s internal compliance and the development and implementation of privacy programs, dealing with diverse areas of international privacy and data protection.
  • nNovation LLP is a virtual law firm with lawyers in Ottawa and Toronto delivering premium legal advice for a select group of clients, including leading businesses large and small, public sector bodies, industry associations, and law firms in other countries looking for Canadian expertise.
Patricia Kosseim

Patricia Kosseim

Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario

Patricia Kosseim brings to her role as Commissioner significant experience and a wealth of knowledge in the areas of privacy and access law, having worked in public, private and health sectors, and across various jurisdictions.

Previously, Patricia was counsel in Osler's Privacy and Data Management Group and served for more than a decade as senior general counsel and director general at the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.

She has held executive positions at Genome Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and has taught part-time at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law.

Gareth Lewis

Vice-President Claims

Healthcare Insurance Reciprocal of Canada

Sean Mallen

Sean Mallen

Principal

Sean Mallen Communications

Sean Mallen is the principal of a Toronto-based communications consultancy, offering sophisticated, practical and impactful counsel to government, industry, educational institutions and non-profit organizations across Canada, the United States and the UK.

He specializes in crisis communications, media and presentation training, strategic communications and speech writing, with a clientele that includes multinational corporations, senior government ministers, diplomats, national charities and leading trade associations.  He also gives regular talks on crisis communications to audiences in Canada and the USA.

Sean is the host and producer of The Social Purpose Exchange, a podcast and YouTube series produced by the Goodman Sustainability Group, which is a forum for provocative conversations about a trend that is sweeping the corporate world.

For more than 30 years he was an award-winning journalist, anchor and host, covering major stories across Canada, the United States and around the world.

For Global TV News, he was the London-based Europe Bureau Chief, Queen’s Park Correspondent and Host-Producer of the influential Focus Ontario program. He is a four-time winner of the Radio-Television News Directors Award for excellence in broadcast news and was awarded a Bronze Medal at the New York Festivals in an international competition for Best Correspondent.

His first book, Falling for London-A Cautionary Tale, a memoir of his experiences with his family during his time as a foreign correspondent, was acclaimed as “a wonderful story, beautifully told.”

Sean is also an occasional panelist on Newstalk 1010 Radio Toronto, has contributed opinion columns for the Toronto Star and CBC.ca and enjoys a sideline of writing travel stories for major Canadian and British daily newspapers.

Michael McEvoy

Michael McEvoy

Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia

Michael McEvoy was appointed to a six-year term as Information and Privacy Commissioner for BC by unanimous motion of the Legislative Assembly in 2018. Immediately prior to his appointment he helped lead the Information Commissioner’s Office of the United Kingdom’s investigation into Cambridge Analytica and Facebook. Commissioner McEvoy joined the OIPC in 2007, adjudicating more than 50 inquiries under provincial access and privacy law before his appointment as Deputy Commissioner in 2013.

He was a public school trustee for 12 years, a role that included two terms as President of the British Columbia School Trustees’ Association and one as President of the Canadian School Boards’ Association. He has chaired Greater Victoria’s United Way campaign and presently serves on the board of the Victoria Conservatory of Music. He obtained a Juris Doctorate from the University of Manitoba in 1985 and a Bachelor of Arts in 1980 from the University of Winnipeg. Commissioner McEvoy has been a member of the Law Society of British Columbia since 1986.

Mike Melo

Chief Information & Security Officer

LifeLabs Medical Advisory Services

Alexander Rau

Partner, Advisory Services - Cybersecurity

KPMG Canada

Pam Snively

Chief Data & Trust Officer

Telus Communications

Nicholas Studley

Nicholas Studley

Vice President (Cyber Practice)

Marsh McLennan

Nick Studley is a Vice President in the Cyber Practice Group at Marsh Canada. In this role, Mr. Studley is responsible for advising on and placing cyber insurance and technology errors and omissions (E&O) insurance for companies of all sizes. Prior to Marsh, Mr. Studley was with Chubb Insurance Company of Canada and Allianz Global Corporate and Specialty where he was responsible for underwriting multiple financial lines products, including cyber risk and technology E&O. Mr. Studley holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Queen’s University and a JD from the University of Toronto. During law school, Mr. Studley held short term positions with the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC), the University of Toronto’s Department of Information Security and with Shearman and Sterling, a US based law firm.

Steven Tam

Chief Data Governance & Privacy Officer and Assistant General Counsel

Vancouver Coastal Health Authority

Mike Vamvakaris

Mike Vamvakaris

Regional Director, IR & Cybersecurity Services

Crowdstrike

Erica Zarkovich

Erica Zarkovich

VP, General Counsel, Chief Privacy Officer & Corporate Secretary

LifeLabs

Erica Zarkovich is the General Counsel, Chief Privacy Officer and Corporate Secretary at LifeLabs.  Erica brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to LifeLabs. Most recently, Erica led a team responsible for all legal, privacy, risk, breach management and regulatory requirements at Cancer Care Ontario (CCO), and played a critical role in the transition of CCO into Ontario Health, the super agency responsible for health system transformation in Ontario. Erica also worked on many of the legal and privacy requirements surrounding Ontario Health’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and has a strong track record of developing meaningful and transparent enterprise-wide risk, privacy and compliance programs. Prior to this, Erica practiced corporate law at Stikeman Elliott LLP. Erica holds a HBSc. in human biology/bioethics from University of Toronto (Trinity College), an LLB from Queen’s University, and an LLM in Health Law from Osgoode Hall Law School.