Shifting Expectations: A Reflection on Canada’s Current Regulatory Landscape and Where it May Go

The Conference Board of Canada, April 10, 2019
Recorded Webinar
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Privacy leaders in the European Union have spent years preparing their organizations for the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Effective May 25, 2018, Canadian businesses must comply with the new regulations to do business with EU companies.

Whether or not your organization is impacted by the new regulation, the GDPR has set the new gold-standard for data privacy – one worth understanding as the world of data protection continues to evolve and the consequences for non-compliance are heightened.

This four-part webinar series will uncover the key questions and considerations for Canadian businesses as it relates to the impact and adaption of GDPR in Canada. These discussions will look beyond current GDPR standards to examine the future of privacy legislation and how organizations can equip themselves to adhere to a higher standard of data use and protection.

This webinar is the fourth in a series of 4. The previous 3 webinars were GDPR 101: A Toolkit to Educate Non-Privacy Professionals and Operationalizing GDPR within your Organization and Tips for an Effective GDPR Governance Structure and Model.

Webinar Highlights

It has now been 10 months since the GDPR came into effect. This webinar will describe some of the ripple effects this regulation is having in Canada including: how Canadian businesses are impacted both directly and indirectly by EU enforcement actions; how privacy regulators seem to be influenced by the new, emboldened approaches of their counterparts across the ocean; and how Parliamentarians are looking to the GDPR for ideas and inspiration on what the next generation of Canada’s privacy laws should look like. At the same time, governments are making major strategic investments in artificial intelligence and looking to become global leaders in the area of autonomous vehicles among others. Ensuring the transparent and ethical use of data is becoming more critical than ever – so what does this mean for future privacy legislation and the sustainability of technological innovations?

About Patricia

Photo of Patricia Klossium Patricia Kosseim is Counsel in Osler's Privacy and Data Management Group and co-leads Osler’s AccessPrivacy platform, an integrated suite of innovative information solutions, consulting services and thought leadership. Patricia is a national leading expert in privacy and access law, having served over a decade as Senior General Counsel and Director General at the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC). She provided strategic legal and policy advice on complex and emerging privacy issues; advised Parliament on privacy implications of legislative bills; led research initiatives on new information technologies and advanced privacy law in major litigation cases before the courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada. Prior to that, Patricia worked at Genome Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, where she developed and led national strategies for addressing legal, ethical and social aspects of health and genomic technologies. She began her career in Montreal practicing in the areas of health law, civil litigation, human rights, privacy and labor & employment with another leading national law firm.

Patricia has published and spoken extensively on matters of privacy law, health law and ethics. She has taught part-time at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law and has held many professional appointments and board memberships, including: Governor on the Board of Governors of The Ottawa Hospital; Chair of The Board of Directors of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute; Vice-Chair of the Research Integrity Committee of les Fonds de recherche du Quebec; and member of the National DNA Databank Advisory Committee.

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