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?
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.