Access and Privacy Conference 2005 Attracts Delegates and Commissioners from Across Canada

June 13, 2005

Focusing on the theme of Moving Forward, the eighth annual Access & Privacy Conference hosted by the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Extension will spotlight issues on access to government held information, anti-terrorism legislation, drug testing in the workplace, the electronic health record, and Internet privacy, to name just a few.

Delegates will learn from the expertise of many of the leaders in the privacy field. Most notably, Peter Cullen, Microsoft’s Chief Privacy Strategist, will deliver Thursday morning’s keynote address entitled, “Back to the village – How is the emerging environment changing the focus on privacy?”

The second keynote speech, “The need for civilian review of the RCMP on national security issues,” will be presented Friday morning by Shirley Heafey, the Chair of the Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP. The conference will also feature three plenary sessions (Frank Work, Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta; John Reid, Information Commissioner of Canada; and Jennifer Stoddart, Privacy Commissioner of Canada), and a panel discussion between five of Canada’s information and privacy commissioners.

Delegates will have the opportunity to participate in breakout sessions of their choice, which span four streams: public sector privacy, private sector privacy, health information and privacy, and a wildcard group of topics that appeal to a broad range of interests. There are a total of 16 breakout sessions, including:

  • “Secondary disclosure of health information: A new landscape,” delivered by Gary Dickson, Information and Privacy Commissioner of Saskatchewan
  • “The USA Patriot Act,” presented by Mary Carlson, Director of the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of British Columbia, and John Ennis, Director of Policy and Consultation for the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta, both of whom will share their firsthand experiences with this piece of controversial American legislation.

During a reception hosted by Alberta’s Information and Privacy Commissioner on Thursday, an award of merit will be presented to Bob Clark, Alberta’s first Commissioner while a pioneer award will be presented to The Honourable Ty Lund, Minister for Government Services, for his initial work on the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.


Thursday, June 16, 8:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Friday, June 17, 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.


The Mayfield Inn & Suites, 16615-109 Ave., Edmonton