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McMillan’s Annual Privacy, Data Protection and Cybersecurity Client Seminar

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Join McMillan’s Privacy & Data Protection Group on Tuesday, October 17th for an overview of recent significant decisions and regulatory guidance, along with discussions around hot topics, such as workplace privacy, Privacy Impact Assessments (PIAs), A.I., and Québec’s Law 25.

CPD: This virtual program qualifies for up to 3 hours and 15 minutes of Substantive CPD (ON), 3 hours and 15 minutes CPD (BC), and 3 hours and 15 minutes CLE (QC).

Date and Time
Tuesday, October 17, 2023
12:00 pm – 3:45 pm ET

Agenda and Speakers (All times are in Eastern Time)


Speaker: Lyndsay A. Wasser

A Year in Review – Significant Decisions and Regulatory Guidance

In this session, our multi-jurisdictional panel will review significant jurisprudence, regulatory guidance and reported findings by the privacy commissioners in the past twelve months, with a focus on Canada’s federal and provincial private-sector data protection laws. Tune in for lessons learned and key takeaways for your organization!

Speakers: Mitch KoczerginskiJulia LoneyMarie-Eve Jean and Gurp Dhaliwal

Hot Topic #1 – Privacy Considerations for Hybrid and Remote Workers

As many organizations settle into hybrid or fully remote working arrangements with some or all of their employees, the privacy and cybersecurity risk landscape continues to shift. This session will explore the privacy implications for both employees who work outside the office and the personal information they handle in the course of their duties and responsibilities. Join us for tips on how to ensure that your privacy compliance program effectively addresses new risks and opportunities arising from the remote work environment.

Speakers: Kristen Pennington and Kirsten Shaw

Hot Topic #2 – A Primer on Privacy Impact Assessments

This session will cover the who, what, when, why and how of privacy impact assessments (PIAs), including when a PIA is mandatory versus recommended and who is best positioned within your organization to conduct an effective PIA.  We will provide tips and tricks to tackle thorny issues like asserting legal privilege over PIAs and how to ensure that your PIAs are drafted in a way that promotes the effective implementation of your findings and recommendations.Speakers: Kristen Pennington and Alice Ahmad
Hot Topic #3 – Mastering AI Procurement: Best Practices for Risk Mitigation

As AI integration becomes ubiquitous across industries, the potential legal pitfalls are vast and varied. Our expert panel will guide you through essential considerations when purchasing AI products and services, from compliance with privacy, data protection and intellectual property laws, to algorithmic fairness and transparency.

Speakers: Robert C. PiasentinRobbie Grant and Yue Fei

Hot Topic #4 – Digging Deeper into Québec’s Law 25 

Most organizations are now familiar with the checklist of new requirements under Québec’s Law 25, which came into force on Sept 22, 2023. In this session, we will dive deeper into certain key issues and the guidance released by the Commission d’accès à l’information (CAI), so that you can continue to fine-tune your privacy compliance program for Québec.  Our experts will discuss topics such as:

  • The CAI’s recent guidance and publications on consent, privacy impact assessments, biometrics, and the enforcement framework under Law 25;
  • Implementing “privacy by design” and “privacy by default” in accordance with Law 25; and
  • Required updates to relevant documentation, including your policies and contracts.

Speakers: Lyndsay A. Wasser and Ayse Gauthier

Q&A session
*Concluding Remarks

Speaker: Lyndsay A. Wasser


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