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January 31st, 2014 12:00pm


Canadian Open Data Summit

If youíre in Vancouver this month, look out for the Canadian Open Data Summit, which is being held at the Simon Fraser University Segal Graduate School of Business.

Celebrating the advances of the open data movement, the theme of the conference is "Integrate the Data," and it will explore questions like, what is the benefit of open data for non-profits, academia and journalists? How is open data being shared and used between organizations and jurisdictions? How has it been used to benefit citizens? Whatís next for open data?

The conference will be attended by decision makers from municipal, regional, and provincial governments, as well as the private sector. Invited speakers include government officials at the federal, provincial and municipal levels, academics who are using public data for research, and businesses who are using public data to create jobs and generate economic value.

Itís sure to create some interesting discussions, so donít miss the opportunity to be part of them!

When: February 21, 2014 from 8:00AM to 4:30PM
Where: Simon Fraser University Segal Graduate School of Business- 500, Granville Street, Vancouver


FOI 101: A Hands-on Skills Training Workshop

Kicking off the 10th annual Right to Know Week on September 23rd, is a Freedom of Information skills training workshop. This workshop will provide newcomers to FOI with basic practical skills to submit an access to information request. Increasingly, major stories in the media are broken through access to information requests.

Mike Larsen will facilitate the workshop. He is a Professor of Criminology at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and co-editor of Brokering Access: Power, Politics, and Freedom of Information Process in Canada (UBC Press, 2012).

He was also a major force behind our brand new educational resource-- Access in the Academy.

When: Monday September 23rd, 2013 | 10 AM-12 PM
Where: The Peopleís Law School, 900 Howe Street, Vancouver
Cost: Free, Donations Appreciated
Snacks and light refreshments provided

RSVP with your name, email, phone number, and institutional affiliation (optional) to Catherine [at] no later than noon on September 19th.

Registration is limited to three seats per order
Attendance is capped at 40 attendees

Sunshine Summit

Also in celebration of Right to Know Week, the Privacy and Access Council of Canada presents: Sunshine Summit 2013, in Victoria, B.C. The Summit will raise awareness and generate discussion about access rights and practices, and explore recent provincial and federal initiatives that will impact on your right to gain access to information. The Summit will feature participants from provincial politics, academia, technology, media and the regulatory community. FIPA members are eligible for the membersí discount- donít miss out on this opportunity, and sign up today!

When: Friday September 27th, 2013 | 8 AM-4 PM
Where: St. Annís Academy, 835 Humboldt Street, Victoria, BC
Cost: PACC and FIPA Members & students - $55.00, Non-member - $75.00
Lunch and refreshments provided
Register online
Or by phone - 877-746-7222, or email -
Cheques can be mailed to: PACC, Suite 330, Unit 440, 10816 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary, Alberta, T2J 5N8

4th Annual Access to Information and Privacy Law Symposium

The Canadian Bar Association is hosting the 4th Annual Access to Information and Privacy Law Symposium in Ottawa. It will feature leading experts and regulators in privacy and access law, including FIPA Executive Director Vincent Gogolek.

When: September 27-28, 2013
Where: The Westin Ottawa, 11 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON
Cost: CBA Members - $590.00 CAD (plus HST), Non Members - $745.00 CAD (plus HST)
Register online

Germain Briere Day and Right to Know Day 2013 Conference

Ottawa University Law School and the Information Commissioner of Canada are jointly hosting the Germain Briere Day and Right to Know Day 2013 Conference. Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault will deliver the lunch keynote speech at noon, and FIPA Executive Director Vincent Gogolek will also be speaking.

When: Saturday, September 28, 2013| 8:30 AM-4:30 PM
Where: University of Ottawa's Fauteux Hall, 57 Louis-Pasteur, room 147 (Gowlings Moot Court)
Conference Agenda

Privacy and Access 20/20: A new vision for information rights

This special conference is hosted by The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for B.C. in recognition of the 20th Anniversary of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. It will feature two days of top quality panels and speakers, including FIPA Executive Director Vincent Gogolek and founder Darrell Evans.

Privacy and Access 20/20: A New Vision for Information Rights will look back on our journey over the past 20 years of privacy and access in B.C., but also look forward to future reform.

When: Thursday October 10th - Friday October 11th, 2013 | 8 AM-4 PM
Where: Hyatt Regency Vancouver, BC
Cost: Public and Private Sector - $575.00 CAD (plus GST), Not for Profit - $525.00 CAD (plus GST)
Register online
This conference is eligible for 18 hours of CPD credits from the Law Society of British Columbia, including the 2 hour Ethics pre-conference workshop.

FIPA Annual General Meeting: 2013

On Thursday, April 11th, we invite you to join FIPA's directors and staff for our 2013 Annual General Meeting. The meeting is open to the public and will take place from 6:45 to 9:00 PM at the People's Law School in Vancouver (900 Howe Street).

2012 was an eventful and exciting year for the Association. We look forward to reflecting on the challenges and successes of the past twelve months while looking ahead to what comes next.

We are also extremely pleased to welcome as this year's guest speaker Mr. Bob Mackin. Bob is an award-winning Vancouver-based journalist who has written countless investigative stories for a wide range of local, national, and international publications. Much of his work involves lengthy and complicated FOI battles with a number of public bodies. This is a task that he does not take lightly.

In a recent blog post, written in response to the BC Pavillion Corporation's attempt to have his requests classified as "frivolous and vexatious," Bob writes: "I am a frequent requester, but what I do is not frivolous or vexatious. Nor is it repetitive or wasteful. In fact, it is necessary and it is in the public interest. FOI has become the best and only tool for gaining knowledge of what goes on behind closed doors."

At a time when provincial FOI performance is in dramatic decline and an 'oral culture' dominates the highest levels of government, we couldn't agree more.

Renewals, registrations, and donations can be processed on-site. Payment by cheque is strongly encouraged. If you have any questions about attendance, procedure or membership, please don't hesitate to contact FIPA at fipa[at]

We sincerely look forward to reconnecting with our members and hope to see many of you in April!

FIPA 2013 Annual General Meeting
Open to the Public
Thursday, April 11, 6:45-9:00 PM
People's Law School (900 Howe Street, Vancouver)
Membership fees and donations by cheque accepted on-site
Contact: fipa[at]

Protecting Constituent Privacy...Where to Start?

People's Law School Vancouver (900 Howe Street, Vancouver BC)
January 22, 2012
8:30 AM-10:00 AM

Those in the social mission, start up, and non-profit sectors probably know it better than most: in environments where resources are thin, time is tight, and deadlines are looming, a new information management tool can be a huge boon for efficiency and productivity. But as helpful as third-party email services, list management clients, and cloud hosting services can be, they also come with serious privacy risks that could land you and your organization in hot water.

On January 22nd, join two of Vancouverís oldest and most established advocacy groups--the BC Civil Liberties Association and the BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association--for breakfast and conversation on the topic of privacy issues facing small organizations today. Over complimentary coffee and snacks, reps from the BCCLA and FIPA will lead a casual discussion that considers:

  • Your duties as data administrators under provincial and federal law

  • The challenges that small organizations now face in fulfilling these duties

  • New trends like BYO-Device environments and cloud hosting, and what they mean for your in-house privacy practices

  • What can happen when your clientsí privacy isnít upheld

  • The resources, services, and support available to you through FIPA and the BCCLA

In this rapidly changing field, not all the answers are clear, and best practices are still being developed. Even so, our responsibilities to our clients remain. On January 22nd we invite you to dedicate some time to considering how you can make the most of these tools while still protecting your organization and the privacy rights of your community.

To register, email the following information to Tyler Morgenstern at no later than January 18th at noon.

Organization (If Applicable):
Phone Number:

This event is free, but seating is limited, so book early. Registrants are limited to three seats per organization, including their own. If for whatever reason you need to cancel, please let Tyler know by email at your earliest convenience so that your seat can be released to another registrant.


FOI, Open Data and You: Strategies for Access

People's Law School Vancouver (900 Howe Street, Vancouver BC)
September 28th, 2012
12-2 PM
This workshop is now full

This free workshop will feature three leading FOI practitioners and researchers, who will share insight into the state of the public's right to know in BC and provide useful tips and strategies for accessing public information. There will also be plenty of time reserved for open discussion, giving attendees an opportunity to work through specific challenges in a focused and collaborative setting. Our featured speakers are:
Frances Bula: Journalist specializing in urban issues and city politics in the Vancouver region; Department Chair, Journalism, Langara College

Bob Mackin: North Vancouver-based investigative reporter whose work has appeared in The Province, The New York Times, and many more local, national, and international outlets.

Keith Reynolds: National Research Representative, Canadian Union of Public Employees

FIPA is pleased to offer this event free of charge, although seating is limited and registration is required. To reserve your place, email Tyler Morgenstern at tyler [at] fipa [dot] bc [dot] ca no later than 12:00 PM, September 27th. Please make the subject line of your message: "Workshop Registration."

Because seating is limited, registration is capped at three spots per person, including the person making the registration. For each person attending, please include the following details in your message:
Full Name:
Organizational Affiliation (If Applicable):
Email Address:
Phone Number:

As this is a free event with limited space, please try your best to honour your registration. If for any reason you are unable to attend, please let us know in advance so that we can make your seat available to another attendee.


"This Time, It's Personal: Freedom of Information and Privacy Under Government 2.0"

UBC Robson Square Theatre, Vancouver
September 19, 2012

BC Information Summit 2012

The BC Government has begun implementing its sweeping "Citizens @ The Center: Government 2.0" initiative. Meant to streamline the flow of citizen data between government bodies and service providers, these changes promise to open up "exciting opportunities for citizens to directly engage with their government." Initiatives like the Integrated Case Management system and the recently-unveiled "Smart Care Card" will, according to the government, dramatically simplify and improve the way it provides services in this province.

But as the linkages between the private sector, civil society and government bodies become more complex, this increased sharing of data presents new challenges to individual privacy and information freedom. Whenever sensitive personal data, such as health, family service, and employment records, are in play, privacy rights must be a top priority. This is especially important as governments rush to adopt new technologies in the interest of making data transmission quicker and simpler than ever before.

What does Government 2.0 mean for citizens? What balance needs to be struck between efficient service provision and strong privacy rights? Will information flow to citizens or will Government 2.0 actually undermine efforts to improve access to information?

Come to the 2012 Information Summit and get the information you need.


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BC information summit 2010

Privacy and Identity Theft Conference


Friday October 5, 2007
The Theatre, UBC Robson Square Campus, Vancouver, BC

The second BC Information Summit assembled policymakers, experts and information seekers from all sectors to grapple with two fundamental questions:
[] How can we meet the growing challenges to openness, and
[] How can we strengthen the public's right to know in an adversarial world?

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Friday September 29, 2006
The Theatre, UBC Robson Square Campus, Vancouver, BC



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