2017 BC Information Summit open in Vancouver this Thursday

SEPTEMBER 18, 2017

2017 Information Summit opens in Vancouver this Thursday

Big names headline major conference on the future of Freedom of Information and Privacy

Vancouver, September 18, 2017 – The BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association (FIPA) is pleased to announce that the 2017 BC Information Summit will take place this Thursday, September 21st at UBC Robson Square.

Entitled Transparency: Has the Wave Broken? the Summit will showcase more than a dozen experts (including Ombudsperson Jay Chalke and Auditor General Carol Bellringer) looking at the coming whistleblower protection law, legal privilege and FOI, Indigenous governance and transparency as well as the politics of open government and information control.

Acting BC Information and Privacy Commissioner Drew McArthur will get proceedings underway with a keynote address on what he hopes to see in terms of information and privacy reform from the new provincial government.

After lunch, journalist, editor and long-time FOI requester Kirk LaPointe will be looking at the future of journalism and how changes to the media landscape and cases like Surrey Creep Catchers will affect Freedom of Information in the years to come.

Details on speakers and panelists can be found on our website at http://www.infosummit.ca

Secure registration is still available through the website, but seats are going fast.

FIPA would like to thank our Info Summit sponsors, including the School of Library, Archival and Information Science at UBC, CUPE BC, BCGEU, Vancity Community Credit Union, the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner, the Canadian Taxpayers’ Federation, the Wilderness Committee, and Newsmedia Canada, as well as Picatic for their generosity in sponsoring this important educational event.


Vincent Gogolek, Executive Director
BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association
Email: Vincent (at) fipa.bc.ca
Phone: 604-739-9788
Cell: 604-318-0031

About FIPA:
FIPA is a non-partisan, non-profit society that was established in 1991 to promote and defend freedom of information and privacy rights in Canada. Our goal is to empower citizens by increasing their access to information and their control over their own personal information. We serve a wide variety of individuals and organizations through programs of public education, public assistance, research, and law reform.