2018 BC Information Summit open in Vancouver this Thursday

September 24, 2018

2018 Information Summit opens in Vancouver this Thursday

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

Vancouver, September 24, 2018 – The BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association (FIPA) is pleased to announce the 2018 BC Information Summit taking place this Thursday, September 27th at UBC Robson Square.

Entitled Changing Perceptions in FOI & Privacy: Two Sides of the Same Coin? the Summit will showcase more than a dozen experts (including Ombudsperson Jay Chalke and Commissioner McEvoy) looking at the implementation of whistleblower protection law in BC, latest developments in FOI/ATI reform, the confluence of personal information, privacy and political parties as well as the tensions between privacy and the right to know.

Sean Holman, Associate Professor of Journalism at Mount Royal University, will kick off the day with a keynote address on: “The Falling Currency of Democracy: Information as an Instrument of Control and Certainty in the Postwar and Posttruth Eras.”

After lunch, the BC Information and Privacy Commissioner Michael McEvoy will get proceedings back underway with a keynote address on the latest developments in FOI and privacy.

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, and Newsmedia Canada, as well as Picatic for their generosity in sponsoring this important educational event.


Sara Neuert, Executive Director
BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association
Email: sara@fipa.bc.ca
Phone: 604-739-9788

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.


FIPA is looking for a Program Director!

For more than twenty five years, FIPA has been an instrumental part of B.C.’s civil society community. Apply to join our team as our new Program Director (maternity leave coverage). Here are the details on the position, and how to apply:

Position: Program Director
Position Type: Full-Time, temporary/contract (maternity leave coverage)
Salary: $50,000/year
Location: Vancouver/Lower Mainland, B.C.
Minimum Required Experience: Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field, 2-3 years professional experience

About Us:

The BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association is a non-partisan, non-profit society that was established a quarter century ago 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.

The Position:

The primary mission of this post is organizational development, which includes fundraising as well as enhancing and expanding existing services.

Main functions and responsibilities:

Assisting the Executive Director (ED) with:

  • Fundraising and marketing;
  • Communications and outreach;
  • Conduct special projects, including conferences, workshops and special events;
  • Conducts day-to-day operations of the office;
  • Duties supporting the Board of Directors, committees, and volunteers.

The Candidate:

The successful candidate will have the expertise and experience to help manage and expand a non-profit group dedicated to FOI and privacy issues. This will be an excellent opportunity for those with an entrepreneurial spirit and an enthusiastic attitude necessary to help FIPA grow.

You must have a keen interest in civil liberties, particularly access to information and privacy issues.

You must be a leader and communicator capable of working co-operatively with FIPA’s board of directors, volunteers, membership and a wide range of stakeholders.

You will possess:

  • Successful experience in fundraising for non-profits
  • A proven track record in communications and marketing for the non-profit sector
  • Excellent analytical, problem-solving and organizational ability
  • Experience and competence in research and writing
  • Proven experience in website editing and maintenance and effective use of social media (SMS) and MS Office. Experience working with graphic design an asset.
  • A degree in communications, marketing or equivalent.


Working Conditions

This is a full-time position based out of our office in Vancouver, B.C. Some travel required, possibly to Ottawa and/or Victoria.

To Apply

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to FIPA at fipa@fipa.bc.ca with “Employment Opportunity: (Your Name)” in the subject line by Wednesday, August 22, 2018. Please send documents in PDF format. Only candidates shortlisted for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

FIPA hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply. We especially welcome applications from members of visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities.

Join us for our 2018 BC Information Summit

This is an interesting and important time in the information and privacy landscapes. With the push for more open information and transparency comes rising concerns of privacy, especially in the face of an ever-increasing connected and interconnected world. Join us for our 8th BC Information Summit on September 27, 2018 at UBC Robson Square as we explore the how changing perceptions of the right to know versus the right to one’s privacy are being shaped.

As technological innovation continues to evolve and connect our world, it is time for our information and privacy frameworks to catch up. Commissioners and committees are calling for change to the systems. In terms of the BC freedom of information system, there is the potential for change on the horizon as we await the results from the provincial public consultation. Federally, there is still a lot of work to be done. This conference has assembled a range of experts from varying backgrounds to look at these developments and what they might mean for information and privacy rights.

Date & Time
Thursday, September 27, 2018
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
UBC Robson Square Theatre, Vancouver (map)
Tickets: Early Bird $110 (until Aug 31); Regular $160; Student/Senior $50
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Keynote Speakers

Sean Holman, Associate Professor, Journalism, Mount Royal University

Michael McEvoy, Commissioner, Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of BC


  • Latest Developments in FOI/ATI Reform
  • Whistleblower laws: How does PIDA Stack Up?
  • Personal Information, Privacy and Political Parties
  • Tensions between Privacy and the Right to Know

Visit the Information Summit website for more details!

FOI 101 is going live and online!

Join us for the online version of our popular FOI 101 workshop on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 12:30PM.

This is a skills training webinar for newcomers to Freedom of Information (FOI) requests. Get practical skills on how to prepare and submit information requests that get results and learn to navigate some common challenges that can arise as requests are processed. Please note that this is a repeat of the training session offered last year for anyone who missed the previous session.

Here’s your chance to ask the President of the BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association President, Mike Larsen, your questions!

Participants in this webinar may claim up to 1 hour of CPD credit with the LSBC.

Registration is free, but space is limited! Register here: https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/5879882912786574849

Many thanks to the Courthouse Libraries BC for cohosting.