Join us for the 2016 BC Information Summit

Since the last Information Summit, we have seen some major shifts in the freedom of information and privacy landscape. There have been major reports from both a BC Special Legislative committee and from the House of Commons ATI Ethics and Privacy standing committee calling for a serious overhaul of the federal and provincial laws.

Some of those major reforms include a legislated ‘duty to document’, stiffer penalties for violations and improved coverage of bodies not currently under the Act and the types of records that can be requested. Not to mention bringing in more and better proactive disclosure. In other words, a lot more accountability and transparency for both the federal and provincial governments.

That’s why, on September 22 2016, FIPA is proud to present the 2016 BC Information Summit, From Trickle to Tide: Preparing for a Wave of Transparency.  Taking place at UBC Robson Square, our 6th Info Summit will hear from experts and people directly involved in the ever-changing landscape of information and privacy rights where they will engage with the different perspectives and strategies used to meet today’s challenges.

The conference will feature a wide array of speakers drawn from a number of fields, who will be exploring how this new landscape is playing out from a number of perspectives.

Full programming details for the Summit, along with registration, can be found online at Some highlights include:

  • Keynote addresses from the Information Commissioner of Canada, Suzanne Legault and Drew McArthur, the Acting Commissioner at the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner.
  • Opening remarks from FIPA President Michael Markwick and closing comments from Vincent Gogolek, our Executive Director.
  • Panels featuring Mike Larsen (Lecturer, School of Criminology, Kwantlen University), Paul Hancock (Legal Counsel, Information and Privacy, UBC), Victoria Lemieux (Associate Professor of Archival Studies, UBC), Layla Michaud (Assistant Commissioner, Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada), Michael Vonn (Policy Director, BC Civil Liberties Association), and Benjamin Goold (Professor, Allard School of Law, UBC).
  • And more speakers to come!

Registration is now open at Get your seats early to make sure you get the information that you need. Info Summit is accredited as a Continuing Professional Development Course by the Law Society of BC.

FIPA would like to thank our 2016 Info Summit sponsors: School of Library, Archival and Information Studies at UBC, CUPE BC, BCGEU, the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of BC, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, Disability Alliance BC, Newspapers Canada, Vancity, the Wilderness Committee, and the Trial Lawyers Association of BC. We would also like to thank Picatic.