Brantford, Ontario May 8-9 2017

Big Data in Cities: Barriers & Benefits

Dr. Ann Cavoukian, Executive Director of the Privacy and Big Data Institute at Ryerson University will present a keynote address on Privacy by Design

Dr. Ann Cavoukian, Executive Director of the Privacy and Big Data Institute at Ryerson University will present a keynote address on Privacy by Design

Join us May 8-9 2017

Keynote address by Dr. Ann Cavoukian,
three-term Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario

The "Big Data in Cities: Barriers and Benefits" symposium invites community, academic, and municipal leaders to join in an open discussion about the development, implementation, and application of big data systems for local governance. This free public symposium features presentations by prominent researchers and practitioners who possess expertise relative to big data. Its goal is to develop a set of practical guidelines that will help shape current and future data-sharing practices, which will be of benefit to individuals and organisations engaged in any form of human/social services. 

The symposium is a two-day event, commencing Monday, May 8th 2017 and concluding on Tuesday May 9th 2017. The event is hosted at the Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Brantford, and registration is free and open to all community members (local or glocal). In addition to guest presentations, the symposium includes a series of facilitated plenary sessions that will allow registrants to share their ideas and affect the outcomes. Morning/afternoon refreshments and lunch will be provided, along with a networking session on Monday evening (all located at the hotel).

Topics and discussions include:

  • Data-sharing strategies
  • Privacy-considerate and ethical data collection
  • Inter-organizational barriers
  • Data operationalization
  • Developing multi-agency data-sharing agreements

Space is limited; register early to reserve your spot!

Privacy must be embedded into each layer of the personal data ecosystem, accompanied by exemplary systems security and accountable practices
— Ann Cavoukian


Online registration is now open for the "Big Data in Cities: Barriers and Benefits" symposium. To register please visit our Eventbrite registration page, or use tool to the right. There are three options:

To register please select May 8 and then select your prefered ticket type


Symposium Agenda: Day Two

Symposium Agenda: Day One

Time Description
7:30 – 9:00 Registration and networking, light refreshments
9:00 – 9:10 Welcoming remarks
9:10 – 9:30 Thanksgiving prayer
9:30 – 10:15 Dr. Kim Anderson presents It’s the Stories You Tell: Questions of Ethical Design and Implementation in Research Involving Indigenous Peoples
10:15 – 10:30 Refreshment break
10:30 – 11:15 Dr. Justin Longo presents “Data for Policymaking: Implications of the Digitally Invisible”
11:15 – 12:00 Ms. Kristen Thomasen presents “Ethically Leveraging Automated Technologies: On Drones and Data"
12:00 – 12:30 Dr. Ann Cavoukian presents the day one keynote address “Big Data for Big Cities: Must Embed Privacy, by Design, to Reap the Benefits.”
12:30 – 1:30 Lunch is served
1:30 – 2:15 Dr. Geoffrey Rockwell presents “Caring for Data as Scholarship: An Argument for the Recognition of Data Caretaking”
2:15 – 3:00 Dr. Harvey Miller presents “Big Data for Healthy Places: Building Healthier Environments through Opportunistic GIScience.”
3:15 – 3:30 Refreshment break
3:30 – 4:15 Plenary One: Developing shared-data agreements that protect privacy and maintain ethical approaches.
4:15 – 4:30 Dr. Jennifer Lavoie provides closing remarks that summarize day one outcomes.
7:00 – 9:00 Networking event

Time Description
8:00 – 9:00 Registration and networking, light refreshments
9:00 – 9:15 Dr. Jennifer Lavoie provides opening remarks that introduce day two objectives.
9:15 – 10:00 Mr. Aaron Wallace and Ms. Michelle Connor present Big Data visions for the City of Brantford
10:00 – 10:45 Mr. Bill Holden and Mr. Jason Disanao will participate in a panel discussion on “The CommunityView Experience,” demonstrating a data-sharing agreement.
10:45 – 11:00 Refreshment break
11:00 – 11:45 Dr. Jason Lau presents “Leading, Creating and Mobilizing research and Evaluation for Evidence-Informed Policy and Practice.”
11:45 – 12:30 Plenary Two: Exploring barriers to sharing data experienced by non-profits, community organizations, municipalities, and academic practitioners.
12:30 – 1:00 Lunch is served
1:00 – 1:45 Dr. Elizabeth Dhuey and Mr. Chris Borst present “The Connecting Infancy to Youth Project.”
1:45 – 2:30 Mr. Austin Lawrence will present “Big Data Analytics and the Quantification of Organized Crime in Canada.”
2:30 – 2:45 Refreshment break
2:45 – 3:30 Plenary Three: The current and future opportunities for application of shared data in social services, municipal, and academic sectors
3:30 – 3:45 Dr. Jennifer Lavoie will present closing remarks and acknowledgements.

If you have any questions about the symposium, please send an email to bigdatasymposium@wlu.ca, or complete the form below 

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