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Big Data, Bigger Problems: Who Owns Your Data?


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Roundtable Luncheon with Kevvie Fowler, Adam Kardash and Kris Klein
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 12:00 to 13:30
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Toronto ON, C.D. Howe Institute, 67 Yonge Street, Suite 300
  • Big Data, Bigger Problems: Who Owns Your Data?

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Who owns data? Every day we produce data that is collected, stored, and used by organizations, whether we know it or not. Many of us don’t realize who actually owns this data, and what is at stake in this complex debate. Join us for an off-the-record discussion with three leading experts as they share their thoughts on the issues surrounding data ownership and privacy. 


Kevvie Fowler, Partner, Cyber Risk Services, Deloitte LLP

Kevvie is a cyber security and forensics expert with more than 21 years of experience. He has advised and assisted organizations in protecting sensitive information as well as responding and recovering from some of the industry’s most high-profile data breaches. Kevvie has served as an expert witness and advisor in data breach cases and has helped organizations demonstrate cyber defensibility and transform security programs after an incident.

He is the author of Data Breach Preparation and Response and SQL Server Forensic Analysis and is a contributing author to several cyber security and forensics books. As a sought after speaker, Kevvie has engaged executive and technical audiences at some of the industry’s most prestigious conferences including Black Hat, SECTOR, OWASP and the HTCIA. Kevvie is frequently interviewed on cyber security and data breach matters most recently by the Globe and Mail, CBC, The Toronto Star and National Post.

Kevvie is also a pioneer and global authority in database forensics whose research and tools are used by corporate organizations and government agencies including the RCMP, U.S. Secret Service and the U.S. Navy. Credited with advancing the field of digital forensics, Kevvie is a SANS lethal forensicator and sits on the SANS Advisory Board where he guides the direction of emerging security and forensics research.


Adam Kardash, Partner, Privacy and Data Management, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Adam is an acknowledged Canadian legal industry leader in privacy and data management. He leads the Osler’s national Privacy and Data Management practice. Adam has been lead counsel on many of the most significant privacy matters in Canada. He advises Fortune 500 clients in their business critical data-protection issues, compliance initiatives and data governance. He regularly represents clients on regulatory investigations and security breaches, and has acted on many of the largest Canadian security incidents to date.  In Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Business Lawyers, Adam is ranked Band 1 in the area of Privacy and Data Protection and has also been named in the National Law Journal’s (NLJ) second annual list of Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Trailblazers. 


Kris Klein, Partner, nNovation LLP

Kris Klein. CIPP/C, CIPM, FIP, has more than two decades of experience in the federal regulatory arena, which he gained in both the public and private sectors in Canada. He is also one of the country's leading experts on the application of the Access to Information Act, the Privacy Act and the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA).

Klein practiced law with a preeminent national firm for several years prior to gaining a significant amount of litigation experience working for the Federal Department of Justice. He also has provided instrumental and crucial legal advice for the Privy Council Office.

More recently and prior to founding nNovation LLP, Klein practiced exclusively in the area of privacy law for the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. In his capacity as litigation counsel, Klein advised the Commissioner and senior officials on legal, policy and strategic positions available in privacy matters, including the handling of high-profile and sensitive cases. In addition, he interacted, negotiated and settled complaints with private sector organizations facing complaints about privacy issues. Klein also represented the Commissioner and her office publicly, as a conference speaker, before parliamentary committee and in interviews with the media.

Klein has broad public and private sector experience, working on projects that have required understanding, negotiating and monitoring technical compliance with privacy and security issues. He has a demonstrated understanding of technology, theories of anonymity (de-identification of data), authentication systems and health privacy issues among other topics.

He has written extensively on the subject, including co-authoring several instrumental works. Moreover, Klein teaches the privacy law course at the University of Ottawa Law School and he has provided countless in-house training sessions to corporations and government departments. He is an entertaining speaker that engages the audience and provides practical advice to real-world problems.

Klein is native to Ottawa and studied in a specialized Geographic Information Systems program at Carleton University before attending law school. He is active within his community, has served on several charitable boards and coached minor hockey and soccer.

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