Navigating Our Way

The Maritime Access & Privacy Workshop 2010 Features Exciting Keynote Speakers!

Rick Snell, Senior Lecturer, University of Tasmania

Rick Snell is a senior lecturer in law at the University of Tasmania. His research, ideas and teaching have been influential within Australia and internationally. He has several research interests including government transparency, public sector governance, comparative administrative law (especially freedom of information and ombudsman) and the media.

Rick is a former member of the Tasmanian Administrate Review Advisory Council which advised the Tasmanian Attorney-General on Administrative Law matters. He was an elected and active member of the governing Council of the University of Tasmania from 2003-2006.

After joining the Law School he quickly built an international reputation in the area of Freedom of Information and within six years was awarded a Teaching Excellence Award and was profiled as one of the 48 Australian  academics with  exemplary or noteworthy approaches to teaching (Ballantyne et al Reflecting on University Teaching Academics’ Stories 1997). Since that time he has developed a growing reputation in the area of Ombudsman studies.

Rick Snell is a much sought after public speaker - he has delivered talks in all the capital cities of Australia and has been invited to speak and present seminars in Canada, New Zealand, Malaysia, Indonesia, South Africa, Philippines, Ireland, United Kingdom, United States, Mexico, Cambodia and Fiji. He is also a well known commentrator in the Australian media on various issues.

David Fraser, Partner, McInnes Cooper

David is a Partner in McInnes Cooper's Halifax office, working with a range of private and public sector clients to implement compliance programs for Canadian privacy legislation, including the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (Canada), the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Nova Scotia) and the Privacy Act (Canada). He regularly provides opinions related to Canadian privacy law for both Canadian and international clients and is a frequently invited speaker on this topic. David also acts for complainants and respondents in matters referred to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner. He is the author of the popular Canadian Privacy Law Blog (

Michel Juneau-Katsuya, CEO, The Northgate Group

A former RCMP and CSIS official, Michel has over 30 years of experience in the fields of international and national security and intelligence, and economic and industrial espionage. He is a recognized expert on security threats posed by individuals and criminal organizations located both in Canada and abroad. He has produced reports and policy recommendations for the RCMP, CSIS, and a number of Canadian federal departments and agencies. He has also been a guest lecturer and trainer for the CSIS Training Centre, Customs Canada Training Centre, and the Canadian Police College.

He sits on the boards of directors of several organizations related to security and international goods movement. Since 1998, Michel has been acting as the CEO and President of The Northgate Group Corp., a corporate security intelligence and research firm that provides specialized services to governments and private sector companies worldwide. Michel is the author of two recently published books: Nest of Spies: The Startling Truth About Foreign Agents at Work Within Canada’s Borders and Ces espions venus d'ailleurs.

Deputy Chief Chris McNeil, Halifax Regional Police

Deputy McNeil is a non-practising member of the Nova Scotia Barristers Society and has served as a Solicitor with the Nova Scotia Department of Justice providing advice to Policing and Corrections. He has a broad range of policing experience in Operations, Communication and Automation, and Administration, since becoming a police officer in 1982.

Deputy McNeil has significant experience in such areas as Human Resources, Recruiting, Training, and has managed litigation including Human Rights complaints. He serves as Workplace Rights Coordinator overseeing the administration, mediation, and investigation of racial and sexual harassment complaints. 

Workshop Sessions Announced!

Optional workshops for the afternoon of Day 2 of this year's event have been finalized and descriptions can be found on the agenda page. These workshops are proudly presented by CAPAPA, and are an excellent add-on to this year's jam packed learning event.


The Provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, as well as the Office of the Ombudsman of New Brunswick, the Nova Scotia Review Office, the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of PEI, and the Halifax Regional Municipality are proud to present the 6th Annual Maritime Access & Privacy Workshop. This workshop is a great opportunity to meet, network and share ideas with colleagues from the access and privacy community across the Maritime Provinces. This event will be held on June 17th and 18th, 2010 at the The Westin Nova Scotia in Halifax, NS.

This event has come a long way from its conception, from creating an A&P community in the Maritime Provinces to identifying challenges and sharing solutions. As our government(s) become more open, new changes will take place. These oncoming changes call for an assessment for the future - together, we can continue to "Navigate Our Way".

This year's conference has been streamlined to offer more isolated sessions geared towards the areas you have wanted to explore and study. This year's format has changed as well - and changed for the better. We are happy to offer you 1 and a half days of conference sessions for last year's price of one-day. Now with over 20 interactive sessions and optional workshops, this is an event you don't want to miss!

We also want you to be a part of the conference's creative process - please visit the agenda page and answer our call for submissions. Perhaps you are our next breakout session leader!

Join your colleagues today and open doors to new and exciting ideas in the world of Access and Privacy! Register now to take advantage of this incredible Super Saver  price of $299.00! (Offer expires April 9th, 2010).

We look forward to seeing you in Halifax on June 17, 2010!