Speaker Bios

Parry Aftab

Parry Aftab
Executive Director
WiredSafety.org

Parry Aftab is a security, privacy and cyberspace lawyer, as well as an author, consultant, child advocate and public speaker. As the Executive Director of WiredSafety.org, the world's oldest and largest cybersafety group, Parry donates much of her time to Internet issues involving children and adults, ranging from Internet safety and security for children to helping adults and senior citizens avoid identity theft and fraud online. Her main focus is teaching good cybercitizenship and responsible use of technology, especially to young people. She consults for and works with law enforcement agencies on cybercrime prevention, cyber-terrorism, law enforcement and security issues. In the commercial world, she is the cyber-lawyer keeping businesses safe in cyberspace and improving e-commerce and trust. Her new Canadian-based project, WiredTrust, will provide expertise and support on risk management for the Web 2.0 industry. She is often referred to as the "Kids Internet Lawyer" for her extensive work with the children's Internet industry, and now resides in New Brunswick, as well as New York, with her Canadian husband.

Ken Anderson
Assistant Commissioner
Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner, Ontario

Ken Anderson is Assistant Commissioner (Privacy) for the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario. Ken taught privacy law at the University of Ottawa Law School for three years and is a frequent speaker on access and privacy matters. Ken received his law degree from the University of Western Ontario, as well as a degree in business administration from the Ivey School at the University of Western Ontario.

Dr. Ann Cavoukian

Dr. Ann Cavoukian
Information and Privacy Commissioner, Ontario

Dr. Ann Cavoukian is Ontario's first Information and Privacy Commissioner to be reappointed for a second term. Initially appointed in 1997, her role in overseeing the operations of the freedom of information and privacy laws in Canada's most populous province was extended to 2009. Like the provincial Auditor General, she serves as an officer of the legislature, independent of the government of the day. Dr. Cavoukian is recognized as one of the leading privacy experts in the world and is frequently called upon to speak at major forums around the globe. In late 2005, the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) presented her with the HP/IAPP Privacy Innovation Award; later that same year, Dr. Cavoukian was made a member of the European Biometric Forum's International Biometric Advisory Council. Most recently, following a presentation at the 2006 International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) conference in Vancouver, Dr. Cavoukian once again received the designation of IABC All-Star speaker as a result of outstanding audience evaluations.

Barbara Coloroso

Barbara Coloroso
Author and Speaker

Barbara Coloroso is an internationally recognized speaker and author in the areas of parenting, teaching, school discipline, non-violent conflict resolution and reconciliatory justice. She is an educational consultant for school districts, the medical and business community, the criminal justice system and other educational associations throughout the world. Barbara has served as a classroom teacher, a laboratory school instructor, and a university instructor. She is the author of four international bestsellers: Kids are worth it! Giving Your Child the Gift of Inner Discipline, Parenting Through Crisis: Helping Kids in Times of Loss, Grief and Change, The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander: From Pre-School to High School—How Parents and Teachers Can Help Break the Cycle of Violence and Just Because It's Not Wrong Doesn't Make It Right as well as the two critically acclaimed video programs, Winning at Parenting…without beating your kids and Winning at Teaching…without beating your kids. Barbara's latest book is Extraordinary Evil: A Brief History of Genocide and Why it Matters.

Bruce Cowper

Bruce Cowper
Chief Security Advisor
Microsoft Canada

Bruce Cowper, the Chief Security Advisor for Microsoft Canada, is responsible for overall security strategy, working closely with the public sector, large enterprises, industry associations and the community across Canada. He comes from a security background in secure system design, forensics and security risk management and leverages his real life hands-on experience to relate to the challenges faced today. Bruce is a prolific speaker and can frequently be found in the media and at conferences across Canada and beyond. Bruce is a founding member of the Toronto Area Security Klatch (TASK) and an active member of numerous organisations across Canada. Before moving to Toronto and joining Microsoft, Bruce held positions on the board of directors of several IT companies, championing the development of technical excellence and the customer experience. Bruce holds a degree in Computer Systems Engineering as well as industry standard qualifications.

Michelle Chibba
Director of Policy
Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner, Ontario

Michelle Chibba is Director of Policy at the Information and Privacy Commissioner / ON. She brings to this position significant policy and planning experience in the health sector. At the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, she managed several strategic reform initiatives in the areas of physician services and the Ontario Drug Benefit Program.

Throughout her career in the Ontario Public Service, Michelle has worked with many of the stakeholder groups including professional associations, health practitioners, hospitals, long-term care facilities, laboratories and various health sector companies.

Myles Ellis

Myles Ellis
Director of Economic and Member Services
Canadian Teachers' Federation

Myles Ellis holds a Bachelor's Degree in Education and a Masters Degree in Education from Saint Mary's University in Nova Scotia, as well as a Certificate in Industrial Relations from Queen's University in Ontario. He is a director with the Canadian Association for the Practical Study of Law in Education (CAPSLE).

His career in education started in Prince Edward Island as a teacher; then department head, vice-principal and principal; Director at the School Board level; and later, as a consultant with the provincial Department of Education. He was General Secretary of the Prince Edward Island Teachers’ Federation (PEITF) for seven years before taking the position of Director of Economic and Member Services with the Canadian Teachers' Federation (CTF) in February 2007. His work focuses on collective bargaining, benefits, and member services, and on the economic and financial aspects of education.

In the last year, Mr. Ellis has coordinated the efforts of the Canadian Teachers' Federation (CTF) in addressing the issue of Cyberbullying and its impact on teaching and learning.

Chris Kelly

Chris Kelly
Chief Privacy Officer
Facebook

Chris Kelly is the Chief Privacy Officer and Head of Global Public Policy at Facebook, where he brings more than a decade of business, information privacy, public policy and legal experience. Previously, Chris served as Chief Privacy Officer at Excite@Home, Kendara (which was acquired by Excite@Home) and Spoke Software. Through his in-house work and service at international law firm Baker & Mckenzie and technology law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Chris advised major Internet and media clients on the increasing challenges of intellectual property and privacy protection for the digital age. Chris also served as an education advisor in the Clinton Administration. Chris holds a bachelors degree from Georgetown University, a masters from Yale University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Dr. Avner Levin

Dr. Avner Levin
Director
Privacy and Cyber Crime Institute
Ryerson University

Avner Levin is the Chair of the Law & Business Department at the Ted Rogers School of Management, and the Director of the Privacy and Cyber Crime Institute at Ryerson University. Professor Levin's recent research has focused on online social networks, and he is the lead author of "The Next Digital Divide: Online Social Network Privacy", a research report funded by the Privacy Commissioner of Canada's Contributions Program.

Dr. Faye Mishna

Dr. Faye Mishna
Associate Professor & Associate Dean of Research
Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work
University of Toronto

Dr. Faye Mishna is an Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Research, at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto and is cross-appointed to the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. She holds the Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Chair in Child and Family. Prior to joining the Faculty, she was Clinical Director of Integra, a children's mental health centre serving children and youth with learning disabilities and psychosocial difficulties. Faye’s program of research is focused on: bullying; cyber abuse/cyberbullying and cyber-counselling; and school-based interventions for students with learning disabilities. Faye has published on bullying, social work education and clinical practice and maintains a small private practice in psychotherapy and consultation.

Dr. Cameron Norman

Dr. Cameron Norman
Director of Evaluation
Peter A. Silverman Global eHealth Program
Assistant Professor, University of Toronto

Cameron Norman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Toronto, Director of Evaluation with the Peter A. Silverman Global eHealth Program, and the principal investigator of Youth Voices Research, the youth engagement unit of the Centre for Health Promotion. The focus of his research is on understanding how people work together to solve health problems and how information technologies can aid learning and collaboration across time, physical space, and culture to improve health and wellbeing. This research includes a focus on organizations with an emphasis on systems change. His research is focused on understanding how youth and young adults engage in health promotion through virtual communities; exploring what skills are necessary to fully participate in health decisions using information technology (eHealth); and how social networks connect ideas together to translate knowledge into improved health practices with professionals and consumers alike. Cameron has more than 10 years experience developing, studying, and disseminating electronic health promotion tools for adolescents and is a recognized leader in the field of literacy and health as it applies to the online environment. His recent published work on the development of the eHealth Literacy Scale (eHEALS), the first measure of its kind, was recently recognized as Best Paper of Year by the International Medical Informatics Association.

Dr. Norman holds a Ph.D. in Public Health from the University of Toronto and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Systems Thinking and Complexity Science jointly at the University of British Columbia and the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation in Toronto. He lives in Toronto, Canada.

Mary O'Donoghue
Manager, Legal Services
Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner, Ontario

A graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, and Osgoode Hall Law School, Mary O’Donoghue is General Counsel and Manager of Legal Services for the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, where her practice is largely focused on administrative, constitutional and employment law. Mary has also acted for two years as Independent Legal Counsel to a domestic discipline body and has provided consulting services to the Ontario Integrated Justice Project on privacy issues. Prior to joining the IPC in 1988, she was briefly engaged in private practice and conducted public legal education conferences in family law for the Ontario Women’s Directorate.

She is a frequent writer and speaker to academic, legal and professional audiences on administrative law, constitutional law, employment law, privacy law and access to government information. Ms O’Donoghue was a co-researcher/investigator in the Anonymity Project, a four year SSHRC-funded multidisciplinary project involving social scientists, psychologists, philosophers, mathematicians, cryptographers, cognitive scientists and lawyers led by Professor Ian Kerr of the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa.

Active with the Ontario Bar Association, Ms. O’Donoghue is the Past Chair of the Constitutional and Civil Liberties section, former Chair of the Administrative Law Section and an Executive member of the Privacy Law and Administrative law sections. She is also a member of the Canadian Bar Association Council and is an Executive member of CBA National Constitutional and Human rights section.

Ms. O’Donoghue has volunteered in numerous community organizations, including Nellie’s Hostel, Homes First Society, Cottingham School, Central Toronto Community Legal Clinic and the Canadian National Institute for the Blind.

Dr. Marilyn Prosch

Dr. Marilyn Prosch
Arizona State Univeristy

Dr. Marilyn Prosch is a faculty member at Arizona State Univeristy, teaching principally in Accounting Information Systems and Data Protection. Prior to joining the ASU faculty, she was a faculty member at Lehigh University for 10 years. She serves on the AICPA/CICA Privacy Task Force which developed GAPP (Generally Accepted Privacy Principles). Her areas of interest include internal controls, accounting information systems, and data protection. Dr. Prosch holds the CIPP (Certified Information Privacy Professional) certification. She has met with or spoken to the US Department of Commerce, US Federal Trade Commission, National Association of Secretaries of State, and the Arizona Auditor General’s Office on the subject of GAPP, as well as conducted various research studies on privacy breaches and GAPP.

Andrea Slane

Andrea Slane
Executive Director
Centre for Innovation Law and Policy (CILP)
University of Toronto

Andrea Slane is the Executive Director of the Centre for Innovation Law and Policy (CILP) at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law. She received her J.D. (Honours) from the University of Toronto in 2003, and was called to Ontario bar in 2004. She has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature (Cultural Studies) from the University of California, San Diego. Before joining the Faculty of Law in 2006, Andrea practised trademark, copyright, privacy and technology law. She has chaired two international symposia on Online Child Exploitation on behalf of the CILP, in 2005 and 2007. She has published articles on the personal privacy expectations violated by unsolicited bulk email, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal’s handling of the technological features of the Internet in online hate complaints, and the judicial management of the concept of the Internet’s borderlessness in defamation cases. She has done policy research for the Department of Justice (on online hate), and through the Contributions Program of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (on information sharing between private entities and law enforcement), and is currently working on a project on online child exploitation crime prevention materials and strategies, funded by Public Safety Canada.

Dr. Valerie Steeves

Dr. Valerie Steeves
Assistant Professor
Department of Criminology and Faculty of Law
University of Ottawa

Dr. Valerie Steeves is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology, with a cross-appointment in the Faculty of Law, at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Steeves has written and spoken extensively on privacy from a human rights perspective, and is an active participant in the privacy policy-making process in Canada. She has also written a number of reports on children's use of new media, including Young Canadians in a Wired World (Media Awareness Network, 2005), and is the author of a series of multimedia games designed to teach children how to protect their human rights in a networked environment. Her game Sense and NonSense won the first annual Award of Excellence in Race Relations Education from the Canadian Race Relations Foundation in 1999, and her game Privacy Playground won the Bronze Medal at the 2006 Summit Creative Awards Competition, an international competition involving thousands of entries from 26 countries. In 2004, she was awarded the LaBelle Lectureship at McMaster University, a juried prize given to scholars doing cutting edge research and challenging accepted ideas.

Scott Totzke

Scott Totzke
VP Global Security Group
Research in Motion

Scott Totzke is Vice President of the Global Security Group at Research In Motion, where he is responsible for ensuring that RIM continues to provide products and services that meet the strict security requirements demanded by government and other security conscious organizations. Prior to joining RIM in 2001, Scott held senior consulting positions with EDS specializing in network security/architecture and database design. Scott also spent more than 10 years in corporate IT positions ranging from system development to network architect. Scott is a graduate of Conestoga College.

Honourable Kathleen Wynne

Honourable Kathleen Wynne
Minister of Education
Ontario

Kathleen Wynne was sworn in as Minister of Education on September 18, 2006, and again on October 30, 2007.

She was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2003 and served as the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Education and to the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. Prior to this, she served as a public school trustee in Toronto.

Since becoming minister, Ms. Wynne led many improvements to Ontario's publicly funded education system, such as:

  • Progress on smaller class sizes, higher test scores and higher graduation rates
  • Increases to education funding and the introduction of new targeted grants to improve student achievement – since 2003, education funding has increased by $4 billion or almost $2,500 per student
  • Legislative amendments and new investments to make schools safer
  • The development of a more environment-focused curriculum
  • The creation of a Provincial Parent Board
  • The inauguration of the Premier's Awards for Teaching Excellence.

In her role as Parliamentary Assistant, Ms. Wynne facilitated the Parent Voice in Education Project, whose recommendations resulted in the first Ontario Parent Involvement Policy. She also co-chaired the Special Education Working Table to reform how students with special needs receive support in school, and conducted a provincewide review to improve adult education.

Premier McGuinty has called Minister Wynne the province's champion of public education. She leads the government's efforts to reduce class sizes in the primary grades, improve student achievement and provide more opportunities for high school students to graduate and reach their full potential. Building on a lifetime of political activity and a career of service to youth, students and families, Ms. Wynne is a knowledgeable and passionate advocate of a strong publicly funded school system. She has played a major role as an organizer and facilitator, helping school communities grapple with education issues and leading citizens groups in a number of grassroots community projects.

Ms. Wynne holds a Master of Arts in linguistics from the University of Toronto (1980) and a Master of Education in adult education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (1995). She also completed mediation training at Harvard University.

Ms. Wynne has three adult children who live, work and study in Ontario.