Data Privacy Week @ UBC

Data Privacy Week @ UBC

January 25 – 29, 2021

International Data Privacy (IDP) Day occurs every year on January 28, and is an international effort to empower individuals and businesses to respect privacy, safeguard data and enable trust.

The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) officially leads the Data Privacy Day campaign and is advised by a distinguished advisory committee of privacy professionals to help the campaign align with the most current privacy issues in a thoughtful and meaningful way.

What’s New for 2021

All events will be offered virtually this year, with programming developed to highlight how our data privacy affects UBC staff and faculty. All events are open to UBC staff, faculty & researchers and will feature presenters representing the Office of the University Counsel, Safety & Risk Services, Information Security Management, Solutions Security & Architecture, Systems Information Technology, Cybersecurity Program Management Office, Centre for Teaching and Learning Technologies and Advanced Research Computing. The week culminates with our keynote event, featuring Michael McEvoy, the Privacy Commissioner of British Columbia. This keynote event will be open to staff, faculty and researchers from post-secondary institutions across Canada.

Event Details

Community Consultation: Information Security Standards Review

January 25, 2021 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Presented by Zoe Armer, Larry Carson and Michael Lonsdale-Eccles

Join members from the Information Security Management team, Cybersecurity Program Management Office and PrISM Safety & Risk Services as they engage in a dialog regarding the Information Security Standards. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback about existing standards and discuss possible future revisions and additions.

Exploring the balance between Privacy and Collaboration

January 26, 2021 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Presented by Scott Baker, Paul Hancock, Michelle Lamberson, Jay Loder and Stephen Michaud

Be a part of the discussion between members of Advanced Research Computing, the Centre for Teaching and Learning Technologies, Safety & Risk Service, Office of the University Counsel and Flexible Learning Special Projects. This events panel will raise awareness to the complicated dance associated with championing collaboration at UBC whilst maintaining robust and protective privacy policies.

Privacy in the Cloud

January 27, 2021 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Presented by Scott Baker, Paul Hancock, Aaron Heck and Chris Krusch

Cloud computing has significant advantages. However, the increase in use of cloud applications for teaching and learning has raised many questions about the privacy and security impact associated with the use of this technology. In this discussion, members of Solutions Security & Architecture, Systems Information Technology, Office of the University Counsel and Advanced Research Computing highlight the pros and cons of cloud applications from a privacy perspective.

KEYNOTE: Privacy in the post-secondary education sector

January 28, 2021 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am

This keynote event will be open to staff, faculty and researchers from post-secondary institutions across Canada

Presented by Michael McEvoy, Privacy Commissioner of British Columbia

On January 28 Data Privacy Week at UBC concludes with our keynote event! We are extremely proud to have Michael McEvoy, the Privacy Commissioner of British Columbia joining us.

Michael will dissect the nuanced and multi-faceted topic of privacy implications for institutional activities in higher education. Hear examples of proven practices that have helped other institutions address important privacy issues. Discuss how these practices can be applied to the unique privacy challenges you may be experiencing from your current role at UBC.


Zoë Armer | Program Manager, Cybersecurity

Zoë Armer is the Program Manager, Cybersecurity, at UBC. With over 20 years of IT experience, Zoë has been with UBC since 2012 and in Cybersecurity since 2015. Zoë’s portfolio covers the “non-tech” side of Cybersecurity, including Program, Project, and Portfolio Management for all Cybersecurity Projects at UBC, along with Communications & Engagement.

Scott Baker | Manager, Sensitive Research, Advanced Research Computing

Scott is the Manager Sensitive Research with UBC Advanced Research Computing. A team focused on assisting researchers find balanced solutions for their research projects. He is the leader of the Canadian Association of Research Administrators Information Technology Special Interest Group (CARA IT-SIG), and a member of the Compute Canada national security council. He has over 20 years of experience managing people, projects, and systems.

Larry Carson | Associate Director, Information Security Management

Larry Carson is the Associate Director, Information Security Management at UBC. Larry is the subject matter expert for cybersecurity in the university where he focuses on incident response and incident prevention for the institution.

Paul Hancock | Legal Counsel, Information and Privacy, University Counsel

Paul holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Ottawa and a law degree from UBC. After articling in Vancouver at the litigation firm of Guild Yule and Company, he joined the City of Vancouver in 1998 as the Manager, Corporate Information and Privacy. While at the City, Paul also served as the Deputy Chief Election Officer, in which he was responsible for organizing and running the 2008 Vancouver civic election. Paul has published and presented widely on topics related to information and privacy. Paul has been with UBC since 2010 and became Legal Counsel in 2015.

Aaron Heck | Senior Manager, Solutions Security and Architecture, ITSO

Aaron Heck is the Senior Manager of Solutions Security and Architecture at UBC, with 23 years of combined security, leadership, and service management experience. His team is responsible for web, web application, and solutions architecture security across UBC.

Chris Krusch | Systems Architect, Systems Information Technology

Chris has a 30 year background in provisioning local and remote computing and storage infrastructure and services for UBC IT, UBC and the higher education community.

Michelle Lamberson | Director, Flexible Learning Special Projects

Dr. Michelle N. Lamberson is the Director of Flexible Learning Special Projects in the Office of the Provost and VP Academic at UBC’s Okanagan Campus. She provides strategic direction and targeted support to innovative teaching, learning and curriculum initiatives; her current focus areas include supporting the transition to online learning, coordinating UBCO’s career and personal education efforts, and managing UBCO’s ALT-2040 Fund. Prior to joining UBCO’s Provost Office team in 2015, Michelle served in a variety of roles in the UBC Vancouver Provost Portfolio including Director of Flexible Learning Special Projects (2013-2015), Managing Director of the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (2010-2013) and Director of the Office of Learning Technology (2002-2010).

Jay Loder | Manager, PrISM, Safety and Risk Services

Jay is the Manager for PrISM, Safety and Risk Services where he is responsible for the operations of the Privacy Impact Assessment process, privacy and security training program as well as driving a number of strategic projects within the PrISM SRS portfolio. Jay is a certified privacy professional and past member of the Canadian Advisory Board of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). Jay has an extensive background in privacy having worked in both the public and private sectors across Canada, the United States and the Caribbean.

Michael Lonsdale-Eccles | Director, PrISM, Safety and Risk Services

Michael Lonsdale-Eccles is the Director of PrISM Safety & Risk Services. He leads a team that delivers Privacy & Information Security risk assessment, training and advisory services to the University community and is the co-chair of the PrISM Program Leadership Committee. He has worked at UBC in a number of capacities over the last ten years within Internal Audit, UBC IT, the Sauder School of Business and most recently Safety & Risk Services.

Michael McEvoy | Privacy Commissioner of British Columbia

Michael McEvoy was appointed to a six-year term as Information and Privacy Commissioner for BC by unanimous motion of the Legislative Assembly in 2018. Immediately prior to his appointment he helped lead the Information Commissioner’s Office of the United Kingdom’s investigation into Cambridge Analytica and Facebook. Commissioner McEvoy joined the OIPC in 2007, adjudicating more than 50 inquiries under provincial access and privacy law before his appointment as Deputy Commissioner in 2013. His service to the community has included chairing his local school board, leading the BC School Trustees Association, and chairing Greater Victoria’s United Way campaign. He obtained a Juris Doctorate from the University of Manitoba in 1985 and a Bachelor of Arts in 1980 from the University of Winnipeg. Commissioner McEvoy has been a member of the Law Society of British Columbia since 1986.

Stephen Michaud | Senior Manager, Learning Applications Integrations & Analytics

Stephen leads the learning technology team in CTLT and works with students, faculty, and staff to improve teaching and learning through the judicious application of technology. Working with a great team of dedicated professionals, Stephen helps to provide learning technology support, development, and innovation through the integration, development, and support of learning tools, web technologies, and learning analytics.