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2nd Annual Digital Access Day

Internet Society Canadian Chapter

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

2nd Annual Digital Access Day

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2nd Annual Digital Access Day


May 28, 2019


We believe the internet helps address serious social and economic needs. But too often, the digital divide mirrors existing inequities.


The 2nd Annual Digital Access Day is bringing together thought-leaders from NGOs, the tech sector, government, universities, and those most affected by the digital divide to talk about good work already underway, identify what else can be done, and measure progress.


8:30 -9:00am

Breakfast & Networking



Opening remarks

Franca Palazzo, Executive Director, Internet Society Canada Chapter

Presenting Sponsor, Andy Kaplan-Myrth, VP, Regulatory & Carrier Affairs, Teksavvy



Andrew Sullivan, President & CEO, Internet Society

The network of human networks and the shared fate of the Internet


Savvy Surfing

How to recognize misinformation, how to report it, and the actions currently being taken or that can be taken by platforms, governments, etc. to combat it. 

In a report by Cira: “Canadians Deserve a Better Internet ( )” shows that over half of Canadians admit they’ve been taken in by a fake news item. 

And if you ask Canadian internet users, they see the responsibility to stop the spread of fake news as being split between social media companies, the press, the federal government and citizens themselves.



Mike Gifford, Founder & CEO OpenConcept

David Akin, Award Winning Journalist & Chief Political Correspondent, Global News

Kathryn Hill, Executive Director, MediaSmarts

Tanya O’Callaghan, Senior Manager, Communications, Cira



Katie Jordan, Senior Policy Advisor, North America, Internet Society





Safety & Privacy-Internet of Things Safety & Awareness

Researchers have provided estimates that between 20-50 billion IoT devices will be connected globally by 2020. Most of these devices will have an indirect or direct implication on consumer protection, 15 percent will be owned directly by consumers. Mitigating cyber threats for consumers and the indirect threat to the organizations they work for continues to be a growing area of concern.

With the growth of connected consumer devices in market, the number of attack vectors and entry points for nefarious activities is also increasing exponentially. The need to mitigate cyber security threats for consumers is well recognized stimulating many organizations and governments around the world to develop, consider and implement solutions.


Mark Buell, North American Bureau Chief, Internet Society

Bonnie Butlin, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Security Partners’ Forum & Expert Network Member (Cybersecurity) at World Economic Forum

Suzie Dunn, Phd. Student, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa

Paul Sammut, Cyber Security Senior Manager, KPMG



Marina Pavlovic, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa




Rick Chiarelli, Ottawa City Councillor


DAD Talk- Joe Catapano,Manager, Stakeholder Engagement North America at ICAAN


Accessibility for People with Disabilities

Technology is a tool for all people. Products and services should be designed to empower everyone.

1 Billion in the world have a disability.  Technology is a tool that should be designed to empower everyone, regardless of their ability.   Bill C-81, the Accessible Canada Act, which aims to make Canada a more accessible country, is currently before Parliament.  The Government of Canada has recently appointed a Deputy Minister whose responsibility is to make the government of Canada a more accessible workplace.    

What are the challenges and opportunities for service providers and manufacturers?    How can we ensure that everyone has access to digital technology?



Marlene Floyd, National Director, Corporate Affairs, Microsoft

Vidya Shankarnarayan, Director General, Digital Government, Innovation Science & Economic Development Canada

Julianna Rowsell, Head of Accessibility, Canadian Digital Services

Thomas Simpson, Head Public Affairs & Central Lead, Adocacy at CNIB



Mark Robbins, Senior Researcher, Institute on Governance


DAD Talk: Nicole Watts, Head Government Relations Canada, Paypal

The Digital Economy: How E- Commerce is Creating Inclusive Economic Growth




DAD Talk: Andy Kaplan-Myrth, VP, Regulatory and Carrier Affairs, Teksavvy

How does services based competition work in Canada?











The Government of Canada and the OECD report that the price of communications in Canada is higher than in most other modern economies. They also report that adoption by Canadians of data-intense uses is slowed by high prices. So why is this? What can be done about it? The CRTC says it wants to stick with facilities-based competition. Are there other successful models for getting prices lower? More intervention in markets? Or less? And if interventions are needed, what kind have shown themselves to be effective? How do we get affordability at the centre of our concerns for telecom policy?


Janet Lo, VP, Privacy and Consumer Legal Affairs, Teksavvy

Philip Palmer, Internet Society Canada Chapter

Tamir Israel, Staff Counsel at CIPPIC

Madeleine Redfern, Mayor of Iqaluit


Moderator: Bram Abramson, Technology Lawyer


Dad Talk: Marc Serré, Parliamentary Secretary for Minister of Rural Economic Development


Broadband and What it Means for Rural Indigenous & Remote Canada


Closing Remarks

Lynne Hamilton, President, Internet Society Canada Chapter


Networking Reception


Bernadette Jordan, Minister Rural Economic Development










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Ottawa City Hall
110 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

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