2017 BC Information Summit
Transparency: Has the Wave Broken?

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Given the recent shift in the provincial political climate, we are pleased to announce that we are breaking away from the biennial tradition this year and will be hosting our 7th BC Information Summit on September 21, 2017 at UBC Robson Square. This is an important time in the information and privacy landscape. The change of political leadership in BC gives us the opportunity to bring much-needed attention to the major deficits in our access to information and privacy frameworks.

Major changes are on the horizon in terms of the freedom of information systems at both the federal and provincial levels. Courts, committees and Commissioners have made major recommendations for change which would bring major changes to the system. This Conference has assembled a range of experts from varying backgrounds to look at these developments and what they might mean for information and privacy rights.

Please note: The 2017 Information Summit has been accredited by The Law Society of BC (for 6 credits) as well as by PACC-CCAP for Continuing Professional Development credits.


We have an exciting line-up of keynote speakers and panels this year.

  • Latest developments on legal privilege and FOI
  • Whistleblower laws – the need for protection and what the new law should look like.
  • Indigenous governance & transparency – A way forward
  • Open government – the politics of information control


Mike Larsen, President, BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association

Vincent Gogolek, Executive Director, BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association

Drew McArthur, Acting Information and Privacy Commissioner, Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner

Jay Chalke, BC’s Ombudsperson, Office of the Ombudsperson

Carol Bellringer, Auditor General, Auditor General of British Columbia

Bradley Weldon, Director of Policy, Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner

Nancy Bélanger, General Counsel and Director of Legal Services, Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada

Robert Botterell, Associate Council, Aboriginal, Major Project Negotiation, Lidstone & Company

Sean Holman, Faculty, Journalism, Mount Royal University

Eric Rankin,Senior Reporter, CBC

Kirk LaPointe, Editor-in-chief of Business in Vancouver, and Host on Roundhouse Radio 98.3 FM Vancouver

Lisa Monchalin, Faculty, Criminology, Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Wawmeesh Hamilton, Reporter, Discourse Media

Michael Lucas, Manager, Policy and Legal Services, Law Society of BC

Paul Doroshenko, Lawyer, Acumen Law Corporation

Carol Linnitt, Managing Editor and Director of Research, DeSmog Canada

Brent Olthuis, Counsel, Hunter Litigation Chambers Law Corporation