Summit Speakers

Mike Larsen is a faculty member of the Criminology Department at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, where he chairs the Criminology Honours Program Committee and teaches courses on criminal justice, criminological theory, law & society, policing and police accountability, surveillance, and transparency. His research deals with Canadian national security practices, particularly as they involve the deprivation of liberty and contestations around government secrecy, public accountability, and the right to know. He serves on Board of Directors of the Canadian Institute for Information and Privacy Studies (CIIPS) and is the President of the BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association (BC FIPA).

Mike’s publications include Access in the Academy: Bringing FOI and ATI to Academic Research (BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association, 2013) and the edited volume Brokering Access: Power, Politics, and Freedom of Information Process in Canada (Co-edited with Kevin Walby, UBC Press, 2012).

Drew McArthur was appointed Acting Information and Privacy Commissioner for B.C. on July 6, 2016.

Best known for his role as the former Chief Compliance and Privacy Officer at TELUS, he was responsible for the development and implementation of its industry-leading privacy policy.

A founding member of the Canadian Council of Chief Privacy Officers, Mr. McArthur was also a long-standing member of their executive committee. He founded a cross-industry networking association in British Columbia in 2004 to help privacy practitioners understand the implications of private sector privacy legislation. In 2006, Mr. McArthur worked with the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), an international organization dedicated to privacy education, to develop the Canadian professional certification program. He was one of the first individuals to achieve the designation of Certified International Privacy Professional of Canada (CIPP/C).

Following his retirement from TELUS in 2007, he has continued to work in the field of privacy and compliance in his consulting practice. Mr. McArthur also served on the External Advisory Board of the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner from 2010 until his appointment as Acting Commissioner.

Jay Chalke was appointed Ombudsperson in May, 2015 by unanimous motion of the Legislative Assembly. His six-year term as Ombudsperson started July 1, 2015.

Jay has an extensive background in executive leadership, the conduct of fair and independent investigations and the use of modern approaches to dispute resolution.

From 2011 to 2015 Jay led the Justice Services Branch of the Ministry of Justice and was responsible for delivering reforms to justice services and fostering dialogue and collaboration across the justice system.

Prior to his appointment with the Ministry of Justice, Jay was the first Public Guardian and Trustee of British Columbia from 2000 to 2011. During this time, he was instrumental in implementing lasting changes to modernize service delivery, improve collaboration with stakeholders, and enhance public accountability. He was also a member of Canada's delegation to the Hague Conference on Private International Law, which negotiated the Convention on the Protection of Adults.

Earlier in his career, Jay held a variety of public sector positions, including Deputy Public Trustee of British Columbia, Deputy Public Guardian and Trustee of Ontario, Head of the Review of Certain Practices in New Brunswick Correctional Institutions, Senior Policy Advisor for justice policy in the government of Ontario's Cabinet Office, and Crown Counsel with the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General. He began his career as a Correctional and Psychiatric Services Investigator with the Ombudsman of Ontario.

Jay has served as a member of the Justice and Public Safety Council of British Columbia, and a Governor of the Law Foundation of British Columbia. He is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia, and was appointed Queen's Counsel in 2006.

Carol Bellringer is the Auditor General for the Province of British Columbia and former Auditor General for the Province of Manitoba. Ms. Bellringer possesses an extensive background in conducting financial statement audits, performance audits, and investigations. A Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), Ms. Bellringer holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Concordia University, Montreal, and an MBA from the Warsaw School of Economics/University of Quebec at Montreal. She was named a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants of Manitoba in 2006, and B.C. in 2015, in recognition of her contributions to the community and the profession.

Prior to leading the Offices of the Auditor General in Manitoba and British Columbia, Ms. Bellringer served as the City Auditor for the City of Winnipeg, and has held management positions with KPMG in Montreal, Toronto, and Winnipeg, and with Media One International in Warsaw, Poland. She is also a former Director of Private Funding at the University of Manitoba.

In addition to her professional experience, Ms. Bellringer has held several board positions for businesses, charities, and arts organizations. She currently serves on the board of the International Federation of Accountants and is a member of the Auditing and Assurance Standards Oversight Council. She is a past board member for the Manitoba Chapter of the Institute of Corporate Directors, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Manitoba Hydro, the Canadian Auditing and Assurance Standards Board, and the Canadian Audit & Accountability Foundation.

Bradley Weldon is the Director of Policy at the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner. He has been with the OIPC for five years, where his focus areas are the challenges posed by emerging technologies, public interest disclosure, surveillance, and employee/employer privacy issues.

He leads the OIPC policy team and was the lead investigator on recent OIPC public reports, including the re-interpretation of section 25 and public interest disclosure under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act in the Mt. Polley tailings pond breach and in the contamination of the Hullcar Aquifer.

Bradley is a graduate of the University of British Columbia (Geography) and the University of Victoria (Law) and is a practising member of the British Columbia Law Society.  He is certified as CIPM and CIPP/IT by the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

Nancy Bélanger joined the Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada as General Counsel and Director of Legal Services during the summer of 2013.

She had previously served as General Counsel to the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner since 2007. She has been legal counsel to the Correctional Services of Canada, the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, and to the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada.

Nancy also served as Executive Legal Officer to the Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Canada, as it then was.

Most of her studies were completed at the University of Ottawa where she obtained both her LLB and LLM. She has been a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada since 1995.

Rob Botterell focuses on major project negotiations, law drafting, aboriginal law, resource law and advocating on behalf of clients. Rob led a team that put together the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy legislation and advised on the Personal Property Security Act and others. He negotiated the key provisions of the Maa-nulth Treaty for Huu-ay-aht, has drafted over 500 pages of laws, and has negotiated with all levels of government and industry on major projects. He was a Trustee of the Islands Trust and in 2012 chaired a panel at the UBCM annual convention on “Voting on the Internet”.

Rob has an LL.B. from UVic and MBA from UBC, and is a Fellow of Institute of Canadian Bankers after having been the TD Bank Regional Comptroller in the 1980’s. Rob has practiced law in British Columbia for 20 years.

Sean Holman is an associate professor of journalism at Mount Royal University, freedom of information researcher and the founding editor of the pioneering online investigative political news service Public Eye. A former syndicated columnist, he also worked as a legislative reporter for 24 hours Vancouver and the Vancouver Sun.

In 2004, Holman won the Jack Webster Award for leading a five month investigation into what became known as the Doug Walls affair. The investigation resulted in the resignation of the minister of children and family development and the firing of his deputy.

He was also recognized in 2012 with a special mention in J-Source’s Canadian Newsperson of the Year competition for “using new and emerging media technologies to expand the number of journalistic voices in this country and to redefine the relationship between journalists and citizens.”

In addition to his online and print work, Holman hosted and produced Public Eye Radio, a Sunday morning political talk show on Victoria radio station CFAX 1070 that ran for seven years. A former British Columbia government communications advisor, his coverage and commentary have also appeared in the Huffington Post, the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, the Tyee, the Times Colonist and Dow Jones News Service.

In 2013, he produced and directed the groundbreaking documentary Whipped: the secret world of party discipline, which is aired on the Cable Public Affairs Channel. Holman is also a former vice-president and Alberta/Northwest Territories regional director for the Canadian Association of Journalists. He is presently writing a book about the history of freedom of information in Canada.