Upcoming Saskatchewan Connections Conference 2015

March 19, 2015 - Lori Sabiston, Acting Senior Access and Privacy Consultant, Access and Privacy Branch, Ministry of Justice

In my role as Acting Senior Access and Privacy Consultant with the Access and Privacy Branch, Ministry of Justice, I often get to take part in interesting and exciting opportunities. For example, I am a member of the Working Group who has developed the Agenda for the 2015 Saskatchewan Connections Conference, which will be held May 5-6, 2015 at the Travelodge Hotel in Regina. The Working Group consists of members from the following government institutions:

  • Access and Privacy Branch, Ministry of Justice;
  • Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner;
  • Government Relations;
  • Health;
  • eHealth Saskatchewan;
  • SaskEnergy;
  • University of Regina;
  • University of Saskatchewan;
  • Prince Albert Parkland Health Region; and
  • Good Spirit School Division.

The Working Group has developed a very interesting line-up of presentations, all following the themes of access to information, protection of privacy, security of information, records management and health information management. The conference will show the important inter-connectivity between each of these areas.

The plenary sessions have some high profile speakers who will provide their perspective on these themes, which should appeal to everyone. For example, the former Information and Privacy Commissioner of British Columbia, David Loukidelis, will be giving a presentation called “Whose Records Are They?” This should provide an interesting insight on custody and control, a question which many of us likely come across in handling access requests. I am particularly interested in hearing the presentation from Thomas Keenan, who wrote a book entitled “TechnoCreep: The Surrender of Privacy and the Capitalization of Intimacy.” This presentation will likely give us a surprising look at how fast technology is moving, which we may not think about in our day-to-day lives. “Information Sharing in an Integrated Service Delivery Context” is another intriguing presentation and focuses on the Community Mobilization Prince Albert (CMPA). The CMPA has received national attention, and if you work in the service delivery area and share information with different agencies, the presentation will provide you with some insight into an innovative model. The last presentation from the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee is a thought-provoking story on how their office went paperless. It will show how efficient this can be and how much money can actually be saved by adapting this process. This is just a small sample of the interesting presentations we have in store for you.

To view the agenda, please click here. Clicking on each of the individual presentations will provide additional information about the speaker and what the presentation will cover.

The conference also offers a wide variety of options, which include your choice of three different workshops to start the morning of May 5th, with the conference itself beginning at noon on May 5th and ending after a full day on May 6th. It includes plenary sessions, which all registrants will attend, plus a variety of breakout sessions that you can choose from, allowing the opportunity to tailor the conference to meet your specific information needs. As a bonus, participants of this event will be able to access presentations from other jurisdictions across Canada who hold similar conferences.

Below is the link to the conference website, where you will find additional information about the conference along with registration information. Please note there are super saver and early bird rates available which can save you some money on registering prior to the event. The early bird rate will extend until four weeks prior to the event.

For additional information, please contact either Dustin Rivers (Verney Conference Management) at 613.226.8317, Lori Sabiston (Access and Privacy Branch, Ministry of Justice) at 306.787.5473 or Courtenay Phillips (Access and Privacy Branch, Ministry of Justice) at 306.798.0032. We hope to see you there!

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