A Conversation with Elizabeth Denham: Privacy Gone Mainstream


Elizabeth Denham, CBE, has earned an international reputation as a public advocate at the forefront of the protection of privacy and the public's right to know.  Her work, first in British Columbia as the province's information and privacy commissioner, and particularly more recently in the United Kingdom in her current role as its information commissioner, has tackled some of the most significant issues in how our personal data is protected --- or not.  She has led investigations into Equifax, WhatsApp, Uber, and Facebook, the latter concerning the use of personal information by Cambridge Analytica in the Brexit campaign in the UK. She has focused recent attention on the ethical implications of Artificial Intelligence on government, jobs and journalism and is influencing the approaches of Silicon Valley in how it develops technology.  She has been one of the world's leading voices on data protection, on the need for government disclosure, and on the threat to personal information in the digital age.

This event, a fireside chat and evening reception with Business in Vancouver's Kirk LaPointe, is presented in partnership with ISACA Vancouver and part of the 2020 BC AWARE CAMPAIGN.


PwC August 2019

PwC August 2019

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright


Elizabeth Denham

Elizabeth Denham, CBE
U.K. Information Commissioner

Elizabeth Denham became the UK’s Information Commissioner in 2016. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is the UK’s regulator for data protection and information rights. It enforces the law, both civil and criminal, against organisations that have violated data protection rules. The ICO provides guidance on and regulates key laws such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Data Protection Act 2018, the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR) and Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Elizabeth brings an international dimension to her UK role from her previous work as Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia and Canada and Assistant Privacy Commissioner of Canada.

In the 2019 New Year’s Honours list Elizabeth was awarded Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to protecting information. She was also named as the most influential person in data driven business in the 2018 DataIQ 100 list. Elizabeth has made headlines in the past year for her wide-ranging investigation into data misuse in online political campaigning, a topic which has seen her appear before parliaments in the UK and abroad.

Elizabeth was elected chair of the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners (ICDPPC) in 2018 which seeks to provide international leadership in data protection and privacy as the premier global forum for data protection authorities.

Kirk LaPointe

Editor-in-Chief, Business in Vancouver & Vice-President, Editorial, Glacier Media

Kirk has led Canadian broadcast, print and media organizations for more than three decades, holding the senior editorial roles at CTV News, Southam News and The Hamilton Spectator. He is a former Ottawa Bureau Chief and General News Editor of The Canadian Press, a former host on CBC Newsworld, the founding executive editor of National Post, the former ombudsman of the CBC, and a host on Roundhouse Radio. He has been Canadian Editor for Billboard Magazine and station manager of CKLN Ryerson, an advisor to the publisher of the Toronto Star, and publisher and editor in chief at Self-Counsel Press. Kirk is currently the Editor-in-Chief at Business in Vancouver and Vice-President Editorial, Glacier Media, and he teaches Ethics and Leadership as an Adjunct Professor and Executive-in-Residence at UBC's Graduate School of Journalism.