Meet the Faculty: Alberta Legal Technology Conference

Legal Technology


Join innovative thought-leaders and organizations in law to learn the current state of technology. Consider the impact of technological developments and what the future might bring to Alberta’s legal community.

Alberta Legal Technology Conference kicks off on May 13, 2021. Did you know that if you register for the entire conference before May 13 you save $260? This conference will present a variety of topics pertaining to the practice of law in our current digital age, including cloud-based wills, cyber insurance, privacy, and more. Scroll below for faculty details, and click here to register for this highly informative series.

Meet the Faculty for Alberta Legal Technology Conference

Martin Kratz QC, York University – Osgoode Hall Law School (Presenting on May 13, 2021, Legal Technology Trends)

Martin has been internationally recognized as a leading lawyer in many fields such as intellectual property law, technology law, data protection, and cyber security. He has worked in intellectual property protection, transactions, assessments, enforcement, outsourcing, IT procurement, anti-spam, data protection, information and privacy law, and the protection and commercialization of IP.

Nancy Bains, Law Society of Alberta (Co-Presenting on May 14, 2021, Privacy)

Nancy is Tribunal Counsel and Privacy Officer at the Law Society of Alberta.  She has been overseeing the Law Society’s privacy program since January 2015. In that role, she has coordinated the development of up-to-date processes, policies, and training. Nancy was in private practice for years prior to joining the Law Society. She graduated from the faculty of law at the University of New Brunswick in 2002 and had previously obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of British Columbia.

Jill Clayton, Information and Privacy Commissioner (Co-Presenting on May 14, 2021, Privacy)

Jill Clayton began her career with Alberta’s Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC) in 2004 as a portfolio officer with the team responsible for ensuring oversight and compliance with Alberta’s Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). She served as acting director, PIPA, from 2007 to 2008 and director, PIPA, from 2008 to 2011. In June of 2010 Ms. Clayton was appointed Assistant Commissioner, responsible for the development, implementation and oversight of amendments to PIPA, particularly mandatory breach notification requirements. Prior to her service with the OIPC Ms. Clayton worked as a privacy consultant, providing services to public- and private-sector clients, primarily in the health care, oil and gas, telecommunications, and non-profit sectors.

Professor Amy Salyzyn, University of Ottawa – Faculty of Law (Presenting on May 19, 2021, Lawyer Technological Competence)

Amy Salyzyn is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law, Common Law Section at the University of Ottawa and a Faculty member of the Centre for Law, Technology and Society. She received her J.S.D from Yale Law School for her dissertation exploring the judicial regulation of lawyers in common law jurisdictions. She also received her LL.M. from Yale Law School and her J.D. from the University of Toronto. She has written extensively in the area of legal ethics, lawyer regulation, the use of technology in the delivery of legal services and access to justice.

Stephen Burns, Bennett Jones LLP (Presenting on May 27, 2021, Artificial Intelligence)

Stephen Burns’ practice focuses on energy, utility and infrastructure related technology, procurement and outsourcing, technology transfers, intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate / commercial matters related to technology. Stephen is the Co-Head of the ITB Practice Group. Stephen’s practice includes a focus on information law, including data governance, cyber-security, seismic, privacy, social media, document retention and access to government information. Stephen regularly appears before Canada’s various Information and Privacy Commissioners.

Stuart Tate, HighStreet Insurance (Co-Presenting on May 28, 2021, Cyber Insurance)

Stuart brings 25+ years of experience in risk management and insurance consulting to the team. His deep understanding of national and global programs for Canadian businesses, especially within the commercial and industrial space, makes him a strong partner for Albertan firms.

David Fulton, True North Group Inc. (Co-Presenting on May 28, 2021, Cyber Insurance)

David is the President and CEO of True North Group Inc. Specialties: Private cloud services, IT consulting/project management, operating system deployment, Microsoft server and System Center platforms, network infrastructure planning, design & management, comprehensive technical/security audits, software licensing/asset management, managed IT services, remote monitoring and helpdesk support.

Patrick Hartford, NoticeConnect (Presenting on June 3, 2021, Cloud-Based Wills)

Patrick Hartford is a lawyer and entrepreneur in the legal tech space, where he has worked to modernize old processes with SaaS solutions. He founded NoticeConnect, which was acquired by DoProcess in 2020. Patrick has a significant academic bent, having clerked at the Supreme Court of Canada and published several peer reviewed articles.

Stephen Sibold QC, Bennett Jones LLP (Presenting on June 4, 2021, Crossing the Border with Electronic Devices)

In addition to serving as General Counsel of Bennett Jones, Steve Sibold provides strategic advice to clients on corporate governance, corporate and securities law issues. During 2007-2008, Steve attended the University of California, Berkeley School of Law as a Fulbright Scholar. While at Berkeley, Steve’s research focused on Canada’s regulatory response to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. From 1996 to 2000, he served as senior vice-president and general counsel of Canadian Airlines Corporation and from 2000 to 2005, as chair and CEO of the Alberta Securities Commission (ASC).

Sue Lajoie, Executive Director, Compliance, Intake, and Resolution Directorate, and Chief Privacy Officer, Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (Presenting on June 9, 2021, PIPEDA Breach Obligations)

Sue Lajoie joined the Office of the Privacy Commissioner as Director General – Privacy Act Investigations in 2012.  In 2019 she became the Executive Director of the Office’s new Compliance, Intake, and Resolution Directorate. Sue has over 25 years of experience in public sector management, with leadership positions in various government organizations, including: National Defence, the Treasury Board Secretariat, and Health Canada.

James T. Swanson, Swanson Law (Presenting on June 10, 2021, Recent Case Law)

James Swanson is an Alberta lawyer and registered Canadian trademark agent with decades of practical experience in legal issues related to technology and science, intellectual property (trademarks, domain names, copyrights, patents, confidential and proprietary information, trade secrets, etc.), privacy, cyber security, information governance, new media, and entertainment and content.
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