Compute Ontario Announces Educational Workshops on Data Trusts

The workshops will build on the work of CO-ORION’s Smart Cities initiative

Compute Ontario, in collaboration with ICES and MaRS Discovery District (MaRSDD), will be delivering three educational workshops on data trusts and their implications with respect to data access, data sharing and data governance as it applies to support the concept of smart cities in Ontario. With workshops in Toronto on November 21, in Guelph on November 28, and in Ottawa on December 4, Compute Ontario seeks to further build on the recommendations from the CO-ORION led Smart Cities initiative earlier this year. These workshops will involve an interactive game-play designed by MaRSDD that furthers the understanding of concepts around data sharing and management in the context of smart cities followed by a deep-dive into local opportunities and challenges in creating data trusts through a panel discussion with experts from various fields. Insights gathered from these workshops will be included in a report that furthers the conversation on the spectrum of data trusts and data governance models that would support the advancement of smart cities.

Chris Loken, CTO, Compute Ontario will moderate the panels at all workshops. Here is our list of our other panelists:

Toronto, November 21, Chestnut Residence Centre, University of Toronto:

  • J.Charles Victor, Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships and External Services, ICES
  • Violeta Quintanilla Webb, Director, Enterprise Recordkeeping, Access and Privacy Information, Privacy and Archives, MGCS
  • Colette Lacroix, Industry Executive for Higher Education & Research, IBM Canada, IBM 
Guelph, November 28, The Arboretum, University of Guelph:
  • Karen Hand, Data Director, Food for Thought CFREF Project
  • Barbara Swartzentruber, Executive Director, Smart Cities Office, Office of the Chief Administrative Officer, City of Guelph
  • Nicole Rabe, Land Resource Specialist, OMAFRA
Ottawa, December 4, Tefler School of Management, University of Ottawa
  • Colleen Flood, Professor in Health Law & Policy, University of Ottawa
  • Rosario Cartagena, Chief Privacy and Legal Officer, ICES
    Teresa Scassa, Canada Research Chair in Information Law & Policy, University of Ottawa, University of Ottawa

Through this series of workshops, Compute Ontario seeks to:

  • Create interest in the concept of data trusts as well as their limitations and opportunities identified through the use cases developed under Compute Ontario's Smart Cities initiative

  • Use the data trust board game developed as a tool for the MaRS Mobility Data Trust concept under the Smart Cities initiative to interactively learn about data trusts and their implications as well as promote knowledge translation across individuals from various sectors

  • Learn about the spectrum of data trust models that can be formed and which models would be more acceptable and applicable in Ontario

  • Learn about the importance of process, policy, and relationships as it relates to data governance

  • Engage local experts to identify any specific concerns with respect to data access and data governance

The workshops are open to individuals from government, academia, private and public sectors who are interested in furthering their understanding of data trusts and data governance within Ontario. The sessions and panels will also cover the key elements of effective data governance and will address the legal and technological challenges and opportunities.

To read the agenda and register for our workshops, please click here