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2022 CAN-TECH Law Fall Conference - DATA DISRUPTION: Managing Changes in Data, Technology and Law

November 2-3, 2022
123 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M5H 2M9


The 2022 CAN-TECH Law Fall Conference will run from November 2 to 3, with in-person or virtual options. Please note all times are Eastern.



Plenary: A View from the Inside: Developing Policy for Tech Regulation

Technology moves quickly and it is a constant game of cat and mouse for government and regulators to stay on top of it. Ever wonder what it looks like on the inside? How do government lawyers and policymakers determine priorities, keep up with change and develop workable public policy for tech? Hear from a panel of government policymakers on how the sausage gets made.


Plenary: Intellectual Property Update: What Technology Law Practitioners Need to Know

This session will cover the latest developments in patents, copyrights, industrial design, and trade secrets. Data disruption raises new issues for different types of IP. Our experts will explore data’s impact on IP strategy, prosecution, litigation, and contracts relating to IP. This session will update you on data implications and recent IP changes, including:

  • Data as an “IP asset”;
  • Data governance with IP and licensing considerations;
  • Federal Court of Canada and CIPO consideration of patentable subject matter for computer relating inventions;
  • Metaverse impact on IP assets such as trademarks;
  • NFTs for copyright assets;
  • Jurisdiction issues for cross-border data flows and distributed systems;
  • Global directives and foreign IP law updates.


Lunch Fireside Chat: Privacy 


Track 1: Technology, Competence and Ethics: Staying Afloat in Stormy Seas

The legal profession is being impacted by the 21st century’s explosion in new technologies (like most of the rest of society).  Technologies that are mutating on almost a daily basis are impacting the practice of law and the business of clients at the same time as they present new, often subtle, ethical issues. This session considers the impact of evolving technology on two of the lawyers’ core responsibilities:  the duty of competence and the duty to act ethically.  It will provide a overview of these duties under the Rules of Professional Conduct across Canada, then look at a series of hypothetical but imminent technology fact situations where the lawyer’s duties may not be clear.  There will be time provided for the audience to discuss, and vote, in respect of each scenario.

Track 2: Digital Identity


Plenary: Cross border data flow under Quebec privacy law

5:30-6:30 Cocktail Reception

7:00-9:00 Dinner



Plenary: Cyber security: What you need to know in 2022

Cyber security is a new practice of law that is evolving very quickly. The conference will discuss the new type of cyber threat, what are the latest type of attacks and how Canadian companies need to prepare; the best practice for breach response, how legal, cyber, communication and forensic experts need to work together quickly to respond to the breach; the negotiation of ransomware; the legal and industry framework around cyber breach response including the new privacy and cyber law as well as the industry requirements; the insurance moving landscape and cyber class action.


Plenary: Regulating disruptive AI across key Jurisdictions – New Laws and Key Use Cases

AI technologies disrupt many of the ways in which we work and play across diverse sectors from legal decision-making and policing to health-care, transport and military uses, to name but a few. As a result, fundamental questions arise about influence, governance and power across society, which creates challenges to both designing and understanding regulatory responses to AI. This panel of experts will discuss the latest regulatory developments in AI across the European Union, the US and Canada, as well as consider key use cases of AI across those jurisdictions.




Lunch/Speaker: Women’s Health Tech: Legal implications of a changing world

The discussion will be focused on the complex legal and operational framework surrounding health technologies that are targeted towards women’s health. For this session we intend to delve into key considerations about the collection of women’s sensitive health data from a Canadian legal perspective, including a discussion on collection and handling of data by Canadian technology enterprises and guidance with respect to preparing for and responding to legal changes abroad. For example: What can a foreign jurisdiction require of Canadian companies with respect to compelled disclosure of data? (e.g. can a Canadian technology company be subpoenaed to disclose data about an individual in a foreign jurisdiction). What steps can/are Canadian women healthtech companies taking to protect privacy (e.g. anonymizing data etc.)?


Track 1: Litigating AI: Understanding the multi-faceted intersection of AI and the Law

Artificial intelligence is no longer science fiction, but has reached a point of maturity where it is now starting to intersect with the legal system and legal practice. Litigators will be at the forefront of this meeting of AI and law, and may be expected to navigate: (1) AI-informed legal determinations by courts, tribunals, and government agencies, (2) new challenges in evidence law (e.g. deep fakes), (3) complex cases involving harms caused by AI-based products, and (4) making decisions about how best to use AI tools in legal practice. Being prepared to meet these challenges will not only provide a surer footing in a transforming legal market but, as norms of practice continue to evolve, may some day become a professional obligation.

Track 2: Competition Authorities Enforcing Consumers’ Privacy in the Digital Age: Canadian and International Updates

The accumulation of sensitive consumer data can give companies unprecedented insight into consumer preferences and refine targeted advertising. The Canadian Competition Bureau has recently enforced the Competition Act against companies making false or misleading representations to consumers about the collection and use of their data and has awarded significant administrative monetary penalties. This panel will discuss the Competition Bureau’s mandate and the intersection with privacy laws, as well as similar themes internationally.


Track 1: Social and economic disruption and its effects on tech companies

The last few years have seen significant events affecting social change, and other important considerations technology companies need to take into account as part of their business models, including greater scrutiny of a tech company’s business practices, and who their partners are. The media is speculating a recession or other economic slowdown. Except for when the Times first started, we have not seen anything like this in well over a decade. There’s been layoffs and hiring freezes at certain tech companies, both here and in the U.S. (Shopify, Hootsuite, Facebook, Google). How did tech companies handle the last recession that started in 2008? How did it affect their R&D and ability to innovate? How will these economic factors interplay with calls for increased transparency and social change?

Track 2: Corporate Compliance for Companies Doing Business in Quebec



  • CAN-TECH Law Member Early Bird: $1,425
  • CAN-TECH Law In-house/Gov Member Early Bird: $775
  • Non-member Early Bird - $1,625
  • Non-member In-house/Gov Early Bird - $975
  • Student Early Bird - $300


  • Details on how to access will be emailed to all registrants well in advance of the proceedings. The details will be emailed to the address entered when registering for the conference. Be sure to check your spam folder! If you are not able to locate the access information by 9 a.m., October 27, please email It is the responsibility of the registrant to make sure they have the access information.
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  2. Stay home/participate virtually if you feel unwell or are exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms. If unwell, we ask you to complete a COVID-19 test and quarantine until a negative result is confirmed. If needed, COVID-19 tests can be purchased locally. Please note, with currently circulating COVID-19 variants, it is common for rapid tests to be unable to detect COVID-19 until several days into infection – hence even if you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and are testing negative, please participate virtually.

Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel

With a stay at Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, you'll be centrally located in Toronto, steps from Nathan Phillips Square and within a 10-minute walk of Toronto Eaton Centre. This 4-star aparthotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Ed Mirvish Theatre and 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Enjoy a range of recreational amenities, including an outdoor pool, an indoor pool, and a sauna. Additional amenities at this aparthotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and gift shops/newsstands.

Receive a 10% discount on their best available room rate, we will email the promo code in the conference registration email.