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TORONTO, February 26, 2019 – Internet stakeholders from across Canada will be gathering in Toronto to discuss key issues related to the governance, safety and security of the internet, and propose recommendations for government, industry and Canadians moving forward.

More than 25 high-profile speakers will lead discussions on topics ranging from online misinformation, the security of IoT devices, cybersecurity for small business, the inclusiveness of the internet and Canada’s role in global internet governance.


What:                  Canadian Internet Governance Forum, an official national event linked to the UN-led global Internet Governance Forum.

When:                 February 27, 2019,  9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Where:               Hart House, University of Toronto

                             7 Hart House Cir., Toronto

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Who: Speakers for the event include:

  • Elliot Noss, CEO, Tucows
  • Maryse Guénette, Options Consommateurs
  • Kevin Chan, Facebook
  • Farzaneh Badiei, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Vance Lockton, Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
  • David Shipley, Beauceron Security
  • Nasma Ahmed, Digital Justice Lab

For the full agenda and more information, visit

Media are welcome. Interviews may be possible with some speakers. For further information or to schedule an interview contact Spencer Callaghan, [email protected], (613) 316-2397


About the Canadian Internet Governance Forum:

Now more than ever, cybersecurity and data privacy concerns underpin every aspect of our digital lives. This year’s Canadian IGF will bring together some of Canada’s top thinkers to discuss how privacy and security intersect with artificial intelligence, smart cities, and Internet of Things (IoT), the impact on businesses, and the role youth can play in the evolution of the internet.

The 2019 Canadian Internet Governance Forum represents an unprecedented level of collaboration between Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA), Innovation, Science, Economic Development Canada (ISED), CANARIE, the Internet Society (ISOC), Youth IGF Canada, and the Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic at the Centre for Law, Technology and Society (CIPPIC) at the University of Ottawa.