NRC forum on responsible data


24 February to 11 March, 2021 - Online

The NRC’s Artificial Intelligence for Logistics program is hosting an online forum on responsible data. Through 4 half-day sessions, participants will explore how citizens and communities can benefit from data-driven technologies while ensuring responsible privacy protection and preservation of individual and community data rights.

Who should attend

The forum will bring together speakers and participants interested in:

  • concepts of individual and community relationships with data and privacy
  • the creation and maintenance of gated-access public good research data repositories


The forum will take place on Zoom. To register for one or more sessions, please visit:


Please note all times listed are EST, GMT-5.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Session A: Perspectives on Indigenous data governance and its relationship to research

Time Activity
2:30 pm Event kick-off
2:45 pm

Presentation 1:

Jonathan Dewar, CEO,
First Nations Information Governance Centre, Canada

3:45 pm Break-out discussion 1
4:30 pm Brief pause
4:35 pm

Presentation 2:  Indigenous Data Governance and the CARE Principles,

Maui Hudson, University of Waikato, Director,
Te Kotahi Research Institute, New Zealand

5:35 pm Break-out discussion 2
6:20 pm End of Session A

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Session B: Evolving concepts of privacy and rights in data

Time Activity
2:30 pm

Presentation 3:

Teresa Scassa, Canada Research Chair in Information Law and Policy,
University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, Canada

3:15 pm

Break-out discussion 3

3:45 pm Brief pause
3:50 pm

Presentation 4:

Joshua Fairfield, Professor of Law,
Washington and Lee University, USA

4:35 pm

Break-out discussion 4

5:05 pm Brief pause
5:10 pm

Panel discussion 1:

6:15 pm Break-out discussions related to Panel 1
7:00 pm End of Session B

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Session C: Interoperability, privacy, and balancing anonymity and data utility

Time Activity
2:30 pm Session kick-off
2:45 pm

Presentation 5: Statistical Disclosure Control

Anne-Sophie Charest,
University of Laval Institute of Intelligence and Data

3:25 pm Break-out discussion 5
4:00 pm Brief pause
4:05 pm

Presentation 6:

Peter Pulsifer, Carleton University, Technical Lead
Canadian Consortium for Arctic Data Interoperability (CCADI)

4:55 pm Break-out discussion 6
5:30 pm

Presentation 7:

David Fewer, Executive Director and General Counsel,
Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic

6:25 pm Break-out discussion 7
7:00 pm End Session C

Thursday March 11, 2021

Session D: Legal and practical considerations in the creation of gated data repositories

Time Activity
12:30 pm

Presentation 8: Reflections on the Centrality and Limits of Metaphors in Data Governance

Michael Beauvais,
Centre of Genomics & Policy,
McGill University

1:15 pm

Break-out discussion 8

1:45 pm Brief pause
1:50 pm

Presentation 9: Practical perspectives from establishing Quebec CODA-19 repository

Michaël Chassé and Pascal St-Onge

2:35 pm

Break-out discussion 9

3:05 pm Brief pause
3:10 pm

Panel discussion 2:

4:10 pm Break-out discussions related to Panel 2
5:00 pm End of Session D, End of Forum

Contact us

Margaret McKay,
Program Leader,
AI for Logistics supercluster support program
Telephone: 613-991-6853