Preliminary Program

IIC Canada Communications Law and Policy Conference
November 14-15, 2017
Shaw Centre, Ottawa

Updated September 18, 2017
The agenda is subject to change.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017


Registration Open for Delegate Badge Pick-Up


Welcome and Opening Remarks


Keynote Speech
Ian Scott, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission


Canadian Courts and Internet Jurisdiction
Canadian courts are increasingly asserting jurisdiction over companies without traditional "bricks and mortar" in Canada and issuing orders with extraterritorial effect. What impact will this have on non-Canadian over-the-top (OTT) services available in Canada? This panel will examine how the "real and substantial connection" test has evolved in light of recent caselaw, including the Supreme Court of Canada's (SCC) decisions in Google Inc. v. Equustek Solutions Inc. and Douez v. Facebook, Inc. It will examine the court's jurisdiction to make extraterritorial orders and orders against Internet service providers (ISPs), search engines and other Internet intermediaries and whether choice of laws and forum selection clauses will be upheld in this new environment. It will also examine the potential reaction of courts in other jurisdictions to extraterritorial orders, including Google’s recent injunction application to a U.S. court, arguing that the SCC’s global injunction against Google violates the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Paper: Janet Walker, Arbitration Place
Moderator: Peter Ruby, Goodmans LLP
Vivek Krishnamurthy, Harvard Law School
Barry Sookman, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
Mark Hayes, Hayes eLaw LLP


Networking Break


Copyright Act Reform: Key Issues for the Five-Year Review
The government will launch its five-year review of the Copyright Modernization Act this fall. In parallel, it is in the throes of renegotiating NAFTA, and copyright issues, particularly related to stronger protections for online content, could well be on the table. Since the Act was amended in 2012, online piracy has remained a force: is the Act’s tool kit sufficient to combat piracy or are stronger measures needed? In addition, Canadian courts have weighed in on the notice and notice regime. Does the Voltage v. John Doe #1 and Rogers (2017 FCA 97) Court of Appeal decision offer a fair assessment of an ISP's responsibilities under the regime, and what are its potential impacts if it is not successfully appealed? Would a notice and takedown (or notice and stay down) regime be more effective in any event? In its amendments, the government expanded user rights, for example, fair dealing and educational uses. Did it go too far or not far enough?  Meanwhile, the NAFTA process has also seen U.S. broadcasters calling for compensation from Canadian BDUs for carriage of their signals. Should the Copyright Act be amended to permit retransmission consent in Canada and should U.S. broadcasters similarly be compensated? More generally, the government has launched a consultation on Copyright Board processes and procedures to expedite decisions in a fast-paced environment. What reforms will meet with success? This panel will tackle these issues and more from the perspective of both users and rights holders in an attempt to strike a "balanced" approach.

Jay Kerr-Wilson, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
Kristina Milbourn, Rogers Communications Canada Inc.
Moderator: Stephen Zolf, Aird & Berlis LLP
Carys Craig, Osgoode Hall Law School
Erin Finlay, Canadian Media Producers Association
David Kent, McMillan LLP


Keynote Speech
Brendan Carr, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission


Privacy and Big Data
Communications service providers (CSPs) have access to a broad range of personal information from their users (both subscribers and non-subscribers). The digital information trail of communications services users (from browsing, location and set-top-box data to segmentation created by matching user information with other third party data) can reveal much about the individual's current behaviour and future intentions. This personal information presents both commercial opportunities and privacy responsibilities for CSPs, especially if they seek to monetize the personal information for marketing or other commercial uses. The paper reviews the current notice and consent obligations on CSPs when using personal information in Canada, the European Union and the United States. The paper also explores how notice, consent and their alternatives (such as legitimate business interest and de-identification) are evolving in Canada and how these changes may impact the competitiveness of Canadian CSPs.

Paper: Bill Abbott, Barrister & Solicitor
Moderator: Jennifer Stoddart, Barrister & Solicitor
Lisa Austin, University of Toronto
Alex Cameron, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
David Fewer, CIPPIC, University of Ottawa


Networking Break


Internet Piracy
Internet piracy is a significant social and economic problem. Every year, billions of dollars of creative content is stolen online, causing significant harm to the Canadian creative and broadcasting sectors. Despite extensive efforts by rights holders, Internet piracy has proven particularly resistant to conventional legal action. What makes Internet piracy so difficult to combat? Would blocking access to Internet piracy sites be a proportionate and effective solution to the problem? How have similar regimes been implemented internationally, and what criteria should courts or tribunals employ in making such orders?

Paper: Richard Lizius, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
Moderator: Susan Wheeler, Rogers Communications Canada Inc.
Ariel Katz, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto
Bram Abramson, The Citizen Lab, University of Toronto
Thomas Sutton, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
Sundeep Chauhan, Chair of the Canadian Anti-Counterfeiting Network


Cocktail Reception (Cash Bar)

Wednesday, November 15, 2017


The Impact of New Legal Technologies on the Legal Profession *
It's enough that the profession is under siege by competitors from all sides, but the advance of legal technology, including through the use of artificial intelligence, is resulting in a need for lawyers who are adept at using these new tools to lower costs and improve outputs. Some of those techniques include e-discovery, process automation, legal research, practice management, document storage and handling, and improved billing and accounting practices but despite incentives for lawyers to become more technologically competent it is difficult training (and retraining) them.

Paper: Jordan Furlong, Law21
Moderator: Gina Alexandris, Law Practice Program, Ryerson University
Mat Goldstein, Dentons LLP
Monica Goyal, Barrister & Solicitor
Laura van Wyngaarden, Diligen


Networking Break


Surveillance and Cyberattacks
News headlines and security leaks show us that government agencies and police have the potential to use consumer devices for surveillance. On the other side of the equation, ransomware, viruses and denial of service attacks are becoming an everyday reality. These issues are the backdrop as the government is re-thinking Bill C-51, and Public Safety Canada is concluding its cyber security consultations. As we enter the age of the "Internet of things" the debates continue surrounding mandatory breach notifications and protecting critical infrastructure. What legal tools should be made available to the government? Who bears the burden of keeping our data and all the devices that our everyday life relies upon safe? What should happen when sensitive information or critical networks have been breached and what could happen when fingers get pointed at network operators, equipment manufacturers or large institutions?

Paper: Craig Forcese, University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law
Moderator: Catherine Beagan Flood, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Robert Gordon, Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange
Eugene Ng, MNP LLP
Additional panellist(s) TBA


Networking Break


Regulating "Uncivil Discourse” on the Internet: Defamation, Hate Speech, and Fake News *
Not so long ago, the Internet held great promise as an unfettered forum for individuals, groups, businesses, and government to share information and views. Today, there is increasing talk of monitoring, moderating, and even regulating that forum. Lawyers are advising clients and watching their own step at the same time. Online aggression, anonymity, and fake news are social problems. When do they become legal issues, and are we heading for more regulation and more litigation? When do they present ethical dilemmas, and how does a lawyer spot and deal with them? Facing a rush of unverified information, and quick action/reaction cycles of online discourse, how does today's lawyer keep up?

Paper: Sheldon Burshtein, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Moderator: John D. Gregory, Retired General Counsel, Ontario Ministry of the Attorney-General
Marina Pavlović, Centre for Law, Technology and Society, University of Ottawa
Seema Reddy, Yahoo and Oath Canada
Paul Schabas, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP


Lunch and Keynote Speaker (TBA)


The CRTC's Enforcement Regimes *
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) conducts regulatory enforcement of nuisance communications and spam under the Telecommunications Act and Canada's Anti-spam legislation (CASL). How do these regulatory regimes compare with other regulatory models (such as that of the Competition Bureau or the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in the United States)? This session will also consider the role of counsel in navigating the rules to help their clients come into compliance and in responding to notices to produce or preserve information during an investigation; and issues such as retaining external legal counsel to identify and sever solicitor-client privileged information during an investigation.

Paper: Kelly-Anne Smith and Adam Balkovec, CRTC
Moderator: Leslie Milton, Telesat Canada
Melinda Claybaugh, FTC
Jonathan Chaplan, Competition Bureau Legal Services
Andrea Rosen, Andrea Rosen and Associates Inc.

16:00 Closing Remarks

* LSUC Professionalism 3 hours