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I am delighted that my Office, along with the Canadian Bar Association will be hosting the 7th International Conference of Information Commissioners in Ottawa, Canada on October 4th - 5th, 2011.
I also invite you to participate in the Canadian Bar Association's 2nd Annual Privacy and Access Law Symposium taking place on October 3 rd, 2011. This day will be of great interest for those of you who are also responsible for protecting and promoting the privacy rights of individuals. Their program and guest speakers will no doubt set the stage for further fascinating discussions during the ICIC.
The title for this year's conference is Access to Information: A Pillar of Democracy.
The conference will aim to provide the community of international commissioners, practitioners and advocates with a forum to exchange ideas for the advancement of access to information, in hopes that it will enhance your ability to deliver on your mandates.
This year's conference will focus on three key themes:
A - Building Access to Information Regimes: International Benchmarking
Sessions will explore the features of various international models of access to information. Topics will range from how conventional exemption schemes are devised and applied to the impact of "radical access" tactics such as WikiLeaks.
B - Beyond Access: Convergence of Freedom of Information, Proactive Disclosure and Open Government
Access to official information is rapidly being transformed from a reactive to a proactive mode. Panels will discuss how to engage citizens in the promotion of an optimal access regime that exploits the benefits and inherent synergies of both conventional and progressive systems.
C - Impact of Technology on Freedom of Information
Popular demand for open data poses significant challenges for existing technological infrastructures. Experts will describe how technology can be deployed in support of freedom of information and how these initiatives contribute to innovation and economic development.
Your participation will be vital to the success of this conference. I hope you will find the program stimulating, and that you will engage in thought-provoking discussions with your international counterparts and world-renowned experts. This important event will provide an excellent platform to share information and contribute to forces of change at home and worldwide for greater freedom of information.
It will be my pleasure welcoming you to our nation's capital in October. The fall season brings beautiful, vibrant autumn leaves in Eastern Canada, and I have no doubt that you will enjoy the exhilarating canvas of colour.
Suzanne Legault Information Commissioner of Canada