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Advanced Privacy Professional Learning Event

Friday, September 28, 2018 – 8:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Sala Caboto South, 40 Playfair Ave, North York, ON, M6B 2P9

On September 28, join us for our annual Advanced Privacy Professional Learning Event. This event will provide privacy officers with valuable information about changes in the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA), the effects on healthcare privacy, and best practices to ensure compliance. 

Hear from senior privacy experts, including: 

Kate Dewhirst, Health Lawyer, Kate Dewhirst Law
Kate is a health lawyer in Toronto whose mission is to bring the law to life. Through storytelling she takes what could be boring legal theory and makes it relevant and memorable for health care providers. Today she is going to share with us her expertise in privacy. She has taught more than 8000 people from over well over 200 organizations about health privacy and is one of the most sought after speakers on this topic.

John Searle, Senior Information Analyst, City of Toronto
John has conducted over 300 privacy investigations and thousands of privacy consultations over 47 different City divisions. He did the initial work and set up for the City's forms review program. Developed and delivered seven full scale privacy audits within the City including Seaton House, Internal Mail services, Elections, the 519 Community Centre and ‘Specialized program for Inter-divisional Enhanced Response to Vulnerability’ (SPIDER) program. He has also designed and delivered the privacy training program at the City for the past 12 years, developing multi-media material to fulfil the City's mandatory privacy training mandate. To date over 20 000 employees have been trained. His main focus at present is to continue to move the City forward to greater maturity around privacy and open information.

Dan Breault, Community Development Officer, City of Toronto
Dan worked in Youth Justice facilities for several years before joining the City of Toronto at Seaton House. Dan has worked at several shelters and homeless services at the City including Streets to Homes until SPIDER was designed in June of 2014. Dan is now a Community Development Officer in the Community Safety and Wellbeing Unit of the Social Development Finance and Administration Division, where he Co-chairs SPIDER, FOCUS Downtown East, and builds community capacity in monthly Open Dialogues on Vulnerability.

Anna Tersigni Phelan, Chief Privacy, Risk and Health Information Officer, Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington
Anna has been the Chief Privacy, Risk and Health Information Officer since 1988. She has an extensive background in developing and applying the principles of privacy and security of client records, the collection, dissemination, and quality of health information, and work experience regarding the transition to the Electronic Health Record specifically in the community mental health and addictions sector.
In her role as Risk Manager, Anna has led several successful accreditations for CMHA WW. She has presented locally and provincially about privacy and HIM best practices in the mental health sector and the link between these best practices with the provision of safe, quality care.

Jennifer Bechtel, Quality Lead, Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington
Jennifer has worked in the mental health and addictions field for over 13 years in various capacities, including crisis worker, service manager, and quality improvement. In her role, Jennifer is accountable for developing and supporting the organization’s Quality Framework, infrastructure and methodology for quality improvement, increasing capacity and knowledge on quality improvement strategies, and building a culture of quality across the organization. For the last six years, Jennifer has volunteered on the Board of Directors at Kitchener Downtown Community Health Center, chairing the Quality Improvement Committee, and has held the role of Chairperson for the last two years.

Who should attend? 

Privacy officers and staff playing a privacy officer/lead role within Community Health Centres (CHCs), Aboriginal Health Access Centres (AHACs), Community Family Health Teams (CFHTs) and Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics (NPLCs).


Alliance Members: $250
Non-Members: $300

Register now

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Holiday Inn Yorkdale, 3450 Dufferin St, Toronto, ON M6A 2V1 is offering attendees a preferred rate of $179 per night. 

How to make your reservation
Individual reservations must be made by September 4, 2018.

Guests can make reservations via:

Online Booking Link: AOHC - Advanced Privacy PLE

  1. Click on booking link
  2. Enter dates, scroll down (group code is prepopulated), Click on “Check Availability”
  3. Click “book this room” on preferred room type 
  4. Fill out information, click next to guarantee reservation with credit card.
  5. Click “confirm”, confirmation number will appear.

Telephone: 1-866-568-0046

  1. Make reservation with agent requesting the AOHC - Advanced Privacy PLE group rate








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