Human Rights and Ethics interfaces in AI Systems

12:30 – 1:30 PM

Current models of data governance tend to concentrate access to data in the hands of a few large technology companies—excluding citizens from sharing in their value. Recent scandals also suggest it is becoming harder to know what, who, and if we can trust what is on the internet, much of which is curated by artificial intelligence systems.

New approaches to data governance are necessary to ensure the development of human-centric data governance frameworks that promote digital inclusion and empower individuals to share in the benefits of data and artificial intelligence. This panel will explore the conditions under which new data governance tools, such as data trusts, can provide individuals with more control over their personal data.


Philippe-André Tessier, the Commission on Human Rights and Youth Rights
Chantal Bernier, Dentons’ Canadian Privacy and Cybersecurity practice group
Phil Dawson, Element AI

Mr. Philippe-André Tessier was appointed President of the Commission on Human Rights and Youth Rights by the National Assembly on February 28, 2019. Vice-President in charge of the Charter mandate since December 2017, Mr. Tessier had been acting as Interim President since March 15, 2018. Prior to his appointment, A graduate of Université de Montréal, he is a member of the Québec Bar and a member of Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines et relations industrielles agréés du Québec (Quebec order of chartered human resources and industrial relations advisors). He is also a certified director of the Collège des administrateurs de société.

Mr. Tessier was very active in his professional order having been president of the Young Bar of Montréal (AJBM), secretary and treasurer of the Council of the Bar of Montreal and member of the Executive Committee and the General Council of the Barreau du Québec. He was also a member and secretary of Éducaloi’s board of directors and chairman of the board of the Société québécoise d’information juridique (SOQUIJ) until his appointment at the Commission in 2017. Mr.Tessier was also very involved in the college and university student movement during his studies and chaired the Accreditation Committee established under the Act Respecting the Accreditation and Financing of Students’ Associations.

Chantal Bernier

Chantal leads Dentons’ Canadian Privacy and Cybersecurity practice group. Chantal advises leading-edge national and international companies as they expand into Canada and Europe, enter the e-commerce space, adopt data analytics and roll out data-based market initiatives. Her clients include ad tech companies, financial institutions, biotech companies, data analytics firms and government institutions.

Thanks to Chantal, Dentons is proud to be the only law firm in Canada that has a former privacy regulator on board as a practicing lawyer. During her nearly six years at the helm of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC), Chantal led national and international privacy investigations in the public and private sectors, as well privacy audits, privacy impact assessment reviews, technological analysis, and privacy policy development and research.

In her Government Affairs and Public Policy practice, Chantal leverages her many years in high-ranking positions at the Government of Canada to provide her clients with strategic counsel. Her experience as a senior executive also uniquely positions her to understand corporate management challenges in both the public and private sectors to find solutions that serve corporate interests and comply with the law. She serves clients in French, English, Italian and Spanish, and is very active at the international level.

Philip Dawson is Public Policy Lead at Element AI, a leading AI solutions company headquartered in Montreal, Canada, where he leads the company’s policy work on the governance of data and AI. He is a frequent speaker at international workshops and conferences. Phil is the co-chair of the Data Governance Standardization Collaborative in Canada and actively participates in international policy-making efforts through the OECD, the United Nations and the World Economic Forum. A former policy advisor at the United Nations aviation agency, Phil began his career in civil and commercial litigation. He holds degrees in political science, comparative politics and law from McGill University and the London School of Economics and Political Science.