Archived from October 2023. Stay tuned for future events!
Tripti Sinha is the Chair of the ICANN Board and the Assistant Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at the University of Maryland (UMD) in the Division of Information Technology. Sinha has over three decades of progressive experience in Internet and cyber-infrastructure technologies. She has held leadership positions in engineering, operations, finance, governance, advocacy, and policy.
Jacques Latour is Chief Technology and Security Officer at CIRA. As an expert in developing innovative, cutting-edge IT solutions, Jacques has established CIRA as a global leader among ccTLD registries. He has 30+ years of experience in the private and not-for-profit sectors and as CIRA’s Chief Technology and Security Officer provides leadership and direction for the management and security of the .CA registry, its underlying DNS and CIRA’s cybersecurity services.
Adam Eisner, General Manager, Registry Services, CIRA
Adam leads the registry services group at CIRA to extend the organization’s industry leading technology to top-level domains around the world. In this role, he leads the development and promotion of the CIRA Registry Platform that powers the .CA registry as well as a growing community of forward-thinking TLDs that have adopted the platform.
Adam has spent a significant portion of his career in the domain name industry, most recently as general manager of Intercap Registry, where he was responsible for growing a portfolio of top-level domains. Prior to that, he spent more than 15 years at Tucows, where he served as head of the company’s domain name registrar business, and helped launch Ting Internet, a Tucows internet service provider brand active in more than a dozen cities across the United States.
Monica Song, Partner, Dentons, Moderator, Breakout Session 1: Canadians communications policy and internet governance
Monica Song is a senior partner at Dentons Canada LLP and national co-lead of the Dentons Canada’s Regulatory Practice Group.
Ms. Song advises a wide range of Canadian and foreign clients on the legal, regulatory, licensing, and public policy issues affecting the communications industry, with a substantive focus on advocacy work and the application of existing legal and regulatory frameworks to new and innovative technologies and applications.
She is recognized as one of Canada’s leading lawyers by
, Telecoms, Media & Broadcasting; Chambers Canada –Band 1 , Telecoms, Media & Broadcasting; Chambers Global – Band 1 The Legal 500 Canada – Telecoms; Expert Guides — Technology, Media and Telecommunications; and Acritas as an Acritas Star™.
Keldon Bester, Executive Director, Canadian Anti-Monopoly Project, Breakout Session 1: Canadians communications policy and internet governance
Keldon Bester is the Executive Director of the Canadian Anti-Monopoly Project (CAMP) and a fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). Keldon worked as a special advisor at Canada’s Competition Bureau, and as a fellow at the Open Markets Institute (OMI). Keldon holds a masters in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.
@KeldonB, LinkedIn, @monopolyproject
Sue Gardner, Breakout Session 1: Canadians communications policy and internet governance
Sue Gardner is a special advisor to the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit that operates Wikipedia. From 2007 until 2014 she was its Executive Director. Previously Sue was head of CBC.CA, the website for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and before that she was a journalist working in multiple media including the internet, newspapers, magazines, radio and TV. In 2011 Forbes magazine named Sue one of the world’s 100 most powerful women. Sue serves on boards and advisory committees for a half-dozen global non-profit, educational and grantmaking organizations, primarily related to technology, media, gender and digital freedoms.
Monique Simard, Producer & Manager of culture
Monique Simard lives in Montreal, Quebec. For over 25 years, she has been active in the Quebec and Canadian cultural milieu. She first distinguished herself in documentary film production, many of which won awards, then as head of public cultural institutions, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB-NFB) from 2008 to 2013 and the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC) from 2014 to 2018.
From 2018 to 2020, she was a member of the Expert Panel for the Review of Broadcasting and Telecommunications Legislation (Yale Report), whose report is the foundation for a major communications reform underway in Canada.
Paul Samson, President, CIGI, Moderator, Breakout Session 2: The 2025 Canadian presidency of the G7: What are the digital policy priorities?
Paul Samson is President of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). He previously held senior positions in the Government of Canada, including with Global Affairs Canada and Finance Canada, and as associate deputy minister with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. He worked at the Privy Council Office in several different roles, providing advice to three different Prime Ministers. Among other positions, Paul served as a Director at the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and as Canada’s deputy for finance at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum. He was co-chair of the G20 Framework Working Group on the global economy from 2015-2019. Earlier in his career, Paul worked with several international organizations in Geneva and held fellowships with Pacific Northwest Labs (Washington DC office), the Peace Research Institute, Oslo and was a research fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School. Paul completed a Doctorate and an M.A. in international relations at the Graduate Institute, Geneva, and a B.A. at the University of British Columbia. He completed post-doctoral studies in global environment assessment at Harvard University.
Brenda McPhail, Executive Director, MPP in Digital Policy, McMaster University, Breakout Session 2: The 2025 Canadian presidency of the G7: What are the digital policy priorities?
Dr. Brenda McPhail is the Acting Executive Director of the Master in Public Policy in Digital Society program at McMaster University, a program designed to educate the next generation of digitally-savvy policy actors in Canada. As the former Director of the Privacy, Technology and Surveillance Program at the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (on leave), her work has supported litigation at courts up to the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as legislative reform, and public education relating to the ways in which privacy rights are at risk in the digital society.
Kyle Matthews, Executive Director, Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies at Concordia University, Breakout Session 2: The 2025 Canadian presidency of the G7: What should the digital policy priorities be?
Kyle Matthews is the Executive Director of the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies at Concordia University. At Concordia, he founded the annual AI and Human Rights Forum and the Digital Mass Atrocity Prevention Lab, which works to counter online extremism and study how social media platforms are being used as a weapon of war. His work focuses on human rights, international security, emerging technologies, and countering
authoritarianism. He is a member of the Global Diplomacy Lab and the BMW Foundation’s Global Responsible Leaders network. He is currently a Fellow at the Canadian Institute for Global Affairs.
Meaghan Wester, Milieux Institute, Moderator, Panel 1: The pros and cons of regulating AI
Meaghan holds a Media Studies MA from Concordia University where she received the SSHRC Scholarship and won the CRTC Prize for Excellence in Policy Research 2022. Her research investigates the ethical guidelines governing the public procurement of Artificial Intelligence by the Canadian government. She is interested in collective knowledge building, politics of futurity, and the political theory of AI governance. Meaghan has had the opportunity to explore these research interests in academia at the Algorithmic Media Observatory and Milieux Institute, during public engagements at MUTEK Forum, and as a policy and foresight analyst at Policy Horizons.
Fenwick McKelvey, Co-Director Applied AI Institute, Concordia University, Panel 1: The pros and cons of regulating AI
Fenwick McKelvey is an Associate Professor in Information and Communication Technology Policy in the Department of Communication Studies at Concordia University. He is the author of Internet Daemons: Digital Communications Possessed (University of Minnesota Press, 2018) winner of the 2019 Gertrude J. Robinson Book Award.
Marc-Etienne Ouimette, Global Lead, AI Policy, AWS, Panel 1: The pros and cons of regulating AI
Marc-Etienne Ouimette is AWS (Amazon Web Services) lead for global AI policy. He has advised organizations and governments on R&D, scale up support, and technology governance policy, both domestically and internationally. He is board chair of the MTL Centre of Expertise – Global Partnership on AI (GPAI). He has given numerous talks on AI and data policy, notably for the Rockefeller Foundation, the Global AI Summit, and MozFest, Mozilla’s annual gathering. Before AWS, he served as the Head of Public Policy at Element AI, a global AI product company, and was a corporate lawyer at a major Canadian firm. He lives in Montreal, Canada.
Beth Coleman, Associate Professor, University of Toronto, Panel 1: The pros and cons of regulating AI
Dr. Beth Coleman conducts research on technology and society with a focus on data and cities, AI and policy, and generative arts. Coleman is
research lead on AI & Society at the Schwartz Reisman Institute and an associate professor at the Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology and the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto.
Cindy Termorshuizen, Associate Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Global Affairs Canada , Breakout Session 2: The 2025 Canadian presidency of the G7: What are the digital policy priorities?
Ms. Termorshuizen is Associate Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs at Global Affairs Canada and Personal Representative of the PM to the G7. She has served in several roles at Global Affairs Canada, including Assistant Deputy Minister of Consular, Security and Emergency Management; Director General of International Security Policy; Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Canada to China; and Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Canada to Afghanistan. Ms. Termorshuizen holds a Master of Arts in political science from Carleton University and a Bachelor of Arts in international development and French from the University of Guelph.
Prateek Sibal, Programme Specialist at the Digital Policies and Digital Transformation Section of the Communication and Information Sector, UNESCO, Panel 1: The pros and cons of regulating AI
Prateek Sibal is a Programme Specialist at the Digital Policies and Digital Transformation Section of the Communication and Information Sector at UNESCO. In this framework, he coordinates the Sector’s work on artificial intelligence and digital transformation with a focus on capacity building for the judiciary and government. His work spans research, advocacy, policy advice and capacity building for the governance of digital technologies.
Charles Morgan, Partner, McCarthy Tetrault, Moderator, Panel 2: Data governance for a trusted global internet
Charles Morgan is the national co-leader of McCarthy Tétrault’s Cyber/Data group, former leader of the firm’s Technology Law group and Past President of the International Technology Law Association. He is a recognized thought-leader on the responsible deployment of artificial intelligence. Charles’ practice takes a 360-degree approach to data, helping clients extract the tremendous value inherent in data, while at the same time managing the associated risks. Charles regularly serves as breach coach for clients in matters of enterprise-wide risk, including three of the largest cyber incidents in Canadian history. Charles’ practice is focused on advising many of McCarthy’s largest clients on their most complex commercial transactions involving IT outsourcing, systems integration, cloud, financial technologies, cybersecurity, data monetization, privacy, AI, licensing, e-commerce, and telecommunications. Co-author of several books, including Responsible AI: A Global Policy Framework (ITechLaw, 2019), Technology Governance in a Time of Crisis (Human Technology Foundation, 2020), Responsible AI: A Global Policy Framework (2021 Update), The EU AIA: A Greenpaper Policy Analysis (2022) and Artificial Intelligence, Law Over Borders Comparative Guide 2022.
Sonia Carreno, President & CEO IAB Canada, Panel 2: Data governance for a trusted global internet
Sonia has been passionate about the Internet and its forward movement in Canada from the start. With a rich tenure of experience touching virtually every aspect of digital marketing, she brings a well-rounded perspective to support the best interests of IAB Canada and its members.
Sonia has led global digital strategy initiatives for international brands including Gillette, Heineken, General Motors, RBC, Coca Cola and Spin Master Toys. Her work has included every discipline of online media and marketing with specialties ranging from performance marketing to communications and creative strategy. Sonia has spent time building and consulting with successful early to mid-stage start-ups and has consulted industry associations and publishers to help navigate the disruptive media landscape.
Sonia was recently inducted into the Canadian Media & Marketing Hall of Fame for her efforts in digitally transforming the Canadian media industry. Her passion for the industry continues in the role of President of the Interactive Advertising Bureau of Canada where she continues to help drive the industry forward and put Canada on the global stage for online media innovation.
Cristiano Therrien, Sr. Project Coordinator, Open North, Panel 2: Data governance for a trusted global internet
A Senior Project Coordinator at
Open North, Cristiano Therrien is engaged in Data Governance workstream of the project “ Montréal en Commun.” Cristiano is a doctoral graduate in law from the Université de Montréal and was a post-doctoral fellow in Artificial Intelligence and Regulation at the University of Ottawa. He is a lecturer at Université de Montréal in ethics and professionalism, as well as law and technology, with a focus on cities and possible futures as his primary professional and academic interests.
Michael Lenczner, Chief Executive Officer, Ajah, Panel 2: Data governance for a trusted global internet
Michael Lenczner works in the areas of nonprofit information management and open government and is currently the CEO of Ajah, and Director of Powered by Data, a nonprofit initiative on the MakeWay shared platform. He is a frequent collaborator onacademic-community research partnerships and serves on several nonprofit boards and advisory groups related to technology, democracy, and civil society. Since 2018, he has been a Fellow at the School of Public Policy and Administration of Carleton University.
Jonathan Durand Folco, Associate Professor, St. Paul University, Breakout Session 3: The ethics of AI: Hype versus reality
Jonathan Durand Folco is an associate professor at the School of Social Innovation at Saint Paul University, Ottawa. His research focuses on participatory democracy, municipal politics, the commons and algorithmic capitalism. He is the author of
À nous la ville! Traité de municipalisme (Écosociété, 2017), Réinventer la démocratie : de la participation à l’intelligence collective (PUO, 2023), Le capital algorithmique : accumulation, pouvoir et résistance à l’ère de l’intelligence artificielle (Écosociété, 2023).
Connor Wright, Partnerships Manager, Montreal AI Ethics Institute, Breakout Session 3: The ethics of AI: Hype versus reality
Connor is Partnerships Manager at the Montreal AI Ethics Institute and a first-class philosophy with advanced proficiency in Spanish graduate from the University of Exeter. Connor has featured on panels on the topics of facial recognition technology and post-pandemic education, while currently pursuing a part-time masters at the University of Cambridge in AI Ethics & Society. His main passion lies in the form of social AI, as well as the cross-section between the Sub-Saharan African philosophy of Ubuntu and AI, stemming from his upbringing in South Africa.
Ellie Evans, Data and Evaluation Product Manager, Cohere AI, Breakout Session 3: The ethics of AI: Hype versus reality
Ellie leads Responsible AI & Policy initiatives at Cohere For AI, a non-profit research lab. She support’s the team’s research initiatives in exploring approaches to improve the way we identify and mitigate limitations of generative systems. Ellie is passionate about fostering AI literacy, and ensuring advanced systems support historically underrepresented languages in NLP.
Zorina Alliata, Principal AI Strategist, Breakout Session 3: The ethics of AI: Hype versus reality
Currently a Principal AI Strategist with Amazon, Zorina works with global customers to find solutions that speed up operations and enhance processes using Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Zorina is also an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University SCS, as a creator and instructor for the “AI for Leaders” courses within the Project Management Masters program.
Zorina is involved in AI for Good initiatives and working with non-profit organizations to address major social and environmental challenges using AI/ML. She also volunteers with the Zonta organization and as the Chair of the Artificial Intelligence Committee at AnitaB.org, to support women in tech.
Alex Bushell, Director, Strategic Policy
and International Relations, Moderator, Breakout Session 4: Towards WSIS +20: internet governance in 2025 and beyond
Alex Bushell has worked at CANARIE, which serves as the federal partner in Canada’s National Research and Education Network, since 2016, in a number of positions. His current role is Director of Strategic Policy and International Relations, where he ensures the organization’s activities and initiatives are guided by sound policy analysis that supports the evolution of positive relationships with stakeholders, domestic and international partners, and governments.
Alex spent 6 years working for national politicians in both Canada and the U.K. In Ottawa, Alex worked on analyzing and producing policy on a range of consumer-related finance and industry topics, including spectrum allocation and credit card regulation.
Alex then moved to the private sector, where he worked as government relations consultant proving strategy and insight to world renowned consumer tech companies.
Alex holds a BA (Hons) in Politics and Parliamentary Studies from the University of Leeds in the U.K., and an MA in Political Science from Carleton University.
Sab rina W ilkinson, Policy Program Manager, CIRA , Breakout Session 4: Towards WSIS +20: internet governance in 2025 and beyond
Sabrina Wilkinson is Policy Program Manager at CIRA. Previously, Sabrina held research fellowships at the University of Ottawa’s Centre for Law, Technology and Society and McGill’s Centre for Media, Technology and Democracy. She holds a PhD in Media and Communications from Goldsmiths, University of London.
Evan Leibovitch, Executive Director, Agridiscovery Foundation, Breakout Session 4: Towards WSIS +20: internet governance in 2025 and beyond
Evan was the Chair of ICANN At-Large’s North American Region, and served in numerous ICANN leadership and policy development roles. A longtime proponent of open source software, he led a 21-person delegation to the 2003 WSIS meeting promoting it. He co-founded the Internet Society Canada Chapter and Canadian Linux Users Exchange. He has also worked for the United Nations refugee agency and been an invited speaker to the ITU and UNCTAD. He is currently Executive Director of Agridiscovery Foundation and is soon launching the “Muddy Middle” YouTube channel.
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Maurice Turner, Technical Policy Lead, TikTok, Fireside chat
Maurice Turner is a recognized public interest technologist and cybersecurity expert on the Public Policy team at TikTok. As a Technical Policy Lead, Turner plays a key role as a liaison collaborating between public policy and cross-functional teams to ensure understanding of cutting-edge technologies by non-technical audiences. He also advises the broader Americas public policy team on a wide range of technology, strategy, and policy issues. He most recently served as a Public Policy Manager on Meta’s Global Human Rights team. Turner has also held policy positions such as Cybersecurity Fellow at the Alliance for Securing Democracy (ASD) at the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), Senior Advisor to the Executive Director at the United States Election Assistance Commission (EAC), and Deputy Director of the Internet Architecture project at the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT). He earned an MA in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, an BA in Political Science from California State University Fullerton, and a Certificate in Cybersecurity Strategy from Georgetown University.
Natali e Campbell, Sr. Director, North American Government and Regulatory Affairs, Internet Society , Fireside chat
Natalie Campbell is Senior Director, North American Government and Regulatory Affairs for the Internet Society. She is passionate about analyzing how government actions could impact the Internet and drives advocacy efforts to grow, protect, and defend an Internet for everyone.
At the Internet Society, Natalie co-led a global team that created the Internet Impact Assessment Toolkit, the world’s only analysis framework that can help government and business decisionmakers identify and mitigate threats of Internet fragmentation. Her recent research on Internet fragmentation has involved using this tool to show how proposals in various countries could lead the Internet to this worse-case scenario. This includes co-authoring an Internet Impact Brief on how Canada’s Online News Act can harm the open, globally-connected, secure, and trustworthy Internet.
Prior to joining the Internet Society, Natalie was founder and lead consultant of Campbell Communications, a strategic communications agency specializing in policy advocacy, political campaigns, and working with Indigenous communities to promote community-led Internet access solutions. She has also worked at the Canadian Internet Registration Authority, where she helped establish the first Canadian Internet Governance Forum.
Georgia Evans, Master of Ceremonies, Fireside chat
Georgia Evans is a Policy and Advocacy Analyst at CIRA, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority. Through her role at CIRA, she also fulfills the duties of the Secretariat at the Canadian Internet Governance Forum. She has previously worked with DigitalMedusa on an evaluative project of Canada’s fulfillment of the Christchurch Call, and during her time as an independent policy consultant completed projects about competition policy in Canada. Evans holds a Bachelor’s of Public Affairs and Policy Management (Strategic Public Opinion) from Carleton University.