Participation in this event is by invitation only

The Centre for International Governance Innovation is proud to join the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Mr. David Lametti, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development for an important discussion on data governance. This panel will also feature key business leaders, academics and industry experts for a fulsome discussion on the important role governance plays in relation to data.

Event Speakers

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Aaron Shull

Managing Director and General Counsel

A practising lawyer, Aaron Shull is CIGI’s managing director and general counsel. In addition to advising on a range of domestic legal and corporate matters, he has substantive expertise in international law, global security and internet governance.

Ariel Katz

Ariel Katz is an associate professor in the University of Toronto's Faculty of Law, where he holds the Innovation Chair in Electronic Commerce. He received his LL.B. and LL.M. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and his S.J.D. from the University of Toronto. His general area of research involves economic analysis of competition law and intellectual property law, with related interests in electronic commerce, pharmaceutical regulation, the regulation of international trade and, in particular, the intersection of these fields.

Courtney Doagoo

B. Courtney Doagoo

Post-doctoral Fellow

B. Courtney Doagoo is a post-doctoral fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program.

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Bassem Awad

Deputy Director, International Intellectual Property Law and Innovation

Bassem Awad is deputy director of international intellectual property (IP) law and innovation, with CIGI's International Law Research Program. In this role, Bassem provides strategic guidance and operations coordination and management of the thematic area. Previously, he was CIGI research fellow from September 2014 to January 2016.

Bianca Wylie

Bianca Wylie

Senior Fellow

Bianca Wylie is a CIGI senior fellow. Her main areas of interest are procurement and public sector technology. Beyond her role at CIGI, Bianca leads work on public sector technology policy for Canada at Dgen Network and is the co-founder of Tech Reset Canada. Her work at CIGI focuses on examining Canadian data and technology policy decisions and their alignment with democratically informed policy and consumer protection.

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Dan Ciuriak

CIGI Senior Fellow

Senior Fellow Dan Ciuriak joined CIGI’s Global Economy Program in April 2016, focusing on the innovation and trade research theme. At CIGI, Dan is exploring the interface between Canada’s domestic innovation and international trade and investment, including the development of better metrics to assess the impact of Canada’s trade agreements on innovation outcomes. Based in Ottawa, Dan is the director and principal of Ciuriak Consulting, Inc.

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Jim Balsillie

CIGI founder and Chair of the CIGI Board of Directors

In addition to his commitment to CIGI, Jim Balsillie is also the founder of the Balsillie School of International Affairs and was founding chair of the Canadian International Council. In 2013, Canada’s Ministry of Natural Resources appointed Jim as the chair of the board of directors of Sustainable Development Technology Canada. In 2010, Jim was appointed to the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability.

Jonathan Obar

Jonathan Obar is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies at York University. He also serves as a research associate with the Quello Center, a communication policy research centre at Michigan State University. He previously served as a research fellow with the New America Foundation and with Free Press, as a researcher with the Open Society Foundations, and as a senior advisor to the Wikimedia Foundation’s Wikipedia Education Program. His research focuses on information and communication policy, and the relationship between digital technologies, civil liberties and the inclusiveness of public culture. Recent academic publications address big data and privacy, internet routing and National Security Agency surveillance, network neutrality and digital activism. He is co-editor of Strategies for Media Reform: International Perspectives, published by Fordham University Press.

Kurtis McBride

Kurtis McBride is co-founder and chief executive officer of Miovision, a technology company that provides the foundation for tomorrow’s smart cities by transforming the way traffic networks are managed today. Under Kurtis’s leadership, Miovision has provided the data and insights to improve traffic flow in more than 17,000 municipalities worldwide.

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Oonagh Fitzgerald

Director of the International Law Research Program

As director of CIGI’s International Law Research Program, Oonagh Fitzgerald established and oversees CIGI’s international law research agenda, which includes policy-relevant research on issues of international economic law, environmental law, intellectual property law and innovation, and Indigenous law.

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Rohinton P. Medhora


Rohinton P. Medhora is president of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), joining in 2012. Previously, he was vice president of programs at Canada’s International Development Research Centre. He received his doctorate in economics in 1988 from the University of Toronto, where he subsequently taught. His fields of expertise are monetary and trade policy, international economic relations and development economics.

Sachin Aggarwal

Sachin Aggarwal is the chief executive officer of Think Research, a leading provider of evidence-based clinical decision support tools with a focused mission: to organize the world’s health knowledge so everyone receives the best care. A recipient of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Award in 2017, Sachin currently sits on the board of the Council of Canadian Innovators and has served on the board of directors for various community outreach programs. Sachin holds a law degree from the University of Toronto and an M.B.A. from the Rotman School of Management.

Teresa Scassa

Teresa Scassa

Senior Fellow

Teresa Scassa is a senior fellow with CIGI’s International Law Research Program. She is also the Canada Research Chair in Information Law and Policy and a full professor at the University of Ottawa’s Law Faculty, where her groundbreaking research explores issues of data ownership and control. Teresa is an award-winning scholar, and is the author and editor of five books, and over 65 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. She has a track record of interdisciplinary collaboration to solve complex problems of law and data, and is currently part of the Geothink research partnership. 

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