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Speakers

Vass Bednar

Vass Bednar

Executive Director, MPP in Digital Society at McMaster University

Vass Bednar focuses on the intersection(s) between public policy and technology. She contributes to policy discussions in Canada...

Camille Étienne

Camille Étienne

Social and Climate Justice Activist

Camille Étienne is a 25-year-old social and climate justice activist. She is particularly active against seabed mining in France, the Arctic and international waters.

Frances Haugen

Frances Haugen

Senior-Fellow-in-Residence, Centre for Media, Technology and Democracy

Frances Haugen is an advocate for accountability and transparency in social media...

Libby Liu

Libby Liu

CEO, Whistleblower Aid

Libby Liu is an internationally renowned expert on human rights, press freedom, information operations and internet freedom.

Michael Wernick

Michael Wernick

Jarislowsky Chair in Public Sector Management, University of Ottawa

Michael Wernick's 38 year career in the federal public service culminated in his appointment from 2016 to 2019 as the 23rd Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to Cabinet...

François Cusset

François Cusset

Professor, University of Paris Nanterre

A writer and intellectual historian, a translator and columnist, and the former director of the New York-based French Publishers' Agency, François Cusset...

Blythe George

Blythe George

Assistant Professor, UC Merced

Dr. Blythe K. George is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at UC Merced. A member of the Yurok Tribe, Dr. George is world-class expert on Indigenous data sovereignty...

Justin Hendrix

Justin Hendrix

CEO and Editor, Tech Policy Press

Justin Hendrix is CEO and Editor of Tech Policy Press, a nonprofit media venture concerned with the intersection of technology and democracy.

Amanda Munday

Amanda Munday

Executive Director, New Majority

Amanda is the Executive Director of New Majority, a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to activating youth civic engagement through widespread ground GOTV work.

Amira Elghawaby

Amira Elghawaby

Canada’s Special Representative on Combatting Islamophobia

Amira Elghawaby is Canada’s first ever Special Representative on Combatting Islamophobia. She was previously a journalist...

John Hannaford

John Hannaford

Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet

John was named the 25th Clerk of the Privy Council in June 2023. He believes the values of the public service are the cornerstone of our democracy...

Laura Mae Lindo

Laura Mae Lindo

Assistant Professor, University of Waterloo

Dr. Laura Mae Lindo is a respectful activist and educator who holds a Masters and PhD in Education.

Sarita Srivastava

Sarita Srivastava

Dean, Faculty of Arts & Science, OCAD U

Sarita Srivastava is Professor of Sociology where her research areas include social movements, race, and emotion.

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