The Congress offers a novel learning experience that’s long overdue. The format of all plenary, workshop and breakout sessions will be longer than you’re used to. And presentations will be shorter — so that there will be plenty of time for you to pose questions, get answers, and engage in meaningful conversations with presenters, colleagues, and decision makers from across Canada.
Join the nation’s Chief Privacy Officers and Data Governance professionals to discuss current and trending issues. Learn how to take a holistic approach to privacy, data protection and information government. Learn how industry, academic and government experts put theory into practice to build consistency, eliminate duplication, and reduce cost and risks.
The National Privacy and Data Governance Congress will be beneficial to individuals and organizations seeking clarity about the interrelationship between critical issues: Privacy – Governance – Resilience – Security – Surveillance – Civil Liberties
Your voice for privacy & access
PACC is the national association in Canada that is dedicated to Privacy and Access to Information.
PACC members include privacy, access, compliance and governance professionals in both the private and public sectors.
PACC is also the certifying body representing leadership and excellence in information privacy, access to information, and data governance.
Responsive to the Community
People across the community look to PACC and its members for reliable and practical knowledge about individual and organizational rights and responsibilities. We encourage an open exchange of ideas and knowledge to help advance individual and corporate understanding and compliance.
We have our finger on the pulse of Canada’s access and privacy landscape.
The Privacy and Access Council of Canada is a member-based, non-profit, non-partisan and non-governmental professional association.
As an educational and professional membership organization, PACC promotes high standards of competency and conduct among its members to advance the state of privacy and access across Canada. PACC is also the certifying body representing leadership and excellence in information privacy, access to information, and data governance.
PACC helps members protect their organizations and advance their careers through professional development and access to a rich pan-Canadian professional network.
PACC provides updates on regulatory requirements, enforcement and outcomes, as well as opportunities for members and the public to have a voice in the course that access and privacy take across our great nation.
Primary goals of PACC
To advance awareness of Access to Information, Protection of Privacy, and Information
To promote responsible and effective practices and policies on Access to Information,
Protection of Privacy, and Information Governance
To provide education and training in the area of Access to Information, Protection of Privacy,
and Information Governance
To provide and administer a professional certification program pursuant to defined national
standards of competence, professionalism and proficiency related to Access to Information,
Protection of Privacy, and Information Governance
To advance and promote awareness of Access to Information, Protection of Privacy, and
Information Governance issues
To establish and maintain a Canadian centre of expertise and excellence in Access to
Information, Protection of Privacy, and Information Governance
To address other issues related to Access to Information, Protection of Privacy, and
Information Governance of concern to Canadians
Services provided to members of our community
Timely, practical and accurate information and training relevant to privacy, access, and
Member discounts on educational programs, including workshops, seminars, conferences,
courses and webinars
Professional networking opportunities at educational and social events and through online
channels, and the opportunity to engage in conversation with industry experts
Professional certification opportunities
Periodicals and practice guidelines: The Winston Report, National Core Competency
guidelines, and information circulars
Privacy and Access job board postings for internships and professional positions
Cooperative programs with other national organizations
Access to the knowledge and resources of the nation’s access, privacy and data governance
Industries served by our association
The need for guidance in meeting regulatory requirements extends across the public and
private sectors, and includes academics, aerospace, banking, construction, entertainment,
government, financial services, hospitality, human resources, insurance, legal, law
enforcement, manufacturing, oil and gas, and transportation. PACC assists information
privacy, access to information, risk managers and corporate boards in all.
PrintingWhether to get started in the profession, or to improve your knowledge and skills, you have options.
A wide range of training and educational opportunities, including those listed here and various conference, might be relevant to Access and Privacy professionals.
PACC organizes cross-sectoral and multidisciplinary training workshops, seminars and conferences across Canada that provide practical, hands-on and interactive training. Training is designed for privacy and access professions and for people in affiliated professions who are interested in learning more about access and privacy laws, practices and processes.
Training and education programs may be of interest to anyone interested in increasing their knowledge about privacy and access — particularly those interested in pursuing professional certification. Many of the courses and programs listed below qualify for Continuing Education credits applicable toward PACC Professional Certification, and they may also qualify for CPE credits recognized by other professional associations and governing bodies.
Certificate or Certification?
Cert-SMIs there any difference?
Relies on an objective, unbiased qualification process typically designed to evaluate skills,
experience and knowledge
Evaluations are based on generally accepted standards
Awarded by associations or governing bodies, usually not-for-profit
Indicates demonstrable skill, education and education
Considers knowledge, skill and experience acquired through many sources, not a particular
institution or organization
Confirms attainment of experience, not only completion of courses
Usually noted on a resume indicating the designation awarded
Demonstrates achievement of skills and expertise acquired through experience, and
knowledge acquired through educational courses
Results from an educational process typically designed to help upgrade skills or start a new
For newcomers and experienced professionals
Awarded by educational programs or institutions, often for-profit
Indicates completion of a course or series of courses with a specific focus (different than a
degree granting program)
Course content is determined by the specific provider or institution, but might not meet
Confirms completion of courses, not attainment of experience
Usually listed on a resume detailing education
Demonstrates knowledge of course content at the end of a set period in time or a certain
number of educational courses