We are pleased to have the following speakers present at this year’s symposium:

We are also happy to have the following panelists at this year’s seminar:
  • Melissa Adams | Librarian and Archivist, UBCIC
  • Elaine Goh | Records Manager and Privacy Officer at the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia
  • Elizabeth Shaffer | Associate Director, Data and Curation at the Indian Residential School History & Dialogue Centre

Jason R. Baron | Lawyer, Drinker Biddle LLP and former Director of Litigation, US National Archives

Mr. Baron serves as Of Counsel in the Information Governance and eDiscovery Group at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP in Washington, D.C., and as Co-chair of the Information Governance Initiative, a vendor neutral consortium and think tank.  Between 2000 and 2013, he served as the first appointed director of litigation at the US National Archives and Records Administration, and before that as a trial lawyer and senior counsel for a dozen years at the Department of Justice. In those capacities, Mr. Baron played a leading role in the government’s adoption of electronic recordkeeping practices and acted as lead counsel in landmark cases involving the preservation of White House email.  Mr. Baron taught the first e-discovery course for PhD and Masters candidates in the US at the University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies, and has taught e-discovery at The American University’s Washington College of Law.  He also has been a Visiting Scholar at the University of British Columbia’s School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, where he taught cyberspace law and participated in the first InterPARES project.  He co-founded both the NIST TREC Legal Track and the DESI (Discovery of Electronically Stored Information) international workshop series.

Mr. Baron is the lead editor of the book, Perspectives on Predictive Coding, And Other Advanced Search Techniques for the Legal Practitioner (2016), has written over 80 published articles on subjects related to e-discovery and information governance, and has made over 500 presentations worldwide.  In addition to numerous other awards received while in public service,  Mr. Baron is a recipient of the international Emmett Leahy Award for his Outstanding Contributions and Accomplishments in the Records and Information Management Profession, as well as the Justice Tom C. Clark Outstanding Government Lawyer award given by the Federal Bar Association.  He was prominently featured in the documentary The Decade of Discovery (2014), which tells the story of a government lawyer seeking a better way to search for White House email. The American Lawyer Magazine named him one of six “e-discovery trailblazers” in its 2013 issue devoted to “The Top 50 Big Law Innovators of the Last 50 Years.  He received his B.A., magna cum laude with honors, from Wesleyan University, and his J.D. from the Boston University School of Law.

Jean-François Blanchette | Associate Professor, Department of Information Studies, UCLA | Download Presentation

Jean-François Blanchette is an Associate Professor in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA. He has been researching issues relative to electronic authenticity, computerization of bureaucracies, and the evolution of the computing infrastructure for the past 15 years, including long-term ethnographic work in the French legal professions. He is the author of Burdens of Proof: Cryptographic Culture and Evidence Law in the Age of Electronic Documents (MIT Press, 2012) and co-editor of Regulating the Cloud: Policy for Computing Infrastructure (MIT Press, 2015). He leads with Snowden Becker “On the Record, All the Time”, a project funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services, focused on defining the professional requirements for those who will manage and preserve the massive amounts of audiovisual evidence generated by law enforcement.

Jay Fedorak | Deputy Commissioner, Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner | Download Presentation

Dr Jay Fedorak is Deputy Commissioner for the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia and the Office of the Registrar of Lobbyists.  Jay began working in the area of Freedom of Information and Privacy Protection in 1993, and joined the Office in 2004.  He has also written a body of legally binding administrative law decisions involving the private and public sectors, on such issues as the implementation of video surveillance at a block of flats.   

He has been an advisor to the minister responsible for the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and a director for the ministries of Education, Advanced Education and Labour.  Jay has also worked in the areas of student financial assistance and post-secondary research funding in the Ministry of Advanced Education.  Outside of his public service career, he has taught history at the London School of Economics and Political Science, Simon Fraser University, the University of Victoria, and Royal Roads Military College.  

He received a BA from Simon Fraser University and an MA and PhD in International History from the London School of Economics and Political Science.  He has published in the field of eighteenth and nineteenth-century international history and is the author of Henry Addington, Prime Minister, 1801-1804: Peace, War, and Parliamentary Politics.  Jay was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 2003.

Pierluigi Feliciati | Professor MAS Program, and Vice President Information Technologies, University of Macerata | Download Presentation

Full Researcher at the University of Macerata since 2007, he worked at the Italian Ministry of Culture first as archivist in the National Archives in Parma (1986-2000), then as coordinator of the National Archives web information system and web portal (2000-2007) in the National Institute for Archives in Rome.

Since 2010 he is the pro-rector for ICT and information systems, and lecturer in Information Science applied to Archives, Cultural Heritage and Digital Humanities. He is one of the coordinators of the UniMC network of research for Social Sciences and ICT. He is member of the UniMC doctoral board for Communication, Psychology and Social Studies.

His current research interests focus on two lines: interface quality, usability evaluation and users interaction with cultural and archival web content; administrative and conservation metadata, semantic marking. He took part in several international conferences, even organizing and chairing tutorials and workshops, and he recently edited, with Milena Dobreva (University of Malta) and Andy O’Dwyer (BBC), the book User Studies for Digital Libraries Development, Facet Publishing, London. In August 2013 he directed the 2nd International Summer School in Policies and Practices in Access to Digital Archives, funded by CEI and OSF.

He is the coordinator of the archival science section of the international scientific journal JLIS.it and member of the scientific board of other scientific journals (Archivi, Digitalia, Il Capitale Culturale).

Member since 2003 of the MINERVA European working group on cultural web quality, co-author of the European and Italian edition of the Handbook of quality of cultural web sites, the Quality Principles for cultural Web sites: a handbook and the Handbook on of cultural web user interaction, he was scientific coordinator of the State Archives, the Marche and Umbria Italian Regions workspaces for the MICHAEL digital collections survey project. Member since 2012 of the Metadata Research group in the Italian Central Institute for Library Catalogue (ICCU), of the direction board of Associazione Italiana Documentazione avanzata (2010-2013), 6 years of the Scientific board of Italian Central Institute for Archives (ICAR) and of SEEDI (South East European countries Digitization Initiative) network, since 2016 of Open Edition Italian scientific committee.

Vincent Gogolek | Executive Director of the B.C. Freedom of Information and Privacy Association

Vincent Gogolek is the Executive Director of the BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association.

He was called to the Bar in Ontario in 1987 and has degrees in Law (University of Ottawa) and Journalism (Carleton), and a diploma in International and Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics. His work history includes stints as in journalism, law and intergovernmental affairs. He has worked for legal aid in BC and Ontario and has also been Policy Director of the BC Civil Liberties Association.

Rand Jimerson | Professor & Director, Archives and Records Management Program, Western Washington University

Rand Jimerson is professor of History and director of the Graduate Program in Archives and Records Management at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. He is a Fellow and past president of the Society of American Archivists. He is a former president of New England Archivists, which awarded him the Distinguished Service Award in 1994.

Rand has published dozens of articles and three books: The Private Civil War:
Popular Thought During the Sectional Conflict (1988); Archives Power: Memory, Accountability, and Social Justice (SAA, 2009); and Shattered Glass in Birmingham: My Family’s Fight for Civil Rights, 1961-1964 (2014). Currently he is writing a biography of Rev. Robert E. Hughes, a civil rights leader in Alabama and a human rights advocate in colonial Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and Zambia.

Sam-chin Li | Reference/Government Publications Librarian at the University of Toronto | Download Presentation

Sam-chin Li is the Government Information Librarian and the instructor for the Government Information and Publications course at the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto. She has worked on many digitization and web archiving projects for government information. She was the coordinator of the first Government Information Day in Ontario (2013) and the co-chair of Steering Committee of the Canadian Government Information Digital Preservation Network (2015 -2017). She is the co-editor of the book: Government Information in Canada: Access and Stewardship. Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, forthcoming.

Kristina Lillico | Director, Regional Services and ATIP Division; Public Services Branch, Library and Archives Canada | Download Presentation

Ms. Lillico holds a Bachelor of Arts, honours, in History from Queen’s University (2000) and a Masters’ of Public Administration in Management from Dalhousie University (2014). She has been with Library and Archives Canada (LAC) since 2004 and has been a Director at LAC in areas responsible for federal government archives, private archives, and, in more recent years, Regional Services, including the archival teams in Halifax, Winnipeg and Vancouver. Since April 2016 she is the Director responsible for LAC’s Access to Information and Privacy requests, and access to Personnel Records.

Stuart Rennie | Lawyer and Records Management and Information Consultant, Vancouver | Download Presentation

Stuart Rennie, JD, MLIS, BA (Hons.) has a Vancouver-based boutique law & information governance practice where he specializes in: records management, privacy and freedom of information, law reform, public policy and information governance law. He is a member of ARMA International’s Content Editorial Board. Stuart is also an adjunct professor at the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies at UBC.

Jim Suderman | Director, Access and Privacy, Records Program, and City of Archives for the City of Toronto | Download Presentation

Jim Suderman is the Director of Information Access in the City Clerk’s Office at the City of Toronto. In this role, he oversees the implementation of records and information management policy across the city through the delivery of access to information, records management and archival services. Prior to working at the city, Jim worked at the Archives of Ontario. He has also participated in the InterPARES research projects, directed by Dr. Luciana Duranti, since 2002.