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Globally, in recent years, healthcare has accounted for more privacy breaches than any other industry. The number of incidents continues to rise as healthcare institutions are frequently in the news for mismanaging personal health information. Breaches and missteps can result in significant reputational risk and institutional liability.

Maintaining adequate privacy around health information is a core priority of patients, medical institutions and professionals, software vendors, and clinical researchers. A web of regulatory instruments and best practices have developed to protect sensitive medical data. These ensure that only those who require access for treatment or research purposes are able to view this most personal category of private information. Failure to adopt adequate protective initiatives can leave patients vulnerable to the loss of highly sensitive personal information and medical organizations liable for breeches that can lead to class actions and a loss of trust by their patient populations.

If you are a healthcare risk manager, privacy officer, director of care/professional practice, lawyer advising on privacy and information management issues, nurse or nurse educator, it is critical that you have a current understanding of the key issues and how to deal with them. Or, if you are involved in healthcare IT or software, you should be able to understand the complex regulatory web and your clients needs. Designed by an expert multidisciplinary faculty, the Osgoode Certificate in Privacy Law and Information Management in Healthcare will explore the range privacy interests that must be protected in the day-to-day treatment of patients, the development of information systems and the creation of institutional policies. It will provide practical strategies for complying with regulatory and contractual obligations and designing viable procedures for governing health data systems and partnerships.

Over the course of 5 modules, comprised of instructional sessions and practical, hands-on learning, you will gain the skills and strategies to safeguard patient information.  Topics include:

  • Demystifying the regulatory landscape: PHIPA, PIPEDA, MFIPPA, FIPPA and other targeted or sector specific laws (such as Public Hospitals Act, Mental Health Act, Health Protection and Promotion Act, Long-Term Care Homes Act etc.) and Privacy Act
  • Strategies and tactics for lost or stolen devices, including best practices for storing data
  • Responding to privacy breaches
  • Creating effective consent directives
  • Managing data sharing agreements with vendors and other patient services
  • Best practices for effective data management and ensuring data integrity
  • Determining and minimizing risk: medical devices and other sources of patient information
  • Conducting privacy impact assessments
  • Managing threat risk assessments
  • Understanding how to meet audit requirements and managing the costs of data verification
  • Guidelines for cross border data sharing (particularly in cloud-based services)


Program Chair

  • Kate Dewhirst, Kate Dewhirst Health Law

Advisory Board

  • Abigail Carter-Langford, Vice President, Governance, Risk & Compliance, Chief Privacy Officer, Canada Health Infoway Inc.
  • Mary Gavel, Privacy Lead, CritiCall Ontario at Hamilton Health Sciences
  • Anna Gibson-Olajos, Executive Director, Powassan & Area Family Health Team
  • Martina Munden, General Counsel, Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA)
  • Cathy Yaskow, Director of Information Stewardship, Access & Privacy, Vancouver Island Health Authority

Program Faculty

  • Imran Ahmad, Blake, Cassels &, Graydon LLP
  • Kenrick Bagnall, Detective Constable, Computer Cyber Crime, Toronto Police Service
  • Michael Borts, Director, Operations,, Vitality Solutions
  • Rodney Burns, Chief Information Officer, Alliance for Healthier Communities
  • Alex Cameron, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Rosario Cartagena, Chief Privacy and Legal Officer, ICES
  • Abigail Carter-Langford, Vice President, Governance, Risk & Compliance, Chief Privacy Officer, Canada Health Infoway Inc.
  • Natalie Comeau, MHSC, Certified Information Privacy Professional (she/her), Manager, Privacy, FIPPA & Information Access, Unity Health Toronto
  • Lisa Corrente, Torkin Manes LLP
  • Dr. David Daien, Summerville Family Health Team
  • Laura W. Davison, Director, Compliance & Ethics, Privacy & Access to Information, Export Development Canada
  • Kate Dewhirst, Kate Dewhirst Health Law
  • Manuela Di Re, Director of Legal Services, Information & Privacy Commissioner of Ontario
  • Persia Etemadi, Solicitor, Toronto Public Health, City of Toronto
  • Sari Feferman, Rosen Sunshine LLP
  • Joanna Fine, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
  • Bonnie Freedman, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Mary Gavel, Privacy Lead, Ontario Health DataPlatform, Queen’s University
  • Anna Gibson-Olajos, Executive Director, Powassan & Area Family Health Team
  • Emilia Jasnic, Manager, IT Security, City of Hamilton
  • Gillian Kafka, Legal Counsel, Chief Privacy Officer and Chief Information Security Officer, Winterlight Labs
  • Lisa Corrente, Torkin Manes LLP
  • David Krebs, Miller Thompson LLP
  • Ernest W. Matton Little Brown Bear, Elder/Director, Michael Garron Hospital
  • Michael McEvoy, Information and Privacy Commissioner, British Columbia
  • Martina Munden, General Counsel, Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA)
  • Kendra Naidoo, Legal Counsel, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
  • Kopiha Nathan, Privacy and Compliance Officer, Healthcare Insurance Reciprocal of Canada (HIROC)
  • Ira Parghi, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Robyn Rowe, Indigenous Scholar and PhD Candidate, Laurentian University
  • Dr. Nelson Shen, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
  • Karen Simpson, Executive Director, Arnprior & District Family Health Team
  • Dr. David Wiljer, Executive Director, Education, Technology & Innovation, University Health Network
  • Erica Zarkovich, VP, General Counsel, Chief Privacy Officer and Corporate Secretary, LifeLabs


Fees include attendance and program materials.

Group Discounts for CLE Programs

Please note that the group discount is only available when paying for members of the same organization, at the same time, and payment is made with one invoice. Please inquire about financial assistance.

Program Changes

We will make every effort to present the program as advertised, but it may be necessary to change the date, location, speakers or content with little or no notice. In the event of program cancellation, York University and Osgoode Hall Law School’s liability is limited to reimbursement of paid fees.

Cancellations and Substitutions

Substitution of registrants is permitted at any time. If you are unable to find a substitute a full refund (less $75 administration fee) is available if a cancellation request is received in writing 14 days prior to the program date. No other refund is available.


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Program Details

Questions on program registration?
Please contact the Registration Team at osgoodepd@osgoode.yorku.ca

Program Lawyer

If you have any questions or would like more information please contact:
Myrsini Zacharakis

Program Details

Date & Time

January 18, 25, February 1, 8 & 16, 2021
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. EST


Online - Live, interactive

Fee per Delegate

$3,395 + HST

Newly Licensed Rate (2017-Present): $1,697.50 + HST

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Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

• Privacy officers and other
privacy professionals working in
healthcare settings
• Health records leaders/custodians
• Lawyers advising on privacy issues
and information technology or
health law
• IT security managers
• Nursing Administration
• Risk Managers
• Regional Health Authorities
• Patient advocates
• Family Councils
• Board members
• Class action litigators
• Government Policy Makers
• eMR vendors
• Clinicians

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