Mary Ellen Callahan, Chief Privacy Officer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Brian Stewart, Former senior correspondent at CBC News, senior fellow at Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto

Wesley Wark, Associate Professor, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto

The Canada Institute held a Toronto launch of the thirteenth publication of our One Issue, Two Voices series, which tackles the volatile topic of privacy sharing and security in Canada/US border management.

Authors Mary Ellen Callahan, chief privacy officer in the Department of Homeland Security and Wesley Wark, a top Canadian expert on intelligence and security issues and professor in the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto met the challenge head on.

Callahan presented an up-to-date account of U.S. privacy principles and best practices for the protection of personal information in the public sector, describing what they mean to citizens, residents, and visitors alike. In doing so, she illustrated how the meaning of privacy itself is changing due to the impact of new technology and the increasing demands for government to provide security.

Wesley Wark vividly described the evolution of Canadian border security strategy since 9/11 and the radical changes in Canadian institutions as a result. His insights are critical to our understanding of the importance of privacy/intelligence sharing and the issues that have arisen as impediments to it such as tighter controls post Arar.

The lively discussion with the two authors was moderated by Brian Stewart, former senior correspondent for CBC News, and now distinguished senior fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs. The event took place at CIBC in Toronto.

The Canada Institute deeply appreciates the support of IBM, Maclean's Magazine, and CIBC for making this event possible.