PIAC Annual Dinner, Speaker: Philippe Dufresne, Privacy Commissioner of Canada
Friday, November 25, 2022 at 6 p.m. (eastern time)
National Arts Centre (Rossy Pavilion)

PIAC's Annual Dinner 2022 - Speaker: Philippe Dufresne, Privacy Commissioner - image of National Arts Centre, the venue

To purchase an individual ticket, please fill out the linked PDF form and return it, ideally by Monday, November 21, 2022, to Donna Brady: dbrady@piac.ca

To sponsor a corporate table, please email Donna Brady: dbrady@piac.ca for details. Our corporate sponsors and their logos will appear at this space shortly, as they join in supporting PIAC.

About the Event

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre is thrilled to announce the return of the Annual Dinner, to be held Friday, November 25, 2022 at 6pm at the National Arts Centre in the Rossy Pavilion. Registration is now open and details can be found above.

PIAC’s Annual Dinner has a longstanding tradition of being a highlight of the year for advocates, regulators, responsible corporations and students alike. We even often welcome a politician or two! After a two-year hiatus, we are excited to once again bring together a group of exceptional community leaders to discuss issues of consumer protection in Canada at an incredible venue – the Rossy Pavilion at the National Arts Centre.

The Venue – National Arts Centre, Rossy Pavilion, 1 Elgin Street, Ottawa

The National Arts Centre is located in the heart of downtown Ottawa. Our dinner will be hosted in the Rossy Pavilion which features views of Parliament and the historic War Memorial through stunning floor-to-ceiling windows, providing a beautiful backdrop for the evening’s events. In keeping with the formality of the venue, we ask that guests attire in business casual.

Our Speaker, Philippe Dufresne, Privacy Commissioner of Canada

In addition to a multitude of wonderful guests and a beautiful venue, this year, we will have the pleasure of hosting Canada’s new Privacy Commissioner. Commissioner Philippe Dufresne who was appointed on June 27, 2022 and is a leading legal expert on human rights, administrative law and constitutional law. He previously served as Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel of the House of Commons. Dinner attendees will have the privilege of hearing one of the Commissioner’s first public addresses on consumer protection and privacy.

The Dinner

Following the Commissioner’s remarks and a question or two, attendees will enjoy a delicious four-course dinner, prepared by the incomparable NAC chefs. Dinner will be accompanied by a beverage of choice, and there will be a cash bar available throughout the evening.

We are presently confirming the musical entertainment, which we hope will be a new, upcoming Canadian band or performer, who will play during the cocktail and during dessert, post-speeches.

There will also be opportunities to enter to win various door prizes throughout the evening. While this event is an opportunity to showcase incredible speakers providing important consumer perspectives concerning the world of regulated services and speakers, this collegial event is also a unique opportunity to bring together industry stakeholders who may also be opponents from time to time in matters of regulatory or industry policy.

Consumer Advocacy Awards

During the event, PIAC will also be announcing new annual consumer advocacy awards. These awards are intended to celebrate the vital contributions by consumer advocates in particular sectors of consumer protection. These awards will be named to honour leading consumer advocates, all of whom have served as PIAC directors, and will be first revealed at the Dinner.

PIAC Needs Your Support, and Thanks You

PIAC has been active in the area of consumer advocacy for over 40 years. Our small team represents consumer interests in the provision of important regulated services on behalf of consumers, and in particular vulnerable consumers. Our staff will be participating and will bring attendees up to date on PIAC’s extensive consumer protection work. The Annual Dinner provides some modest fundraising to support the important work that we do. We very much appreciate your support of our mission to protect consumers and in particular, vulnerable consumers.

Registration is now open for individual tickets and corporate sponsored tables. Media are welcome (unlike some other recent events in Ottawa) but we ask that you identify yourself and your media organization to PIAC staff, ideally in advance.

We sincerely hope that you will join us for this evening of great conversations, great speakers and great prizes in the beautiful National Arts Centre – Rossy Pavilion, in downtown Ottawa.