2013.09.28 – Announcement – Next Session Data Anonymization, Goldcorp Case Study, BCIT DW Courses

Please join us for the final information packed session of 2013. The November Chapter Meeting will include:

  • An educational update from BCIT
  • Data Anonymization by Dr. Khaled El Emam, founder and CEO of Privacy Analytics Inc.
  • A case study by Goldcorp & Ideaca


Education Update: Kevin Cudihee, Program Head for part-time studies at BCIT

In this role, Kevin is responsible for academic integrity as well as operations and business development. Kevin is a champion for Part-Time studies at BCIT and enjoyes helping people achieve ongoing career success, one course at a time. His motto is “Start With Just One Course”

The School of Computing, Part-time studies covers software development, including web and mobile application development, database design and administration, networking design and administration, plus expert level end-user application training.

Abstract for Privacy Analytics, Dr. Khaled El Emam

Sharing and Using Personal Information for Secondary Purposes: An Enterprise Risk Management Framework Organizations are sitting on large amounts of valuable health, financial, and consumer data – whether they are healthcare providers, IT developers, insurers, governments or financial institutions. The analytical value in this data can be unlocked to improve efficiencies and to create new business opportunities if it can be used and disclosed. However there are key practical and privacy considerations which must be addressed in order to leverage this data. The purpose of this session is to describe a methodology for managing the risks of sharing and using personal information while addressing the key privacy concerns of anonymity and “stigmatizing analytics”. We will explore which information qualifies as “personal information”, including a review of how data can be re-identified, with reference to a number of recent real world examples. This will be followed by the presentation of a methodology that the attendees can use to assess and manage the re-identification risk of data sets. The methodology allows the sharing of high quality data that can credibly be claimed to be anonymous. Finally, the enterprise-level implementation of this risk management framework will be discussed in the context of a maturity model that can be used to evaluate organizational readiness and develop an implementation roadmap. In particular, governance mechanisms to address concerns about “stigmatizing analytics” or “creepy analytics”, especially that organizations are deploying new models for market manipulation, subliminal marketing, dynamic pricing practices, and where personalization is reaching new levels of sophistication.

Abstract for the Goldcorp Case Study by Ideaca

This presentation will be focused on how Governance was included as a cornerstone to the Goldcorp Business Analytics Program. In particular, this discussion will explore the role governance is playing in earning trust for the program, securing business involvement, and increasing the value of the services we are able to offer.

Watch for more details to follow for this and other events of interest including our next Tech Session to be held on Nov. 8th by QlikView.

Speaker Profiles:

Sandra Seres, Goldcorp

Sandra Seres, Director, IT Strategy, Analytics & Innovation, has been with Goldcorp since 2011.  Prior to that, she was a senior IT management consultant, working for over 20 years in diverse industries, including mining, utilities, telecommunications, retail, software, and social services in Canada, the USA and Chile. She has held senior IT management and consulting roles at Teck Resources, Business Objects, Placer Dome Inc., IBM, PwC Consulting and Andersen Consulting.  Bringing the power of information and technology in an easy-to-use way to all levels of business people – from executive to tradesperson – is a passion for her.  She is currently focused on expanding Goldcorp’s performance management solutions beyond the senior leadership team to the minesites; she is also initiating the integration of financial and operational data in the enterprise analytics solutions.  She will discuss the importance of business driven data definitions in simplifying and clarifying the lineage and usability of data for performance management.

Dave Hewlett, Ideaca

A strong believer in the phrase ‘A good decision made on time is better than a bad decision made too late,’ Dave has spent over a decade leading large scale BI and Performance Management projects from start-up to success across a myriad of industries. Whether it be a program in the Airline Industry, Oil & Gas, Telecommunications, Government, or Mining, Dave believes that governance, process, and standards, coupled with an agile delivery framework, are the cornerstones for empowerment of data within any company, in any industry. Over the last year Dave has had the opportunity to serve as Program and Portfolio Manager for the Business Analytics Program at Goldcorp and will be presenting on the role that governance is playing in growing the maturity and success of Goldcorp’s Global Business Analytics Program.

Dr. Khaled El Emam, Privacy Analytics Inc.

Dr. Khaled El Emam is the founder and CEO of Privacy Analytics Inc. As an entrepreneur, Khaled helped to start up five companies, all of them involved with data management and data analytics. He has worked in England, Scotland and Japan in various technical and management capacities.  At the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Research Institute, Khaled is a senior scientist and leads the multi-disciplinary Electronic Health Information Laboratory (EHIL) team, focusing on de-identification and re-identification risk. He is a world renowned expert in statistical de-identification and re-identification risk, and is one of only a handful of individuals known to be qualified to certify the anonymization of PHI in North America. Previously, Khaled was a Senior Research Officer at the National Research Council of Canada, and prior to that he was head of the Quantitative Methods Group at the Fraunhofer Institute in Kaiserslautern, Germany. To commercialize the results of his research, Khaled co-founded two companies. In 2003 and 2004, Khaled was ranked as the top systems and software engineering scholar worldwide by the Journal of Systems and Software based on his research on measurement and quality evaluation and improvement.  Khaled was one of the first Privacy by Design Ambassadors, he holds the Canada Research Chair in Electronic Health Information at the University of Ottawa, and is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University. He holds a PhD from the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, King’s College, at the University of London, England.

 Registration will open after the Nov. 8th Tech Session.

Agenda and Location:

8:30 a.m. Networking & Registration
9-9:20 a.m. BCIT Education Information Session
9:20-10:20 Privacy Analytics
10:20-10:35 Break
10:35-11:35 Goldcorp and Ideaca – Case Study
11:35-11:45 Final Comments and Networking

The event will be held at:
Deloitte Offices
26 Floor Learning Centre,
Bentall Four
1055 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver

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