Keynote Speakers


Ben Makuch is an award winning national security reporter with VICE News in Toronto.

From sitting down with ISIS members to being on the ground during political assassinations in Russia, Ben brings unprecedented access to many of the world’s most dangerous regions.​ ​Previously with the Canadian Press’s Parliamentary Bureau, Makuch was in contact with several homegrown Islamic State militants from Canada. That reporting caught the attention of federal counterterrorism investigators who are trying to force Makuch to hand over all source materials connected to Farah Mohamed Shirdon, an alleged ISIS fighter from Calgary. Makuch refused and is now fighting the production order in court. He faces possible jail time if he loses.

Makuch is currently the correspondent for Cyberwar on the VICELAND network, an investigative documentary series examining the covert world of signals intelligence and hackers.

Dr. rajiv jhangiani
Associate Vice Provost, Open Education, Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani is the associate vice provost, Open Education at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in British Columbia. The architect of Canada’s first Zero Textbook Cost degrees, Rajiv is an internationally known advocate for open education whose research and practice focuses on open educational resources, student-centered pedagogies, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Rajiv is a recipient of the Robert E. Knox Master Teacher Award from the University of British Columbia, the Dean of Arts Teaching Excellence award at KPU, and the award for Excellence in Open Education from BCcampus.

Rajiv is a co-founder of the Open Pedagogy Notebook, serves on the BC Open Education Advisory Committee and on the boards of Virtually ConnectingUbiquity Proceedings, and KDocs Film Festival. A co-author of three open textbooks in Psychology, his most recent book is Open: The Philosophy and Practices that are Revolutionizing Education and Science (2017). You can find him online @thatpsychprof or thatpsychprof.com.

Information and Privacy Commissioner for BC

Michael McEvoy was appointed information and privacy commissioner for BC by unanimous motion of the Legislative Assembly. He began his six-year term as an independent officer of the Legislature on April 1, 2018. Prior to his appointment, he was seconded from his position as deputy commissioner at the OIPC to the Information Commissioner’s Office in the UK, where he helped lead an investigation into Cambridge Analytica and Facebook.

Commissioner McEvoy served in local government for 12 years before joining the OIPC in 2007. He obtained a Juris Doctorate from the University of Manitoba in 1985 and a Bachelor of Arts in 1980 from the University of Winnipeg. He has been a member of the Law Society of British Columbia since 1986.




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