Free Session Regarding Canada’s Digital Privacy Act (DPA) for Small Business

When the federal government initiates new legislation that affects small businesses it can sometimes be frustrating to get to know everything that you ought to know. APEX Alberta is here to help. On December 14 2018, Sarah Bowman, Partner at Bolton Bishop Bowman law firm in Medicine Hat, will be our special event guest to present an information session regarding the Digital Privacy Act that was passed in Canada in 2015.

The DPA is an amendment to Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Document Act (PIPEDA), which outlines important information on mandatory breach reporting, notification and record keeping requirements that, until November 2018, have never been consistently enforced by the federal government.

Data breaches have consumers worried and have had a substantial impact on the economy.  In addition to the obvious ramifications of a breach, such as lost data and revenue, one of the many new requirements of the DPA stated by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada is that all Canadian organizations should "keep and maintain a record of every breach of security safeguards involving personal information under its control."  These new mandatory reporting requirements will have an impact on businesses across Canada. Many small business owners are unclear as to what this will mean for them.

At the December 14 event, being held at Medicine Hat College, Sarah Bowman will answer questions that many business owners and entrepreneurs are asking:

What is considered personal information? How will Canadian Digital Privacy Act (DPA) requirements affect my business?  What is a security breach? Who needs to be notified? How soon should notifications of a breach happen? What is proper record keeping in the event of a breach?

Ms. Bowman will clarify the Privacy Commissioner’s authority as it relates to audits and fines for non-compliance. She will provide examples of data breach scenarios and highlight the types of violations that could result in possible fines.

If you are a small business owner, you will want to attend this event to ensure that you know the steps that you need to take regarding the DPA to prepare now. You may obtain a ticket at the following link:

APEX, the Regional Innovation Network (RIN) collaborates to put their collective resources together to support and improve the development of innovation and technology among small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in our region.

For more information about this event, or how our programs can help your business, please call Elizabeth Blair at 403-528-2824.

Elizabeth Blair is the Regional Innovation Network Coordinator for APEX Alberta. APEX Alberta supports the growth of innovative and technologically-oriented businesses in Southeast Alberta. APEX Alberta is a collaborative initiative between three core service providers: Community Futures Entre-Corp, Medicine Hat College and Alberta Innovates.


On November 29, APEX Alberta, with the support of Alberta Labour, will be hosting a full day session at the Medicine Hat College. This session is the final of a 3-part series entitled “Emerging Industries & The Future of Work”. Each session has been designed to help increase awareness and knowledge of emerging industries developing in our region, with a focus on the impact to the local workforce, economy and community.

CBC News reported on June 2, 2016 that Alberta and Saskatchewan will spend up to $50 billion on renewable projects over the next 14 years.  Currently, renewable sources such as wind, hyrdo and biomass make up only 13% of Alberta’s energy, according to Provincial and Territorial Energy Profiles, Alberta. The Province of Alberta has set a goal to obtain 30% of Alberta’s electricity from renewable sources by 2030.  With a shift to renewable energy, our region will begin to reap the benefits of job creation and growth. It is timely that this final session in the series will center around Renewable Energy, helping prepare our region for the jobs of tomorrow. 

The full-day seminar will be structured into 4 sessions.  The day will begin with keynote speaker, Gianni Kovacevic. Mr. Kovacevic is an investor, author and sought-after strategist in the energy divestment movement. Drawing from over 20,000 hours of research in incumbent and modern energy themes. Through artful storytelling and finely illustrated analysis, he engages audiences about the fusion between technology and energy. He will share how this will impact your life, your business and your future.

A variety of subject matter experts have been invited to speak about Alberta as a national leader in wind energy.

Evan Wilson from the Canadian Wind Energy Association will be on hand to discuss this transition as well as the opportunities that will be derived from this planned development in the province of Alberta

Local developer, Barclay Tanner, Senior Operations Manager of Vestas, will discuss the transformation to a modern grid resulting in a new form of wind energy. His talk will provide a picture of what work within wind energy looks like, how it impacts the community around it and what the future may hold for southern Alberta.

Finally, the day will end with a panel discussion featuring the days’ speakers, who will answer questions about the topics discussed.

The main event will take place in the Eresman Theatre at the Medicine Hat College.  If you would like to order a ticket, please go to the APEX website:

For more information about this session, please call our office 403-528-2824.

Elizabeth Blair is the regional innovation network coordinator for APEX Alberta.  APEX Alberta supports the growth of innovative and technologically-oriented businesses in Southeast Alberta.  APEX Alberta is a collaborative initiative between three core service providers: Community Futures Entre-Corp, Medicine Hat College and Alberta Innovates.


How do you define your future in an undefined market?

How do you define your future in an undefined market?

The cannabis industry in Alberta is laden with opportunities for Canadian licensed producers (LPs) and affiliated companies. It’s a critical time and an opportune moment to ask important questions about the future.

Players in this industry face an uncertain operating landscape that challenges even the most savvy and experienced business leaders. Many of the rules that will govern the recreational industry have yet to be finalized and capacity to meet consumer demand is an unknown.

Termuende the keynote speaker at cannabis production seminar

Termuende the keynote speaker at cannabis production seminar

APEX Alberta (with the support of Alberta Labour) continues its “Emerging Industries & The Future of Work” three-part informative sessions targeted for business and community members held at the Medicine Hat College.

The keynote speaker for the second event on Oct. 25 is Eric Termuende, who is the co-founder of NoW Innovations, a bestselling author, a TEDx speaker, and who represented Canada at the G20 Summit. He speaks and writes internationally about the future of work and human-centricity in the workplace.