Past Meetup

Evening on Data Ethics

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Taylor Family Digital Library (Room 440A&D), University of Calgary

410 University Court NW · Calgary, AB

How to find us

The Taylor Family Digital Library (TFDL) is on the University of Calgary campus, directly South of MacEwan Student Centre. The rooms 440A&D can be found on your left as you exit the elevators on the 4th floor of the TFDL.

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Join us for an evening all about data ethics. The evening’s presentation and panel discussion will raise awareness about a number of ethical issues around data, challenge some common assumptions and give Data for Good members resources about emerging practices for addressing risks related to data ethics.

We’ll cover just what exactly data ethics are, who needs to pay attention to data ethics and how to go about being ethical with data. Karen Morton will give a brief overview of key considerations for data ethics (including governance, practices, interpretation, anonymization, and privacy legislation). This will be followed by a question and answer period with several local practitioners, discussing practical issues and challenges. The evening is designed to be interactive, so bring your questions.


KAREN MORTON - Project Manager, Asset Data Acquisition Project, National Energy Board


šKIRAN POHAR MANHAS, JD, PhD, CIHR-AHS - Health System Impact Fellow

šMALCOLM GOWIE - Chief Financial Officer and Chief Privacy Officer, United Way of Calgary and Area

šANNETTE HESTER - The Hester View, Inc.

Karen Morton

Karen Morton ( is the Project Manager, Asset Data Acquisition Project, at the National Energy Board. Karen completed a Master of Science in Media & Communications (Data & Society) at the London School of Economics in the UK as a Chevening ( Scholar in 2016. This excursion was fed by a desire to expand her role in Canada’s energy industry to gain an international perspective on data in communications and engagement. @KarenMorton11 ....

Malcolm Gowie

Since 2004, Malcolm has been CFO with United Way and leads the Corporate Service function which is responsible for finance, human resources, technology, donation processing and facilities used by United Way. Malcolm is also responsible for risk management and statutory compliance for the organization, including privacy and stands as United Way’s Chief Privacy Officer. In the last 5 years, he has led the organization’s drive to establish and live up to privacy and security standards expected of the United Way and has contributed to the Canadian United Way movement in promoting privacy policies and practices.

Kiran Pohar Minhas

Kiran is an interdisciplinary researcher with degrees in pharmacy (UBC), law (UVic), health research (McMaster), and bioethics (University of Calgary). Her doctoral dissertation used legal, ethical and qualitative research tools to examine roles and responsibilities in the transition from hospital to medically-complex pediatric homecare. Following her PhD, Kiran completed 3 years of postdoctoral research with PolicyWise for Children & Families. During this time, she led a comprehensive data governance research strategy that used multiple methods (legal and ethical analysis, qualitative focus groups and interviews, and online quantitative surveys) to effect policy analysis and stakeholder engagement (with parents and health researchers) to inform the privacy and governance strategies of a provincial data repository. Kiran’s work has been funded by externally-funded salary and research grant support, at provincial and national levels. In September 2017, Kiran began a nationally-funded fellowship with Alberta Health Services and the University of Alberta to develop her experience and expertise in clinically- and policy- relevant stakeholder-engagement research at the health system level.

Annette Hester

Annette Hester heads TheHesterView Inc. and focuses on data innovation. Her latest projects: The Inter-American Development Bank’s Energy Database (,19144.html) and the National Energy Board’s Energy Futures 2016 Data Visualization ( show a new approach to interactive data. In addition, she is a University of Calgary Haskayne Global Energy EMBA faculty member. Prior to her work on these projects, she was a senior advisor to the Deputy Minister of the Government of Alberta, Canada and part of the energy and environment policy team for Alberta’s Premier Alison Redford Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta leadership campaign. She was the founding director of the Latin American Research Centre at the University of Calgary. Mrs. Hester has extensive experience as a consultant for leading oil, gas, and energy companies in North and Latin America, and to governmental agencies in several countries of the Americas, primarily Brazil and Canada.

Mrs. Hester has a master’s degree in economics and has written for a variety of multilateral institutions, academic publications and think-tanks. She was a frequent contributor to Oxford Analytica and has authored numerous articles in the Oil and Gas Journal, the Estey Journal, and the Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology.