CrySP Speaker Series on Privacy

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Trust and Confidence: The Symbiotic Relationship of Privacy and Intelligence in Protecting Canada

Scott Millar, Communications Security Establishment

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February 28, 2020 11:45am, in Federation Hall (part of the Privacy, Infrastructures, Policy event)


Scott Millar, Assistant Deputy Minister (Policy and Communications) at the Communications Security Establishment (CSE) will speak to how Canadians and their data are protected in the course of its foreign intelligence operations. In turn, he will speak to how CSE's new Canadian Centre for Cyber Security is delivering on its national mandate to protect Canadian information and associate infrastructures from cyber threat actors. Scott will also address the impact of the scale and pace of emerging technological change on the security of Canadians.


Scott Millar, Deputy Chief, Policy and Communications at Communications Security Establishment (CSE), oversees directorates responsible for Strategic Policy and Planning, Domestic and International Partnerships; Strategic Communications, and Disclosure, Policy and Review. Specifically Scott leads CSE`s efforts in domestic and international policy and partnerships, ministerial and parliamentary affairs, strategic and business planning, external reporting, operational policy development, legal disclosure, access to information and privacy, internal and external communications, creative services and linguistic services. Previously, Scott held executive positions at both the Treasury Board Secretariat and the Privy Council Office. He also served as the Senior Advisor to the Vice President (Policy and Programs) at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and as Acting Director of International Relations at FINTRAC, Canada’s anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing agency. Scott began his public service career in 1997 as a policy analyst within the Anti-Organized Crime Division at the former Department of the Solicitor General (now Public Safety Canada).Scott holds a Master’s degree in Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts (High Honours) in Psychology from Carleton University, and has earned certificates from McGill University, the Canadian Foreign Service Institute and the Canadian Forces College. He has also published on issues surrounding ministerial accountability. In his spare time, Scott enjoys running, reading, and engaging in creative writing. He and his wife Kristin have a busy household with three very active boys and two pets.