Derek Lackey
Managing Director, Newport Thomson

Derek is Managing Partner of Newport Thomson, a data & privacy consulting firm based in Toronto. In his volunteer role as President of the Direct Marketing Association of Canada he has provided leadership in the area of privacy and marketing. He is also the Publisher of Blazon.Online a curated portal featuring great content for marketers.

Educated in Marketing at University of Toronto, Derek applies creativity to his business strategy while placing a strong emphasis on results. At one point in time, seven of the nine brands handled by his full service ad agency were #1 in their categories in Canada.


Steven Harroun

Chief Compliance and Enforcement Officer, CRTC

Steven was appointed Chief Compliance and Enforcement Officer (CCEO) at the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) in November 2016.  He is responsible for the enforcement of the Unsolicited Telecommunication Rules, Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation, and the Voter Contact Registry.

As the CCEO, Steven’s leadership approach is to promote compliance with the applicable legislation and regulations through education and outreach and, when necessary, encourage and enforce compliance through both traditional and innovative approaches.

Steven joined Canada’s converged communications regulator in 2002 and has developed his expertise in both broadcasting and telecommunications through various positions of increasing responsibility. As Director General, Strategic Policy from 2012-2016, Steven led the development and implementation of key Commission policies, including: the Wireless Code of Conduct, Video Relay Service, and Broadband Performance Measurement, through his leadership of the Social and Consumer Policy, Network Technology and Strategic Policy and International Affairs teams within the Consumer Affairs and Strategic Policy sector of the CRTC.

Nadia Milani

Director, Marketing and Branding, TeraGo

Nadia is a career marketer who helps businesses connect with their customers through meaningful digital brand experiences. Currently, she is at TeraGo – helping foster digital innovation and growth while keeping a laser sharp focus on customer experience. Over the years, she has worked at companies big and small, in various categories and segments, producing revenue marketing strategies in Canada and abroad. In 2019, Nadia was added to Marketo’s Fearless 50 list, being recognized as one of 50 top marketers around the world leading and driving digital transformation within their organization and industry.

Matthew Vernhout
Founder Canadian Email Summit, Director, Privacy & Industry Relations, 250ok

Matthew Vernhout is a digital messaging industry veteran and Certified International Privacy Professional (Canada) (CIPP/C) with nearly two decades of experience in email marketing. Matthew is 250ok’s Director of Privacy, the Vice Chair of the Email Experience Council (eec), director at large with the Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial Email (CAUCE) and the founder of the Canadian Email Summit. He is a trusted industry expert, recognized as the 2019 EEC thought-leader of the year, speaking frequently at email marketing and technology conferences around the globe, and maintaining his celebrated blog,


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