Find the video recording of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence Webinar, “EU Digital Governance: Lessons and Consequences for Canada” below. Also available on the CES YouTube Channel. Timestamps available in the description of the YouTube video.

The webinar was originally presented on 27 January, 2022.

This round table discussed how the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation’s role is shaping data governance and the way that businesses operate in both the EU and Canada. Presenters cover:

  • A thorough overview of the GDPR and its consequences for data governance in the EU, as well as other digital policies that the EU is beginning to institute in an attempt to level the playing field between individuals and corporations, improve data sharing, and get the EU ready for greater market participation in markets like AI
  • The impact that the GDPR has had on EU businesses, small, medium, and large, including the fragmentation of the single-market with regards to data caused by non-standardised approaches to digital policy enforcement by member-states
  • The current playing field for Canada with regards to its digital policy and data privacy protection, including its adequacy agreement with the EU, past and current federal and provincial digital privacy policy proposals, and what the future of Canada’s digital privacy will look like.
  • How the proliferation of digital policy frameworks could impact Canadian businesses, including CETA, CUSMA, and the WTO Joint Statement Initiative on E-Commerce
  • A round of questions led by moderator, including questions about whether the GDPR offers businesses advantages and if Canada is doomed to fragmentary digital privacy policy
  • Questions from the audience, including how the GDPR might interact with policies like the Green Deal and what the ability of the EU is to push for digital standards in trade


This is an activity of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at the Centre for European Studies with the support of the Erasmus + Programme of the European Union and Carleton University.