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Face to Face(book)
with Christopher Wylie

Don't miss this special student-exclusive event

Part of the 2019 Community Summit and Media Democracy Days

The New Yorker calls him “a pink-haired, nose-ringed oracle sent from the future". Best known for his role in setting up – and then taking down – the cyberwarfare firm Cambridge Analytica, Chris has been listed in TIME100 Most Influential People in the World, Forbes’ 30 Under 30, Politico’s 50 Most Influential People in Politics and Business Insider’s 100 Coolest People in Tech.

Named as “the millennials’ first great whistleblower,” his revelations exposing the rampant misuse of data rocked Silicon Valley and forced numerous Fortune 500 companies to overhaul cybersecurity and user privacy practices. Congress held its first ever hearings on the impact of social media on democracy and Facebook experienced the largest single-day share value drop in American corporate history – twice.

See Christopher Wylie in conversation on cybersecurity, misinformation, and threats to our democracy. Then, ask your questions using Slido.

Registration is open only to students

This event is open exclusively to high school and post-secondary students. Student ID is required for admission.

If you are not a student and are interested in seeing Christopher Wylie speak, tickets are still available for An Evening with David Frum, Sue Gardner, and Christopher Wylie.

This event is free and open to students only.


Tue, April 16, 2019 | 12 - 1:15 PM

11:00 AM - Doors open
12:00 PM - Event


Vancouver Public Library - Central Branch
Alice MacKay Room - Lower Level
350 West Georgia St.
Vancouver, B.C.

We respectfully acknowledge that this event takes place on the Unceded, Traditional, Ancestral Territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ, and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm First Nations.

Venue Accessibility

Venue Information

The Alice MacKay Room is located on the lower level of the Vancouver Public Library central branch at 350 West Georgia Street.

Public Transit

The VPL is a 7 minute walk from City Centre (Canada Line) and Stadium Stations (Expo Line / Millennium Line) on Granville Street, and is situated close to many bus stops. Visit for Vancouver transit information.


The entrance to the Easy Park parking garage below the library building is on Hamilton Street (near Robson Street). Specially designated handicapped parking stalls beside doors to the elevators in the parking garage. 2 hour meter parking is available around Library Square.


Bike racks are available on the left of North entrance, and on the far left of the South entrance.


Wheelchair Access

All floors within the building, including the venue and washrooms, are wheelchair accessible and serviced by elevators.

Washroom Accessibility

Gender-neutral washrooms are located on the lower level outside the entrance to the Alice MacKay Room.

ASL Interpretation

If you require ASL or other language interpretation please submit a request to no later than 3 weeks in advance.

If you have any questions, concerns, or comments regarding this event’s accessibility, feel free to connect with us at or 778-782-5959. 


Christopher Wylie

With his neon hair and brutally honest candour, Chris engages audiences around the world and makes AI understandable, disturbing – and yet somehow compelling. His mind-bending stories about the power of weaponised algorithms and information warfare have garnered audiences of over 15,000 people at some of the leading global events, including Web Summit, the Royal Institute for International Affairs (‘Chatham House’), the European Commission and Forbes 30 Under 30.

His evidence also exposed the deep links between the Alt-Right and Russian intelligence networks, leading to major ongoing FBI and NCA investigations in the US and UK.

When Chris speaks out about the future of technology, governments around the world take note – he has testified before the United States Congress five times, as well as at the parliaments of the European Union, United Kingdom and Canada.

Splitting his time between London, New York, LA and Stockholm, Chris is currently the Director of Research for Hennes & Mauritz (‘H&M’), the largest global fashion brand. His work on quantifying fashion style with AI systems is already having a major impact on the fashion sector. A recognised expert in cultural trend forecasting, Chris also writes for the youth culture and fashion magazine Dazed and has been featured in Vogue, GQ, Esquire and PAPER.

In a previous life, Chris worked inside the highest levels of the British government and is a graduate of the London School of Economics.


Anita Bathe

Anita Bathe is both co-host and front-line investigative reporter with CBC VANCOUVER NEWS’ flagship supper hour program at 6 p.m. A passionate journalist known for chasing breaking news and giving citizens a voice, Bathe is part of a committed team dedicated to bringing viewers not only the news of the day but also fresh perspectives on community stories that matter to them through all media platforms.

A multiple RTDNA (The Radio Television Digital News Association) winner, Bathe was awarded the Jack Webster Fellowship in 2015 and has won several BCAB (British Columbia Association of Broadcasters) awards for her in-depth reporting on breaking news stories, such as Vancouver Port fire and Yaletown Science World shootings. She believes wholeheartedly in getting the answers and accountability viewers want and need.


Sabrina Smai

Sabrina is a serial hacker and multi-hyphenate born and previously lived in Vancouver, BC. She started over 8 technology ventures, one of which Placed 1st at the Princeton University’s Annual Hackathon. Sabrina is the Founder of CLAIR, a cloud-based evaluation platform that utilizes Artificial Intelligence to eliminate phone screen interviews portion of recruitment for large corporations (advisors from Dropbox, AirBnB, LinkedIn, and Wish). Sabrina was featured on famous mediums, such as Hanselminutes, FutureSharks, the Varsity, and Huffington Post.

In addition, Sabrina is a Machine Learning engineer at Microsoft, where she helps Fortune 500 companies to solve their most complex technical business problems using Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. In her current role, she deals with a lot of sensitive company data that she must comply with data regulation and apply data privacy techniques. Sabrina is always looking to speak about disability and mental health, entrepreneurship, Machine Learning and Deep Learning, and microwavable pizza pockets.

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