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Hubert Laferrière

Director Operations Planning and Performance, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), Canada

Presenting with Gordon Wilson

Target: Virtual Border – increasing both security & facilitation; Lessons learned from Canada’s FASTER-PrivBio Project

  • Streamlining border flows of millions of identified lower-risk travellers per year, further leveraging automated border control investments;
  • A virtual border building block - Remotely accessing biographical and biometric info from trusted ePassports using smart phones and facial image capture/verification prior to travel;
  • Addressing challenges – improving national security/UN Terrorist resolution 2178; improving border flows for growing international travel with limited government resources.

Full synopsis
The Canadian FASTER-PrivBio project tests and demonstrates new advanced technologies to achieve an extended and enhanced virtual border for identification, screening and facilitating travellers in low-risk categories; particularly those coming from trusted countries via Visa Waiver Programs/Electronic Travel Authorization (VWP/eTA), estimated to be +3.5M/year for Canada.

The project demonstrates enhanced capabilities and trusted secure biometric traveller data for national security and border control agencies to improve identification and interdiction of the extremist traveller (terrorist) prior to their arrival, with the concurrent ability to enhance facilitation of lower risk securely screened travellers significantly.

Achievement of project objectives from Sept 2015 to March 2017 will be reported upon by project partners WorldReach Software and representatives participating from Canada’s Immigration and/or Border Services:
-    Smartphones reading ePassports to access the biographical and biometric information remotely using Near Field Communication (NFC), testing the robustness of the devices and understanding the constraints;
-    Token issuance and verification using Renewable Biometric Reference (RBR) incorporating the ePassport information and downloaded confirmation;
-    Security review of the technology platform, including the security of the mobile devices used in the scenarios for the demonstration and the hosting environment;
-    A case study of Privacy by Design and Biometric Encryption Policy Impact.


For the past twelve of his 28 years in the Canadian Public Service, Hubert Laferrière has been leading many research projects associated with identity and credential management, including identity authentication and fraud. From proof, to concept research, to fraud analytics, Hubert has also acquired a broad range of experience and expertise in strategic and business research, including passport products and services development, in establishing and managing an enterprise business intelligence, while developing advanced analytics capability for his home department. 
His main goal has been focused on providing senior executive management with information and knowledge it needs to identify business opportunities, as well as new products and services to meet the needs of Canadians in an on-line environment.

Currently, Hubert is the Director of the Business Research, Intelligence and Analytics Division at the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Department for the Government of Canada.


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