Tamara Hunter — DLA Piper (Canada) LLP, Vancouver
J. Alexis Kerr — Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, Vancouver
About the Course Chairs
Tamara Hunter is a member of the litigation group at DLA Piper (Canada) LLP in Vancouver. She practises in the areas of freedom of information and privacy law, administrative law, and professional regulation law.
Tamara works proactively with both private sector and public sector organizations to help them comply with privacy law requirements, anti-spam legislation, and attain best practices for data protection. She has conducted numerous privacy law audits and reviews for businesses and has supported many organizations dealing with information security breaches.
Tamara has represented both private sector and public sector organizations before the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for BC, the Yukon Information and Privacy Commissioner, the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for Alberta, and in related litigation. She has represented businesses before the Privacy Commissioner of Canada and has appeared in Federal Court on behalf of organizations in connection with access to information and privacy matters. Tamara has also been named by the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for BC as a qualified lawyer approved to act on its behalf in matters relating to privacy protection law, administrative law, and access to information law.
She has conducted numerous hearings before professional disciplinary tribunals and has represented professional regulatory bodies before the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for BC, the BC Human Rights Tribunal, the Supreme Court of BC, and the BC Court of Appeal. Tamara's professional recognitions include: Best Lawyers in Canada (Administrative and Public Law), 2018-21 (Privacy and Data Security Law), 2018-21, and Chambers Canada (Privacy and Data Protection), 2018-21.
Tamara obtained a BA degree from SFU in 1988. She received the Chancellor's Entrance Scholarship and majored in both economics and business administration. She then attended UBC where she received her LLB 1990.
Alexis Kerr provides practical, business-driven and results-oriented advice and assistance to clients in all industries where privacy, data protection and cybersecurity are ongoing and ever-evolving challenges.
Alexis has 18+ years' experience, as both external counsel and General Counsel, advising organizational clients on compliance with applicable privacy laws, data mapping, developing privacy impact assessments and security threat risk assessments, developing privacy management programs, policies, procedures and tabletop exercises, employee training and education, investigating and managing data and cybersecurity breach incidents, developing and implementing enterprise risk management strategies, and litigating privacy-related issues before both privacy regulators and the courts. In terms of data breach incidents, she has handled everything from inadvertent disclosure, data loss and employee snooping cases to malicious phishing and ransomware attacks. She also advises on compliance with Canada's Anti-SPAM Law (CASL) and PCI Data Security Standards.
Alexis is Past Chair of the Privacy and Access Law Section, CBA. She has authored or co-authored numerous submissions to the federal and provincial governments regarding proposals to reform privacy and access laws. She has also appeared before the Senate of Canada's Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs on behalf of the CBA in connection with that Committee's review of proposed amendments to federal privacy and access legislation.
Luciana P. Brasil — Branch MacMaster LLP, Vancouver
Alexander D. Cameron — Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Toronto
Ann Cavoukian — Ryerson University, Toronto
Tyson Gratton — DLA Piper (Canada) LLP, Vancouver
David E. Loukidelis, QC — Young Anderson, Vancouver
Lorne I. Randa — Brownlee LLP, Edmonton
Guilda Rostama, PhD — Privacy Consultant (GDPR Specialist), PrivacyWorks, Burnaby
Dr. Teresa Scassa — Canada Research Chair in Information Law and Policy, Faculty of Law, Common Law Section, University of Ottawa, Ottawa
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