Imran Ahmad

Imran Ahmad

PartnerBlake, Cassels & Graydon LLPIntellectual Property & Technology

Imran is a Partner at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP with a specialization in technology, cybersecurity and privacy law.

As part of his cybersecurity practice, Imran works closely with clients to develop and implement practical strategies related to cyber threats and data breaches. He also acts as "breach counsel" in the event of a cybersecurity incident. He also provides representation in the event of an investigation, an enforcement action or a litigation.

Imran is the author of Canada's first legal incident preparation and response handbook titled Cybersecurity in Canada: A Guide to Best Practices, Planning, and Management (LexisNexis, August 2017).

In his privacy law practice, he advises clients on compliance with all Canadian federal and provincial privacy and data management laws.

Imran is a Partner at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP with a specialization in technology, cybersecurity and privacy law.

As part of his cybersecurity practice, Imran works closely with clients to develop and implement practical strategies related to cyber threats and data breaches. He advises on legal risk assessments, compliance, due diligence and risk allocation advice, security, and data breach incident preparedness and response.

In addition, Imran acts as "breach counsel" in the event of a cybersecurity incident, such as a data or privacy breach. He also provides representation in the event of an investigation, an enforcement action or a litigation.

Imran is the author of Canada's first legal incident preparation and response handbook titled Cybersecurity in Canada: A Guide to Best Practices, Planning, and Management (LexisNexis, August 2017).

Imran has an active technology practice. He advises on licensing, outsourcing and service-provider arrangements, as well as on other commercial matters with respect to carrying on business over the internet, the cloud and the digital environment.

In his privacy law practice, he advises clients on compliance with all Canadian federal and provincial privacy and data management laws. He has a particular focus on cross-border data transfer issues and enterprise-wide governance programs related to privacy and information governance.

Imran is an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Law, where he teaches cybersecurity and privacy law.

Education

  • Université de Montréal, LL.B., 2005
  • Université de Sherbrooke, D.E.S.S. (Common Law), 2005
  • University of Ottawa, LL.M., 2007

Bar Admission

  • Ontario, 2008
  • Alberta, 2008

Experience

  • Acted as breach coach to a global auto-parts manufacturer that was affected by a large-scale ransomware attack
  • Advised Canadian health-care service provider in dealing with a cybersecurity incident involving personal health information
  • Advised provincial government agency on its digital transformation initiative, including on issues related to data transfers
  • Acted as breach counsel to global professional services firm on a cybersecurity incident affecting its Canadian operations
  • Represented a technology firm in the context of the federal Privacy Commissioner’s investigation into its use of personal information in connection with biometric data analysis

Awards

  • Imran is recognized as a leading lawyer in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2019 in the area of Privacy and Data Security Law.

Associations

  • Imran is a board member of the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance’s (CATA) Cyber Council, which advises the Government of Canada on cybersecurity matters.
  • Current chair of the Executive Committee of the Ontario Bar Association’s Privacy and Access to Information Law Section
  • Member of the Canadian Bar Association and the Toronto Region Board of Trade.