Imran Ahmad is a Business Law partner in the Toronto office of Miller Thomson and specializes in the areas of cybersecurity, technology and privacy law. As part of his cybersecurity, privacy and data breach practice, Imran works closely with clients to develop and implement practical and informed strategies related to cyber threats and data breaches. He focuses on legal risk assessments, compliance, due diligence and risk allocation advice, security and data breach incident preparedness and response. He also provides representation in the event of an investigation, an enforcement action, or a litigation.
Imran is a board member of the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance’s (CATA) Cyber Council which advises the Government of Canada on cybersecurity matters. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Ontario Bar Association’s Privacy and Access to Information Law Section.
Imran has an active technology and privacy practice where he advises clients on licensing, outsourcing and service-provider arrangements, as well as on other commercial matters with respect to carrying on business over the Internet, cloud and in the digital environment.
Imran also maintains a competition and foreign investment practice which encompasses a wide range of competition and foreign investment matters. He regularly advises both Canadian and foreign clients with respect to merger review, abuse of dominance, refusal to deal, misleading advertising and foreign investment approvals across a broad spectrum of industries.
Imran is the author of Canada’s first legal incident preparation and response handbook titled A Handbook to Cyber Law in Canada (to be published in summer 2017 by LexisNexis).
In 2016, Imran was appointed Chair of the Marketing Practices Committee of the Canadian Bar Association’s National Competition Law Section.
Prior to his call to the Bar, Imran was a political advisor to Lieutenant-General the Honourable Roméo A. Dallaire (Ret’d), Senator, and clerked for the Honourable Edmond P. Blanchard, judge at the Federal Court of Canada and Competition Tribunal in Ottawa.
Imran is fluent in English, French and Urdu/Hindi.
- Child Soldiers Initiative, provides pro bono legal services
- Canadian Bar Association
- Ontario Bar Association
- American Bar Association (Cyber Space)
- Toronto Region Board of Trade
- Executive Committee of the Ontario Bar Association’s Privacy and Access to Information Law Section
- Board member of the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance’s Cyber Council
Bar admissions & education
- Ontario Bar, 2008
- Alberta Bar, 2008
- LL.M., University of Ottawa, 2008
- LL.B., Université de Montréal, 2005
- D.E.S.S., Common Law, Université de Sherbrooke, 2005
Imran Ahmad comments on WannaCry cyberattack in The Globe and Mail
Imran Ahmad is quoted in a Globe and Mail article discussing the recent global WannaCry cyberattacks. Read the article: Canada spared worst of the cyberattack but full extent still unknown (subscription only)
Imran Ahmad discusses cybersecurity effect on class action litigation
Imran Ahman is quoted in a Canadian Lawyer article, commenting on the growing number of cyberbreach victims seeking restitution through class action lawsuits. Read the article: “The Era of No Excuses“
Imran Ahmad comments on cybersecurity regulations in Financial Post
Imran Ahmad is quoted in a Financial Post article concerning new cybersecurity regulations for financial institutions that recently came into effect in New York state, and what implications they could have on financial institutions in Canada. Read the article: “New York’s...
Imran Ahmad comments on new rules surrounding transparency in data breaches
Imran Ahmad is quoted in a CBC article on upcoming changes to Canadian privacy law, forcing Canadian companies to disclose cyberattacks and the specific risks that could lead to attacks in the future. Read the full article: “Here’s why reports...
Imran Ahmad comments on upcoming data breach notification requirements
Imran Ahmad is quoted in a Canadian Underwriter article on upcoming federal regulations requiring organizations to notify individuals of data breaches when there is a “real risk of significant harm.” Read the full article: “Breach Notification“
Imran Ahmad quoted in article on data breaches and cyber security
In the article “Small, medium Canadian business still in denial on cyber security: Expert”, the author describes panelist recommendations from a workshop hosted by Miller Thomson and MNP, including several recommendations made by Miller Thomson partner, Imran Ahmad.
Imran Ahmad comments on unlawful CSIS data collection
Imran Ahman is quoted in an IT World article discussing the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) retaining data in violation of the CSIS Act which states personal information can only be held “to the extent strictly necessary”. Read the article:...
Imran Ahmad discusses proposed Bill C-51 amendments on CBC
Imran Ahmad was interviewed on CBC Radio discussing recent proposals in the federal government’s green paper on national security that would enhance the investigative capabilities of police to track suspected criminals in the digital age, and how the need for better law enforcement should...
Imran Ahmad comments on DDoS attack
Imran Ahmad is quoted in an Insurance Business Canada article discussing a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack that disrupted a provincial online literacy exam, affecting nearly 150,000 students across Ontario. Read the article: “DDoS attack disrupts Grade 10 literacy exams“
Imran Ahmad interviewed on cybercrime at Fraud and Breach Prevention Summit
Imran Ahmad was part of a panel of cybercrime experts interviewed by Information Security Media Group at the recent Fraud and Breach Prevention Summit in Toronto. Listen to the audio: Helping Police Solve Cybercrimes
Imran Ahmad speaks at cyber security & intelligence conference
Imran Ahmad is a speaker at the 2017 International Cyber Security & Intelligence Conference (ICSIC). Miller Thomson clients are eligible to receive a 15% ticket discount before March 31, 2017. Contact us for the promo code.
Imran Ahmad co-leads webinar on “Cybersecurity and Legal Compliance – How to Strike a Balance”
Imran Ahmad co-leads The Conference Board of Canada’s webinar on “Cybersecurity and Legal Compliance – How to Strike a Balance”.
Imran Ahmad presents at the Canadian Electricity Association’s Enterprise Risk Management Committee Meeting
Imran co-presents on Balancing Effective Cyber-Security & Compliance at the Canadian Electricity Association’s Enterprise Risk Management Committee Meeting in Toronto.
Imran Ahmad moderates session at Ontario Bar Association’s 2017 Privacy Law Summit
Imran Ahmad moderates the “Mitigating Privacy Compliance Risk in Business Transactions” session at the Ontario Bar Association’s 2017 Privacy Law Summit.
Imran Ahmad speaks on preparing for a cyberattack
Imran Ahmad presents “How to Be Prepared for a Cyberattack” (“Comment se préparer et répondre à une cyber-attaque”) for the Canadian Bar Association – Québec Branch.
Imran Ahmad and Keyvan Nassiry speak at Asset-Based Lending forum
Imran Ahmad and Keyvan Nassiry speak at the Canadian Institute’s “Asset-Based Lending in a Global Economy” forum. Keyvan is conference co-chair and moderates a panel on “Maximizing International ABL Opportunities (and How to Recognize Opportunities and Avoid Obstacles)”. Imran presents...
Imran Ahmad speaks on cybersecurity for financial institutions
Imran Ahmad speaks on a panel discussing the growing importance of cybersecurity for financial institutions at the Canadian Institute’s Regulatory Compliance for Financial Institutions Conference.
Imran Ahmad co-chairs CBA teleconference
Imran Ahmad is a Co-Chair of “Criminal Deceptive Marketing Practices: What You Ought to Know”, a teleconference presented by the CBA Competition Law Section’s Mergers Committee and the International Committee. The Competition Act contains two adjudicative regimes to address deceptive...
Imran Ahmad speaks on cybersecurity
Imran Ahmad presents “Cybersecurity in the Customer Contact Space” at the Greater Toronto Area Contact Centre Association Conference: Disruptors – The OLD and the NEW.
Imran Ahmad speaks on cybersecurity breaches
Imran Ahmad speaks on a panel discussing “The Role of In-house Counsel in Cybersecurity Breaches” for the Canadian Bar Association’s Corporate Counsel section.
Cybersecurity: Trends and Advice for Charities and Not-for-Profit
Miller Thomson’s Social Impact Group launches its series of breakfast seminars specifically targeting charities, non-profit organizations and social enterprises. Join us for the first breakfast on cybersecurity. **Please note this seminar will be delivered in French. Date: Wednesday, April 5,...
Tips for Businesses Negotiating Cloud Agreements
IT in Canada Online
It seems like everyone is talking about the cloud as the new norm – if you’re not already in the cloud, odds are that you’re seriously considering it.
Overview of privacy Laws in Canada: What you should know
Cyber Security Practitioner
Imran Ahmad evaluates how the privacy law landscape operates in Canada, how this relates to cyber security, and the new mandatory breach notification requirements being introduced by the Digital Privacy Act, which has significantly amended the Personal Information Protection and...
Companies need to plan for handling a cybersecurity breach
The Globe and Mail, Report on Business
Our shift to a digital society has seen the emergence of a new kind of crime: stealing data and attacking company networks, whether for financial gain, to send a political message, or sometimes simply to prove a point.
U.S. case spotlights cyber coverage
The Lawyers Weekly
This article originally appeared in the March 24, 2017 issue of The Lawyers Weekly. In 2016, “cyber” had increased prominence in the minds of organizations and with good reasons. “Hacking” not only made the headlines because of allegations that hackers were interfering with the U.S....
Cybersecurity Now Part of Due Diligence Process
Mandatory Data Breach Notification is Coming: Is your Organization Ready?
Cybersecurity in Canada: What to Expect in 2017
CSA Issues Cybersecurity Disclosure Expectations
Does your Insurance Cover Phishing Scam? It may not.
Privacy Commissioner Issues Report on Ashley Madison Cyber-Attack
This fall, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (the “OPC”) and the Australian Privacy Commissioner released a joint report summarizing their findings following an investigation into the Ashley Madison cyber-attack. The report discusses the shortcomings of Ashley Madison’s...
Worldlynx Wireless LP sold to national wireless carrier
Counsel to Worldlynx Wireless LP and its subsidiary Day 2 Mobility Inc.