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 authors Cybersecurity in Canada
LexisNexis has released Cybersecurity in Canada: A Guide to Best Practices, Planning, and Management. Authored by Imran Ahmad, with contributions from Rosa Mauro, Lampros Stougiannos, and other industry experts, this publication provides a comprehensive analysis of the increasingly critical area of cybersecurity,...
Imran Ahmad named to OBA section executives
Imran Ahmad has been named Vice-Chair of the Ontario Bar Association’s Privacy and Access to Information Law Section executive for the 2017-2018 term. He will also serve on the Information Technology & Intellectual Property Law Section executive as a Member-at-Large. Executive members are responsible for facilitating learning, advocacy...
Imran Ahmad speaks at 2017 Canadian Risk Forum Conference
Imran Ahmad speaks on the topic of “Risk Management 3.0: Emerging Risks ” at the 2017 Canadian Risk Forum Conference.
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 speaks at Union Internationale des Avocats’ 61st Congress
Imran Ahmad speaks at Union Internationale des Avocats’ 61st Congress on, “Photography 3.0: Speech, Privacy and the New Normal”.
Imran Ahmad speaks at CPA Canada’s Public Sector Conference
Imran Ahmad speaks at Canadian Professional Accountants (CPA) Canada’s Public Sector Conference on, “Best Practices for Cyber Incident Preparation and Response”.
Imran Ahmad speaks at “Privacy Across Borders” seminar
Imran Ahmad presents at the Ontario Bar Association’s “Privacy Across Borders” seminar on “What is the Reach of Canadian Law Outside Canada?”
Imran Ahmad speaks at Fraud & Breach Prevention Summit: Toronto
Imran Ahmad speaks on, “Leading Data Breach Cases over the Last Five Years … from a Legal Point of View” at the Fraud & Breach Prevention Summit: Toronto.
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.
Privacy and Cyber Risk in the Health Industry – Survival Guide 101
Miller Thomson’s National Health Industry Group, in conjunction with HUB International and Ridge Canada Cyber Solutions, is pleased to present its second national webinar addressing some of the most pressing and topical issues facing the health industry. Our second session:...
Webinar – Privacy: What Canadian businesses need to know to be GDPR compliant
The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) is slated to come into force in May 2018. The GDPR will have far-reaching consequences for businesses located within and outside the European Union, including many Canadian businesses. With fines of up...
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,...
Cybersecurity: Are Social Engineering Attacks Covered Under Insurance Policies?
Cybersecurity incidents are a popular topic of coverage in the press. These incidents range from hacking into organizations that hold a large quantity of data about clients, employees, vendors and other stakeholders to duping employees to transfer funds into fraudulent...
Privacy Commissioner Gearing Up for Tougher Enforcement
On September 21, 2017, in a press conference following the publication of his 2016-17 Annual Report to Parliament on the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act and the Privacy Act, the Privacy Commissioner (the “Commissioner”) announced his plans to...
The CSA Weighs in on Cryptocurrency Offerings
With the increasing popularity of blockchain-based digital currencies, many businesses see them as a unique way to raise funds, while investors consider them to be part of a diversified investment portfolio. Recognizing that securities law may, in some circumstances, apply...
Imran Ahmad quoted in Reuters article on Canada’s data breach notification rules
Reuters, "New Canadian rules on reporting data hacks 'long overdue,' critics say"
The Canadian government will require that companies operating in the country report all data breaches to their customers and a privacy watchdog as soon as possible after discovery, a rule that security experts said was long overdue.
What GDPR Means for Canadian Businesses
The European Union’s (“EU”) General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”), which comes into force in May 2018, will impose significant new obligations on businesses that handle the personal data of EU residents. What is unique is that the GDPR applies...
The Growing Importance of Privacy Compliance in Transactions
Increasingly, a key asset that organizations hold is the sensitive data they collect, use and retain about their customers, employees, and suppliers. It is therefore no surprise that data security and privacy compliance have become a top of mind consideration...
Prepare for an attack: lessons learned from Verizon-Yahoo ordeal
As hackers become more sophisticated, it’s not a matter of “if” but “when” companies will be targeted by cyber criminals.
Imran Ahmad quoted in Reuters article on hacktivist attacks in 2019 vote
Reuters, "Canada cyber-spy agency expects hacktivist attacks in 2019 vote"
Canada’s electronic spy agency said on Friday it was “very likely” that hackers will try to influence Canada’s 2019 elections and it planned to advise political parties next week on how to guard against cyber threats.
Imran Ahmad quoted in The Globe and Mail on WannaCry cyberattack
The Globe and Mail, "Canada spared worst of the cyberattack but full extent still unknown"
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.
Worldlynx Wireless LP sold to national wireless carrier
Counsel to Worldlynx Wireless LP and its subsidiary Day 2 Mobility Inc.