Imran Ahmad is a Business Law partner and specializes in the areas of cybersecurity, technology and privacy law. He also maintains an active trade, customs and regulatory compliance practice.
As leader of the cybersecurity 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 the author of Canada’s first legal incident preparation and response handbook titled A Handbook to Cyber Law in Canada (published in the fall of 2017 by LexisNexis).
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 the Vice-Chair 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.
As part of Imran’s trade, customs and regulatory compliance practice, he regularly advises both Canadian and foreign clients with respect to import/export compliance, customs audits, bilateral and regional free trade agreements, controlled goods and technonology, economic sanctions and other cross-border issues.
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 on Blockchain Technology and Artificial Intelligence for Financial Services Conference
Imran Ahmad speaks in a conference on the issues of Cybersecurity and Artificial Intelligence of Blockchain and smart contracts. The conference will be in French.
Imran Ahmad speaks at ICRMC conference on Sensors, Smart Networks and Risk In The Internet of Things
Imran Ahmad speaks at the ICRMC conference on the topic of Sensors, Smart Networks and Risk In The Internet of Things. For more information, see here.
Imran Ahmad speaks on legal issues around cybersecurity at an Ontario Association of Emergency Managers conference
Imran Ahmad speaks on legal issues around cybersecurity at a conference organized by the Ontario Association of Emergency Managers.
Imran Ahmad speaks at the NetDiligence Conference on Vendor Issues: Reviewing Contracts for Risk Managers
Imran Ahmad speaks at the NetDiligence Conference on the topic of Vendor Issues: Reviewing Contracts for Risk Managers. For more information, see here.
Imran Ahmad speaks on Cybersecurity at OBA Institute Conference
Imran Ahmad speaks at the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association’s OBA Institute Conference on the topic of Cybersecurity. For more information, see here.
Imran Ahmad participates in roundtable discussion on data breach class action
Imran Ahmad participates in a roundtable discussion on data breach class action organized by the Ontario Bar Association.
Imran Ahmad speaks at RBC and BDO seminar
Imran Ahmad speaks at a seminar organized by RBC and BDO on the topic of Cyber Incident Preparation and Response: Best practices to mitigate risk for your not for profit.
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”.
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 In Canada: What to Expect in 2018
Globally, 2017 saw a year-over-year increase from 2016 in the number cyberattacks and data breaches that were reported in the media and to various regulators. Canadian organizations (public and private) were no exception to this global trend. Interestingly, attackers did...
Imran Ahmad quoted in Canadian Press article on security of internet-connected home devices
Cape Breton Post, "Are you 'suitably paranoid' about your home devices' cybersecurity?"
Telecom providers may find themselves under increased pressure to show they’ve taken reasonable precautions, said Toronto-based lawyer Imran Ahmad, a partner with Miller Thomson who specializes in cybersecurity and privacy law. “There’s an expectation, quite frankly, from basic consumers that...
Cryptocurrency and cybersecurity: The implications
The Lawyer's Daily
This is part two of a two-part series. Similar to the way money is stored in a bank, cryptocurrency can be stored in forms of “cryptocurrency wallets” where sensitive information is encrypted and securely stored. If an owner of a...
Cryptocurrency and cybersecurity: A primer
The Lawyer's Daily
As the value of bitcoins continues to soar, there has been increased interest in whether cryptocurrencies may one day replace traditional currencies. However, regulators and the broader public remain skeptical and concerned about whether digital currencies are vulnerable to manipulations...
Vos obligations en matière de sauvegarde et de destruction de renseignements personnels
Dans notre précédent article, nous avons déterminé que les organisations à but non lucratif peuvent être assujetties à l’application de la Loi sur la protection des renseignements personnels et les documents électroniques (la « Loi »). Ceci dit, qu’on soit assujetti ou...
Nicole D’Aoust and Natasha Smith presented at the AFP Congress 2017 on the topic: “You Can Donate That?! Non-traditional Gifts that can Make a Big Difference” in Toronto, ON on November 21, 2017. Kathryn Frelick and Karima Kanani presented a webcast...
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.
Dorman Products completes cross-border acquisition of MAS Automotive Distribution
Canadian counsel to Dorman Products, Inc.
Marshall Excelsior Co. completes cross-border acquisition of BASE Engineering
Canadian counsel to Marshall Excelsior Co.
Worldlynx Wireless LP sold to national wireless carrier
Counsel to Worldlynx Wireless LP and its subsidiary Day 2 Mobility Inc.