Imran Ahmad is a Business Law Partner in the Toronto office and specializes in the areas of cybersecurity, competition and foreign investment 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, enforcement action, or litigation.
Imran was recently appointed to the Advisory Board of the Canadian Advanced Technologies Alliance’s Cyber Security Council. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Ontario Bar Association’s Privacy and Access to Information Law Section.
Imran’s competition and foreign investment practice 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 also advises clients in connection with criminal conspiracy and bid-rigging investigations under the Competition Act.
In 2015, Imran was appointed Vice-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 Justice Edmond P. Blanchard at the Federal Court of Canada and Competition Tribunal in Ottawa.
Imran is fluent in English, French and Urdu/Hindi.
- Child Soldier Initiative, provides pro bono legal services
- Canadian Bar Association
- Ontario Bar Association
- American Bar Association (Cyber Space)
- International Bar Association (Antitrust)
- Vice Chair of the American Bar Association’s Canada Committee
- Vice Chair of the American Bar Association’s China Committee
- Toronto Board of Trade
- Executive Committee of the Ontario Bar Association’s Privacy and Access to Information Law Section
- Advisory Board of the Canadian Advanced Technologies Alliance Cyber Council
Bar admissions & education
- Ontario Bar, 2008
- Alberta Bar, 2008
- LL.B., Université de Montréal, 2005
- D.E.S.S., Common Law, Université de Sherbrooke, 2005
- LL.M., University of Ottawa, 2008
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 writes on cyber insurance
The article, posted by the Canadian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (CVCA), provides an overview of the protection offered by cyber insurance and how a business can assess its cyber insurance requirements. Read the article: Cyber Insurance – What...
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 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.
Imran Ahmad speaks on supply chain cyber risks
Imran Ahmad presents a webinar on “Cyber Risks in the Supply Chain and its Impact on Canadian Manufacturers” for the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters.
Imran Ahmad speaks on data breaches and cybersecurity crises
Imran Ahmad participates as a member of an expert panel on “Preparing for and Responding to Data Breaches and Cyber Security Crises” at the 2016 Canadian Franchise Association’s Franchise Law Day.
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,...
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...
Check under the hood: make it part of your due diligence process
You have acquired a competitor to help your business grow by accessing new customers and technology. However, you learn shortly afterwards the target company had a major data breach that it didn’t disclose to bidders.
Cybersecurity: Steps to Manage Cyber Risks Effectively
In recent years, cyberattacks have been steadily increasing in sophistication, frequency and magnitude – with the media reporting, what appears to be, a major cyberattack on an almost weekly basis. Hackers are targeting organizations from all industries, including not-for-profits and...
Worldlynx Wireless LP sold to national wireless carrier
Counsel to Worldlynx Wireless LP and its subsidiary Day 2 Mobility Inc.