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 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 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,...
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.
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
Imran Ahmad discusses cybersecurity effect on class action litigation
Canadian Lawyer Magazine, " The era of no excuses"
General counsel are taking on a larger role in protecting corporate data. With class action lawsuits threatening valuations of entire industries, they have no choice. Just two days after Christmas this past December, an American company called E-Sports Entertainment Association went...
Imran Ahmad comments on cybersecurity regulations in Financial Post
Financial Post, "New York's new financial cyber security laws have Canadian experts taking note"
Last week, New York State’s new cyber security requirements for financial institutions came into full effect, including mandatory minimum standards for protecting customer data for firms that fall under the state financial watchdog’s purview.
Worldlynx Wireless LP sold to national wireless carrier
Counsel to Worldlynx Wireless LP and its subsidiary Day 2 Mobility Inc.