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.
Professional achievements & leadership
- The Best Lawyers in Canada – Privacy and Data Security Law, 2019
- 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
Miller Thomson lawyers recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2019
In the just released 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada, 144 Miller Thomson lawyers from across the country have been recognized for their expertise in 47 areas of law. This includes 6 lawyers who were awarded “Lawyer of the Year” in...
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 the International Cyber Security & Intelligence Conference
Imran Ahmad speaks at the International Cyber Security & Intelligence Conference (ICSIC) on November 14 – 15, 2018
Imran Ahmad and Kathryn Frelick present workshop on data and privacy breaches
Imran Ahmad and Kathryn Frelick present a half-day workshop on “Be Cyber Smart: Be Prepared to Effectively Respond to Data and Privacy Breaches” for the Canadian Health Information Management Association conference.
Imran Ahmad and Katherine Barbacki present a webinar on “Practical Strategies for Avoiding a Cyber Breach”
Diligent preparation before a cyber breach occurs will go a long way in mitigating its financial, operational, legal and reputational impacts on an organization. But what specific governance and technology measures should organizations consider implementing? In this program, participants will...
Imran Ahmad speaks on “Cyber Incident Response Planning” at IIAC webinar
Imran Ahmad speaks at the Investment Industry Association of Canada (IIAC) webinar on “Cyber Incident Response Planning” in collaboration with communications agency FleishmanHillard HighRoad on Thursday, June 21 at 1:30 p.m.
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 Focus on Manufacturing Security
Featured speaker Imran Ahmad speaks on “Cybersecurity and IIOT” at Canadian Security’s Focus On Manufacturing Security seminar. Click here for a preview as Imran discusses the role of IIOT, how to manage the security of network devices, risk mitigation and...
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.
Advertising Law and the Digital Economy
The Marketing, Advertising and Product Compliance Group hosts an informative morning program designed to help advertising industry professionals keep up with the changing demands of digital and social when developing compliant marketing and advertising initiatives. Group leader Catherine Bate will...
Incident Response & Cyber Risk Management Forum
Cyber security threats continue to be among the most pressing issues today. Companies must proactively take steps to protect themselves against the risks arising from the compromise of personal data, loss of critical business systems, and theft of intellectual property...
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,...
Mandatory Breach Draft Guidance Released
On September 17, 2018, the federal Office of the Privacy Commissioner (“OPC”) published its draft guidance about mandatory reporting of breaches of security safeguards (“Draft Guidelines”). The OPC is seeking public comments as it readies itself for a November 1,...
Getting Privacy Due Diligence Right
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 for organizations...
Upcoming Mandatory Breach Notification Refresher
In keeping with the global movement towards increased data protection legislation, as evidenced by the recent enactment of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in Europe and similar legislation adopted in California and Brazil, Canada will (as of November 1,...
Brazilian GDPR Comes into Force
On August 14, 2018, less than three months after the coming into force of the European General Data Privacy Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), the President of Brazil sanctioned, with partial veto, bill PLC 53/2018, which regulates the protection of personal information...
Legal Considerations of Blockchain Technology
Commonly known as Bitcoin’s underlying technology, blockchain is widely discussed but poorly understood. According to an HSBC global survey, 80% of individuals who have heard of “blockchain” said they do not understand it. While the technology has the potential to...
Canadian Privacy Commissioner Says Public Profiles Are Private
On June 12, 2018, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner (“OPC”)  released its report  into Profile Technology Ltd.’s (“Profile Technology”) use of “publicly available” Facebook profiles. The OPC concluded that Profile Technology had not obtained the necessary consents from individuals...
Links in the blockchain: Creating smarter contracts
In a 2016 World Economic Forum report, it was suggested smart contracts based on blockchain technology could potentially codify financial agreements in a shared platform and guarantee execution based on mutually agreed conditions. This would significantly reduce manual efforts required...
GDPR Compliance for Canadian Organizations
The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”) came into force on May 25 of this year. While the GDPR has been a hot topic for some time in Europe, it has only recently begun to hit the radar...
California Passes New Privacy Law
As of January 1, 2020, organizations around the world who process personal data of California residents will be required to comply with the new provisions of the California Civil Code, as amended by the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018...
Implicit Waiver of Privilege
Overview Solicitor-client privilege and litigation privilege are a fundamental component of our justice system. Solicitor-client privilege is intended to provide “full, free and frank communication between those who need legal advice and those who are best able to provide it,”...
Dorman Products completes cross-border acquisition of MAS Automotive Distribution
Canadian counsel to Dorman Products, Inc.
Harbour Group portfolio company Marshall Excelsior Co. completes cross-border acquisition of BASE Engineering
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.