Bio

Eloïse is a partner at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP and National Co-Leader of the Privacy and Data Protection Practice Group. She advises clients from various industrial sectors on legal, practical and ethical issues relating to the protection of privacy or anti-spam legislation, in connection with their new projects, products, practices and technologies, providing them, both nationally and internationally, with strategic advice on matters of risk management and regulatory compliance, advising as to best business practices, conducting privacy audits or privacy impact assessments and assisting them in crisis management situations (e.g. class actions for breach of privacy, security breaches, privacy commissioners’ investigations).

Éloïse is one of Canada’s foremost experts in the field of privacy and is recognized as the “go to” person, relied upon nationally (by both federal and provincial privacy commissioners, by the federal government) as well as internationally. She has testified before the House of Commons, Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics as well as before the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology. She provides training workshops to judges and members of the Parliament on social media and legal risks. On the international scene, she is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) Women Leading Privacy Advisory Board.

She has published several books on privacy issues, which have been cited by the Supreme Court of Canada in some of its landmark privacy decisions. She authored Internet and Wireless Privacy: A Legal Guide to Global Business Practices, one of the first technology and privacy book in Canada (CCH, 2003). Her recent works include Practical Guide to e-Commerce and Internet Law (LexisNexis 2015), Privacy in the Workplace (CCH, 2014) and Understanding Personal Information: Managing Privacy Risks (LexisNexis, 2013). She holds a doctorate degree in privacy law (University of Paris II and U of M) and she has been teaching e-commerce law and privacy and IT law at University of Montreal for several years.

Eloïse is called upon regularly to comment on news reports dealing with new media and privacy issues in Canada, the United States (Wall Street Journal, Fast Company) as well as internationally (U.K., France, Brazil). Her IT and privacy blog was recently awarded Clawbies: Canadian Legal Blog Award. In 2016, she was selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in Canada in the field of IT law, ranked by Chambers as a leading data protection and privacy lawyer and named “one of the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada” by the Canadian Lawyer Magazine.

Education and year of call

  • Called to the Quebec bar – 1998
  • Université de Montréal, LL.B – 1997
  • Université de Montréal, LL.M (IT law) – 2002
  • Université de Panthéon-Assas (Paris II), LL.D 2012 (mention “très honorable” and “Félicitations du jury”) and Université de Montréal, LL.D 2012 (Dean’s Honour List and Recognition of Excellence)

 

Professional associations

  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Société québécoise d’information juridique (SOQUIJ)
  • Canadian IT Law Association
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals

 

Updated February 14, 2017 at 10 h 56 min.