Mentor lunch with Chantal Bernier – Wednesday, October 12, 2016

  • 12 Oct 2016
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Dentons - 77 King Street West 4th Floor Toronto, ON
  • 37


**Registration closes Friday, October 7th at 5:00 p.m.**

Dentons is pleased to host a mentor lunch and learn with the Women in Mining Toronto Branch.

Join us as we welcome Chantal Bernier as she draws from her experience as former Assistant Deputy Minister responsible for Socio-Economic Development at Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Canada, and addresses aboriginal rights in the context of mining lessons and strategies with her practical experience.


We hope you will be able to attend this enlightening discussion.


Chantal Bernier joined the Privacy and Cybersecurity practice of Dentons Canada LLP on October 6, 2014. She comes to Dentons after nearly 6 years leading the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) as Interim Privacy Commissioner and as Assistant Commissioner. She oversaw the operations of the OPC, including national and international privacy investigations in the public and private sectors, privacy audits, privacy impact assessment reviews as well as technological analysis, privacy policy development and research.

Prior to leading the OPC, Chantal worked at senior levels of the Government of Canada, including as Assistant Deputy Minister responsible for Socio-Economic Development at Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Canada, as Assistant Deputy Minister responsible for Community Safety and Partnerships at Public Safety Canada, and as Director of Operations for the Machinery of Government Secretariat of the Privy Council Office. Chantal also negotiated international conventions for Canada as part of the International and Constitutional Law Section of the Department of Justice.

Chantal brings to Dentons the unique insight of a former privacy regulator, as well as the unique mix of knowledge of both the public safety context and privacy law. Her experience as a senior executive also uniquely positions her to understand corporate management challenges and find solutions to both serve corporate interests and comply with the law.


At the Office of the Privacy Commissioner, Chantal led the development of concrete frameworks and tools to bring solutions to privacy challenges.

For example:

  • her leadership of the Privacy Impact Assessment Review of Transport Canada's body scanners programme brought her to develop a practical framework to integrate privacy in public safety measures that is relevant to both public safety authorities and private companies;
  • she led the OPC's legal analysis of lawful access legislation as well as consultation with stakeholders;
  • she developed a calibrated approach to adapt privacy law compliance to varying severity of breaches;
  • she co-chaired, with the UK Information Commissioner, the International Enforcement Working Group of Data Protection Authorities;
  • she co-led the first internationally coordinated privacy investigation with the Dutch Data Protection Authority;
  • she specifically addressed the issue of reconciliation of the anti-money laundering regime with privacy law;
  • she led ground-breaking investigations in relation to security breaches, data protection governance, online-behavioural advertising and privacy on social networks, to name only a few.

Honors and Awards

  • In 2012, Chantal received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for significant contributions and achievements

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