Alex Cameron is a Partner with Fasken Martineau, with a leading practice in the areas of privacy, access to information, Canada’s anti-spam law (CASL) and civil litigation. He has acted as counsel in a number of landmark privacy and access cases, including Jones v Tsige, 2012 ONCA 32, John Doe v. Ontario (Finance), 2014 SCC 36 and Mountain Province Diamonds v. De Beers 2014 ONSC 2026. He has acted as lead counsel before trial and appellate level courts, the Supreme Court of Canada, administrative tribunals, and in mediation and arbitration.
Alex assists clients in a wide range of sectors, including numerous Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies, in all aspects of privacy law and information security. He has acted as breach coach and counsel in numerous data breaches and breach notification matters, including in the retail, financial services, health, and e-commerce sectors. He is lead author of the privacy compliance module for financial institutions and investment managers provided by Ethidex (ethidex.com).
In the access to information field, Alex assists clients in making strategic requests under municipal, provincial and federal freedom of information laws to obtain valuable information, including information about competitors, procurement and government relations. He also assists clients in resisting disclosure of sensitive information in circumstances where it is the subject of a request, including information submitted for regulatory approvals, as part of a reporting obligation, or in a bid responding to a request for proposal (RFP). Alex has also advised select institutions subject to access to information law on high-profile matters, including the City of Markham in relation to the $325 million GTA Centre.
Alex is a Director on the Advisory Board of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) Canada and Past Chair of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) National Privacy & Access Law Section. He has played a leading role in a number of CBA submissions to government, including in relation to access to information and privacy laws and anti-spam legislation. Alex is also co-author of Electronic Evidence and E-Discovery, an accessible guide to e-discovery published by LexisNexis.
Alex has received a number of prestigious commissions from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC), including contributions to: (a) PIPEDA and Your Practice — A Privacy Handbook for Lawyers, a national privacy handbook for the legal profession; (b) Leading by Example: Key Developments in the First Seven Years of PIPEDA, a milestone privacy law report; and (c) Metadata and Privacy: A Technical and Legal Overview.
In 2012, Alex obtained his doctorate in field of privacy and intellectual property law at the University of Ottawa under the supervision of Dr. Ian Kerr, Canada Research Chair in Ethics, Law and Technology. Alex has regularly published papers, taught upper year and graduate law courses and delivered presentations at conferences in his areas of practice. He is a frequent speaker and commentator in his areas of practice. Select examples of his recent Representative Experience, Presentations, and Publications are listed below.
- International Association of Privacy Professionals Pro Bono Privacy Initiative: The Little Grape that Could
- UBC Law Toronto Alumni
- Guest Instructor, Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design (2006)
- Director, UBC Law Alumni Association (2000-2003)
- Former Supervising Lawyer, UBC Law Students' Legal Advice Program
- Former Vice President, Board of Directors, Little Mountain Neighbourhood House Society
- Advisory Board, International Association of Privacy Professionals Canada
- Past Chair, Canadian Bar Association, National Privacy & Access Law Section
- Advisory Board, The Osgoode Certificate in eDiscovery, Records Management, Information Governance and Privacy
- Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals
- Past Member, Ontario Bar Association/The Advocates' Society, E-Discovery Implementation Committee
- Member, St. Andrew's Society of Toronto
- Member, Scottish Studies Foundation
- Member, The Advocates' Society
- Member, Canadian Bar Association
- Member, Ontario Bar Association
- Past Member, Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society