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Antoine  Guilmain

Antoine Guilmain

Associate Fasken
Everything simple is false. Everything complex is unusable. [Paul Valéry]
Jurisdiction Paris, 2018 | Quebec, 2016
Language(s) French, English
Office(s) Montreal

Antoine Guilmain is a member of the Privacy and Information Protection Group. His practice areas are personal information protection, access to information, online advertising and marketing, cybersecurity, and new technologies. In particular, as a lawyer at the Paris Bar and holder of the CIPP/e certification, he assists many clients with their compliance processes under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). He also holds an LL.D. in information technology law from the Université de Montréal and the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.

Antoine advises private businesses and public bodies on an extensive range of topics, including privacy and information protection, compliance with anti-spam legislation, cybersecurity risk management and compliance, and a number of other information technology-related issues. He also drafts contractual documents, be it with respect to privacy or IT contracts (software, mobile applications, connected objects, artificial intelligence, etc.). Antoine also represents clients before various courts and administrative tribunals, including the Commission d’accès à l’information, the Federal Court of Canada and a number of other provincial courts. He also has considerable experience in issues related to the Charter of the French Language, specifically those involving a digital context.

Antoine earned a doctorate in law from the Université de Montréal (with highest honours) and the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (very honourable mention with congratulations). He holds licentiates in law and political science from the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and an LL.M. in Business Law from the Université de Montréal. He spent two years working at the Cyberjustice Laboratory, which develops software solutions to facilitate access to justice. He also worked as a teaching and research assistant for several professors, including Pierre Trudel and Vincent Gautrais. Between 2014 and 2016, he conducted research at the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology, the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law, and the Fordham Center on Law and Information Policy.

Antoine has published a number of articles on privacy, civil procedure, copyright, computer security and information technology and has also spoken on these topics at numerous conferences and in the classroom. He teaches a course on “Digital Data and Life Science” at the Université de Sherbrooke.

In recent months, Antoine has taken a particular interest in the new European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and in the prospects of federal and Quebec legislation in this area. He has submitted briefs in this regard to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada and the Commission des institutions of the National Assembly of Quebec, and has also participated in its public consultation.

Antoine has always been involved throughout his career, both academically (Association des cycles supérieurs en droit, Quartier Libre student newspaper) and professionally (Young Bar of Montreal, IAPP, cultural organizations). He also participated in various student competitions (Willem C. Vis, SPECQUE) for which he won many scholarships.

  • Awardee for the best 2018 doctoral law thesis, Association des professeures et professeurs de droit du Québec (APPDQ) 2019
  • Recipient of the CanLII Connects 2017 among the best jurisprudence commentaries/summaries, CanLII Connects 2017
  • Finalist and recipient of the second place - Oratory award 2017, Jeune Barreau de Montréal 2017
2019 Association des professeures et professeurs de droit du Québec (APPDQ) Awardee for the best 2018 doctoral law thesis
2017 CanLII Connects Recipient of the CanLII Connects 2017 among the best jurisprudence commentaries/summaries
2017 Jeune Barreau de Montréal Finalist and recipient of the second place - Oratory award 2017


  • Certificate, CIPP/e International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)
  • LLD, Information Technology Law (exceptional honors) University of Montréal
  • Doctorate, Law (with distinction and honourable mention) Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
  • Certificate, Intellectual Property University of California, Berkeley
  • Certificate, Business Law University of Montréal
  • LLM, Business Law University of Montréal
  • Licence, Political Science Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
  • Licence, Law Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals (since 2017)
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association, Privacy and Access section (since 2017)
  • Benefit soirée, Centre du Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui (interprétation of scenes from a selection of Québec plays, fundraiser), 2017
  • Member, Information Technology Committee, Young Bar of Montréal (YBM) since 2013
  • Member, Junior Chamber of Commerce of Montreal (JCCM) since 2013
  • Volunteer, Brigade Arts Affaires de Montréal (2016)
  • Member and volunteer, Berkeley Journal of International Law (BJIL) (2014-2015)
  • Secretary, International Arbitration Committee, Université de Montréal (2012-2013)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Quartier Libre student newspaper (2012-2013)
  • Member, Organizing Committee, Legal IT Conference (6.0 and 7.0) (2011-2012)
  • Vice President, Communications, Association des cycles supérieurs en droit de l’Université de Montréal (ACSED) (2011-2012)
Speaker Repenser la protection des renseignements personnels de santé à l'aube de l'intelligence articielle 10th Annual Seminar, Health and Law Journaa, McGill University
Speaker ''Practical tips: access to information, privacy and employees records'' presented during the Fasken Labour and Human Rights Annual Seminar Labour and Human Rights Seminar


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