Wendy Mee
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3161

Wendy is the co-chair of the Blakes Privacy group and the National Privacy Officer for the Firm. She provides practical and strategic privacy advice to clients in a wide range of industries including technology, financial services, insurance, life sciences, education, retail and consumer goods industries.

Wendy advises clients on privacy requirements relating to new and innovative technologies and business models, including privacy considerations in connection with big data, artificial intelligence, blockchain technology and machine learning. Wendy provides privacy advice in connection with corporate transactions, outsourcing arrangements, trans-border data flows, cloud computing, and online and offline marketing and advertising activities. Wendy helps clients operationalize privacy law requirements, including through the development of privacy related policies and procedures, incident response plans, privacy training and tabletop exercises. She also helps clients manage and respond to data breaches and other privacy-related incidents.

Wendy is frequently involved in global privacy compliance projects. She provides Canadian privacy law input into global privacy policies, consent frameworks, data protection agreements and internal privacy policies and procedures.

Wendy also advises clients on the requirements of Canada's anti-spam law, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission's Do Not Call rules, misleading advertising, contests and promotions.

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Wendy has been recognized for her expertise by the following publications:

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2019 (Privacy and Data Protection)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2019 (Privacy and Data Security Law)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2018 (Advertising & Marketing Law)

  • Acritas Stars 2018: Independently Rated Lawyer (Nominated as a stand-out lawyer by senior in-house counsel)

  • Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2017 (Telecommunications, Media & Technology)

PUBLICATIONS
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PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCES
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Speaker: Meaningful Consent - Privacy Obligations in the Digital Age
Beyond Cards: Payment Progression in Canada, Blakes Business Class, Toronto, Ontario, October 16, 2018.
Co-speaker: GDPR: Country-Specific Implementation and Dereogations
IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium 2018, Toronto, Ontario, May 25, 2018.
Speaker: Privacy: De-Identification of Personal Information and Proposed Breach Notification Requirements
Legal Issues and Trends for the Life Sciences Industry, Blakes Business Class Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, November 15, 2017.
Co-speaker: Privacy and Cybersecurity: What Every Plan Administrator Needs to Know
Recent Developments in Pensions and Employee Benefits Law, Blakes Business Class Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, November 2, 2017.
Co-speaker: Emerging Consumer Protection Issues in Payments
Beyond Cards: The Regulatory Evolution Continues, Blakes Business Class Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, October 25, 2017.
Speaker: Pass the Salt: Getting the Personal out of Personal Information
Hot-Button Topics in Intellectual Property Law, Blakes Business Class Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, June 6, 2017.
Speaker: What’s New in Privacy and Anti-Spam?
Beyond Cards: Evolving Regulation of Payments, Blakes Business Class Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, October 20, 2016.
Speaker: Cybersecurity Trends in the Life Sciences Industry
Legal Issues and Trends for the Life Sciences Industry, Blakes Business Class Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, September 20, 2016.
Speaker: Mitigating Loss in the Event of a Data Breach
Hot-Button Topics in Intellectual Property Law, Blakes Business Class Seminar, Toronto, ON, June 8, 2016.
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MEDIA APPEARANCES
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Quoted: Breach Reporting Landscape Becoming Global Minefield
Article by Allison Grande, Law360, Portfolio Media, Inc., New York, August 31, 2018.
Quoted: GDPR violation lawsuit filed, watch out for EU country-specific tweaks
Article by Howard Solomon, IT World Canada, May 28, 2018.
Quoted: Privacy Law Developments That Have Flown Under the Radar
Article by Allison Grande, Law360, Portfolio Media, Inc. New York, New York, August 8, 2017.
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