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About Jenna

Jenna has a broad commercial litigation practice with experience in securities, privacy, cybersecurity, constitutional and class action litigation matters. She has appeared at all levels of courts in British Columbia, before securities commissions in British Columbia, Ontario and Alberta, and before the Canadian Investment Regulatory Organization.

As a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/C) Jenna has advised clients on a broad range of privacy matters, including responding to data breaches and complying with data protection laws. As a member of the Firm’s Public Sector Crisis & Compliance group, Jenna has helped clients navigate high-stakes legal issues, including constitutional and public law matters. She regularly advises clients on internal investigations and regulatory compliance.

Prior to joining Blakes, Jenna spent a decade working in the public markets, writing extensively about public companies, and a summer working at a global Chinese law firm in Hong Kong.

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Jenna has acted in the follow matters:

  • Acted for Pembina Pipeline Corporation before the Securities Commission to defend its break fee and challenge the use of a total return swap by Brookfield Infrastructure Corporation Exchange Limited in the context of a hostile bid made by Brookfield for Inter Pipeline Ltd. and a white knight bid by Pembina

  • Represented dealers and advisers in regulatory interviews relating to allegations of failure to properly follow Know Your Client obligations, insider trading and tipping

  • Represented public companies, directors and officers, and shareholders in corporate disputes

  • Successfully represented an institutional shareholder in connection with a contested plan of arrangement

  • Advised companies in preparation of and in response to data breaches and cybersecurity incidents

  • Advised companies of their privacy obligations and assisted in drafting privacy policies

  • Assisted clients in responding to access-to-information requests

  • Participating in class action defence counsel teams in product liability, price-fixing and pharmaceutical matters

Professional Activities

Jenna is a member of the Young Advocates' Standing Committee, a national committee of The Advocates' Society devoted to promoting the interests and development of young lawyers. She is also a member of the Vancouver chapter of the Women's White Collar Defense Association and the International Association of Privacy Professionals. She has a Certificate in mining law and sustainability from the University of British Columbia (2021).

Professional Appearances
  • Speaker : Ask me anything: Lawyer Edition
    The Young Advocates’ Standing Committee, Vancouver, British Columbia, May 15, 2024.
  • Speaker : Hot Topics in Enforcement: Trends and Issues in Quasi-Criminal Proceedings
    The Advocates’ Society, 13th Annual Securities Symposium, Toronto, Ontario, September 28, 2023.
  • Speaker : Privacy Class Actions in Canada: Recent Trends
    Blakes Business Class Webinar, September 13, 2022.
  • Speaker : Canadian Cybersecurity Trends Study 2022
    Blakes Business Class Webinar, June 8, 2022.
  • Co-speaker : Privacy and Data Breaches: Mitigation, Legislation and Litigation
    Episode 18, The Blakes Continuity Podcast, November 3, 2021.

Admitted to the British Columbia Bar – 2019
JD, University of British Columbia – 2018
Canadian Securities Course, Canadian Securities Institute – 2010
BComm (Hon.), University of Manitoba – 2008

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