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Keynote speaker: Chantal Bernier

Chantal Bernier

Co-Chair and Counsel, Global Privacy and Cybersecurity Group, Dentons Canada

Chantal Bernier is Co-chair, Dentons’ Global Privacy and Cybersecurity Group as well as a member of the Canadian Privacy and Cybersecurity practice group and Government Affairs and Public Policy group. With Chantal on board, Dentons is proud to be the only law firm in Canada with a former privacy regulator as a practicing lawyer. During her nearly six years at the helm of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC), Chantal led national and international privacy investigations in the public and private sectors, as well privacy audits, privacy impact assessment reviews, technological analysis, and privacy policy development and research.  

In her Government Affairs and Public Policy practice, Chantal leverages her many years in high-ranking positions at the Government of Canada to provide her clients with strategic counsel. Her experience as a senior executive also uniquely positions her to understand corporate management challenges in both the public and private sectors to find solutions that serve corporate interests and comply with the law. She serves clients in French, English, Italian and Spanish, and is very active at the international level.  


  • Statistics Canada, Chair, Advisory Council on Ethics and Modernization of Microdata Access 
  • Public Safety Canada, Member, National Security Transparency Advisory Group 
  • Trustee, This is Place Data Trust  
  • Member of the Canadian Standards Council Steering Committee of the Artificial Intelligence and Data Governance Standardization Collaborative 

Participating in: Taking stock of the evolution of data protection in Canada (French session)

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