Results-oriented lawyer and privacy professional adept at connecting the dots between compliance, risk, tech and trade.
A creative, results-oriented lawyer with expertise in privacy, data security and trade gained in Canada and the U.K. in both civil law and common law jurisdictions, Abigail proposes timely, concrete solutions, connecting the dots between compliance, risk, technology and trade. She is at ease communicating strategies for operationalising legal advice at all levels, from clients, to the C-Suite to the customer service desk, in English or French.
A firm believer in community engagement, Abigail has assumed leadership roles in the IAPP, the CBA, and OWIT-Ottawa. She has organised educational and networking events, contributed to legislative consultations on trade, privacy and board diversity, and spoken and written about such topics as the GDPR, BYOD, Privacy by Design/Default, data transfers, the RTBF, and the convergence of privacy, cyber security and trade. She currently delivers executive education as Adjunct Faculty at Henley Business School’s GDPR Implementation Programme.
Abigail’s varied career has taken her to many parts of the world. She has lived in India, Mali, Kenya and Cambodia, and traveled extensively. She began her legal career practicing commercial litigation in Montreal for an international law firm. She then moved to India, where she worked on various projects as an independent consultant for such clients as the LPO arm of a leading global law firm and the Canadian High Commission. She returned to Canada, where she helped design and deliver ADR training prior to joining the legal team of a Canadian Crown corporation in the AVSEC space, where she became the privacy and trade lead.
She is now based in the U.K., where she advises clients seeking to benefit from the Digital Single Market and the CETA, by helping them navigate and operationalise compliance requirements, particularly in data protection.