Bonnie Freedman

Counsel

Toronto
BoFreedman@blg.com
416.367.6239

Bonnie practises corporate commercial law and works closely with lawyers in the Information Technology Group. Bonnie’s expertise lies in the interpretation and application of privacy, information and access-to-information laws.

She advises clients in the private and public sectors on managing the information they collect or create, including:

  • financial services
  • energy
  • education
  • health
  • consumer products
  • publishing

Bonnie provides advice to federal and provincial healthcare and health informatics sectors. She collaborates with key industry stakeholders, including:

  • hospitals
  • clinics
  • healthcare professionals
  • registries and other prescribed entities
  • government and community agencies
  • industry associations
  • regulatory bodies
  • laboratories
  • pharmacies
  • pharmaceutical manufacturers
  • non-commercial providers of information technology services

Bonnie has been at the forefront of information technology law and led a project for the Privacy Commissioner of Canada in 2009.

She has acted as external counsel for a number of health professional regulators and also spent several years as director of legal services for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.

Experience

  • Negotiating and drafting agreements relating to the collection, use and disclosure of personal, confidential and personal health information, including system access, data sharing, research, and IT services agreements.
  • Analyzing legislative requirements of laws and regulations governing privacy, data protection, electronic communications and commerce, access to information, healthcare funding and health services delivery.
  • Assisting organizations to find practical means of complying with legislative requirements.
  • Advising on shared electronic information systems and projects, including privacy models and options for privacy governance.
  • Reviewing privacy impact and related assessments.
  • Assisting with the management of privacy and security breaches.
  • Facilitating stakeholder discussions and preparing and delivering orientation and other educational materials relating to privacy, access-to-information, the healthcare system, and not-for-profit corporations and organizations.

Beyond Our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Member, Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Member-at-large, Executive Committee, Privacy Law Section, Ontario Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Director and chair, Program and Quality Committee, Baycrest, 2007-2011

Awards & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2019 and 2020 editions of Best Lawyers in Canada (Health Care Law)

Bar Admission & Education

  • Ontario, 1991
  • LLM, Osgoode Hall Law School, 2005
  • MBA, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, 2002
  • LLB, University of Toronto, 1989
  • MA, Middlebury College, 1986
  • BA, American University of Paris, 1985