Speaker Profile

Adam Kardash
Partner, Heenan Blaikie

Adam Kardash is chair of Heenan Blaikie’s National Privacy and Information Management group, and Managing Director and Head of Access Privacy, a Heenan Blaikie consulting services company. He is also Special Counsel to the Interactive Advertising Bureau of Canada.

Adam has extensive experience in the privacy law area, and regularly advises on a broad range of data protection issues and privacy compliance initiatives including, most recently, anti-spam law compliance initiatives. He assists in-house counsel and Chief Privacy Officers of organizations in the private, health and not-for-profit sectors on privacy governance, conducting privacy impact assessments and privacy and security reviews/audits; drafting privacy policies, practices and procedures; undertaking privacy compliance initiatives; representing organizations on privacy regulatory investigations, and the drafting and negotiation of service provider arrangements involving personal information, including transborder data flows.

Adam has particular expertise in advising on the privacy law aspects of marketing law initiatives as well as the largest security incidents in Canada to date. In the course of doing so, Adam has liaised extensively with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, and provincial privacy regulatory authorities. His mandates have included being engaged to represent a global consumer product and video game company in an incident involving the illegal cyber-intrusion of approximately 100 million personal information records, engaged by a North American retailer on an incident involving the theft of 45 million credit card numbers, and acting for a social networking platform in the cyber theft of millions of user passwords.