Bonnie Freedman

Bonnie Freedman  


Executive Summary

Bonnie Freedman is the regional leader of the Privacy and Data Protection Group and the Life Sciences Group at the Toronto office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. She practises corporate commercial law and also 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 has been on the forefront of this evolving area of law and led a project for the Privacy Commissioner of Canada in 2009.

Bonnie advises clients in the private and public sectors on the management of information they collect or create, in a wide range of industries including, financial services, energy, education, health, consumer products and publishing. In addition, Bonnie regularly provides advice to the federal and provincial healthcare and health informatics sectors. She collaborates with all the stakeholders in the industry, including hospitals, clinics, healthcare professionals, registries and other prescribed entities, government and community agencies, industry associations, regulatory bodies, laboratories, pharmacies, pharmaceutical manufacturers and non-commercial providers of information technology services.

Previously, Bonnie acted as external counsel for a number of health professional regulators and also spent several years as Director, Legal Services for College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.

Representative Work

  • 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, including 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.

Publications & Presentations

  • Speaker, “FIPPA Implementation in Hospitals,” Ontario Hospital Association: Principles and Applications of Health Law, May 2012
  • Speaker, “The Legal Framework – Contracts/Information Sharing Agreements,” The Osgoode Certificate in Health Law, Health Information, Privacy and Security, May 2012
  • Speaker, “Data Sharing Under PHIPA,” The Osgoode Certificate in Health Law, Health Information, Privacy and Security, April 2010.
  • Author, “Requirements & Expectations of Information Technology & Information Management Services Providers to the Health Sector in Canada,” The CHIEF Quarterly, Spring 2010.
  • Author, “PHIPA Primer,” Healthcare Magazine, September/October 2008.
  • Speaker, “Recognizing Opportunity: Pharmacy’s Expanding Role in Health Care Delivery and Planning,” The Strategy Institute: Changing Role of the Pharmacist, May 2007.
  • Author, “Trans-jurisdictional Outsourcing Involving Personal Information, Canadian Approaches,” Eye on Privacy, April 2007.
  • Speaker, “Drug Coverage: Recent Changes in Ontario,” INSIGHT: Canadian Pharma Industry Symposium, March 2007.
  • Author, “International Disclosure of Personal Health Information by the Public Sector in Canada,” Technology and E-Commerce Committee E-bulletin, September 2006.

Rankings & Recognitions

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