Elisa Henry  


Executive Summary

Elisa Henry is a partner and co-leader at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP in the Privacy and Data Protection Practice Group. She is also the Regional Information Technology practice lead of the firm. Elisa advises international and domestic clients on a broad range of information technology, privacy and data protection issues, including on compliance with Canadian and European (GDPR) law requirements, data breach management, anti-spam legislation and strategic questions such as big data analytics. Elisa also assists clients in the context of commercial transactions and contracts, including in the context of M&A, joint-ventures, outsourcing and licensing arrangements. Her clients operate in various industries, including IT, energy, telecommunications, online media and advertising, aviation and aeronautics, financial services, retail, chemicals and pharmaceuticals.

Prior to joining BLG, Elisa practiced technology and privacy law in Montréal and in Paris.

Elisa is a member of the Paris Bar since 2002 and of the Québec Bar since 2011. She is an officer of the Technology Law Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA) and is acting as the liaison agent for the Paris Bar in Québec. She is also a Registered Trademark Agent in Canada and a member of ITechLaw and CAN-TECH.

Elisa regularly speaks at Canadian and international conferences on privacy and IT law and is the author of several publications on this topic, including Practical Guide to eCommerce and Internet Law (Lexis Nexis, 2015), which she co-authored with Éloïse Gratton.

Representative Work

  • Advises Canadian companies with respect to GDPR compliance
  • Advises an international satellite communications provider in the context of service agreements and privacy compliance
  • Advises a Canadian SaaS provider with respect to commercial contracts (MSA, SLA and ancillary agreements) and privacy compliance
  • Advises a US avionics provider with respect to commercial contracts and GDPR compliance
  • Advises Médecins sans frontières (Doctors without borders) in the context of international consortium arrangements for the development of new drug treatments 
  • Advised various Canadian entities on to privacy and data security compliance (data mapping, risk analysis, policies, procedures and training).
  • Advised an international electric battery manufacturer regarding international supply agreements and patent licensing.
  • Advises an international digital advertising and marketing solutions provider with respect to its establishment in Canada, privacy and commercial law matters.

Publications & Presentations


  • Co-Chair, IBA Biennial Technology Law Conference, November 7-8, 2019 (upcoming).
  • Moderator, “Protecting your Data & Cybersecurity Post Acquisition”, Women, Influence & Power in Law, October 17, 2019.
  • Moderator, “Accelerated Innovation: Buying Innovation Instead of Building It”, IBA Annual Conference, September 23, 2019.
  • Speaker, “Hot topics in Technology Law: Cross-Device Advertising”, IBA Annual Conference, September 23, 2019.
  • Speaker, "Hot Privacy and Cybersecurity Business Risks, IAPP Canada Symposium," May 24, 2019 (upcoming).
  • Speaker, "Global Data Governance and Compliance, ACC Greater Philadelphia," April 24, 2019.
  • Speaker, "Les obligations liées aux atteintes aux mesures de sécurité," Conférence Les Affaires Sécurité de l’information, March 20, 2019.
  • Speaker, "The impact of GDPR on M&A transactions," IBA M&A in the Technology Sector Conference, March 28, 2019.
  • Speaker, "Data Governance and Compliance," IBA Silicon Beach Conference, February 18, 2019.
  • Speaker, "Social Media Advertising Campaigns and Privacy Compliance," International Bar Association Conference, Rome, October 2018.
  • Speaker, "Artificial Intelligence: when the next thing is not always the best thing," International Bar Association Conference, Rome, October 2018.
  • Speaker, "GDPR 101: what you need to know about the General Data Protection Regulation," Conference Board of Canada, Webinar, October 2018.
  • Speaker, "Privacy Plenary Session," CAN-TECH Annual Conference, Montréal, October 2018.
  • Speaker, "Cybersecurity Ethics and Compliance Issues for Multinational Lawyers," New York Bar Association, Seasonal Meeting, Montreal, October 2018.
  • Speaker, "The General Data Protection Regulation: Key Points," BLG Client Seminar, Toronto, September 2018.
  • Speaker, "Le règlement général sur la protection des données : points clefs," BLG Client Seminar, Montréal, September 2018.
  • Speaker, “The top 10 risks in privacy and data protection”, Association of Corporate Counsel Annual Congress, September 2018.
  • Speaker, "Contracting in the era of the European union’s new general data protection regulation (GDPR)," Ontario Bar Association, May 2018.
  • Speaker, "Cracking the glass ceiling, World Women Lawyers’ Conference," International Bar Association, April 2018.
  • Speaker, "Privacy and Data Protection Representations and Warranties," Mergers & Acquisitions in the Technology Sector Conference, International Bar Association, February 2018.
  • Speaker, "Personal data protection and data analytics for targeting purposes," Québec Digital Analytics Group, January 2018.
  • Speaker, "Sharing is Caring: A Case for Value Chain Collaboration What can we learn from one another?," Aviation Data Symposium, November 2017.
  • Speaker, "Why do IT projects fail? Parties behaviour following contracting," International Bar Association Conference, October 2017.
  • Speaker, "It's all about the apps Silicon Beach Conference," International Bar Association, February 2017.
  • Speaker, "Online Advertising to Children, Annual Advertising and Marketing Conference," January 2017.
  • Speaker, "What you should know about intellectual property, contracts and litigation in Canada," Hamburg Aviation Cluster Workshop, November 2016.
  • Speaker, "Cross-Border Compliance Programs," Privacy, Data Protection and Cybersecurity in Canada, McMillan client / Third Certainty Seminar, November 2016.
  • Panel Moderator, France Canada Investor Summit, October 2016.
  • Speaker, "Privacy Compliance Programs," Association of Corporate Counsels, April 2016.
  • Speaker, "Internet dans la mire de l'Europe : Google AdWords, la responsabilité des places de marché et développements en matière de noms de domaines," APRAM, September 2015.
  • Speaker, "Contrefaçon sur les réseaux sociaux: les nouveaux visages de la cybercriminalité," Conference organised by the Paris Bar, March 2015.
  • Speaker, "Using trademarks to advertise to Québec consumers," Annual Advertising and Marketing Conference, January 2015.
  • Speaker, "Email Marketing à l'ère de la loi C-28: atelier pratique sur la nouvelle loi anti-spam canadienne," Email marketing Conference, October 2014.
  • Speaker, "Innovation in the healthcare field: from New York to Canada , Supporting the innovation start-ups in the healthcare field Conference," organized by UBISTART, May 2014.


Rankings & Recognitions

  • Recognized in Chambers Canada 2019: Privacy and Data Protection
  • Recognized in the 2020 and 2019 editions of Who's Who Legal (Data Security, Data Privacy and Protection, Information Technology).
  • Recognized in the 2019 and 2018 editions of Who's Who Legal: Canada (Data).
  • Recognized in the 2017 edition of Leaders League : Highly Recommended Lawyer for IT-Outsourcing