François Joli-Coeur

François is a partner in Osler’s national market-leading Privacy and Data Management practice group. His practice focuses on privacy, data protection, and cybersecurity law. He advises companies with complex privacy and data protection issues relating to matters such as artificial intelligence, fintech, ad tech and healthcare. François is frequently involved on the most significant privacy matters in Canada, including privacy regulatory investigations.

Recognized as an “Up and Coming” lawyer in Privacy & Data Protection by Chambers Canada, François also helps companies address the various legal challenges posed by AI, including developing AI governance strategies that align with the evolving AI regulatory landscape in Canada and globally. François is a frequent writer and speaker on various topics and developments within privacy and cybersecurity law. He has appeared before the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology (INDU) in relation to proposed privacy and AI legislation.

Prior to joining Osler, François was a partner at another Canadian national firm.

Representative Work

Prior to joining Osler

  • Has assisted multiple Canadian and international organizations of all sizes in the development of comprehensive privacy compliance programs.
  • Has advised various domestic and international clients in the context of data security breaches involving several Canadian jurisdictions, including in investigating and reporting the incident.
  • Has assisted clients facing privacy commissioners’ investigations.
  • Has advised various clients about the legal risks related to the management of personal information, including in the context of online advertising, big data and artificial intelligence projects, cloud computing and outsourcing.

Awards and Recognition

  • Recognized in Privacy & Data Protection

    —Best Lawyers in Canada 
  • Recognized in Privacy & Data Protection (Nationwide – Canada)

    —Chambers Canada
  • Recognized in Data Protection & Privacy

    —The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
  • Recognized in Technology and Health Sciences

    —Lexpert Special Edition

Media Mentions

  • Osler News May 21, 2024

    Prominent privacy lawyers Éloïse Gratton and François Joli-Coeur join Osler’s market-leading national Privacy and Data Management practice

    Osler is pleased to welcome prominent privacy law practitioners Éloïse Gratton and François Joli-Coeur to the firm’s market-leading national Privacy a...

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    Prominent privacy lawyers Éloïse Gratton and François Joli-Coeur join Osler’s market-leading national Privacy and Data Management practice

Community Involvement

  • Board member and editorial board member, Les Cahiers de la propriété intellectuelle

Speaking and Writing

Published Work



  • University of Montreal, LL.B.
  • LLM, Law & Technology, University of California
  • Graduate degree (DESS) in e-business, HEC Montréal


  • English
  • French

Professional Affiliations

  • Member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals and Certified information privacy professional (CIPP/C, CIPP/EU and CIPP/US)