Joanna Fine

Joanna Fine

Partner, Privacy and Data Management

Key Contact: Privacy and Data Management

Contact Information

tel: 416.862.5685



Bar Admission

Ontario, 2006


  • University of Toronto, J.D.
  • York University, M.E.S.
  • McGill University, B.A.



Joanna is a member of the Privacy and Data Management group. She provides practical and strategic privacy compliance advice to organizations across all sectors, from large multi-national companies to emerging companies. Joanna regularly assists clients in identifying and managing privacy risks associated with complex and innovative data collection and use initiatives, including interest-based advertising, “big data” analytics, AI, surveillance technologies, and anti-fraud initiatives.

Joanna also assists clients with security incident response and privacy regulatory investigations, including liaising with federal and provincial privacy regulators in Canada.  

She regularly provides privacy and anti-spam training to clients, drafts privacy policies and procedures, conducts privacy reviews, and advises on privacy issues in mergers and acquisitions and outsourcing arrangements (including transborder data flows).

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business: Recognized in Privacy & Data Protection
  • Thomson Reuters: "Stand-out Lawyer"
  • Best Lawyers in Canada: Recognized in Privacy and Data Security Law

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • The Canadian Technology Law Association
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • Ontario Bar Association, member of the Privacy Law Section Executive
  • The Law Society of Ontario
  • Toronto Computer Lawyers' Group 

  • Speaker, "Monthly Privacy Call - February 1, 2023", February 1, 2023
  • Speaker, “What Advertisers and Their Counsel Need to Know About Privacy Laws: Understanding How New Privacy Legislation in Canada are Impacting Canadian Advertising,” Advertising & Marketing Law, The Canadian Institute, January 19, 2023
  • Speaker, "The Regulatory Landscape," The Osgoode Certificate in Privacy Law and Information in Healthcare, Osgoode Hall Law School, January 18, 2023
  • Speaker, “Realizing the Value of Your Data”, Chartered Professional Accountants Canada, Conference for Audit Committees, December 6, 2022
  • Speaker, "Canadian Update", “Access to Information and Privacy Law Online Symposium,” Canadian Bar Association, October 28, 2022
  • Speaker, "Managing Cybersecurity Risks", CAN TECH Law Conference, June 7, 2022
  • Speaker, "The Regulatory Landscape," The Osgoode Certificate in Privacy Law and Information in Healthcare, Osgoode Hall Law School, January 18, 2022
  • Speaker, “The Regulatory Landscape,” The Osgoode Certificate in Privacy Law and Information in Healthcare, Osgoode Hall Law School, January 18, 2021.
  • Speaker, June Access Privacy Call, June 25, 2022
  • Speaker, “Dealing with Data: Managing Proprietary Rights,” 10th In-House Counsel Summit, Law Society of Ontario, February 19, 2020.
  • Speaker, “The European Data Protection Board’s final guidelines on territorial scope of GDPR and what it means for Canadian businesses”, AccessPrivacy Monthly Privacy Call, December 18, 2019.
  • Co-author, Osler Update “FINTRAC updates guidance regarding identity verification methods permitted under amendments to anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing regulations”, November 26, 2019.
  • Speaker, “Privacy and Data Security Compliance in the APEC Region,” Practising Law Institute’s 19th Annual Institute on Privacy and Data Security Law, May 30, 2018.
  • Speaker, “An Update on Privacy in Canada,” International Association of Privacy Professionals, Atlanta KnowledgeNet, June 23, 2015.
  • Speaker, “The Six-Minute Business Lawyer 2015: Privacy Law Developments,” Law Society of Upper Canada, June 10, 2015.
  • Co-Chair, “CASL One Year Later: Advice for Preventing a $1.1 Million Penalty”, Ontario Bar Association, June 5, 2015.
  • Speaker, “Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) Update,” AccessPrivacy Advanced Training for Seasoned CPOs, November 28, 2014.
  • Moderator, “The Next CASL Frontier: Tackling Section 8 (Computer Program) Uncertainties,” Ontario Bar Association, November 19, 2014.
  • Speaker, “Compliance with Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation,” AccessPrivacy Introductory CPO Training Session, October 29, 2014.
  • Speaker, “Critical Privacy Issues in Entertainment, Media and Communication Law: Navigating the Privacy Challenges of New Technology: A case study of Second Screen Technology and Interactive Media,” Ontario Bar Association, June 11, 2014.
  • Speaker, “Privacy and Anti-Spam Overview,” Interactive Advertising Bureau of Canada’s X-Series: Legal, Toronto, November 12, 2013.
  • Speaker, “The Six-Minute Business Lawyer 2013: Update on Privacy Law,” Law Society of Upper Canada, June 6, 2013.Co-author, Canada chapter in Rosemary P. Jay, ed., Getting the Deal Through – Data Protection & Privacy 2014 (Law Business Research Ltd., 2013).
  • Speaker, “Emerging Themes and Trends in The Canadian Privacy Arena: Anti-Spam Legislation to Security Breaches,” Women in Film & Television Toronto Executive Breakfast Series, February 20, 2013.
  • Author, “CRTC Releases First Set of Guidelines on Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation,” Eye on Privacy, December 2012.
  •  Speaker, “Update on Background Verifications” and “Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation,” AccessPrivacy CPO Training Session, November 9, 2012.
  • Co-author, Canada chapter in Rosemary P. Jay, ed., Getting the Deal Through – Data Protection & Privacy 2013 (Law Business Research Ltd., 2012).
  • Speaker, “Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation,” AccessPrivacy CPO Training Session, October 12, 2012.
  • Co-author, “Anti-spam bill sends tough message to spammers,” The Lawyers Weekly, June 5, 2009.
  • Co-author, Update 2006: Recent Changes to Ontario’s Environmental Laws, OBA Annual Institute, Toronto, January 23, 2006.
  • Co-author, “CMS v. Argentina: A Harbinger of Things to Come?” International Trade Law and Regulation, Vol. 12, Issue 1 (January 2006) 36.
  • Co-author, “Contracting Issues in China – Examining Opportunities and Challenges of Doing Business in China,” North American Corporate Lawyer Vol. 8, No. 4 (2006) 477.