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Ravi Shukla

Partner

PROFILE

Ravi Shukla is a business lawyer who specializes in internet and information technology law. He regularly advises on a range of commercial, computer, intellectual property, information security (including cybersecurity), regulatory, governance and privacy rights issues. Ravi also assists clients in the gaming industry. With over 25 years of extensive experience, Ravi is widely recognized for his expertise acquired while working in partnership with major institutions and leading Canadian corporations, often via long term relationships. Capable of successfully navigating in dynamic technological environments, Ravi astutely combines knowledge and precision when assessing legal matters underlying critical business issues.

Ravi is a trusted advisor to in-house counsel, Chief Privacy Officers and Compliance Officers as he helps clients navigate complex issues. Much of his varied experience has been gained from negotiating agreements involving sophisticated information technology system deployments requiring expertise in intellectual property ownership and licensing issues as well as with outsourcing and other service provider arrangements. Clients also rely on Ravi to advise corporate boards and executive levels of management in complicated matters involving the security of confidential and personal information. His 7-Step Compliance program has been crafted to assist decision makers in implementing comprehensive and robust data breach risk management initiatives.

Early in his career Ravi also practiced as an intellectual property and corporate/commercial litigator at one of Canada's pre-eminent national law firms and argued complex cases before various levels of Courts and Tribunals, including the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Divisional Court and the Superior Court. The additional perspectives and insights gained via his early work as a barrister enhances the strategic thinking he brings to his current solicitor oriented role. Ravi also has a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Toronto.

Publications

NOVEMBER 30 2017

LEXPERT’s 9th Annual Information Privacy and Data Protection Seminar

Bill Hearn, Howard Burshtein, Ron Davis, Sheryl Johnson, Rob Macdonald, Ruddy Morrone, Young Park, Colleen Spring Zimmerman and Ravi Shukla will be speaking at LEXPERT’s 9th Annual Information Privacy and Data Protection Seminar. This full day course will highlight:

  • Big Data and other Developments in the Public Sector and Elsewhere
  • General Data Protection Directive (GDPR) - Implications for Canadian Business
  • Privacy litigation Cases - Recent Developments
  • Blockchain - The Promise and The Perils
  • OPC Compliance Priorities and Strategic Directions
  • Cyber Risk Management Guidance for Corporate Directors
  • Issues in Employee Privacy
  • CASL Update

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MARCH 27 2017

Game On: First Interpretation Of The TPM Provisions By The Federal Court

The powerful combination provided by broadly worded legal prohibitions plus the potential for the award of large statutory damages, a helpful factual profile and a sympathetic judge recently worked to the considerable advantage of the applicant Nintendo in the ground-breaking Canadian copyright case of Nintendo of America Inc. v. King et al...

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MARCH 01 2017

What's "Trending Now" in Digital Advertising & Marketing Law

 Seminar Materials.

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JANUARY 11 2017

Putting A Dollar Figure On Breach Of Privacy In Canada

DECEMBER 06 2016

The Casl "Grace Period": What Will The July 1, 2017 Deadline Mean For Businesses?

Business owners will likely recall the turmoil that set in as they readied themselves for the coming-into-force of Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation ("CASL") on July 1, 2014...

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DECEMBER 01 2016

The 7 Step Information Security Compliance Program

The 7 Step Information Security Compliance Program, Presented at the 8th Annual Information Privacy and Data Protection Conference

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NOVEMBER 11 2016

Public Availability of Electronic Addresses An Insufficient Basis for Implied Consent

Organizations should exercise caution when considering whether to rely upon a CASL exemption, particularly an implied consent exemption. On October 27, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission issued its first extensive written decision under Canada’s Anti-Spam Law against Blackstone Learning Corp. The following is an analysis of the lessons learned.

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AUGUST 24 2016

The Clock is Ticking To Obtain Consent: Upcoming CASL Deadline

Canada's federal anti-spam legislation (CASL) received Royal Assent in late 2010 and is being implemented over three phases...

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JUNE 09 2016

Legal Considerations Regarding the Use of Electronic Contracts and Signatures

MAY 31 2016

Canadian Private Sector Privacy Rights Protection: What Businesses Need to Know

Purchasing professionals would do well to consider information security requirements in third-party vendor services agreements. Click here to read the article authored by Fogler Rubinoff Partner, Ravi Shukla, originally published in Purchasing B2B

MARCH 01 2016

Public Disclosure of Private Facts

DECEMBER 10 2015

Canadian Copyright Law –Technological Neutrality

DECEMBER 04 2015

Are We There Yet?

OCTOBER 30 2014

Privacy Law Bulletin

JULY 15 2014

Privacy Law Bulletin

JUNE 09 2014

Privacy Law Bulletin

Representative Work

An Entrepreneurial Private Company Research and Licence Agreement

Advised an entrepreneurial private company during its successful negotiation of a nanotechnology related Collaboration Research and Licence Agreement with a leading Canadian University and NSERC

A Major Diversified National Telecommunications Enterprise

  • Over a 10 year period, acting as lead external advisor in relation to its ongoing strategic relationship with its billing systems and services provider. This work has raised sophisticated regulatory, IP ownership, licensing, confidentially and privacy issues in the context of transactions cumulatively amounting to several hundreds of millions of dollars.
  • Over a 10 year period, acting as lead external advisor in relation to its ongoing strategic relationship with its human resources business process outsourcing (HRBPO) services provider. Complex, IP ownership, licensing, confidentially and privacy issues were negotiated in the context of transactions cumulatively amounting to well over $100Million+.

A Major Diversified Canadian Retail Enterprise

  • Over a 3 year period, acting as lead external advisor in relation to both phases of its ongoing e-commerce website and mobile platform development program. The first phase involved the on-line sale of non-perishable clothing products in both Canada and the US while the second involved the on-line sale of both perishable and non-perishable grocery goods in Canada. The negotiation of agreements underlying this program involved the resolution of myriad challenging business, technology and privacy issues with leading edge vendors of technology products and services.
  • Acted as lead external advisor in relation to its Canadian federal anti-spam legislation compliance program.
  • Provided advice in connection with its "bring your own device" (BYOD) policy.

A Major Canadian and US Provider of Full Service Property Management Solutions

  • Acting as lead legal advisor with regard to the development and implementation of its multi-jurisdiction information security (including cyber-security) program. This comprehensive program addresses policies, procedures and technologies aimed at securing sensitive stored personal information in both electronic and traditional formats.

Ontario Lottery and Gaming (OLG).

  • For a three year term, served as the sole lawyer on the board. As such provided oversight on strategic matters such as OLG's response to the explosive and unregulated growth of on-line gaming, the renewal of its lottery line of business - via enhanced jackpots, the development and launch of the Niagara Fallsview Casino and the ongoing growth of its innovative slots on the racetracks line of business.

Toronto Blue Jays

  • Acted as lead external advisor in relation to its participation in the formation of Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLBAM) and the associated internet rights transactions. This foundational arrangement significantly enhanced the degree of revenue-sharing between the various baseball teams.

Ontario Transportation Crown Agency

  • Advised on the constitutional, criminal code and privacy issues associated with proposed enhanced video-surveillance based public security measures to be implemented at a major urban rail and bus hub.

Privacy Legislation in Canada

In connection with a recent project we compiled the following list of Canadian public and private sector privacy legislation. While reasonable efforts are made to update the list on a quarterly basis, it is being provided at a no-cost information service only (not a legal service) and on an "as-is" basis without warranty of any kind.

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, "CASL: Preparing for the Expiry of Transitional Provisions", Canadian Marketing Association's Webinar, April 26, 2017
  • Speaker,  "CASL Compliance - Software Installations," What's Trending Now in Digital Advertising & Marketing Law Seminar, February 28, 2017
  • Speaker, Canadian Marketing Association's "CASL Workshop", February 16, 2017.
  • Speaker, "Viewing and Being Viewed - Minimize Digital Risk",  Lexpert Information Privacy & Data Protection Conference, December 1, 2016.
  • Speaker, "Law in the Digital Age", FACL Annual Conference, October 29, 2016
  • Speaker, "The 7 Step Information Security Compliance Program" Retail Council of Canada's Loss Prevention Conference, September 29
  • Speaker, “Legal Considerations Regarding the Use of Electronic Contracts and Signatures Updated 2016”, LSUC Solo and Small Firm Conference 2016: Strategies for Success, June 9, 2016
  • Speaker, "Legal Considerations Regarding the Use of Electronic Contracts", The Six-Minute Business Lawyer 2014, June 9, 2014
  • Speaker, "Privacy Breach Guidelines & Practices," 5th Managing Privacy Compliance Course, Federated Press, March 29, 2012
  • Speaker, "Electronic Contracts: Click Wrap and Browse Wrap Agreements," The Legal and Practical Guide to Protecting Your Brand on the Web and in Social Media, Osgoode Professional Development, September 26, 2011
  • Speaker, "Privacy and Outsourcing," Lexpert's Information Privacy and Data Protection Conference, November 2010
  • Speaker, "Service level Agreements in Hosted Software Services (SaaS) Agreements," AceTech Roundtable, November 2010
  • "The Benefits and Risks of Outsourcing," paper presented to the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association, National Spring Conference, April 2010

Memberships

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Intellectual Property Institute of Canada

Education

  • Admitted to Ontario Bar in 1988
  • Queen's University L.L.B. 1986
  • University of Toronto (Electrical Engineering) BASc 1983

Professional Designation

Trade-mark Agent

Portrait

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