Data Fundamentals for Business

April 22, 2021 at 3pm EST


This month’s Innovator Series webinar will take place on April 22nd at 3pm EDT, on Zoom. Data Fundamentals for Business will explore questions around the use and usefulness of data in business strategy, as well as tips to manage risk and leverage opportunity.

Join IAC and IP and innovation experts Karima Bawa, Imran Ahmad and Evgueni Loukipoudis to discuss the value of data as a business asset, the issues surrounding data ownership, data privacy, security, and sharing, and the risks involved in not taking steps to implement best practices surrounding data. They will provide insight and wisdom from their combined wealth of legal and practical business experience in data protection and data standards in Canada and across the world.

Members get more: The recording of the event will be released to members with a “key takeaways” report with reflection questions that will be explored further in the next member networking session on May 13.


Imran Ahmad is the Canadian head of Norton Rose Fulbright’s technology and innovation industry group and the Canadian co-head of NRP’s data protection, privacy and cybersecurity practice. He is based in our Toronto and Montreal offices and is recognized as a leading cybersecurity lawyer by several legal directories. Imran advises clients across all industries on a wide array of technology-related matters, including outsourcing, cloud computing, SaaS, strategic alliances, technology development, system procurement and implementation, technology licensing and transfer, distribution, open-source software, and electronic commerce. As part of his cybersecurity practice, Imran works very closely with clients to develop and implement practical strategies related to cyber threats and data breaches. He advises on legal risk assessments, compliance, due diligence and risk allocation advice, security, and data breach incident preparedness and response. In addition, Imran often acts as “breach counsel” in the event of a cybersecurity incident, such as a data or privacy breach, and has extensive experience in managing complex security incidents and cross-border breaches. He also provides representation in the event of an investigation, an enforcement action or a litigation. Imran is the author of Canada’s first legal incident preparation and response handbook titled Cybersecurity in Canada: A Guide to Best Practices, Planning, and Management (LexisNexis, August 2017). In his privacy law practice, he advises clients on compliance with all Canadian federal and provincial privacy and data management laws. He has a particular focus on cross-border data transfer issues and enterprise-wide governance programs related to privacy and information governance. Imran is the former chair of the Privacy and Access to Information Section of the Ontario Bar Association. Imran is an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law, where he teaches cybersecurity and privacy law.

Karima Bawa is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation. Also, she is a Technical Committee Expert (IP Management Standard Committee (ISO 5050), a member of the Board of Directors for the College of Patent Agents and Trademark Agents and the Board of Directors for Sierra Wireless. She is the former general counsel and chief legal officer for Research In Motion Limited (now BlackBerry) where she oversaw a global legal team and managed the global legal function and the company’s vast IP portfolio. In addition to her work at CIGI and on various boards, she is also involved with advising and supporting technology start-ups and is the founder and CEO of her own technology start up. Karima holds a Bachelor of Science, a Bachelor of Law and a Master of Business Administration.

Evgueni Loukipoudis is the CTO of Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster. Before joining the Supercluster, he was the CTO of McKesson Medical Imaging and then Change Healthcare and prior to that, as a senior leader in Agfa Healthcare he co-led the digital transformation of that multinational corporation. Evgueni has also been part of technology start-ups and participated in several open industry-wide and global standardization initiatives. He has extensive international experience having worked in Belgium, Germany, Brazil and now Canada. He holds an MSc in Mathematics and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Sofia, Bulgaria. His interests include digital health, medical imaging, distributed ledger technology, data commons, Web3 data economy, linked open data, and machine learning.

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Past Events

LOOKING FOR INVESTORS? Importance of an IP Strategy in Raising Capital

March 25, 2021

We had a lively session with an exciting panel of IP and business experts at our second Innovator Series webinar, Looking for Investors? Important of an IP Strategy in Raising Capital.

The webinar dove into what funders and investors look for in a pitch, the importance of creating an IP culture, and how leveraging a robust IP portfolio can help companies achieve funding from investors.

Learn more about this valuable topic with Key Takeaways from the session.

Advanced IP Strategy: “Going Global”

February 11, 2021

The IAC Education Team would like to thank all who joined us for our first webinar in the Innovator Series - Going Global with Your IP. 

Going Global explored key aspects of IP strategies for companies entering different global markets. The discussion included presentations from Peter Cowan and Jim Hinton, co-founders of IAC, and featured a fireside chat with our guest speaker Dr. Anne Robinson, Chief Strategy Officer at Kinaxis, a leader in supply chain planning software based in Ottawa.

Discussion topics our speakers covered included licensing practices and regimes, best practices for prosecution and enforcement, managing a global IP portfolio and strategy, trademark and branding strategies, multi-jurisdictional patent filings and considerations that are factored into a global IP strategy from a company’s perspective.

Download the key takeaways from the session.