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Wendy J. Wagner
Partner

Speaks: English

Year of Call: 2002 - Ontario

Primary Office: Ottawa

Wendy J. Wagner

Wendy Wagner is a partner in Gowling WLG's Ottawa office and leader of the firm's Privacy & Data Protection Group. Her practice focuses on international trade law, as well as privacy, access to information and defamation law.

In her international trade law practice, Wendy represents the firm’s clients in matters involving trade and investment agreements, export controls and sanctions/embargos, and all aspects of customs compliance (tariff classification, origin, valuation, and Administrative Monetary Penalty System [AMPS] penalties).

She has appeared as counsel on trade-related matters before the Canadian International Trade Tribunal and the Federal Court of Canada. Wendy’s expertise in international trade is recognized by Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business (International Trade/WTO), The Legal 500 (International Trade), Lexpert (International Trade Regulation), The Legal Media Group’s Experts Guides (International Trade & Shipping, and Women in Business Law), and Best Lawyers (International Trade and Finance Law). She is recognized in Lexpert’s 2014 Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada (Corporate Lawyer to Watch). She currently serves as Chair of the Canadian Bar Association’s Section on International Law.

In her privacy practice, Wendy advises companies on privacy compliance and data protection issues, including compliance with the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), provincial privacy laws applicable to the private sector, and laws governing the protection of health information. She assists Chief Privacy Officers in conducting  privacy impact assessments/audits, drafting privacy compliance programs and policies, and drafting contractual provisions to protect employee and customer data.

Wendy also advises on cross-border data transfers and successor obligations, and assists companies to report and manage data breach incidents. She regularly advises on compliance with Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation and has created anti-spam compliance policies and programs for life sciences companies, the retail industry, and associations. Wendy has extensive expertise in requests under Canada’s Access to Information Act and provincial freedom of information legislation, and assists clients to protect confidential third party business information under these laws. She represents clients in complaints before the Information Commissioner of Canada and in appeals before provincial Information and Privacy Offices. She is recognized in Best Lawyers (Administrative and Public Law).

In her media and defamation practice, Wendy litigates defamation law suits in the Ontario courts, acts as counsel for the media in Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms cases involving freedom of the press, and represents the media to oppose publication bans and other restraints on publication. Her expertise in this area is recognized in Lexpert (Litigation — Defamation & Media).

In honour of her leadership and expertise, Wendy was recognized among Lexpert's "Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40" in 2013.

Before joining Gowling WLG, Wendy clerked for the Honourable Mr. Justice Bastarache of the Supreme Court of Canada.  

Wendy is the president of the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT) — Ottawa, the chair of the Canadian Bar Association — International Law section and is on the board of director with Run Ottawa. 


November2015

Expert Guides: Women in Business Law 2015

November2015

Chambers Canada 2016

November2015

Legal 500 Canada 2016

September2015

The Best Lawyers in Canada 2016

Featured client work

Voyageur Airways acquired by Chorus Aviation

Client Work May 1, 2015

Featured insights & resources

Canada making it easier to export to Belarus

Danica Doucette-Preville, Wendy J. Wagner

Article May 30, 2016

Disclosure of personal information for the purposes of debt collection: How far can you go?

Anastasia Semenova, LLB, LLL, Wendy J. Wagner

Article January 14, 2016

Is Canada safe from the Safe Harbor decision?

Multiple Authors

Article December 1, 2015

Canada's Privacy Commissioner releases annual report on government data breaches

Anastasia Semenova, LLB, LLL, Wendy J. Wagner

Article December 1, 2015

Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement text and Side Letters released

Multiple Authors

Article November 1, 2015

Memberships

Career & Recognition

2015

November 2015

Chambers Canada 2016

2015

November 2015

Legal 500 Canada 2016

2015

November 2015

Expert Guides: Women in Business Law 2015

2015

September 2015

The Best Lawyers in Canada 2016

2015

July 2015

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2015

2015

April 2015

Chambers Global 2015

2015

February 2015

Legal 500 Canada 2015

2015

2015

Who’s Who Legal: Trade & Customs 2015

2014

November 2014

Expert Guides: Women in Business Law 2014

2014

September 2014

The Best Lawyers in Canada 2015

2014

July 2014

Lexpert 2014 Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers in Canada

2014

July 2014

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2014

2014

April 2014

Chambers Global 2014

2013

December 2013

Expert Guides: Women in Business Law 2013

2013

December 2013

The Legal 500 Canada 2014

2013

November 2013

Shelagh Carnegie & Wendy Wagner named to Lexpert’s list of Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40

2013

September 2013

The Best Lawyers in Canada 2014

2013

July 2013

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2013

2013

April 2013

Chambers Global 2013

2013

February 2013

The Best Lawyers in Canada® 2013

2012

July 2012

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2012

2012

April 2012

Chambers Global 2012

2002

2002

Year of Call, Ontario

2001

2001

University of Ottawa, LLB

2001

2001

Carleton University, MA

1996

1996

University of Alberta, BA Hons.

Wendy Wagner
Profile highlights

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Wendy Wagner

Wendy Wagner is a partner in Gowling WLG's Ottawa office and leader of the firm&...

Wendy Wagner
Featured insights & resources

Canada making it easier to export to Belarus

Danica Doucette-Preville, Wendy J. Wagner

Article May 30, 2016

Memberships

Insights & Resources

Canada making it easier to export to Belarus

Danica Doucette-Preville, Wendy J. Wagner

Article May 30, 2016

Canada eases its sanctions on Iran: Eight tips for Canadian businesses seeking to explore Iran-related opportunities

Multiple Authors

Article February 5, 2016

The Iran nuclear deal and economic sanctions: 5 key points for Canadian businesses

Multiple Authors

Article January 28, 2016

Tower dump production orders: Restricting police access to cellular records in R v. Rogers Communications

Multiple Authors

Article January 18, 2016

Nova Scotia’s cyberbullying legislation a “colossal failure,” declared unconstitutional

Multiple Authors

Article January 15, 2016

Disclosure of personal information for the purposes of debt collection: How far can you go?

Anastasia Semenova, LLB, LLL, Wendy J. Wagner

Article January 14, 2016

Canada's Privacy Commissioner releases annual report on government data breaches

Anastasia Semenova, LLB, LLL, Wendy J. Wagner

Article December 1, 2015

Is Canada safe from the Safe Harbor decision?

Multiple Authors

Article December 1, 2015

Mandate letters to Canadian government cabinet ministers

Multiple Authors

Article November 1, 2015

Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement text and Side Letters released

Multiple Authors

Article November 1, 2015

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Trade Agreement reached

Multiple Authors

Article October 1, 2015

A serving of guilt: How breaching Canada's food supply laws could leave your company's officers on the hook

Anastasia Semenova, LLB, LLL, Wendy J. Wagner

Article September 30, 2015

New ITA accord: Tariffs to be eliminated for 200+ IT products

Multiple Authors

Article July 1, 2015

CITT rules on dumping and subsidizing PV modules from China

Thomas J. Timmins, Wendy J. Wagner

Article July 1, 2015

Bill S-4 - Proposed amendments to PIPEDA

Anastasia Semenova, LLB, LLL, Wendy J. Wagner

Article May 1, 2015

Government releases Prince Rupert Port Authority FEMA order

Wendy J. Wagner

Article January 1, 2015

Canada's privacy commissioner investigates online behavioural advertising

Wendy J. Wagner

Article January 1, 2015

CETA to impact foods, NHPs and cosmetics

Multiple Authors

Article December 17, 2013

Wendy Wagner
Profile highlights

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Wendy Wagner

Wendy Wagner is a partner in Gowling WLG's Ottawa office and leader of the firm&...

Insights & Resources

Client Work

Voyageur Airways acquired by Chorus Aviation

Client Work May 1, 2015

Wendy Wagner
Profile highlights

#
Wendy Wagner

Wendy Wagner is a partner in Gowling WLG's Ottawa office and leader of the firm&...

Wendy Wagner
Featured insights & resources

Canada making it easier to export to Belarus

Danica Doucette-Preville, Wendy J. Wagner

Article May 30, 2016

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