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/embargoes, 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 directors with Run Ottawa.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2018

  • 2017

  • 2016

  • 2015

    • Rankings & Awards
      November2015
      Chambers Canada 2016
    • Rankings & Awards
      November2015
      Legal 500 Canada 2016
    • Rankings & Awards
      November2015
      Expert Guides: Women in Business Law 2015
    • Rankings & Awards
      September2015
      The Best Lawyers in Canada 2016
    • Rankings & Awards
      July2015
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2015
    • Rankings & Awards
      April2015
      Chambers Global 2015
    • Rankings & Awards
      February2015
      Legal 500 Canada 2015
    • Rankings & Awards
      2015
      Who's Who Legal: Trade & Customs 2015
  • 2014

    • Rankings & Awards
      November2014
      Expert Guides: Women in Business Law 2014
    • Rankings & Awards
      September2014
      The Best Lawyers in Canada 2015
    • Rankings & Awards
      July2014
      Lexpert 2014 Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers in Canada
    • Rankings & Awards
      July2014
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2014
    • Rankings & Awards
      April2014
      Chambers Global 2014
  • 2013

    • Rankings & Awards
      December2013
      Expert Guides: Women in Business Law 2013
    • Rankings & Awards
      December2013
      The Legal 500 Canada 2014
    • Rankings & Awards
      November2013
      Shelagh Carnegie & Wendy Wagner named to Lexpert’s list of Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40
    • Rankings & Awards
      September2013
      The Best Lawyers in Canada 2014
    • Rankings & Awards
      July2013
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2013
    • Rankings & Awards
      April2013
      Chambers Global 2013
    • Rankings & Awards
      February2013
      The Best Lawyers in Canada® 2013
  • 2012

    • Rankings & Awards
      July2012
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2012
    • Rankings & Awards
      April2012
      Chambers Global 2012
  • 2002

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      2002
      Year of Call, Ontario
  • 2001

    • Education
      2001
      University of Ottawa, LLB
    • Education
      2001
      Carleton University, MA
  • 1996

    • Education
      1996
      University of Alberta, BA Hons.

Memberships

  • Ad Idem/Canadian Media Lawyers
  • American Bar Association - Section of International Law
  • Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters
  • Canadian Bar Association (Past Chair of the International Law Section - 2016)
  • Canadian Transport Lawyers Association
  • CBSA's Border Commercial Consultative Committee
  • County of Carleton Law Association
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Transportation Lawyers Association (USA)
  • Steering Committee Member, 2017 and 2018 Cambridge Forum: The Cyber Security Forum