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Sara advises clients on all aspects of privacy and data protection, access to information, health research, the law related to pharmacy and other regulated health professions, and risk management. Her privacy practice includes advising on the privacy implications of service agreements, data sharing arrangements, consent requirements, employee privacy and surveillance. Sara has many years of experience conducting privacy assessments, developing and implementing policies, compliance programs and training. Her health professions practice includes advising on medical clinic and pharmacy ownership requirements, billing, consent to treatment, electronic records ownership rights, data management and lobbying. Her access to information practice includes making and responding to access requests, requests for review, mediations and administrative proceedings before the Information and Privacy Commissioner.

Sara brings a broad-based knowledge of law and policy, sophisticated strategic planning skills and real-world experience to her work. She spent her early days in Ontario as a civil litigator, before turning her focus to health and privacy law. She served over four years as a privacy officer at one of the largest law firms in Canada, where she learned the value of finding practical solutions for business problems. She has extensive experience working closely with large professional associations, leading health research entities, professional regulatory bodies, medical clinics, hospitals, health information start-ups, large manufacturers, railways, and government.

Sara has made many written and oral submissions to legislative committees in Ontario and BC on privacy and health legislation, co-authored a leading privacy text and created a public education website on health information privacy rights. She has served on a number of volunteer boards and committees throughout her career and is currently the chair of the Metro Vancouver Transit Police Board.

Location

  • 510 West Georgia Street, Suite 1800
    Vancouver, BC V6B 0M3
    Canada

Languages

  • English

Bar Admissions

  • British Columbia, 2005
  • Ontario, 1998

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2022 for work in:

  • Privacy and Data Security Law

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