Leveraging Data for Value – What CEOs Need to Know

Kirsten Thompson, Partner in the Corporate Group and National Lead of the Transformative Technologies and Data Strategy Group at Dentons Canada, shares what it means to leverage data and the impacts, risks and pitfalls CEOs can face when leveraging data.

Kirsten highlights a few different types of data we need to look at more closely such as: structured vs unstructured; personal vs non-personal; confidential vs non-confidential, and proprietary vs not proprietary and the importance of generating and retaining clean data.  She also share how the auto industry, as one example, is leading the way in monetizing data.

Kirsten’s practice has a particular concentration in data-driven industries and disruptive technologies, and she is a leading Canadian practitioner in areas such as Fintech (including blockchain and “smart contracts”), digital identity, Open Data/Open Banking and PSD2 implementation, amongst others.

In her advisory role, Kirsten assists clients in navigating the legal and privacy requirements of new products and technologies. She counsels clients on issues raised by social media, surveillance, online behavioural advertising and FinTech and open banking.

She has worked extensively in the “Internet of Things” area and has advised two leading automakers with respect to their connected and semi-autonomous vehicles, and several companies in respect of their autonomous aerial vehicles (aka drones) and wearable devices.

Kirsten has been recognized in CHAMBERS CANADA as a leading lawyer in the area of Privacy & Data Protection consecutively from 2016-2020.