Michael R. Whitt

Bennett Jones LLP

Michael is leader of the Bennett Jones’ Information Technology practice group, Co-Chair of the firm's Cyber-Security team and Data Governance and Protection group, a senior member of the Intellectual Property practice, and is both a Patent Agent (2001) and a Trademark Agent (1986) in addition to being a lawyer. Michael advises technology-based businesses on commercialization and compliance matters, and on the structure, negotiation and documentation of novel business models, strategies and transactions, particularly regarding intellectual property and information and other technologies. Michael has been involved with computer and information technologies for over three decades and advises clients with technology or intellectual property assets and operations. Michael’s recent focus is on data governance and cybersecurity, ISO 27000 and NIST compliance, lean sigma and agile, and the repatriation of outsourced core IT functionality. Michael also assists clients with the protection of personal information and privacy law compliance, policy review and advice, contract terms in IT and other information-handling and information-flow transactions and operations, breach mitigation and notification, and response  to regulatory inquiries and demands in private sector and health information matters both provincially and federally. Michael is a member of The Sedona Conference Working Group 7 (Sedona Canada), and Working Group 11 (Data Security and Privacy Liability). Of note, Michael has been appointed a member of WG11’s Drafting Team to prepare its Incident Response Guide.