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Our People

Meet the dedicated team behind INQ.

JD, MSc (Hons)


Carole Piovesan

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Global Privacy

Cyber Preparedness 

Incident Response

Data Governance

Artificial Intelligence

Risk Management

Health Professionals

Medical Devices

Carole is Managing Partner at INQ Law, focusing her practice on privacy, cyber incident response, data governance and artificial intelligence (AI) risk management. She regularly counsels clients on a wide range of matters related to privacy, cyber readiness and breach response, data governance, ethical AI and responsible innovation. Prior to founding INQ Law, Carole was co-lead of the national Cybersecurity, Privacy and Data Management group at a leading law firm. A seasoned litigator, she has represented clients before all levels of court in Ontario as well as at the Supreme Court of Canada. 

Carole plays an active role in shaping data law, policy and standards in Canada and globally. She is a member of the OECD.AI Policy Observatory, and has contributed to numerous organizations including in the Global Partnership on AI, the Global Task Force to Promote Trusted Sharing of Data at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the Standards Council of Canada’s Data Governance Collaborative, and the National Advisory Council on AI in Healthcare.


Carole regularly teaches, speaks and writes on topics related to cybersecurity, privacy, data law and AI. She has been featured on the CBC, the Globe and Mail, The Logic, and Betakit. She has testified before Canada’s House of Commons Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics. Carole is also an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law where she lectures on AI regulation. She is the co-editor of Leading Legal Disruption: Artificial Intelligence and a Toolkit for Lawyers and the Law, published by Thomson Reuters (2021).


Carole was appointed by the federal Minister of Innovation to serve as one of six Digital Leaders in the national data and digital transformation consultations. In this role, she led consultations with businesses, academics, civil society and industry associations to inform the first national Digital Charter. Announced on May 21, 2019, the Digital Charter has led to significant proposed reforms to Canada’s federal private sector privacy law.

Recent Experience

  •  Developed GDPR compliance program for international delivery service

  •  Regularly provide legal opinions on matters of privacy and data security

  •  Served as breach coach to assist clients during data breaches

  •  Drafted privacy governance programs for various health technology companies and health associations

  •  Developed data governance framework and AI ethics framework for provincial health authority

Insights & Recognition

  •  Best Lawyers in Canada: Recognized by her peers in Health Care Law (2022-2024), Technology (2024)

  •  Co-editor, Leading Legal Disruption: Artificial Intelligence and a Toolkit for Lawyers and the Law, published by   Thomson Reuters (2021)

  •  Regulating automated decision systems in Canada: What it means for your business

  •  Privacy Law for the digital economy: The new Digital Charter Implementation Act

  •  97 things about ethics everyone in data science should know 

  •  Cybersecurity comparative guide 

  •  Cyber breach planning: Lessons from the Equifax breach 

  •  How privacy laws are changing to protect personal information 

  •  Adjudicating by algorithm: The risks and benefits of artificial intelligence in judicial decision-making



  •  Canadian Technology Law Association of Canada (Board of Directors)

  •  American Bar Association

  •  Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence

  •  Standards Council of Canada, Data Governance Working Group

  •  Canadian Bar Association

  •  Covid Alert App Advisory Council


Community involvement

  • Pro bono legal services to VentureKids Canada

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