Kristal Allen




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Education & Qualifications

  • Alberta Bar (2009)
  • Saskatchewan Bar (2005)
  • JD (Saskatchewan, 2004)
  • B.Sc. in agriculture – plant science and biotechnology (Saskatchewan, 2001)

With extensive education and experience in the sciences, and her former role as in-house legal counsel to a multi-national agribusiness, Kristal Allen brings a wealth of practical and industry knowledge when advising clients in the technology and agribusiness sectors.

  • Lead External Counsel to a Canadian innovation supercluster, providing advice regarding research consortium structure, research funding agreements, data management, member agreements, and policy direction
  • Legal Counsel to a stakeholder funded research & development organization focused on collaborative energy research, providing advice regarding funding and grant arrangements, collaborative agreements, data sharing arrangements, and policy direction
  • Legal Counsel to multiple stakeholder funded research grant organizations, providing advice regarding funding and grant agreements, contribution and collaboration agreements, intellectual property strategy, and member agreements
  • Lead Legal Counsel to a not-for-profit organization supporting intellectual property protection within the Canadian seed industry
  • Counsel to numerous ag-biotech and crop input businesses regarding a wide range of matters, including intellectual property protection of proprietary seed and chemical products, regulatory matters, licensing and technology commercialization, retailing/distribution issues, producer/grower contracts, seed production and manufacturing agreements, warehousing and transportation agreements, and asset purchases, sales and divestitures
  • Counsel to various financial institutions regarding regulatory compliance (including without limitation with respect to OSFI and PCI standards), and acquisition, licensing and implementation of key third-party technology related to core product portfolios, including proprietary software, banking platforms, mobile, online and telephone banking services, personal financial management services, and business intelligence services
  • Counsel to major e-commerce payment processor regarding intellectual property management and protection, technology development, regulatory compliance, and service and software licensing arrangements with its global client base
  • Counsel to the Aquistore Project, a major collaborative initiative of the Petroleum Technology Research Centre and its industry partners to demonstrate the effectiveness of the underground storage of carbon dioxide
  • Leader in implementation of governance strategies, privacy policies and compliance plans for regional health authorities, physician clinics and primary care networks
  • Extensive advisory experience with respect to a wide variety of private, public and governmental organizations regarding risk management strategies for privacy, technology-assisted information management and information sharing
  • Extensive advisory experience regarding data protection requirements for commercial contracts and compliance management for private and public sector organizations, both domestic and international
  • Wide-ranging experience regarding the handling and management of privacy complaints and breaches, and advocacy with respect to matters before the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (both provincial and federal)

Kristal Allen returned to MLT Aikins after several years as senior legal counsel and chief privacy officer to a large public company with operations across the globe. Kristal’s practice focuses on the management, exploitation and commercialization of information and intellectual property assets and new technology. She has extensive experience with research consortium arrangements, technology development and commercialization agreements, intellectual property portfolio management, and both in- and out-licensing. She is experienced in all areas of information technology, including software development and licensing, outsourcing and service agreements.

Kristal also brings knowledge of risk management and policy development related to data sharing, electronic documents, information assets and privacy. She has advised both private and public sector organizations extensively regarding health, employee and customer information privacy matters.

Kristal draws upon her experience in the life sciences and technology industries in her practice. Before becoming a lawyer, she held a variety of positions in areas such as technical marketing, regulatory and new product research and development for major life sciences companies, providing advice to producers, marketers and regulators. She has conducted research on an array of matters relating to biotechnology, transportation and international trade.

  • Chair, Board of Directors, Petroleum Technology Research Centre (PTRC)
  • Director and Chair of Associate Members Committee, Agricultural Manufacturers of Canada (AMC)
  • Executive Member, Tech & Intellectual Property Section, Canadian Bar Association, Alberta Branch
  • Chair, MLT Aikins Agriculture & Food Practice Group
  • Chair, Food & Agribusiness Section, Canadian Bar Association, Alberta Branch
  • Chair, Board of Directors, Petroleum Technology Research Centre (2019-present)
  • Member, MLT Aikins Student Recruitment Committee
  • Articling Student Evaluator, CPLED Program, Legal Education Society of Alberta (2009-present)
  • “IP 2.0: Extracting Value from Technology,” client webinar series (2020 and 2021)
  • “Plant Protein: Issues Encountered in New Product Development,” Canadian Securities Exchange, Plant Protein: The New Age of Food Series (2021)
  • “Establishing Your Ag Business: Key Legal Issues Every Entrepreneur Should Consider,” Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub (2021)
  • “Intellectual Property: Protecting Your Brand,” Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub (2021)
  • “Establishing and Scaling a Tech Startup,” EMILI Agriculture Enlightened Conference (2020)
  • “Intellectual Property 101: Commercializing Technology in Collaborative Arrangements,” client workshop series (2019 and 2020)
  • “New Legal Requirements Regarding Privacy Breaches: What it Means for You,” CPBI Fundamentals Series (2019 and 2020)
  • “Payment Processing in Canada,” client presentation (2019)
  • “Privacy and Cybersecurity: Recent Updates,” client seminar (2019)
  • “Frontier Justice: Protecting Reputations in the age of the World Wild Web,” Annual Review of Civil Litigation (2019)
  • “Legal Concerns: Preparing for and Facing Your ‘Oh No!’ Cybersecurity Breach Moment,” BC Aware Day Conference (2018)
  • “Privacy at the Border: Fact or Fable,” client seminar (2018)
  • “Privacy and Cybersecurity: A Halloween Horror Story,” client seminar (2018)
  • “General Data Protection Regulation and Cybersecurity,” various client seminars (2016-2018)
  • Presentations on technology commercialization, various client workshops (2016-2018)
  • “Privacy at the Border,” National Privacy and Access Congress Conference (2017)
  • “Seed Licensing Agreement Primer: Single-Use Seed Agreements,” Canadian Seed Trade Association 92nd Annual Meeting (2015)
  • “Organizational Membership Agreements,” Canadian Plant Technology Agency, Annual General Meeting (2015)
  • “Managing Big Data and Cloud Computing,” Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists, Annual Convention (2015)
  • “Legal Issues in Innovation and IP Commercialization,” client seminar (2014)
  • “Using Legal Tools to Promote Innovation,” client seminar (2013)
  • Governance presentations to various industry organizations in the health care, not-for-profit, technology startup and resource sectors
  • Privacy and security training sessions to various organizations in the health care, technology and professional services sectors
  • Presentations regarding the use of privacy impact assessments, and management and mitigation of identified risk to various organizations in the health care, technology and professional services sectors
  • Leading LawyerComputer & IT Law, Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (2023)
  • Recognized as one of the top lawyers in Agribusiness in Canada by Chambers Canada (2020, 2021)