Kristél Kriel




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Education & Qualifications

  • Certified Information Privacy Professional (Canada, 2022)
  • Certificate in Privacy and Cybersecurity (Osgoode, 2021)
  • Saskatchewan Bar (2013)
  • JD with great distinction (Saskatchewan, 2012)
  • B.Sc. (honours) with first class honours (Alberta, 2009)

Kristél Kriel’s experience in assisting public and private clients with complicated cybersecurity, privacy, freedom of information, and technology matters makes her a valued asset to clients. Kristél is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (Canada).

Kristél provides practical and strategic advice to  public and private organizations across all industries on privacy, cybersecurity and freedom of information laws, including matters such as interpretation, compliance, policy development, education, training and risk management as well as incident response. She helps organizations implement creative solutions for privacy issues affecting their customers and workplaces. Kristél also provides strategic advice to organizations on provincial and federal access requests and complaints, as well as reviews by privacy regulators across Canada.

Kristél has helped clients develop innovative and effective privacy compliance programs and manage and respond to a full range of privacy incidents, and regularly assists clients with cybersecurity compliance and breach coaching.

With respect to technology, clients look to Kristél for practical advice on a number of transactions, developing policies (such as social media, acceptable use, and bring your own device policies), and structuring a range of agreements including services, development, support/maintenance and licensing. As the world becomes increasingly digital, Kristél also regularly advises clients on matters relating to online operations such as e-commerce and electronic contracting, terms of use, copyright, online marketing and contests, as well as domain name disputes.

Kristél also acts as a third-party privacy officer, providing a wide range of cybersecurity and data privacy services. Learn more about virtual services.

  • Director, United Way of Regina (2019-present)
  • Campaign Cabinet Law Division Chair (2013-2019), GenNext Cabinet Chair (2016-2019), Member and Ambassador (2013-2019), United Way of Regina
  • Director, Globe Theatre (2018-2022)
  • Organizing Committee Member, Regina CBA Mid-Winter Meeting, Canadian Bar Association (2017, 2019)
  • Selections Committee Member, YWCA Regina Women of Distinction Awards (2016-present)
  • Chair, Privacy and Access Law (Saskatchewan South) Section, Canadian Bar Association (2016-2020)
  • Chair, Young Lawyers (Saskatchewan South) Section, Canadian Bar Association (2014-2015)
  • Volunteer Mentor, Mother Teresa Middle School (2013-present)
  • President (2016-2017), Treasurer (2015-2016), Director (2013-2021), Regina Bar Association
  • Volunteer, Pro Bono Students Canada and Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan (2009-present)
  • “You’ve Been Attacked – Now What? A Mock Cyber Security Incident for Municipalities,” SUMA webinar (November 2022)
  • “Privacy, Cybersecurity, and Vendor Risk Management for Credit Unions,” CUMIS webinar (October 2022)
  • Presenter and facilitator, “Cybersecurity Workshop,” Canadian Bar Association – Canadian Corporate Counsel Association  National Conference (May 2022)
  • “Anatomy of a Cyber Attack,” Webinar (April 2022)
  • “Cyber Security: Trends in Saskatchewan,” Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce Roundtable Series webinar (March 2022)
  • “Cybersecurity Issues and Risks – What Healthcare Employers Need to Know,” MLT Aikins webinar (March 2022)
  • “Cybersecurity Issues and Risks – What Senior Executives and Board Members Need to Know,” MLT Aikins webinar (January 2022)
  • Various cybersecurity and privacy presentations to organizations on training, compliance and incident response
  • “Top 10 Privacy Principles All Organizations Need to Know,” SARC HR Insights (July 2021)
  • “COVID-19 Privacy and Cybersecurity Considerations for Lawyers,” Law Society of Saskatchewan (April 2021)
  • “Cybersecurity and Mandatory Privacy Breach,” Canadian Lenders Summit (November 2020)
  • “Cybersecurity and Mandatory Breach,” MLT Aikins Webinar (November 2020)
  • “Canadian Corporate Counsel North/South: Cybersecurity and Data Protection,” Canadian Bar Association (November 2020)
  • “Tips, Tricks, and Strategies for Managing Compliance,” Saskatchewan Connections Conference, Public Service Information Community Connection (November 2020)
  • “Privacy Compliance & Hot Topics,” MLT Aikins Workshop, Saskatchewan (October 2019)
  • “Privacy Hot Topics,” Saskatchewan Connections Conference, Saskatoon (September 2019)
  • “Access/Disclosing Information to CCTV Surveillance Cameras,” with Devin Wehrle, Manitoba Connections Conference, Winnipeg (September 2019)
  • “Current Issues in Access to Information: The Art and Science of Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Legislation,” Information Sharing & Privacy Conference, Regina (May 2019)
  • “Board Governance: Duties, Liabilities and Conflict of Interest” with Samer Awadh, Chartered Professional Accountants of Saskatchewan seminar (November 2018)
  • “Top Issues in Privacy, Access and CASL,” with Nathan Schissel, Canadian Bar Association (Saskatchewan Branch) Mid-Winter Meeting (January 2018)
  • “Technology and Information Protection Concerns for NPOs,” United Way Saskatoon (November 2017)
  • “CASL and Privacy Considerations: What Non-Profits Need to Know,” United Way Regina (June 2017)
  • “Primer on Procurement – the Canadian Free Trade Agreement,” with Danielle Graff, various presentations (2017-2018)
  • “Online Raffles, Solicitation & Marketing (Online Contests),” with Nathan Schissel, Law Society of Saskatchewan, Corporate and Commercial Hot Topics (October 2017)
  • “Google Ordered to Remove Search Results Worldwide,” with Nathan SchisselLeading Internet Case Law, Cecile Park Media (July-August 2017)
  • “Cybersecurity and Data Breach Risk Management,” Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS) Saskatchewan, Cybersecurity and Privacy Conference (May 2017) with Nathan Schissel,
  • “Emerging Issues in Freedom of Information,” with Erin Wolff, Saskatchewan Connections Conference (May 2017)
  • “Privacy and FOI Framework for Educational Institutions in Saskatchewan” (March 2017)
  • “MAID (Medical Assistance in Dying): In Canada,” with Erin Wolff and Lynsey Gaudin, Canadian Bar Association Saskatchewan Branch BarNotes (December 2016)
  • “Key Issues in Access Requests,” with Erin Wolff, Saskatchewan Connections Conference (May 2016)
  • “Freedom of Information and Transparency Strategies,” with Randy Brunet, MLT Workshop with the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Saskatchewan (April 2016)
  • “Privacy Framework and Risks for Financial Institutions,” with Erin Wolff (January 2016)
  • “Pharmacy Privacy Officer Re-certification,” with Randy Brunet and Brad Vance, Saskatchewan College of Pharmacy Professionals (September 2015)
  • “Is there such a thing as ‘Internet Privacy’?” with Danielle Graff, Canadian Bar Association and Regina Public Library (April 2015)
  • “Social Media in the Workplace,” with Jade Buchanan, Saskatchewan Association of School Business Officials (April 2015)
  • “Federal Developments in Privacy and Access Laws,” with Nathan Schissel, An Update on Privacy & Access Law, Law Society of Saskatchewan, (April 2015)
  • “Social Media & Privacy,” Saskatchewan Association of Human Resources Professionals (February 2015)
  • W.G. Morrow – R.C. Carter Prize in Indian and Aboriginal Law (Saskatchewan, 2012)
  • C.H.J. (Claude) Burrows, Q.C. Scholarship for contributions to law school community (Saskatchewan, 2012)
  • G. Murray Forbes Memorial Bursary for academic achievement and community involvement (Saskatchewan, 2011)
  • Dean’s Silver Medal in Science (Alberta, 2009)
  • Undergraduate Scholarships (Alberta, 2008 and 2009)