Nathan Schissel




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Education & Qualifications

  • Saskatchewan Bar (2003)
  • LLB (Saskatchewan, 2002)
  • BA with great distinction (Saskatchewan, 1999)

Nathan practises in the area of information technology, cybersecurity, data protection and privacy, intellectual property commercialization and licensing, anti-spam compliance, e-commerce, and mergers and acquisitions.

  • Breach counsel for various clients responding to a range of complex cybersecurity incidents including ransomware attacks, business email compromise (BEC), financial fraud and cross-border data breaches.
  • Counsel to various credit unions in connection with digital transformation initiatives including the acquisition, implementation and sustainment of online and mobile banking, customer relationship management, loan origination, service and collection and branch automation technologies and solutions.
  • Counsel to Farm Credit Canada in the negotiation of agreements for the provision, implementation and sustainment of an enterprise-wide cloud-based financial system and software platform.
  • Counsel to Information Services Corporation and Enterprise Registry Solutions Ltd. on the preparation and negotiation of agreements with the Government of Nova Scotia for the transformation and development of a new electronic registry solution for the Nova Scotia Registry of Joint Stock Companies.
  • Counsel to a Western Canadian technology company on the structuring, preparation and negotiation of agreements with the Government of Saskatchewan for the transition, integration and ongoing support of an online business system to support the development and regulation of Saskatchewan’s energy and resources industry.
  • Counsel to a technology company on the preparation and negotiation of various agreements with the Government of Saskatchewan relating to the modernization and development of a number of information technology systems and applications within the Government’s Information Management Systems (IJIMS) portfolio.
  • Counsel to Information Services Corporation in connection with the modernization, transformation and development of a new electronic land registry system for the Yukon Territory.
  • Counsel to two crown corporations in the negotiation of a master agreement for the supply of a managed customer billing solution.
  • Counsel to Information Services Corporation in connection with its acquisition of ESC Corporate Services.
  • Counsel to Federated Cooperatives Limited in connection with the successful application and registration of its “.crs” privately owned and managed top-level domain (gTLD).
  • Counsel to eHealth Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Medical Association (SMA) in connection with the procurement, contracting and implementation of various Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems for Primary Health Care (PHC) health-care providers and medical practitioners and clinics throughout Saskatchewan.
  • Counsel to Information Services Corporation in the negotiation and implementation of a 20-year master services agreement with the Government of Saskatchewan for the operation of all of the major Saskatchewan public registries by ISC in connection with its initial public offering by way of secondary offering, for gross proceeds of nearly $170 million.
  • Counsel to SaskPower and SaskEnergy in respect of its multi-vendor advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) system.
  • Counsel to Health Shared Services Saskatchewan (3sHealth) in the negotiation and documentation of a long-term contract for the supply of laundry and linen services for the Province of Saskatchewan.
  • Counsel to the Saskatchewan Health Shared Services Initiative in connection with the formation, organization and development of Health Shared Services Saskatchewan (3sHealth).
  • Counsel on Saskferco Products LLC $1.6 billion sale to Yara International ASA (named the 2008 Canadian Inbound Acquisition of the Year by Lexpert Magazine).

Nathan has acted as counsel in a wide variety of technology-related transactions, including business-process and technology-based outsourcing; software and systems implementation, development and integration, systems support and maintenance; reseller and distribution arrangements; fintech and payment platform development, emerging blockchain technology, internet and e-commerce; cloud services; procurement of information technology and technology transfer. He has significant experience negotiating and drafting outsourcing, system development, system acquisition/integration, software licensing, support and maintenance agreements, cloud computing agreements (SaaS, IaaS, PaaS), application development agreements, payment system agreements, service bureau, reseller and distribution agreements, master services agreements, consulting services agreements, and technology transfer agreements. He also provides technology-related advice on both domestic and cross-border purchase and sale transactions and financings.

In addition, Nathan assists both private and public sector clients in managing cybersecurity and privacy risks, conducting strategic risk assessments, and developing effective risk-mitigation, governance and incident response planning. Nathan also acts as “breach counsel” for clients  in response to a variety of cybersecurity and data breach incidents including ransomware attacks, business email compromise (BEC) and financial fraud, “hacking and phishing attacks” by external threat actors, DDoS attacks and breaches involving lost and stolen devices and information.

  • Member, MLT Aikins Executive Board
  • Past President and Chair of the Board of Trustees, MacKenzie Art Gallery
  • Director (2012-2014), Chair of Audit and Finance Committee (2012-2014), Springboard West Innovations Inc.
  • Director, Schizophrenia Society of Saskatchewan Inc. (2008-2011)
  • Vice-President (2007-2008), Secretary-Treasurer (2006), Director (2005 -2008), Regina Bar Association
  • Member, Law Society of Saskatchewan Cloud Committee Working Group
  • Member, Canadian Technology Law Association (CAN-TECH)
  • Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)
  • Member, American Bar Association, Science & Technology Law Section
  • “Cybersecurity: Protecting Your Business From Ransomware Attacks”, Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce “Thought Leadership Hub” Webinar (September, 2022)
  • “Increased regulatory compliance seen in negotiating technology service agreements, lawyers say” Lexpert Special Edition: Technology and Health Sciences (June, 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)
  • “COVID-19 Privacy and Cybersecurity Considerations for Lawyers,” Law Society of Saskatchewan Webinar (April 2021)
  • “Disruptive & Transformational Technologies: The Next 10 Years in 45 Minutes,” TD Wealth, MLT Aikins, MNP and Evolve ETFs Joint Innovation Event (March 2019)
  • “Data Compliance: EU GDPR & CASL Explained,” Saskatchewan Trade & Export Partnership (STEP) Seminar (November 2018)
  • “Freedom of Information Requests Case Study,” MLT Aikins Procurement Matters Seminar (November 2018)
  • “Aiding by Omission in CASL? Good Enough, CRTC Says,” Internet and E-Commerce Law in Canada, LexisNexis, October 2019, Volume 19, Number 6
  • “New Mandatory Breach Reporting and Record Keeping Obligations in Canada,” Information Law Journal, American Bar Association (Autumn 2018, Volume 9, Issue 4)
  • Presenter, “New Privacy Law Requirements for Breaches: What It Means For You,” ISACA (Regina Chapter) Security & Risk Conference (September 2018)
  • “Jurisdiction Issues in Internet Defamation Cases,” Leading Internet Case Law, Cecile Park Media (July-August 2018)
  • “The New Data Breach Requirements Under PIPEDA,” MNP 24/7 Winnipeg Speaker Series (May 2018)
  • “Managing Cybersecurity for Your Practice and Clients,” Canadian Bar Association (Saskatchewan Branch) Mid-Winter Meeting (2018)
  • “Online Raffles, Solicitation & Marketing (Online Contests),” Law Society of Saskatchewan, Corporate and Commercial Hot Topics (October 2017)
  • “Google Ordered to Remove Search Results Worldwide,” Leading Internet Case Law, Cecile Park Media (July-August 2017)
  • “Facebook, Google and the Supreme Court: Big Decisions for Internet Law,” Internet and E-Commerce in Canada, Lexis Nexis, Volume 17, Number 2 (June 2017)
  • “Cybersecurity and Data Breach Risk Management,” Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS) Saskatchewan, Cybersecurity and Privacy Conference (May 2017)
  • “Cybersecurity and Data Breach,” Presentation to Canadian Bar Association (BC) Corporate Counsel Association (April 2017)
  • “Cloud Computing Considerations and Risks,” MLT Aikins IT Law Seminars (January/February 2017)
  • “Cybersecurity Preparedness and Risk Management Strategies for In-House Counsel,” MLT Seminar on Legal Risk Management and Ethical Issues Facing In-House Counsel (November 2016)
  • “Social Media in the Workplace: Legal Issues for Businesses and Employers,” Kenneth Levene Graduate School of Business, University of Regina (December 2015)
  • “3D Printing & Implications on IP Rights,” Bar Notes, Canadian Bar Association, Vol. 29. No. 3 (spring 2015)
  • “Federal Developments in Privacy and Access Laws,” Law Society of Saskatchewan, An Update on Privacy & Access Law (April 2015)
  • “Social Media in Evidence and in the Workplace,” Canadian Bar Association (Saskatchewan Branch) Mid-Winter Meeting (2015)
  • “Recent Developments in Corporate Law,” Canadian Bar Association (Saskatchewan Branch) Mid-Winter Meeting (2015)
  • “The Next Wave of Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation: Installation of Computer Programs and Transmission Data,” BC Legal Management Association, Topics (winter 2015)
  • “Legal Issues in Cloud Computing,” Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS) (January 2015)
  • Canadian Technology Thought Leader, Mondaq (Autumn 2023)
  • A leading practitioner, Data Protection & Privacy, Corporate Commercial Law, and Technology Transactions, Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (since 2023)
  • Thomson Reuters “Stand-Out Lawyer” 2022-2023
  • Acritas Stars 2021 – Designated as an “Independently Rated Lawyer”
  • Recognized in Lexpert Special Edition Technology (since 2020)
  • Recognized in Best Lawyers, Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law (since 2018), Information Technology Law, Technology Law (since 2021), and Privacy and Data Security Law (since 2023)
  • A leading practitioner, Computer and IT Law, Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (since 2018)