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