Kris Klein

Partner, nNovation LLP

Kris Klein, CIPP/C, CIPM, FIP, has more than two decades of experience in the federal regulatory arena, which he gained in both the public and private sectors in Canada. He is also one of the country’s leading experts on the application of the Access to Information Act, the Privacy Act and the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA).

Klein practiced law with a preeminent national firm for several years prior to gaining a significant amount of litigation experience working for the Federal Department of Justice. He also has provided instrumental and crucial legal advice for the Privy Council Office.

More recently and prior to founding nNovation LLP, Klein practiced exclusively in the area of privacy law for the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. In his capacity as litigation counsel, Klein advised the Commissioner and senior officials on legal, policy and strategic positions available in privacy matters, including the handling of high-profile and sensitive cases. In addition, he interacted, negotiated and settled complaints with private sector organizations facing complaints about privacy issues. Klein also represented the Commissioner and her office publicly, as a conference speaker, before parliamentary committee and in interviews with the media.

Klein has broad public and private sector experience, working on projects that have required understanding, negotiating and monitoring technical compliance with privacy and security issues. He has a demonstrated understanding of technology, theories of anonymity (de-identification of data), authentication systems and health privacy issues among other topics.

He has written extensively on the subject, including co-authoring several instrumental works. Moreover, Klein teaches the privacy law course at the University of Ottawa Law School and he has provided countless in-house training sessions to corporations and government departments. He is an entertaining speaker that engages the audience and provides practical advice to real-world problems.

Klein is native to Ottawa and studied in a specialized Geographic Information Systems program at Carleton University before attending law school. He is active within his community, has served on several charitable boards and coached minor hockey and soccer.