Shawn Ford, LLM, Esq.

Member, The Beckage Firm

Shawn Ford is a seasoned lawyer with an entrepreneurial spirit. Shawn is experienced working with technology-focused organizations at varying stages, including as General Counsel for an international health tech company. As a Canadian citizen, with several years of experience Shawn works closely with clients as a valued and trusted advisor. . Shawn provides business ready solutions to resolve issues revolving around privacy, data protection, cybersecurity, and crisis and risk management. With experience as a data security technology business owner, Shawn has worked with organizations , and high net worth individuals on data security and privacy compliance and incident response matters.

Shawn values aiding clients to develop and build upon their understanding of compliance, privacy and cyber obligations. As such, he realizes first-hand the challenges that technology companies face when trying to balance their compliance obligations while innovating and developing new products and services. Shawn helps companies turn their obligations into opportunities, to build trust and advance their business goals.

Shawn assists multinational institutions to understand and operationalize their privacy and cyber requirements. He works closely with the CISOs and legal counsel at these institutions to create enterprise-wide privacy policies and procedures, third party privacy risk management programs, and incident response plans. He frequently works with privacy officers to implement their privacy program throughout their organization and to understand their data.

In crisis and risk management situations, Shawn handles strategic communications, negotiations, and provides solutions for businesses and high net worth clientele. He focuses on providing executive-level strategies to plan for, prevent, and respond to crises throughout the pre-, intra-, and post-crisis stages.

Shawn states that his mission as it relates to data security, privacy and technology is "to take a 360° approach to understand your organization's position and ability to leverage data security, privacy and technology best practices to build brand trust and resiliency."

Professional Associations

  • International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), Member
  • Canadian Bar Association, Member
  • Ontario Bar Association, Member
  • Can-Tech Law, Member

Accreditations, Licenses & Certifications

  • Licensed to practice law in Ontario and federally in Canada.

Education

  • LLM, Osgoode Hall Law School – York University
  • LLB, University of Law – London, UK
  • BA in Legal Studies, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Recognition and Leadership

  • Speaker at 2022 IAPP Symposium in Toronto, Canada
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