Rick Shields



Email: rshields@nnovation.com

Ottawa Office
Telephone: 613.656.1293
Facsimile: 888.314.5997

Toronto Office
Telephone: 647.729.1200
Facsimile: 888.314.5997

One of Canada’s leading practitioners in the rapidly developing field of privacy law, Rick is co-author of The Law of Privacy in Canada (Thomson Carswell) and author or co-author of many articles and papers dealing with Canadian privacy law issues.  Rick advises international and domestic clients, in the public, private and NGO sectors, respecting the legal and policy aspects of federal and provincial privacy laws in Canada.  He has appeared as featured speaker or panelist at over 50 conferences dealing with privacy law issues.  Rick is also Principal Consultant with CanadaPrivacy Services Inc. (www.canadaprivacy.ca) and has participated in the performance of over 125 Privacy Impact Assessments (PIAs) and other privacy engagements in a consulting capacity since 2003.

Called to the Ontario Bar in 1990, Ricks’ practice also focuses upon Canadian laws pertaining to access to information, transportation, government contracting, public-private partnerships and e-commerce.  Some of Rick’s practice highlights include:

  • overseeing all legal aspects of the sale of three federal port authorities, including the transfer of wharves, grain elevators, marinas, water lots, uplands, chattels, employee contracts and records;
  • assisting clients to secure private sector re-financing to replace government loans for marine facilities located in provinces of Quebec (bank finance), New Brunswick (private placement) and British Columbia (bank finance);
  • providing advice on legal aspects of tendering, RFP and contracting for a significant infrastructure development project in New Brunswick;
  • overseeing legal aspects of a series of staff reorganisations associated with the gradual winding-up of a federal Crown corporation’s operations, including the dissolution of a federal police force; and
  • advising clients in the trucking and rail sectors on a variety of matters including regulatory compliance, licensing, freight forwarding and railway expropriations.


Queen’s University
BA (Honours), MA

University of Toronto