Vanessa is a lawyer in data governance and emerging technologies. Named one of the 20 most influential women in cybersecurity in 2020 by IT World Canada, Vanessa also teaches crisis management and cybersecurity law at St. Thomas University’s Master of Laws in Cybersecurity in Miami, Florida. She is an ISO/IEC 27701:2019 Senior Lead Implementor and Certified Data Protection Officer.

Prior to joining Fasken, Vanessa held the role of Director of Compliance and Chief Privacy Officer at a multinational cybersecurity firm. She sits on the Board of Directors of Cyber├ęco, a non-profit organization in the field of critical infrastructure cybersecurity, and NordOuvert, in the field of smart cities.

She is a frequent speaker at international conferences and holds a Master’s degree from McGill University on cyber espionage.