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Bio

Dell is a Métis-Cree person from the Red River Settlement. Her practice is focused primarily in the areas of Privacy and Data Protection law, Wills and Estate Planning and Administration, and Aboriginal law.

 

Dell is a member of Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP’s Privacy and Data Protection Practice Group. She advises clients from both the for profit and not-for-profit sectors with respect to access to information requests, anti-spam compliance, and privacy and data protection matters. This includes timely advice on a number of matters including legal obligations and compliance with privacy and data protection laws, including the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), Canada’s Anti-Spam Law (CASL), the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA), and the Personal Health Information Act (PHIA).

 

Dell can assist your organization in developing policies and procedures with respect to the collection, retention and disclosure of personal information, structuring legal agreements so as to comply with Canada’s privacy and data protection laws, and can assist you in understanding your obligations if your organization has suffered a breach. She has experience assisting with risk minimization and management strategies, the creation and implementation of privacy and data protection policies, procedures and practices, data breach reporting and notification issues, and external vendor/service provider risk mitigation, including contract review and negotiation.

 

Dell has experience requesting information and making complaints under FIPPA. She has assisted clients in advocating for the release of documents which have been refused, and can provide advice and guidance about what records ought to be released, what can be withheld, and why this is the case if your organization receives a request.

 

Dell has earned a certificate in Privacy and Cybersecurity Law from Osgoode Hall Law School, is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), and has contributed to several sources, including Lexology and Mondaq.

 

Dell’s estate practice has given her experience in drafting wills, powers of attorney, healthcare directives, and assisting in the administration of estates, including by drafting requests for probate and various releases and transfer documents required to distribute the property of the deceased. She has a particular interest in assisting Indigenous clients with this complex area of law.

 

Aboriginal law is defined as Euro-Canadian law created by Canadian governments and courts about Indigenous peoples. Dell’s interest in Aboriginal law stems from her identity as a Métis person, and her belief in the need to have Indigenous voices in the practice of Aboriginal law. She has experience with Indian status claims, working with resource developers as they engage with First Nations and Métis communities, and researching and analyzing constitutional matters such as the impact of the division of powers.

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Dell was a summer student at Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP in 2017 and 2018, and returned as an articling student in 2019. Dell joined the firm as an associate in 2020.

  • Services

    Aboriginal Law

    Administrative

    Trusts, Estates & Fiduciary Obligations

    Privacy & Data Protection

  • Education

    University of Winnipeg, B.A. Criminal Justice, 2012
    University of Manitoba, J.D., 2019

  • Industries

    Information & Communication Technology (ICT)

  • Bar Admissions

    Manitoba, June 2020

  • Achievements

    The A. Montague Israel, QC Prize, 2020

    Clerk, Manitoba Court of Appeal (2019)

    Schwartz/Reisman Scholars Program – High Academic Achievement, Leadership Qualities and Community Involvement (2016-2017; 2017-2018; 2018-2019)

    Anthony G. Draper Memorial Prize – Highest Grade in Remedies (2019)

    George Thomas Chapman Q.C. Family Prize – Highest Grade in Legal Profession and Professional Responsibility (2019)

    UMSU Award for Indigenous Community Leaders – (2018)

    Pitblado Scholar - Dean’s Honour List (2016-2017; 2017-2018)

    Game Changer, Manitoba’s Idea Competition – 2nd Place for Just A Warm Sleep, Emergency Warming Shelter (2017)

    D.A. Thompson, Q.C. Prize – Highest Grade in Family Law (2017-2018)

    D.A. Thompson, Q.C. Prize – Highest Grade in Employment Law (2017-2018)

    Neil James MacDonald Memorial Prize - Highest Grade First Year Criminal Law (2016-2017)

    Morton H. Nemy Entrance Award - High Academic Achievement, Personal Characteristics Associated with the Highest Standard of the Profession (2016)

    Award for Commitment to Volunteer Service - Canadian Mental Health Association (2014)

    Lorne J.C. Elliot Memorial Scholarship in Sociology (2010)

    Judge Walter J. Lindal Memorial Scholarship – For Leadership Qualities in Law (2010)

    Condren Rex Keatinge Scholarship in Criminal Justice - For Academic Excellence (2009)

  • In the Community

    Board Member, 1JustCity - Present

    Manitoba Law Students Association – Vice-President Finance (2018-2019)

    Robson Hall Mental Health Group – Co-founder; President (2017-2018)

    Manitoba Indigenous Law Students Association – Vice-President Finance (2017-2018)

    Pro Bono Students Canada (2016-2017)

    Canadian Mental Health Association-Speaker (2013-2015)

     

  • Associations

    • Manitoba Bar Association
    • Canadian Bar Association