Carole Piovesan


INQ Law/Consulting

Co-founder, Managing Partner

Carole is managing partner at INQ Law, focusing her practice on privacy, cyber incident response, data governance and artificial intelligence risk management. She regularly counsels clients on a wide range of matters related to privacy, cyber readiness and breach response, data governance, ethical artificial intelligence and responsible innovation. Prior to founding INQ Law, Carole was co-lead of the national Cybersecurity, Privacy and Data Management group at a leading law firm. A seasoned litigator, she has represented clients before all levels of court in Ontario as well as at the Supreme Court of Canada.

Carole plays an active role in shaping data law, policy and standards in Canada and globally. She is a member of the OECD.AI Policy Observatory and has contributed to numerous institutions including in the Global Partnership on AI, the Global Task Force to Promote Trusted Sharing of Data at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the Standards Council of Canada’s Data Governance Collaborative, and the National Advisory Council on AI in Healthcare.

Carole regularly teaches, speaks and writes on topics related to cybersecurity, privacy, data law and AI. She has been featured on the CBC, the Globe and Mail, The Logic, and Betakit. She has testified before Canada’s House of Commons Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics. Carole is also an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law where she lectures on AI regulation. She is the co-editor of "Leading Legal Disruption: Artificial Intelligence and a Toolkit for Lawyers and the Law," published by Thomson Reuters in 2021.

Carole was appointed by the federal minister of innovation to serve as one of six Digital Leaders in the national data and digital transformation consultations. In this role, she led consultations with businesses, academics, civil society and industry associations to inform the first national Digital Charter. Announced on 21 May 2019, the Digital Charter has led to significant proposed reforms to Canada’s federal private sector privacy law.


Contributions by Carole Piovesan