Anne Côté
Anne Côté
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Anne Côté concentrates her practice in the areas of privacy, labour and employment, and administrative law, serving as an advocate on behalf of clients facing inquiries and other legal matters in Alberta and other Canadian jurisdictions.  

Anne represents individual, corporate and institutional entities in inquiries before Information and Privacy Commissioners in Alberta and other Canadian jurisdictions, in labour arbitrations, in human rights and professional regulatory matters, and has appeared before all levels of courts in Alberta and at the Supreme Court of Canada. She is a regular organizer and presenter at seminars and conferences on privacy and labour and employment topics.

She also serves as a legal advisor to various post-secondary institutions and other institutional clients providing legal advice about:

  • Privacy issues;
  • Institutional governance and policy;
  • Labour and employment issues; and
  • Administrative practice and procedure.

Anne provides ongoing advice to a range of clients to guide them through the complex landscape of privacy policies, employment policies, outsourcing agreements, legislative compliance, and records management issues.

Anne is a past Chair of the Northern Alberta Privacy Section of the Canadian Bar Association and is the recipient of the 2017 IAPP Award, recognizing Outstanding Leadership in the Field of Access and Privacy in Alberta and Canada.

Value to Clients

With years of experience in privacy, an area of Canadian law with detailed legislation, as well other complex areas of the law, Anne has a strong understanding of related client issues and strives to provide timely and practical advice. Because she places a priority on client communications, Anne feels that her clients regard her as a responsive, trusted advisor.

Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Privacy Law Section (North)
Member + Co-Chair
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Administrative Law Section (North)
Canadian Bar Association Alberta, Labour and Employment Law Section (North)
Leadership in the Field of Access and Privacy
2017 Information Access and Protection of Privacy Program Award
June 2017
Edmonton Food Bank
Alberta Law Review
2000 - 2001
Alberta Law Review
Articles Editor
1999 - 2000
Discipline, Interpretation & Enforcement Board, Student's Union, University of Alberta
Assistant Chair
1998 - 1999
Covenant Health v Alberta (Information and Privacy Commissioner), 2014 ABQB 562, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Alberta Teachers' Association v Alberta (Information and Privacy Commissioner), 2013 ABQB 106, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Thomson v University of Alberta, 2013 ABCA 391, Alberta Court of Appeal
Wright v College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (Appeals Committee),, 2012 ABCA 267, Alberta Court of Appeal
Alberta (Information and Privacy Commissioner) v. Alberta Teachers' Association, 2011 SCC 61 (CanLII), 2011 SCC 61, Supreme Court of Canada
Edmonton Police Commission v. Alberta (Information and Privacy Commissioner), 2011 ABQB 291, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
University of Alberta v. Alberta (Information and Privacy Commissioner, 2011 ABQB 486, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
University of Alberta v. Alberta (Information and Privacy Commissioner), 2011 ABQB 699, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
University of Alberta v. Alberta (Information and Privacy Commissioner), 2011 ABQB 389, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Mitten v. College of Alberta Psychologists, 2010 ABCA 159, Alberta Court of Appeal
January 2018
Update on Conflicts of Interest Act: Deadlines Looming for Post-Secondary Institutions
As we outlined in an earlier article, the Alberta Legislature recently introduced Bill 27: the Conflicts of Interest Amendment Act. This Act, which is now in force, expands the reach of the Conflicts of Interest Act to all public agencies, boards and c...
January - March 2016
Labour and Employment: 2015 Year in Review
February - March 2015
Labour and Employment: 2014 Year in Review
November 2014
Heartbleed Virus Causes Heartburn: Information Security Implications
March 2014
2013 Year in Review
November 2013
Supreme Court of Canada Declares Alberta’s Personal Information Protection Act Unconstitutional
November 2013
Lunchtime Round Table Series for FOIP Coordinators
September 2013
Pridgen v. University of Calgary: Reflections on the Application of the Charter
June 2013
Access to Information Laws: Three Reasons Why All Canadian Organizations Should Pay Attention
January 2013
Anti-Spam Legislation: Coming Soon to a Campus Near You?
January 2012
A Potpourri of Access Orders: Practical Guidance in Responding to Access Requests
January 2013
The Supreme Court of Canada and Privacy in Workplace Computers
December 2012
Anti-Spam Legislation: A Work in Progress
December 2012
Privacy Breaches Can Be a One-Two Punch for Employers: Arbitrator Awards Damages for Employee Credit Checks that Breached Privacy Legislation
July 2012
Alberta Privacy Commissioner Issues Report on Privacy Breaches
June 2012
Click With Caution: What Employers Should Know Before Conducting Social Media Background Checks on Prospective Employees
January 2012
Intrusion Upon Seclusion: Ontario Recognizes Tort for Invasion of Privacy - Will Alberta Follow Suit?
November 2011
Round Table Discussion: Dealing with Protection of Privacy
October 2011
Alberta Court Declares PIPA Sections to be Unconstitutional in Picketing Matter
September 2011
Round Table Discussion: Current Issues in Privacy Compliance
May 2011
Round Table Discussion: Advanced Issues in Responding to FOIP Access Requests
January 2011
The Fundamentals of Privacy Law & Compliance
November 2010
You Put That Online? Blogging, Social Networking, and Workplace Privacy
October 2010
OIPC Mediation and Inquiry Procedures -- An Overview of the Usual Steps, and a Review of the New Inquiry Procedures
June 2010
Employee Criminal Record Checks
June 2010
Alberta Introduces Mandatory Privacy Breach Notification
October 2009
Everything You Wanted to Know About Employment Privacy But Were Afraid to Ask
July 2009
HIV/AIDS Reporting
Special Privacy Edition, Summer 2009
Current Workplace Issues - Video Surveillance
June 2009
Bill 52: Amendments to Alberta's Health Information Act
Winter 2009
HIV/AIDS Reporting
March 2009
HIV/AIDS Reporting
Fall 2008
Honda Canada v. Keays at the SCC: Rethinking Compensation for the Manner of Dismissal
February 2007
Expert Witness Immunity in a Disciplinary Setting
Alberta Guidelines for the Disclosure of Harm to Patients
Adequate Protection for the Autonomous Research Subject? The Disclosure of Sources of Funding and Commercialism in Genetic Research Trials
Telling the Truth? Disclosure, Therapeutic Privilege and Intersexuality in Children
Recent Developments in Liability Law
University of Alberta, 2001, Bachelor of Laws With Distinction
University of Alberta, 1997, Bachelor of Arts With High Honours