Trent’s practice focuses on privacy, access to information, energy and natural resources, and technology law. Often working with David Fraser, one of Canada’s pre-eminent experts in privacy law, Trent regularly assists governments, institutions, public bodies, health organizations, professional regulators, start-ups, and individuals deal with privacy regulators. He helps these organizations manage all compliance and regulatory aspects of federal and provincial privacy and access laws, including PIPEDA (Canada) and ATIPPA (Newfoundland and Labrador). Trent co-chairs the Newfoundland and Labrador branch of the Privacy and Access Law section of the Canadian Bar Association and routinely presents on privacy-related issues to a diverse range of audiences.
Outside of privacy and access law, Trent advises on technology law issues such as drafting, reviewing, and implementing cloud computing and IT outsourcing agreements. Trent also services the energy and natural resources sector by assisting with upstream oil & gas, electricity, and mining disputes.
Trent brings a highly analytical approach to transform client concerns into practical, valuable and effective legal solutions. He believes that understanding a client’s industries and operations is the foundation for delivering quality legal services. He draws from prior experience as a long-time project manager at an internet marketing agency and from working at a national accounting firm to consider client needs and objectives from both a legal and business perspective.
Prior to joining McInnes Cooper, Trent researched solicitor-client privilege and other privacy related topics at the University of Ottawa law school under the guidance of Canada’s leading academic on privilege. Academically, he finished in the Top 5 of his law school class while representing his school nationally in negotiation competitions.
A former Rhodes Scholarship finalist, Trent also received the Memorial University Gold Medal as the top student in his Bachelor of Commerce co-operative program.
Outside of the office, Trent continues to compete in various sports – especially curling, where he will be representing Newfoundland and Labrador at the national amateur championships in November 2016 and still strives to represent his province at the Brier one day.
JD (Magna Cum Laude), University of Ottawa (2013)
BComm Hons, Memorial University of Newfoundland (2007)