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Monique McAlister


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Bay Adelaide Centre - West Tower
333 Bay Street, Suite 3400
Toronto, ON M5H 2S7

Tel:   416.597.4255
Fax:   416.979.1234

Monique McAlister is a partner in one of the firm’s Business Law groups.

Her practice focuses on regulatory, public and commercial law, with expertise in communications, competition, copyright, privacy, anti-spam, telemarketing, advertising, consumer protection and pensions and benefits.

Monique provides advice on a broad range of issues to clients, including those in the communications and digital media industries, with respect to Canadian regulation of broadcasting and digital media; public policy-making; copyright infringement; foreign ownership restrictions on cross-border media investments; CRTC licensing, renewal and amendment applications; distribution agreements; affiliation agreements; program supply and program production agreements; merger reviews; privacy and data protection issues; misleading advertising and claims substantiation; packaging and labelling; promotional contests; and consumer protection and disclosure requirements for e-commerce.

In respect of pensions and benefits, Monique provides advice on regulatory and compliance issues; pension investments; pension plan design and amendment; and pensions and benefits issues in mergers and acquisitions.


Monique’s representative work includes:

  • Acting as counsel on applications and policy submissions to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), Industry Canada and the Copyright Board.
  • Acting on merger notifications before the Mergers and Monopolistic Practices Branch and investigations before the Cartels and Deceptive Marketing Practices Branch of the Competition Bureau.
  • Liaising with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada and provincial privacy commissioners.


Monique was named “Best of the Best” in the 2021 Global Expert Guide as one of the Top 30 legal practitioners globally in telecoms and “Lawyer of the Year” for her work in communications law in Toronto by Best Lawyers in Canada in both 2022 and 2014. Monique is also recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers Global and Chambers Canada for telecoms, media and broadcasting; by The Legal 500 Canada as a Leading Individual for Telecommunications; by Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Technology, Media and Telecommunications Lawyers and Euromoney’s Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law for technology, media and telecommunications; by The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory and Who’s Who Legal: Canada for telecommunications; and by Best Lawyers in Canada for communications law as well as advertising and marketing law. 


Monique is an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto Law School, where she teaches about “The Role of the CRTC” as part of the Entertainment Law course.

Board of Directors, International Institute of Communications (IIC) - Canadian Chapter.

Steering Committee, IIC Communications Law and Policy Conference.


Education Osgoode Hall Law School (1993/94 Prize in Civil Procedure, LL.B., 1996)
University of Toronto (B.A. in Economics & Sociology, With High Distinction, Graduation Prize in Sociology, 1992)
Professional Affiliations

Law Society of Ontario
Canadian Bar Association
Ontario Bar Association, Entertainment, Media and Communications Law Section

Year of Call

1998 Ontario