Monique McAlister


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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, privacy and data protection, consumer protection, copyright, competition, advertising, anti-spam, telemarketing, 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; and consumer protection and disclosure requirements for e-commerce; misleading advertising and claims substantiation; packaging and labelling and promotional contests.

In respect of pensions and benefits, Monique provides advice on regulatory and compliance issues related to pension investments.

Monique is recognized for her work in four key areas: (1) communications law/telecommunications and broadcasting; (2) data; (3) technology; and (4) advertising and marketing law. She was named “Best of the Best” in the 2021 Global Expert Guide in Telecommunications; Lawyer of the Year for Communications Law in 2022 by The Best Lawyers in Canada; is recommended as a Global Leader in Telecoms, Media & Entertainment in 2022 and a National Leader in Data in 2021 by Who’s Who Legal; and is named as one of Canada’s top-ranked lawyers in Lexpert’s Special Edition on Technology and Health Sciences 2022 and 2023. She has also been recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers Global and Chambers Canada for telecoms, media and broadcasting; by The Legal 500 Canada for telecoms; 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; and by The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory and by The Best Lawyers in Canada for advertising and marketing law and communications law.

Featured Work

Monique’s representative work includes:
  • Advising various Canadian and non-Canadian clients on legislative amendments, laws and regulatory policies applicable to linear broadcasting and online streaming services and other direct-to-consumer businesses.
  • Acting as counsel on applications and policy submissions to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC); Heritage Canada; Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED); and the Copyright Board.
  • Acting on 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.


Professional Involvement

Monique is a guest lecturer 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.


Professional Affiliations

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