About

Nick Van Exan is a software developer and data protection consultant. He helps organizations build, manage and secure serverless systems that process personal data.

Software Expertise

Nick is a senior front-end software engineer and designer. He began his career working as a Flash developer and earned himself a SXSW Web Award for his personal portfolio in 2004 just after finishing high school. Since then, Nick has been working with and leading Agile software development teams at organizations big and small. Recently, Nick was the lead front-end engineer for Finastra's Barometer compliance platform. He is currently the lead front-end engineer for a fintech startup in Toronto called Olive, where he oversees the implementation of all UI elements and front-end build systems and libraries.

Data Protection Expertise

In addition to his software development expertise, Nick is also a certified privacy professional (CIPP/C) and a licensed privacy lawyer. Nick has extensive experience leading privacy-related change management initiatives at large organizations and served as Hootsuite's Product & Privacy Counsel from 2017-2018, where he planned and led the company's data protection strategy and GDPR compliance efforts.

Nick graduated from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in 2011. He received several awards there, including prizes for the highest marks in Telecommunications and Internet Law. Nick was called to the Ontario bar in 2012 and practiced as a litigation associate at a prominent Bay Street law firm for a number of years before leaving to pursue a career at the intersection of software development and data protection.

Services Offered

Nick's background as both a coder and a lawyer result in a unique skillset that allows him to add value to organizations across a wide array of services:

  • Product Design & Development
  • Data Protection & Data Ethics Strategy
  • Privacy Program Design & Implementation
  • Data Protection Impact Assessments
  • Security Policy and Privacy Notice Drafting

Accreditations & Certifications

  • Juris Doctor, University of Toronto Faculty of Law
  • Certified International Privacy Professional (Canada) (CIPP/C)
  • Member in Good Standing with the Law Society of Ontario
  • Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals

Technical Capabilities

Nick has extensive experience in the following technical areas:

  • JavaScript and Typescript (esp. re React, React Native, Angular, NodeJS)
  • Webpack, Parcel and custom build processes
  • CSS / SCSS Modules
  • Front-end unit testing frameworks (esp. Jest)
  • E2E testing frameworks (esp. Protractor, Testcafe, Cypress)
  • Microsoft Azure and Azure DevOps CI
  • GatsbyJS
  • Zeit Now