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Principal Researcher: Neural Networks and Natural Language Syntax

  • Supervisor: Professor Whitney Tabor, Department of Psychology
  • Performed research on sentence processing in neural networks

Teaching Fellow

  • Department of Cognitive Science
  • Course: “Cognition”
  • Taught tutorials, consulted with students, evaluated assignments and exams

System Administrator

Ikonisys Inc.

  • Audited software and compliance with software licensing requirements;
  • Introduced and implemented e-mail encryption and company-wide security practices
Aug 2006Aug 2009

Manager, Law & Technology Program

University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law
  • Develops and implements research, conferences and projects contributing to the Law & Technology group’s areas of strategic research and development
  • Works independently and with other researchers to supervise and coordinate student research projects
  • Acts as the Law & Technology group’s liaison with Faculty and University communications staff to ensure the visibility of the Centre’s research and expertise
  • Oversees the promotion of interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research programs and knowledge sharing initiatives in the field of Law & Technology and in related areas through the development and maintenance of websites, newsletters, podcasts and other vehicles
  • Publicizes the Law & Technology group’s activities and expertise by liaising with media, policy-makers, and researchers in other faculties and at other institutions
  • Supports the strategic growth and development the Law & Technology group through fundraising and organizational change; in particular, overseeing the transition of the group to the Research Centre for Law, Technology & Society
Sep 2005Jun 2006

Articling Student

Ogilvy Renault LLP, Ottawa

  • Rotated through four departments: Business Law and Real Estate; Employment and Labour; Litigation and Trade; and Intellectual Property
  • Worked on a wide variety of tasks including drafting and reviewing contracts and licences, preparing arguments for hearings, and researching and drafting memos for files and legal advice

Research Assistant for Professor Ian Kerr

University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law

  • Research and writing on “cyborg law”, encompassing issues of privacy, identity, biotechnology regulation, medical ethics, and intellectual property

Teaching Fellow

  • Department of Linguistics
  • Courses: “Dialects of English” and “Language and the Mind”
  • Taught tutorials, consulted with students, evaluated assignments and exams

Computer Consultant

Various Organizations

  • Worked for organizations in Toronto, Ontario; New Haven, CT; London, England; and Adelaide, South Australia in a variety of capacities including desktop support, database programming and website development



LLB cum laude


BA, Great Distinction

Key Areas of Expertise

  • copyright
  • trade-marks
  • internet governance
  • domain names
  • alternative licensing
  • access to knowledge
  • privacy law
  • social media & new media
  • business development
  • web 2.0
  • opportunity identification
  • policy development


“A Rallying Moment for Canadian Open Source Software”, Open Source Business Resource, 1:6: December 15, 2007.

“Podcasting Legal Guide for Canada: Northern Rules for the Revolution”, Creative Commons Canada: June 22, 2007.

Case Comment: RGIS Inventory Specialists v. AccuTrak Inventory; Information & Technology Law (Toronto: Carswell): April 2007.

Case Comment: Parker v. Key Porter Books Ltd., Information & Technology Law (Toronto: Carswell): May 2006.

Technology Lawyer and New Media Consultant

Diligent, professional, proactive lawyer and technology leader with a deep understanding of internet and software technologies, their interaction with society, and the applicable law. Strong record of early identification of legal issues driven by technological change and organizing community responses to address policy and regulatory needs. Superior analytical and research skills, as well as broad, practical proficiency in a wide range of technologies.

Application for Government of Canada Reliability Status granted

Language Skills: First language is English; French at Government of Canada level BBB

Committees and Boards

Vice President (10/2008-10/2009)

  • The mission of Visible Government is to improve civic participation and government accountability in Canada by promoting online tools for government transparency
  • Board members promote public awareness of the benefits of open government data through strategic face to face meetings and public outreach
  • Board members develop capacity for Visible Government through fundraising and strategic networking and partnership initiatives

Creative CommonsCanada

Joint Project Lead (09/2006 – 10/2009)

  • Draft and maintain Canadian versions of Creative Commons licences
  • Promote Creative Commons licences through presentations, publications, and community interaction

Canadian Internet Privacy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC)

CIPPIC Associate and Advisory Board member

Glebe Parents' Day Care

Chair, Board of Directors (01/2007-07/2008)

Canadian File-sharing Information Network (CanFLI)

Co-Founder and Administrator (01/2004-05/2005)

Information Technology Law Society (University of Ottawa)

President and Vice-President (2003-2005)

Ottawa Law Review

Assistant Editor and Senior Editor (2003-2005)

University of Ottawa Law and Technology Journal

Assistant Editor (2003-2004)

Skills and Expertise

Legal and professional expertise: Intellectual property, copyright, trade-marks, patents, information privacy, health privacy, e-commerce, e-democracy, community development, organizational and business development

Technological expertise: Proficiency with social media, online collaborative tools and new media internet technologies; Windows, Linux, Apache, IIS, MS Office Suite, OpenOffice, XHTML, XML, XSL, Javascript, PHP, MySQL, Wordpress, Mediawiki, PmWiki, RSS/ATOM, Audacity, security; webserver installation and configuration; website design


“Social Media and the Law”, for the OCRI Entrepreneurship Centre, June 29, 2009.

“Creative Commons Licensing and Social Media”, for the Canadian IT Law Society (IT.Can) by national teleconference: January 22, 2008.

“A New Mindset: Creative Commons Licensing in Podcasting” at Podcasters Across Borders 2007, Kingston, Ontario: June 22, 2007.

“Creative Commons in Print Publishing” at the annual conference of The Literary Press Group of Canada, Vancouver, B.C.: May 4, 2007.

“Creative Commons and Free Culture” for the Canadian Federation of Students, Gatineau, Quebec: November 24, 2006.

“Building the Creative Commons”, at the annual conference of the Canadian Association of University Teachers, Ottawa, Ontario: October 29, 2006

“Representations in Parallel: Modelling Reading Time in Neural Networks” at the Language and Mind Lecture Series, Department of Linguistics, Yale University, New Haven, CT: February 23, 2001.

“Introduction to Optimality Theory” at the Department of Psycholinguistics, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland: July 1999.


IP law and policy
Intellectual property, copyright, trade-marks, patents, IP policy, licensing, new media business development
Social media technologies
Social media, online collaborative tools, new media internet technologies, new media business development
IT law and policy
Information privacy, health privacy, e-commerce, cyber-security, IT licensing
IT support
Desktop support, Windows, Linux, Macintosh; MS Office Suite, OpenOffice; web database development; web server deployment; website and CMS customization and development



J.W. McConnell Award

McGill University

Coached team to Best Factum and Best Oral Advocate

Harold Fox Intellectual Property Moot

McCarthy Tetrault Technology Law Award

University of Ottawa

Blake’s Scholarship

University of Ottawa

Graduate Fellowship

Yale University

Sterling Fellowship

Yale University


Irving Gold

David Fewer

Ian Kerr

Michael Geist


Government of Canada