Matthew Wanford

Matthew Wanford

Counsel, Technology

Contact Information

tel: 613.787.1120



Bar Admission

Ontario, 2011

Alberta, 2008

England and Wales, 2000


  • University of London, Queen Mary College, LL.M. (Computer and Communications Law)
  • University of Hull, England, LL.B. (Law)



Matthew’s practice includes advising on general corporate and commercial matters with a focus on technology, outsourcing, privacy, e-commerce, intellectual property licensing, and technology matters related to franchising.

Before he moved to Canada, in 2007, Matthew was a solicitor for a city law firm in London, England, where he practiced corporate and commercial law and worked predominately on intellectual property licensing, e-commerce, information technology, franchising, and private sale and purchase transactions for seven years.

Matthew was seconded on a part-time basis to an international oil and gas company to work in its downstream operations in 2008/2009, and for two months to three leading Canadian banks to work in their legal departments, with a focus on technology procurement outsourcing, in 2009, 2012 and 2014.

  • Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited

    Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited in connection with a seven-year strategic partnership with Microsoft Corporation and Microsoft Canada Inc.

  • Matthew has recently represented the following clients, acting either as sole advisor or as part of a client team:

     Major Outsourcing Deals


    Contact Center Outsourcing

    • a leading Canadian bank in the renewal of its contact centre operations and related systems;
    • a leading Canadian Bank in the renewal, development and consolidation of its contact centre systems;

    Point-of-Sale Solutions Outsourcing/Payment Processing

    • Interac Corp. in Canada's new real-time payments system
    • an international food and beverage retailer in the implementation of a point-of-sale system upgrade;
    • a leading Canadian retailer in the renewal of its point-of-sale systems;
    • an Alberta based payment process provider in connection with its licensing and PCI-DSS agreements, privacy policy and website terms and conditions;

    Business Process Outsourcing

    • a leading Canadian bank in the implementation of an investment management solution;
    • a leading Canadian bank in the implementation of a back-office solution to assist brokers;
    • an international back-office systems provider in a services arrangement with a government entity;
    • a leading retailer and franchisor in the implementation of a trading management solution;
    • a national retailer in the upgrading of its customer facing database management system;
    • a national energy transmission company with the implementation of a group wide emissions data management system;
    • a leading Canadian bank with an international presence, in connection with the transfer of its human resources functions from on outsourced service provider to a new service provider;
    • a leading Canadian bank in connection with dual track negotiations for the down-select and subsequent outsourcing of its statement printing requirements;
    • an international oil company in connection with the international outsourcing of its application development and maintenance requirements;
    • an international oil company for the implementation and international roll out of a business management software system by an independent services provider;
    • a national retailer in connection with the development and implementation of an online business to business networking initiative;
    • an international hotel chain in relation to the outsourcing of its insurance brokerage services;
    • an international oil company for the licensing of business management software from a leading international software provider;

    Applications Maintenance, Development and Support Outsourcing

    • a national retailer with the transfer of the outsourcing of application maintenance services to a new services provider;
    • a major utility in Ontario with the outsourcing of its applications maintenance, support and IT security functions;
    • a national retailer in the outsourcing of its applications development and support and infrastructure operations;

    Network Outsourcing

    • an international food and beverage retailer in the implementation of a Wi-Fi and internet service provider agreement;
    • a leading Canadian bank in the development of its request for proposals, subsequent implementation of new telephony and internet access systems, and renewal of its network access agreements;
    • a leading Canadian bank in an outsourcing agreement relating to its Canadian telephony services;

    Cloud, SAAS and Licensing Deals


    Cloud Solutions

    • a leading Canadian bank in the implementation of a cloud solution;
    • a leading Canadian bank in the implementation of an internet based security solution;
    • a leading hosted exchange reseller in its provision of a private cloud solution for a national transportation company;


    • assisting multiple start-ups or medium sized service providers in the implementation and negotiation of SAAS agreements, including the development of standard business terms;
    • a gaming services provider in the provision of a software as a service solution to a casino operation;

    Licensing and Hardware Procurement

    • a leading Canadian food retailer in its acquisition of electronic display boards to be implemented in its retail network;
    • a world leader in foods and beverages manufacturing and licensing advice in connection with its acquisition of a leading Canadian brand of sunflower and pumpkin seeds;
    • a British Columbia based company in connection with international license, distribution and maintenance agreements for waste-to-energy gasification technology;
    • an energy company with respect to intellectual property advice relating to a clean energy initiative;
    • a leading Canadian bank with its hardware procurement master arrangement;

    Corporate/Commercial/Early-stage Companies

    • a leading hosted exchange reseller in a data centre co-location arrangement;
    • a start-up in the development and licensing of its health related mobile application;
    • assisting multiple start-ups with licensing arrangements;
    • terms and conditions, and privacy policies for multiple companies;
    • an international agrochemical company in connection with the acquisition of a seed business;
    • an investment fund in negotiation and agreement of a transition services arrangement; and
    • a Scandinavian subsidiary of an international oil company, in connection with share buy-back, settlement and loan re-negotiation arrangements relating to an Alberta based seismic data technology company.
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  • Best Lawyers in Canada: Recognized in Technology Law
  • Thomson Reuters: "Stand-out Lawyer"

  • Ontario Bar Association Council Member (2014/2015)
  • Canadian Bar Association National IP Section (2014/2015)
  • Executive Member (Planning Committee): Toronto Computer Lawyers’ Group (Since June 2012 - ongoing)
  • Chair (2014/2015), Vice-Chair (2013/2014), and Program Organizer (2011 to 2013): Ontario Bar Association (OBA Technology and Intellectual Property Law Section)
  • Legal Representative: Calgary Council of Advanced Technology (2009/2010)

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association (Technology and Intellectual Property Law Section)
  • Law Society of Alberta
  • Law Society of England and Wales
  • Toronto Computer Lawyers’ Group
  • Centre for Outsourcing Research and Education

Matthew has written articles on the following subject matters:

    • Ontario Wireless Services Agreements Act In-force, OBA Newsletter, December 9, 2015
    • Fabutan: Renewal, Termination and the Duty of Good Faith, Osler Franchise Quarterly, April 2013
    • Technology Media and Telecommunications, Corporate LiveWire, International Round Table, published November, 2012
    • Cloud Computing: Some Practical Suggestions for Resolving Issues – Two Part Series, Osler Insights Technology Blog, September 2012
    • OSFI Memorandum on New Technology-based Outsourcing Arrangements
    • Request for Proposals: Approaches to Defining Specifications (Two part series), Osler Insights Technology Blog
    • Contract Enforceability: Century 21 Case Comment (Two part series), Osler Insights Technology Blog
    • Changes to Alberta’s Private Sector Privacy Legislation now in Force
    • Bill 54 Proposes New Notification Requirements for Privacy Breaches and for Using Foreign Service Providers

Speaking Engagements

Matthew has recently spoken on the following topics:

    • Confidentiality, Security and E-Discovery in the Cloud, presentation for the Licensing Executives Society, March 27, 2014 (Co-speaker)
    • ‘How to Write Requirements and Service Levels’, presentation to client sourcing groups, April 3/4, 2013
    • Key Concepts to Consider in Software and Intellectual Property Licensing Agreements and Related Issues, presentation to the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, March 21, 2013
    • Cloud Computing: Identifying the Opportunities and Overcoming the Risks (Panellist), Ontario Bar Association’s Institute 2013, February 8, 2013
    • Workshop presentation at the Canadian Institute Forum on Privacy Law & Compliance, on the topic of Compliant Cloud Computing for Financial Institutions ( on September 19, 2012
    • Cross Border Issues in IT Contracting, presentation to the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law (January 26, 2012)
    • Strategies for a Successful RFP, Osler Technology Conference (April 12, 2012).