- Professional Engineers of Ontario, P.Eng.
- University of Waterloo, BAsc in Computer Engineering
- University of Western Ontario, JD/MBA
Sam completed his JD/MBA at the University of Western Ontario. At Western, Sam was an active member of the Triathlon Club and has recently completed the Ironman Triathlon at Mont-Tremblant. Prior to law school, Sam spent 5 years at BlackBerry, in a variety of roles that spanned from engineering BlackBerry’s first WiFi smartphone (the BlackBerry 7270) as part of BlackBerry’s WiFi and Operating Systems team to making strategic investments and conducting acquisitions within BlackBerry’s Corporate Development team. He is also a licensed Professional Engineer that has a keen interest in working with technology-sector companies, including various blockchain and AI-based companies.
A significant part of Sam’s practice is focused on advising clients on complex and thorny issues related to open source software, including helping organizations comply with ambiguous provisions found in many open source licenses, developing open source policies that are actually used by engineers, and negotiating open source issues as part of licensing or M&A transactions. Sam is one of the creators of Osler Code Detect, an online open source scanning tool, found here.
Outside of work, Sam enjoys spending time with his wife and son.