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Sam Ip

Sam Ip

Associate, Technology

Contact Information

tel: 416.862.5955



Bar Admission

Ontario, 2014

  • 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.

  • WealthBar

    WealthBar with respect to CI Financial’s acquisition of a majority stake in WealthBar

  • JMI Equity

    JMI Equity's $115 million investment in Vena

    • Acted for various international companies in acquisitions of technology firms.
    • Acted for major Canadian companies in the procurement of software development and integration services.
    • Acted for a large utility on outsourcing matters.
    • Acted for major Canadian banks in the procurement of software and hardware services.
    • Acted for various technology sectors clients with respect to licensing, software-as-a-service, consulting, consulting, partnership, services, distribution, reseller, and R&D agreements.
    • Advised various clients on matters that require deep technical software development expertise.
    • Advised various clients on issues related to open source software, agile software development and blockchain technologies.
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  • Bernard and Bessie Wolf Scholarship for highest academic standing in the JD/MBA program

  • Stephen Watchorn JD/MBA Gold Medalist (University of Western Ontario)

  • Goldman Sachs Scholars Fund MBA Award

  • Law Help Ontario, Duty Counsel Volunteer (2013-Present)
  • UWO Journal of Legal Studies, Editor (2011)

  • Professional Engineers of Ontario
  • Free Software Foundation
  • Open Source Initiative