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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

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 was the co-creator of Osler’s Open Source service offerings which launched in the summer of 2018. These offerings include:

Osler Code Detect.  Pitched, developed, tested and launched Osler Code Detect, a free tool that is designed to identify the risks related to open source software usage. (For a video demonstration, click here)

Technology Groups Contracts Generator.  Pitched, developed, tested and launched Osler's "Technology Contracts Generator" for internal use, automating the firm’s Web Site Terms, Privacy Policy, SaaS Agreement and Confidentiality agreements. As a result, articling students have produce standard contracts in less than 5 minutes, significantly accelerating turnaround times and increasing profitability in servicing emerging technology-sector clients where fees are often fixed. (For video demonstration, click here)

OSFI B-10 Tool.  Currently developing an interactive web-based tool to assist financial instruction clients, including a tool that helps financial institution clients consider whether a transaction is considered a material outsourcing and thus, subject to the requirements of OSFI B-10.

He is also a licensed Professional Engineer with a keen interest in working with technology-sector companies, including blockchain and AI-based companies. Sam believes that deep technical expertise is a strong differentiator that complements practical legal advice. With a strong focus on emerging technologies and having implemented sample Ethereum blockchains at Osler, Sam's expertise and advice are consistently sought out by clients.

Sam's passion for fitness and competing runs deep. He is a triathlon ethuasiast who recently competeted in the Ironman Triathlon at Mont-Tremblant. Outside of work, Sam enjoys spending time with his wife and son.

  • Karen HR Inc.

    Karen HR Inc. in its acquisition by Alexander Mann Solutions

  • Smooch Technologies Holdings ULC

    Smooch Technologies Holdings ULC in its acquisition by Zendesk, Inc.

  • Sauce Labs

    Sauce Labs in its acquisition of Screener Technologies

  • 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