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Matthew Wanford

Matthew Wanford

Avocat-conseil, Technologie


tél.: 613.787.1120



Admission(s) au barreau

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)

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

Before he moved to Canada, in 2007, Matthew was a solicitor for a city law firm in London, England, where he practised corporate and commercial law and worked predominately on private sale and purchase transactions, intellectual property licensing, e-commerce, information technology and franchising, 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.  Matthew was also seconded for two months to two separate leading Canadian banks to work in their legal departments, with a focus on technology procurement and outsourcing, in 2009, and again in 2012.

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

    • a leading Canadian bank in the implementation of a cloud solution;
    • a leading hosted exchange reseller in its provision of a private cloud solution for a national transportation company;
    • a national retailer with the transfer of the outsourcing of application maintenance services to a new provider;
    • a leading Canadian food retailer in its acquisition of electronic display boards to be implemented in its retail network;
    • a national energy transmission company with the implementation of a group wide emissions data management system;
    • a major Canadian bank with an international presence, in connection with the transfer of its human resources functions from one outsourced service provider to a new service provider;
    • a major 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;
    • an international oil company for the licensing of business management software from a leading international software provider;
    • a British Columbia based company in connection with international license, distribution and maintenance agreements for waste to energy gasification technology;
    • 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;
    • an international hotel chain in relation to the outsourcing of its insurance brokerage services;
    • a major Canadian bank in an outsourcing agreement relating to its Canadian telephony services;
    • an energy company with respect to intellectual property advice relating to a clean energy initiative;
    • an Alberta based payment process provider in connection with its licensing and PCI-DSS agreements, privacy policy and website terms and conditions;
    • 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;
    • an international agrochemical company in connection with the acquisition of a seed business;
    • 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; and
    • a national retailer in connection with the development and implementation of an online business to business networking initiative.

  • Legal Representative: Calgary Council of Advanced Technology (2009/2010)
  • Planning Committee Member: Toronto Computer Lawyers Group (Since June 2012 - ongoing)
  • Program Organizer: Ontario Bar Association (OBA Technology and E-Commerce Executive) (Since June 2011 – ongoing)

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Law Society of Alberta
  • Law Society of England and Wales
  • Toronto Computer Lawyers Group

Matthew has written articles on the following subject matters:

  • OSFI Memorandum on New Technology-based Outsourcing Arrangements (;
  • Request for Proposals: Approaches to Defining Specifications (Two part series) (;
  • Contract Enforceability: Century 21 Case Comment (Two part series) (;
  • 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;
  • UK Parliament Introduces Digital Economy Bill, Maps Out Graduated-Response Regime;
  • UK Government Issues Final Digital Britain Report;
  • UK Government Issues Digital Britain Interim Report;
  • Irish ISP Agrees to Disconnect Repeat P2P Users;
  • Proposed Extension of Copyright on Sound Recordings and Performances to 95 Years in Europe; and
  • ISPs and the UK Government Sign Memorandum of Understanding on Illegal File Sharing.

Speaking Engagements:

  • Cloud Computing: Identifying the Opportunities and Overcoming the Risks (Panellist), Ontario Bar Association’s Institute 2013, February 8, 2013.
  • Matthew presented a workshop at the Canadian Institute Forum on Privacy Law & Compliance, on the topic of Compliant Cloud Computing for Financial Institutions ( on September 19, 2012.