Advisory Board

Advisory Board

Sylvain Audet
Senior Legal Counsel, Copyright Board of Canada

Johanne Bélisle
Chief Executive Officer, Commissioner of Patents and Registrar of Trademarks, Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO)

Mario Bouchard
Former General Counsel, Copyright Board of Canada

Kahlil Cappuccino
Director of Policy and Legislation in the Copyright and International Trade Policy Branch at Canadian Heritage

Casey Chisick
Casey Chisick combines recognized expertise in copyright and other intellectual property matters with an in-depth understanding of the entertainment and media industries, providing transactional advice and litigation counsel to film, television, music, broadcasting, theatre, advertising, literary, fashion and business clients. A graduate of the University of Manitoba and Harvard Law School, and a former law clerk to The Hon. Mr. Justice Frank Iacobucci of the Supreme Court of Canada, Casey has taught copyright to hundreds of students at Osgoode Hall, the University of Toronto and the University of Manitoba. He remains active in legal education circles as an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall and co-chair of the bi-annual Entertainment, Advertising & Media Law Symposium for the Law Society of Upper Canada.Casey has represented clients in proceedings before the courts of Ontario and British Columbia, as well as the Federal Court of Canada and the Copyright Board. In 2006, he acted as lead counsel to the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA) in the historic CSI Online Music Services Tariff hearing, in which the Copyright Board established the royalties payable to songwriters and music publishers by online music services like iTunes, Napster, and Puretracks for the right to reproduce songs and distribute them via the Internet as downloads and streams. He is also a frequent commentator on copyright and entertainment issues for CBC television and radio. For a more detailed biography, click here.

The Honourable Suzanne Côté
The Honourable Suzanne Côté was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada on December 1, 2014. Before her appointment to the Supreme Court of Canada, Justice Côté was a partner at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, where she was head of the Montréal office’s litigation group. Before joining Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt, Justice Côté had practised for 23 years at Stikeman Elliott, where she was also head of the Montréal office’s litigation group. She specialized in complex civil and commercial litigation, including cases involving manufacturer’s liability, class actions, shareholder disputes and public law.

The Honourable Roger T. Hughes
Born September 16, 1941, in Montreal, Quebec. Educated at Queen’s University (B.Sc. 1963) and University of Toronto (LL.B. 1966). Called to the Bar of Ontario (1968) and Alberta (1976). Appointed Queen’s Counsel (1984). Associate and Partner, Sim, Hughes, Ashton & McKay and Sim & McBurney (1969 – 2005). Certified Specialist in Intellectual Property Law and in Civil Litigation, Law Society of Upper Canada; Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers; Fellow, Intellectual Property Institute of Canada; Registered Professional Engineer (1964), Registered Trade Mark Agent (1968), Registered Patent Agent (1969); Past-President, Patent and Trademark Institute of Canada; Past Director, Advocates’ Society; Author and speaker, Court practice and procedure, patent, trade mark and copyright law, and media and entertainment law. Appointed Judge of the Federal Court, and ex officio, member of the Federal Court of Appeal, June 1, 2005. Appointed as a Judge of the Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada on June 23, 2006.

The Honourable Michael D. Manson
Born in Vancouver, British Columbia. Educated at McGill University (BSc. 1976; Dip.Ed. 1978) and University of British Columbia (L.L.B. 1982). Called to the Bars of Ontario (1984) and British Columbia (1995); Associate and Partner at Smart & Biggar (1984-2012); Fellow of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada and of the Litigation Counsel of America. Adjunct Professor of the University of Victoria (1996-2012). Registered Trade-mark Agent (1984) and Patent Agent (1989). Author and speaker, Canadian Patent, Trade-mark and Copyright Law and Federal Court Practice. Selected Vancouver Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers, Pre eminent IP Litigation Lawyer in British Columbia by Bench mark Canada, and Canadian Outstanding IP Practioner by Managing Intellectual Property all in 2012. Appointed Judge of the Federal Court, October 5, 2012.

The Honourable Marshall Rothstein, CC, QC
Born December 25, 1940 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Educated at Winnipeg schools and University of Manitoba, B.Com., 1962, LL.B., 1966. Called to the Bar of Manitoba, 1966. Married to Sheila Dorfman of Montreal on June 12, 1966. Four children: Ronald, Douglas, Tracey and Robert, and three grandchildren. Associate Thorvaldson, Eggertson, Saunders and Mauro, 1966-69; Aikins, MacAulay & Thorvaldson, 1969-72; partner Aikins, MacAulay & Thorvaldson, 1972-92, member and periodic Chairman of Management Committee/Executive Board, 1981-92. Appointed Q.C., 1979. Practised in the areas of Administrative Law and Litigation, primarily Transportation and Competition Law. Labour and commercial arbitrator. Adjudicator, Manitoba Human Rights Act, 1978-83. Member, Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, 1986-92. Appeared before federal and Manitoba Administrative Tribunals, Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench, Manitoba Court of Appeal, Federal Court, Federal Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada. Lecturer, Transportation Law, University of Manitoba Faculty of Law, 1970-83, 1988-92. Lecturer, Contract Law, University of Manitoba, Extension Department, 1970-75. Bar Admission Course Lecturer, Law Society of Manitoba, 1970-75. Secretary (Administrator), Civil Legal Aid Committee, Law Society of Manitoba, 1968-70. Chairman, Commission on Compulsory Retirement (Manitoba), 1981-82. Chairman, Ministerial Task Force on International Air Policy (Canada), 1990-91. Member, Manitoba Transportation Industry Development Advisory Committee, 1985-87, and Chairman, 1987-90. Member, Airports Task Force, 1985-86. Member, Airports Transfer Advisory Board, 1988-92. Member, External Advisory Committee, University of Manitoba Transport Institute, 1989-92. Judge of the Federal Court of Canada, Trial Division, and member ex officio Appeal Division, June 24, 1992 – January 20, 1999. Appointed to the Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada, October 29, 1992. Judicial member of the Competition Tribunal, May 31, 1993 – January 20, 1999. Appointed to the Federal Court of Appeal, January 21, 1999. Appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada, March 1, 2006.

Martin Simard
Martin Simard is the Director of Copyright and Trademark Policy at Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (formerly Industry Canada).

Barry Sookman
Barry Sookman is a partner with McCarthy Tétrault and co-chair of its Technology Law Group. He is also the former head of its Internet and Electronic Commerce Group. Prior to that, he was head of its Intellectual Property Group for six years. He is one of Canada’s foremost authorities in the area of Information Technology Law.Mr. Sookman is the author of the leading three-volume text entitled Sookman: Computer Law: Acquiring and Protecting Information Technology (Carswell 1989-1999) and the leading four-volume text Sookman: Computer, Internet and Electronic Commerce Law (Carswell 1999-2005).Mr. Sookman also authored Computer, Internet and Electronic Commerce Terms: Judicial, Legislative and Technical Definitions (2001-2004). In addition, he is a contributing author to the following: Gordon Henderson Copyright Law in Canada (Carswell 1994), Barbara McIsaac The Law of Privacy in Canada (Carswell 2000-2003); George Takach The Software Business (McGraw Hill 1999); and Marco Giovanoli International Monetary Law: Issues for the New Millenium (Oxford 2000). Mr. Sookman is also the author of numerous articles dealing with information technology and intellectual property and is a frequent speaker on legal issues related to computer, electronic commerce, internet law and intellectual property. For a more detailed biography, click here.

David Vaver
David Vaver is a member of IP Osgoode and Emeritus Professor of Intellectual Property & Information Technology Law in the University of Oxford, Emeritus Fellow of St Peter’s College, Oxford, and former Director of the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre. He was previously a faculty member at Osgoode (1985-98), UBC (1978-85), and the University of Auckland (1972-78). He rejoined Osgoode in 2009.Professor Vaver’s main field is intellectual property law and policy. Besides authoring Intellectual Property Law: Copyright, Patents, Trade-marks (2nd ed. 2011), Copyright Law (2000), and (as co-editor) Competition Policy and Intellectual Property Law (2009), all published by Irwin Law, he has edited a five-volume compilation, Intellectual Property Rights: Critical Concepts in Law (Routledge, 2006). He founded the Intellectual Property Journal in 1984, from which he retired as editor-in-chief in 2016 but remains on the advisory board.

Professor Vaver is an associate member of the Chambers of Iain Purvis QC (11 South Square, Gray’s Inn), a former board member of the Intellectual Property Institute (London), and a former member of the UK government’s IP Advisory Committee. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and was appointed in 2016 to the Order of Canada for his “leadership in intellectual property law as a scholar and mentor.”