• LLB, 1978
    Queen's University
  • BA (Hons), 1975
    Carleton University

Year of Call/Admission

  • Ontario, 1980

Languages Spoken

  • English

Stephen P. Whitehead

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Stephen Whitehead practises primarily in the areas of communications and business law. He became a partner of Fasken Martineau when it merged with Johnston & Buchan LLP in April 2007. Stephen had joined Johnston & Buchan in 1983 after practising corporate and securities law at a large firm in Ottawa, and became a partner of Johnston & Buchan in 1985.

Stephen provides a variety of business law services to clients in the communications, financial and high technology industries, including advising on the application of foreign ownership restrictions to communications and media companies in Canada, the outsourcing of telecommunications and software development requirements and the procurement of telecommunications and information technology facilities and services.

He practises extensively in the field of satellite communications, including advising on domestic, foreign and international regulation of satellite systems and services and the negotiation of commercial agreements for the interconnection of satellite and other telecommunications systems and for the provision of satellite services.

Stephen also advises frequently on regulatory and commercial issues relating to telecommunications and broadcasting companies and on commercial real estate leases for office, retail and industrial space.

He has been the corporate secretary, since its inception in 1997, of the industry consortium that supervises the Canadian regulatory regime for subsidizing local telephone service in high cost areas.

Honours and Awards

  • Stephen was recognized in Who's Who Legal Telecommunications Media & Technology 2017
  • Stephen was named the Best Lawyers® 2015 Communications Law "Lawyer of the Year” in Ottawa.
  • Stephen was recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada 2006-2018 for Communication Law.
  • Stephen is consistently recognized by independent guides as a leading lawyer in telecommunications, media and technology, including Chambers Global, Chambers Canada, Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Best Lawyers in Canada, The Legal 500 Canada, Practical Law Company's Which Lawyer? and Who's Who Legal.

Community Involvement

  • Stephen is a member of the board of directors of Hospice Care Ottawa and is the chair of its communications and fund development committee. He has been a volunteer for many years with the Canadian Cancer Society. He served until April 2015 as a Vice-Chair and member of the executive committee of the board of directors of the Ontario Division of the Canadian Cancer Society.


  • Vice-Chairman, Outer Space Committee of the International Bar Association (1996-2000)
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Ontario Bar Association