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Jay Kerr-Wilson Ottawa Laywer

Gerald (Jay) Kerr-Wilson

Partner | Co-leader, Technology, Media and Telecommunications Fasken
The ever-increasing pace and dynamic nature of technological development is a direct challenge to a system of statutory and regulatory rights and obligations that has not adapted to these changes.
Jurisdiction Ontario, 1999
Language(s) English
Office(s) Ottawa

Jay Kerr-Wilson is the co-leader of the Technology, Media and Telecommunications group and practices primarily in the areas of communications and public law, with a particular emphasis on copyright. Regularly representing both Canadian and foreign communications and technology companies, Jay advises clients on issues related to telecommunications and broadcasting regulation, trademarks, and copyright licensing and liability


Jay represents large and small, Canadian and foreign communications and technology companies in proceedings before the Copyright Board of Canada, advising them on issues related to copyright licensing and copyright liability. Regularly representing clients in appeals and judicial reviews before the Federal Court, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada, Jay is at the forefront of the debate surrounding the regulation of rapidly evolving communications technologies.

Jay has testified before Parliamentary committees, and served as a delegate to the World Intellectual Property Organization's (WIPO) Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights, on behalf of Canada's cable and satellite industry.

He represents clients in appeals and judicial reviews of decisions of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) and the Copyright Board of Canada. He is also a registered trade-mark agent.

Jay’s expertise extends to government relations, where he routinely represents clients before federal departments and agencies.

Jay has been named an expert in his field by Chambers Global, Chambers Canada, and the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.

  • Recognized nationwide in Media & Entertainment, Chambers Canada 2020
  • Recognized nationwide in Telecommunications & Broadcasting, Chambers Canada 2016 to 2020
  • Recognized for Communications Law and Intellectual Property Law , The Best Lawyers in Canada 2014 to 2020
Chambers Canada Recognized nationwide in Media & Entertainment Chambers Canada covers lawyers and law firms practicing in all provinces and territories in Canada.
Chambers Canada Recognized nationwide in Telecommunications & Broadcasting Chambers Canada covers lawyers and law firms practicing in all provinces and territories in Canada.


  • LLB Queen's University
  • BA, Political Science Carleton University
  • BAA, Journalism Ryerson University

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Ontario Bar Association
  • Member, Intellectual Property Institute of Canada
  • Member, Canadian IT Law Association (IT.Can)
  • Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
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