Paul Burbank works with Fasken’s Communications Law group to provide advice on telecommunications and broadcasting in Canada, as well as other regulatory and administrative law matters. Through this advice, he helps clients navigate the Canadian regulatory framework under the Telecommunications Act, Radiocommunication Act and Broadcasting Act, including through frequent interaction with its chief regulators: the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED).
In his telecommunications and broadcasting work, Paul assists clients on a broad array of policy, licensing, corporate ownership and control, certification, enforcement and dispute resolution matters. He provides strategic advice to wireless and wireline telecommunications service providers, VoIP service providers, integrated television and radio broadcasters, device and hardware manufacturers and vendors, satellite service providers, and internet software and app developers, among others. He also advises clients on laws and regulations related to telemarketing and other telecommunications-based marketing practices, including Canada's Anti-Spam Law (CASL) and the CRTC's Unsolicited Telecommunications Rules.
Together with his colleagues, Paul edits the International Communications Law Guide’s "Telecoms, Media & Internet" Canada chapter.
Paul is an active participant in the International Institute of Communications (IIC) and is a member of its Future Leaders' Network.
Paul also works with Fasken’s Government Relations and Political Law group on strategy and compliance matters, including accountability and public-sector conflicts of interest. Specifically, he has experience with federal and provincial lobbying regimes throughout Canada, in addition to supporting Fasken’s integrity commissioner in Municipal Conflict of Interest Act and Code of Conduct proceedings.
Prior to joining Fasken, Paul’s professional experience included consulting for a trade association representing Canada’s wireless telecommunications industry, interning at the Competition Bureau Legal Services group, and serving as a Policy Advisor to a federal Cabinet Minister.