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Paul Burbank Ottawa Student

Paul Burbank

Associate Fasken
Jurisdiction Ontario, 2019
Language(s) English
Office(s) Toronto, Ottawa

Paul Burbank works with Fasken’s Communications Law group to provide advice on telecommunications, media and technology issues, as well as other commercial, regulatory and administrative law matters. He also advises clients in the area of Government Relations and Political Law.

In his telecommunications and broadcasting practice, 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 telecommunications service providers, television and radio broadcasters, device and hardware vendors, satellite service providers, app developers, and digital advertising and data services companies, among others. 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). His experience includes drafting and negotiating commercial agreements for the deployment of physical infrastructure like fibre optic cable networks and he also advises clients on laws and regulations related to data localization, privacy, and telecommunications-based marketing practices, including Canada's Anti-Spam Law (CASL).

Paul also assists clients on international telecommunications matters. This includes advising on laws and regulations governing basic international telecommunications services, cross-border data flows, and the complex regulatory review process for international submarine cable projects.

Together with his colleagues, Paul edits the International Communications Law Guide’s "Telecoms, Media & Internet" Canada chapter. Paul is an International Attorney Member of the U.S. Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA) and an active participant in the International Institute of Communications (IIC), as well as a member of the IIC’s Future Leaders' Network.

Paul works with Fasken’s Government Relations and Political Law group on strategy and compliance matters, including high-stakes accountability and conflicts of interest matters. He also provides advice on 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.

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  • Master of Political Management Carleton University
  • JD University of Ottawa
  • BA University of Winnipeg

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • International Attorney, Federal Communications Bar Association (U.S.)
  • Member, International Institute of Communications (U.K.)


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