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Stephen Whitehead

Stephen P. Whitehead

Partner Fasken
A current challenge in Canadian communications regulation is to attempt to achieve important public policy objectives without placing the regulated participants in the telecommunications and broadcasting industries at a competitive disadvantage to the increasingly powerful unregulated participants in those industries.
Jurisdiction Ontario, 1980
Language(s) English
Office(s) Ottawa

Stephen Whitehead practises primarily in the areas of communications and business law. He provides a variety of advice to clients in the communications, financial and high technology industries.

Stephen combines his business law and regulatory communications expertise to assist with commercial and regulatory issues faced by participants in the Canadian communications industry.  Regularly advising on the application of foreign ownership restrictions to communications companies in Canada, Stephen also assists with the outsourcing of telecommunications and software development requirements, as well as the procurement of telecommunications and information technology facilities and services.

Stephen practices in the field of satellite communications. In this capacity, he has advised 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 on commercial real estate leases for office, retail and industrial space.

Stephen 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.

Stephen’s telecommunications, media and technology expertise has been recognized by Chambers Global, Chambers Canada and the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.



  • LLB Queen's University
  • BA (Hons) Carleton University

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.

Memberships & Affiliations

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