C. Ian Kyer

In-House CounselRPM TechnologiesIntellectual Property & Technology; Commercial; In-House Counsel

C. Ian Kyer is legal counsel to RPM Technologies, one of Canada's leading providers of software to the financial sector. Ian is also a contributor for the Intellectual Property & Technology module of Lexis Practice Advisor Canada. He practices corporate/commercial law with an emphasis on information technology contracting. The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory has ranked Ian as one of The Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada. He has twice been rated one of the top 25 IT lawyers in the world in Euromoney's The Best of the Best. 

C. Ian Kyer is legal counsel to RPM Technologies, one of Canada's leading providers of software to the financial sector. Ian is also a contributor for the Intellectual Property & Technology module of Lexis Practice Advisor Canada. He practices corporate/commercial law with an emphasis on information technology contracting. The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (see www.lexpert.ca) has ranked Ian as one of The Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada. He has twice been rated one of the top 25 IT lawyers in the world in Euromoney's The Best of the Best. Ian is also listed in Chambers Global Guide to the world’s leading lawyers as well as Who's Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers. He has been given the highest rating by Martindale Hubbell and is listed in Canadian Who's Who

Ian was the founder and first president of the Canadian IT Law Association (CanTech), Canada's first national technology law association, and is a past president of the Computer Law Association, Inc. (now iTechLaw), the U.S.-based organization that serves information technology lawyers in North America and elsewhere. He is also a member of the editorial board of several computer law publications including the Oxford International Journal of Law and Information Technology.

Ian has written and spoken extensively on IT outsourcing issues both in Canada and internationally. He and John Beardwood edited Outsourcing Transactions: A Practical Guide (Toronto: Canada Law Book, 2006). He has also co-authored books on computer contracting.  His history books include a history of legal education in Ontario, a history of the Faskens law firm, a “pre-history” of the Toronto Transit Commission, a history of CDIC and an historical novel about Mozart and Salieri.

Ian joined Faskens in 1980 and became a partner in 1988. Ian was on the steering committee of the firm's national Technology and Intellectual Property practice group and was director of the Toronto office's Technology and Intellectual Property practice group for almost two decades.

Ian was regularly retained by the federal and the Ontario provincial government with respect to computer-related acquisitions and disputes. He has assisted the Ontario Government in a revision to its standard form IT contracting clauses.  He recently negotiated the agreement between MetroLinx and the TTC for the installation and operation of PRESTO, the new electronic payment system.

Ian has served on the board of directors of a number of private companies including Comprehensive Care International.  He has chaired the board of GRAND NCE, a federally funded national research centre. Previously he chaired the Network for Effective Collaboration Technologies through Advanced Research (NECTAR). He has also served on the advisory board of ePresence and of the Knowledge Media Design Institute of the University of Toronto.

He has organized computer law conferences in Canada, the United States, Europe, Brazil, India and Australia and has written and spoken extensively on IT related legal issues. Ian has given numerous guest lectures at the University of Toronto, York University, the University of Waterloo, McMaster University, and State University of New York. He has also organized and delivered professional courses for York University, IT.Can, Federated Press, iTechLaw and several other organizations.

While at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, Ian edited the University of Toronto Faculty of Law Review and served as a research assistant to Professor Martin L. Friedland, then Dean; Frank Iacobucci, who succeeded M.L Friedland as Dean and later served as Deputy Attorney General, Chief Justice of the Federal Court and a member of the Supreme Court of Canada; and Robert Sharpe, who later served as Dean and is now a member of the Ontario of Appeal.

Education

  • University of Toronto, LL.B., 1980
  • University of Toronto, Ph.D., 1979
  • University of Waterloo, M.A., 1973
  • University of Waterloo, B.A., 1972

Bar Admission

  • Ontario, 1982

Experience

  • Recently negotiated the agreement between MetroLinx and the TTC for the installation and operation of PRESTO, the new electronic payment system

Associations

  • Selden Society (former Provincial Secretary, Honorary Secretary and Treasurer for Canada)
  • Osgoode Society (Treasurer and member of Board of Directors)
  • Canadian IT Law Association (IT.Can) (Founder and First President)
  • Computer Law Association, Inc. (now iTechLaw) (Life Member, served many roles including President)
  • International Bar Association (including the committee on Computers, Electronic Technology and Data Flow)
  • American Bar Association (Science and Technology Section)
  • Toronto Computer Lawyers' Group

Awards & Honours

  • Arts Alumni Award, University of Waterloo, 2009