John Wilkinson practises corporate and commercial law for businesses and not-for-profit organizations and institutions. His experience spans the education sector, IP/IT and privacy, professional regulation and sports law.

Clients for whom John works range from public companies to owner-managed businesses, and from universities to private foundations. John's expertise includes law related to corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, shareholder agreements, commercial employment agreements, risk management, intellectual property, charities, sports and Olympic law and professional regulation. 

John Wilkinson practises corporate and commercial law for businesses and not-for-profit organizations and institutions. His experience spans the education sector, IP/IT and privacy, professional regulation and sports law.

John Wilkinson practises corporate and commercial law for businesses and not-for-profit organizations and institutions. His experience spans the education sector, IP/IT and privacy, professional regulation and sports law.

Clients for whom John works range from public companies to owner-managed businesses, and from universities to private foundations. John's expertise includes law related to corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, shareholder agreements, commercial employment agreements, risk management, intellectual property, charities, sports and Olympic law and professional regulation. 

Significant Transactions

John has acted in mergers, acquisitions, financings, outsourcing transactions and public-private arrangements.

Publications

"Estate Alert - 2015 Federal Budget Highlights", WeirFoulds LLP, April 2015 (with Lori Duffy)

"Legal and Tax Issues, Including Intellectual Property, Chapter 13", ‘Entrepreneurship' (Canadian Edition), Bygrave, William D. et al (John Wiley & Sons Canada, Ltd., Toronto, 2015), January 2015 (with co-author with M.A. Wilkinson, R. Mandel, K. Teska and J. Iamdioio)

"Quiz: Governance and Regulatory Issues", Canadian Lawyer Magazine, October 2013 (with Jordan Glick)

"Client Newsletter - Winter 2012", WeirFoulds LLP, December 2012 (with Lori Duffy and Albert Formosa)

"Personal and Ethical Use of Work Computers", WeirFoulds LLP Winter 2012 Client Newsletter, December 2012 (with Albert Formosa)

Electronic Documents: Records Management, e-Discovery and Trial (loose-leaf textbook, 2010+), (co-editor and contributing author)

"The New Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act", WeirFoulds Estate Alert, March 2012

"Working in Canada: An Overview of Employment Law", WeirFoulds LLP, October 2011 (with Krista Chaytor, Albert Formosa, Sean Foran, Les O'Connor, Maralynne Monteith, Raj Anand, N. William Ross, Rachel Goldenberg, and Faren Bogach)

"Trusts and Trustees: Some Tips on Risk Management", WeirFoulds LLP Estate Alert, Corporate Update, March 2011

"Quiz: Mergers and Acquisitions - Risk Management", Canadian Lawyer InHouse Magazine, April 2010 (with Ralph Kroman)

"Are your Business Practices an Invasion of Privacy?", WeirFoulds LLP, January 2004

Co-Author, "Legal and Tax Issues, Including Intellectual Property":  Chapter 13 in Entrepreneurship (Canadian Edition) (Bygrave, William D. etc.; John Wiley & Sons Canada, Ltd.; Toronto; 2015) with Margaret Ann Wilkinson, Richard Mandel, Kirk Teska and Joseph Iamdioio

Editor, "Clubs and Associations" chapter in O'Brien's Encyclopedia of Forms, Division I - Commercial and General.

John was the editor of the legal chapter in "Trading With Canada: A Practical Guide to Doing Business in Canada" published by the Government of the United Kingdom in 1993. He is author of "Comments on Canadian-American Free Trade" published in the Spring 1985 issue of "International Insights.

Speaking Engagements

Speaker, "Crisis Communications", WeirFoulds LLP Self-Regulatory Bodies Seminar, Toronto, ON, March 30, 2017
 
Speaker,  "Crisis Management: Expecting the Unexpected – Practical and Legal Responses to the Inevitable", Canadian Network of Agencies for Regulation Conference, Toronto, Ontario, November 2-3, 2016
 
Speaker, "The Intersection of Privacy, Social Media & The Workplace", WeirFoulds LLP, Toronto, Ontario, October 20, 2016
 
Speaker, "Crisis Management: Expecting the Unexpected – Practical and Legal Responses to the Inevitable", Canadian Network of Agencies for Regulation Conference, Toronto, Ontario, September 2-3, 2016
 
Presenter regarding "Canada and Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Legislation, and CRA Audits" at the Not-For-Profit and Charity Finance Leadership Certificate program offered by the Certified Management Accountants of Ontario's Professional Development Institute on Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Speaker, "BYOD and Privacy", WeirFoulds Employment & Labour Group Client Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, April 17, 2015

Co-presenter, "Workplace Whistleblowing: Elements & Considerations", 2015 Professional Development Seminar, WeirFoulds LLP, February 24, 2015
 
Presenter, "Policy-Making and Legal Risk Management" on February 12, 2015 at the "2nd High Level Policy Development Course" (a Federated Press event)
 
Presenter, "Corporate Records Management" at 15th General Counsel's Role in Maximizing Board Effectiveness in Toronto (Federated Press) on December 2 & 3, 2014
 
Presenter regarding "Canada and Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Legislation, and CRA Audits" at the Not-For-Profit and Charity Finance Leadership Certificate program offered by the Certified Management Accountants of Ontario's Professional Development Institute on Friday, June 27, 2014
 
Presenter regarding "Canada and Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Legislation" at the Not-For-Profit and Charity Finance Leadership Certificate program offered by the Certified Management Accountants of Ontario's Professional Development Institute on Friday, May 30, 2014
 
Presenter, "Drafting Effective & Enforceable Information Governance Policy," Federated Press Information Governance for Law Department Conference, November 12, 2013
 
Presenter, "Guarding Against Liability for Privacy Breach:  What Does a Right of Action for Intrusion Upon Seclusion Mean to Future Case?", The Canadian Institute's 19th Annual "Provincial/Municipal Government Liability" Seminar, February 5, 2013 

Presenter, "Corporate Records Management" (and Cloud Computing), 12th General Counsel's Role in Maximizing Corporate Performance, Federated Press, December 4, 2012 
 
Co-presenter, "What do Risk Managers Need to Know about the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA)?", Canadian Healthcare Risk Management Network, Annual Conference, Toronto, October 24, 2011

Speaker, "Document Retention: A Checklist of What You Really Need to Keep and for How Long", Document Management & Retention, The Canadian Institute, May 4-5, 2011

Speaker, "Assessing Director Succession Planning, Board Composition and Structure", 17th Board and CEO Assessment Course, Federated Press, April 11-12, 2011

Co-presenter, "The Creation, Use and Risk Assessment Analysis of Document Management Policies, 8th Annual General Counsel's Role in Maximizing Board Effectiveness, Federated Press, December 21, 2010

Co-presenter, "The Creation, Use and Risk Assessment Analysis of Document Management Policies, 7th Annual General Counsel's Role in Maximizing Board Effectiveness, Federated Press, March 25, 2010

"Risk Management Through Records Management", Internal Controls course, Lorman Education Services, May 14, 2009

"Assessing Director Succession Planning, Board Composition and Structure", 15th Board & CEO Assessment Course, Corporate Learning Federated Press, May 11, 2009

"Records Management and Electronic Discovery: Are you prepared?" The Conference Board of Canada: Corporate Counsel Forum, November 6 and 7, 2007

"Seventeen Elements of Risk Management", Not-For-Profit Organizations and Charities in Ontario, October 16, 2007

"Document Retention and E-Discovery: Best Practices for Canadian Universities", Canadian Association of University Solicitors, (with Al Formosa, WeirFoulds), September 21, 2007

"Directors' Roles and Responsibilities", Markham Enterprises Corporation, June 12, 2007

"Document Retention and E-Discovery: Best Practices for Canadian Corporations – Mission Possible", Post-Conference Workshop, Markus Evans Conference (with Greg Richards and Frank Walwyn, WeirFoulds), October 19, 2006

"LHINs Legislation and Community Health Centres", Association of Ontario Health Centres: Workshop Presentation, June 8, 2006

"Practical Privacy Law Compliance in Canada", Linux World/Network World Conference and Expo: Regulatory Compliance – Why do I need it and How do I do it?, April 2005

PHIPA Presentation, University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law, March 10, 2005

"Databases – A Wealth of Information", Innovation, Ownership, Industry and Research: Who Profits?: University of Toronto Clinician Investigator Program: Innovations Retreat, September 23, 2004

"PIPEDA: A Practical Primer: 10 Principles", Toronto Lawyers' Association, February 10, 2004

"List of Seventeen Risk Management Issues", Your Charity and Business: Revenue Diversification for Non-Profit Organizations, Canadian Fundraiser Workshop, January 21, 2004

"Privacy and Legal Agreements", Ontario Hospital Association, Ottawa, Ontario, December 12, 2002

"Privacy Primer", Ontario Hospital Association's Annual Convention & Exhibition 2003, November 18, 2002

"Corporate Governance", Central East (Whitby) Mental Health Implementation Task Force, October 7, 2002

"Securing and Hosting Major Sporting Events", Insight conference, Sports Management: Cutting Edge Strategies for Managing Sport as a Business, August 20, 2002

"Risk Management", Canadian Association for Co-operative Education National Conference, Ottawa, Ontario, August 13, 2002

Delivered several seminars on privacy law for private sector clients

"The Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act", (the Federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act and the proposed Provincial privacy legislation, Risk Management, Commercialization of Intellectual Property, Revocation of Degrees, and Accommodation of Students with Disabilities), Ontario University Registrars' Association Conference, Niagara Falls, Ontario, February 11, 2002

Speeches for Provincial Sports Organizations regarding Incorporation and Risk Management Techniques

"The Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act", CASCON, November 6, 2001

"A First Aid Kit for Minimizing Risk", Ontario Hospital Association's Annual Convention & Exhibition 2002, November 5, 2001

"Corporate Governance and Advising an NPO" Ontario Bar Association, The ABC's of NPO's: Getting Oriented in the World of Not-for-Profit, May 29, 2001

Presenter at the University of Western Ontario on Privacy Legislation, May 28, 2001

Speaker at the University of Guelph's "Co-Op Managers' Conference", May 24, 2001

"Occupational Health and Safety and Liability Issues" The 3rd Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Association of University Research Administrators (CAURA), May 7, 2001

"Theme 2 - Legal" lead presenter during the Toronto Olympic Bid's presentation to the International Olympic Committee, March 2001

"Confidentiality and Information Security" Ontario University Registrars' Association 2001 Conference at Deerhurst, February 2001

"Gaining Charitable Status: A Dialogue" June 2000 Seminar put on by the United Way of Greater Toronto, The City of Toronto, Canadian Centre for Philanthropy and the Volunteer Lawyers Service

"The Charity In Business" AVR International Philanthropy Forum, April 2000

"Contracting For On-line Advertising: What You Are Buying and How to Ensure You Are Getting It" Co-presenter at March 2000 Conference on Bullet-Proofing Your On-Line Business

"Academic Integrity and Copyright Law" Canadian Association of Student Judicial Affairs Conference, 1999

"Legal Structures, Duties and Responsibilities" Lecture in 1999 to students in the Arts Administration/Cultural Management certificate program of Humber College

"Legal Aspects of Non-Profit's Engaging in Revenue Generating Businesses" Centrum 1999 conference, Partners for Prosperity - Creating Community Wealth: Strategies for Marrying Corporate and Community Interests, Delivering Targeted Training and Family-Sustaining Job Creation

"Director's Liability" Ontario Bar Association Volunteer Lawyer Service seminar, 1998

Speaker at the 1998 conference of Canadian Association of University Solicitors on Charities and Fundraising

"New Partnerships / New Directions" the Legal Aspects of Partnerships, Joint Ventures, Mergers and Other Types of Alliances, Ontario Hospital Association 1997 Conference

Speaker at several community group meetings regarding Quebec referendum and at numerous Self Employment Initiative Programs

"Cultural Legal issues for Organizations" Centrum 1997 Information Seminar, Practical Community Economic Success Strategies

Speaker at the Law Society of Upper Canada's 1995 Fundamentals of Not-For-Profit Organizations and Charities seminar

"Arbitrations and Arbitration Clauses" The Canadian Institute course, Commercial Lease Defaults: A Legal and Business Guide, May 1991

Awards & Recognition

John is the recipient of the 1995 Province of Ontario Volunteer Service Award.

Professional Activities

President, Canadian Association of University Solicitors (CAUS)

Adjunct Professor, University of Western Ontario: Confidential Information, Access and Privacy, 2008

Adjunct Professor, University of Western Ontario: Confidential Information, Access and Privacy, 2006

Affiliations

Ontario Bar Association

President of the Canadian Association of University Solicitors (CAUS)

National Association of Colleges and University Attorneys

Toronto Board of Trade

Toronto Cricket, Skating & Curling Club

Corporate Directorship

Ontario Tourism Education Corporation (OTEC)

Founding Member of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Sports Council and Toronto Emerging Athletes Mentorship (TEAM) Fund

Board Member of the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES)

 

Community Involvement

Member of the Mayor's Pan/Parapan American Games Reference Group

Ontario Tourism Education Corporation (OTEC)

Founding Member of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Sports Council and Toronto Emerging Athletes Mentorship (TEAM) Fund


Partner

Toronto
Direct 416.947.5010
Fax 416.365.1876
jwilkinson@weirfoulds.com

Practice Areas

Corporate and Commercial Transactions

IP/IT and Privacy

Charitable and Non-Profit Organizations

Called to the Bar
Ontario (1987)
Education
Dalhousie University
LL.B. 1985

University of Toronto
B.A. (Hons) 1982

Canadian Securities Institute
1987
Canadian Securities Course

Awards & Recognition
John is the recipient of the 1995 Province of Ontario Volunteer Service Award.
Professional Activities

President, Canadian Association of University Solicitors (CAUS)

Adjunct Professor, University of Western Ontario: Confidential Information, Access and Privacy, 2008

Adjunct Professor, University of Western Ontario: Confidential Information, Access and Privacy, 2006

Affiliations

Ontario Bar Association

President of the Canadian Association of University Solicitors (CAUS)

National Association of Colleges and University Attorneys

Toronto Board of Trade

Toronto Cricket, Skating & Curling Club

Corporate Directorship

Ontario Tourism Education Corporation (OTEC)

Founding Member of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Sports Council and Toronto Emerging Athletes Mentorship (TEAM) Fund

Board Member of the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES)

 

Community Involvement

Member of the Mayor's Pan/Parapan American Games Reference Group

Ontario Tourism Education Corporation (OTEC)

Founding Member of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Sports Council and Toronto Emerging Athletes Mentorship (TEAM) Fund


Called to the Bar

Ontario (1987)

Education

Dalhousie University
LL.B. 1985

University of Toronto
B.A. (Hons) 1982

Canadian Securities Institute
1987
Canadian Securities Course