Mr Stephen Burns > Bennett Jones LLP > Toronto, Canada > Lawyer Profile

Bennett Jones LLP
PO BOX 130

Work Department

Innovation, Technology & Branding


Partner, Co-Head of Innovation, Technology & Branding


Stephen’s practice focuses on energy, utility and infrastructure related technology, procurement and outsourcing, technology transfers, intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate / commercial matters related to technology. He has extensive IT procurement related experience. Recently, he has lead a number of large multi-stage, multi-vendor outsourcing transactions on behalf of large, integrated energy companies and utilities. He has also completed similar work for clients in health, financial markets and banking. In addition, he has lead the creation of a multi-vendor private IT marketplace for a large energy company. Stephen is regularly retained by clients for IT procurement, RFP and contract negotiation matters, including development, customization, co-location and cloud services.


Stephen is a member of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada.


Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, HBA, 1992 
University of Manitoba, LLB, 1997 
Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary, MBA, 2004

Lawyer Rankings

Canada > Intellectual property

The team at Bennett Jones LLP counts prosecution, litigation, advisory and transactional work as the four keystones of its practice. Stephen Burns serves as a go-to for the IP elements of significant energy and infrastructure projects and transactions whereas Dominique Hussey  is a key port of call for patent and trademark disputes within the pharma, biotech and energy sectors; the pair co-lead the department which is also home to Jeilah Chan, a lawyer who complements her litigation prowess with knowledge of enforcement, protection, commercialization and brand-building affairs.

Canada > Technology

(Leading individuals)

Stephen Burns  – Bennett Jones LLP

Bennett Jones LLP integrates its technology team with its commercial group to seamlessly advise clients on all related matters. The team has a breadth of experience in licensing matters concerning IT procurement and contracting and often advises clients within telecommunication, retail, financial, utilities and energy industries. Stephen Burns leads the practice, boasting expertise in technology transfers, data privacy and cybersecurity. Sébastien Gittens oversees IP negotiations in M&A matters