Gerald (Jay) Kerr-Wilson


55 Metcalfe Street, Suite 1300
Ottawa, ON K1P 6L5


Jay Kerr-Wilson practises primarily in the areas of communications and public law, with a particular emphasis on copyright.

Prior to joining Johnston & Buchan in 2006, Jay served as Vice-President, Legal Affairs at the Canadian Cable Telecommunications Association (CCTA) where he acted on behalf of the Canadian cable industry in copyright, internet, telecom and broadcasting matters.

Jay represents large and small, Canadian and foreign communications and technology companies in proceedings before the Copyright Board of Canada and advises these clients on issues related to copyright licensing and copyright liability. He advocates on behalf of his clients on issues related to copyright law reform and has testified on several occasions before various Parliamentary committees. Between 2001 and 2010 he regularly served as a delegate to the World Intellectual Property Organization's (WIPO) Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights, on behalf of Canada's cable and satellite industry.

In addition to his copyright-related work, Jay practices before the Ontario Superior Court, the Federal Court, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. He represents clients in appeals and judicial reviews of decisions of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) and the Copyright Board of Canada. He is also a registered trade-mark agent.

Jay is a member of our government relations practice and routinely represents clients before federal departments and agencies. For the past six consecutive years, he also been recognized by the national political and government newsweekly, The Hill Times, as one of Canada's top 100 lobbyists.


  • LLB, Queen's University, 1997
  • BA, Carleton University, 1994, Political Science
  • BAA, Ryerson University, 1988, Journalism

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