Roger A. Watkiss

Senior Partner
Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

Roger A. Watkiss

Roger A. Watkiss



Roger Watkiss practises corporate and commercial law with an emphasis on technology and intellectual property matters. He advises on acquisitions and divestitures of businesses with a significant technology component, including those in the energy, ICT and mining industries. He also advises buyers and sellers of services and technology on licensing, outsourcing, construction and strategic alliance matters.

Mr. Watkiss has a long and distinguished career as both in-house counsel and as a corporate development executive in the telecom and real estate development industries. Immediately prior to joining our Toronto office, Mr. Watkiss spent 15 years with TELUS Corporation (Western Canada’s largest telecom company, and the second largest in Canada, with over C$7 billion in annual revenues) in a variety of progressively senior roles, including vice-president, strategy & business development. He served as part of the core team that “privatized” Alberta Government Telephones to form TELUS in 1990 (first tranche of C$875 million) and also the team that successfully merged TELUS and BC Telecom in 2000. 

Before working at TELUS, Mr. Watkiss served as vice-president and general counsel of Hambledon Estates Limited, whose varied interests included ownership of the Denver Broncos of the National Football League, and as senior vice-president, general counsel and corporate secretary of Bowlen Holdings Ltd., a commercial real estate development company operating in Alberta, British Columbia, Arizona and California.

Professional experience

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LL.B., Osgoode Hall Law School, 1979
Finance for Senior Executives, Harvard Business School, 1997
Strategic Alliances Program and Developing Ventures for Competitive Effectiveness, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 1994
B.A., University of Waterloo, 1976

  • Alberta 1981
  • Ontario 1981
  • “When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going,” The African Business Journal, October 2010.
  • “Changes to Hours of Work and Averaging Agreements Under Ontario Employment Standards Act, 2000,” In-House Counsel Bulletin, Macleod Dixon LLP, February 2005.
  • “The Increasing Importance of IT in Corporate Governance,” Technology Enterprise Practice Group Report, Macleod Dixon LLP, September 2004.
  • “Privilege and In-House Counsel – Don’t Lose It!” In-House Counsel Bulletin, Macleod Dixon LLP, June 2004.
  • “Software as a Medical Device,” 15th Annual IT.CAN Conference, Toronto, October 27, 2011.
  • “Roundtable Discussion on IT Issues in Healthcare,” 15th Annual IT.CAN Conference, Toronto, October 27, 2011.
  • “Electronic Contracts,” Macleod Dixon LLP Professional Development Seminar, Toronto, June 28, 2011.
  • “Some Legal Issues on Health Informatics,” Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, November 27, 2009.


  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Law Society of Alberta
  • Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Ontario Bar Association
    • IT & E-Commerce Section
    • Business Law Section
    • Corporate Counsel Section
  • International Bar Association
    • IT & E-Commerce
    • Communications
    • Corporate counsel
  • Canadian Corporate Counsel Association
    • Chairman, Northern Alberta, 1990-91
    • National director, 1990-92
  • Strategic Leadership Forum (Toronto)
  • Canadian IT Law Association
  • Toronto Computer Lawyers’ Group
  • Centre for Outsourcing Research and Education (CORE)
  • Advisor, Company Program, Junior Achievement of Northern Alberta, 1991-94
  • Sessional instructor, Basic Banking & Business Program, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, 1982-83
  • Founding director, Friends of Elk Island National Park