Tony A. Morris

Senior Partner, Lawyer, Trademark Agent
Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

Tony A. Morris

Tony A. Morris



Tony Morris assists technology suppliers and users in structuring, negotiating and implementing technology-related corporate and commercial transactions, including business process and information technology outsourcing and service agreements, competitive procurements, investment and finance and the reworking of information technology relationships. Mr. Morris provides guidance on technology licensing and development, electronic commerce, cloud computing and “software as a service” applications, privacy, product acquisition, reseller and distribution arrangements and other commercial transactions. He has also advised clients on issues of copyright, trade secrets, and trademarks and is a registered trademark agent. 

Throughout his years of practice, he has gained experience in franchising, conveyancing, commercial lending and general corporate matters.

Mr. Morris has lectured regularly on various aspects of outsourcing, technology, privacy and electronic commerce law. 

Mr. Morris leads the Calgary office practice in privacy law, having dealt with and lectured on Canada and Alberta’s privacy law legislative regimes. He has helped clients conduct privacy audits, develop privacy policies, address formal complaints and Office of the Information Privacy Commissioner investigations and inquiries, and respond to privacy security breach notification requirements in Alberta for private and public enterprises.

Another important facet of Mr. Morris’s practice has been education law. He directed the work of a multidisciplinary service delivery team for a major public school system, in addition to working with post-secondary education institutions. He offers a broad range of advice including duty of care, contract, board governance, regulatory, privacy, human resources and administrative law and, of course, technology procurement and use.

Professional experience

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LL.M., Business and E-Business Law, Osgoode Hall Law School, 2003
LL.B., University of Alberta, 1990
M.B.A., University of Alberta, 1989
B.A., University of Alberta, 1984

  • Alberta 1991
  • Canada (trademarks) 2001


  • Assisted in numerous data breach management situations, including reporting  obligations to the privacy commissioner
  • Assisted in procuring a comprehensive enterprise resource planning solution for a major pipelines company
  • Negotiating and documenting the purchase and deployment of a major electricity utility’s smart metering technology, with a transaction value of approximately $90 million
  • The business process outsourcing of the human resource management function of a major publicly funded educational institution, on behalf of the purchaser, with a transaction value of approximately $75 million, thought to be the first outsourcing transaction of its kind in Canada
  • The business process outsourcing of the customer billing and related functions of a significant utility provider, on behalf of the service provider, with a transaction value of approximately $400 million
  • The creation of a shared data centre for processing electronic health record information, on behalf of numerous Alberta regional health authorities


  • Acritas Stars 2019 – Designated as an "Independently rated lawyer"  
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2011-2019: recommended in Computer & IT Law; Technology Transactions
  • Best Lawyers in Canada, 2008-2017: Information Technology Law; Intellectual Property Law; Technology Law
  • Best Lawyers in Canada – Lawyer of the Year 2013: Information Technology, Calgary
  • Lexpert® Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers in Canada, 2012
  • Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, 2011-2012: most frequently recommended in the area of Technology Transactions
  • PLC Which Lawyer? (Canada), 2011: Outsourcing
  • “Public Sector Outsourcing,” Canadian Privacy Law Review, April 2006.
  • “The Electronic Health Record in Canada: The First Steps,” Health Law Review, 2005.
  • “The Electronic Health Record in Alberta: An Introduction to Business and Legal Infrastructures and Issues,” LLM major paper, Osgoode Hall Law School, August 2003.
  • “New Developments in Privacy Law,” May 2015.
  • “Liability Schemes in Sourcing Contracts,” February 2015.
  • “CASL – Canada’s New Anti-Spam Regime,” May 2014
  • “Demystifying the Cloud,” Joint seminar on Cloud Computing with CGI, October 2013.
  • “Intellectual Property Capture and Protection Strategies for Oil and Gas Companies,”  June 2013.
  • “Technology Use in the Classroom: A Few Thoughts and Some Law,” February 2013.
  • “Social Media” (panelist), CBA Alberta Law Conference, January 2012.
  • “There's Not an App for that” (co-presenter), Brand Plus Seminar, August 2011.
  • “Corporate Policies for Internet & Technology Use in the Workplace,” 5th Internet Law Conference, March 2011.
  • Canadian Bar Association
    • Past chair, Intellectual Property Section (Northern Alberta)
  • Alberta Bar Association
  • Licensing Executives Society
  • Intellectual Property Institute of Canada
  • Canada IT Law Association
  • Computer Law Association
  • Canadian Association for the Practical Study of Law in Education