- Public Policy Advocacy
- Government Relations
Colin is that rare breed of lawyer that finds as much satisfaction in tackling the business challenge as he does in devising the supporting legal strategies.
He draws on his extensive experience as a business leader, entrepreneur, and client of legal services to provide creative legal solutions. Colin believes that a trusted legal advisor is essential, but that ultimately the client defines success.
Colin's expertise in telecommunications regulation, public policy and government relations was fostered through over a decade of in-house positions, where he was responsible for advancing the objectives of some of Canada’s largest communications companies. He seeks to distill complex issues into meaningful insights and to convert action into high-impact results.
As a business leader, Colin spent three years managing a national team of senior product managers accountable for over a quarter-billion dollars in annual revenue, and he spent four years overseeing the transition of Canada’s most-used legal information resource (CanLII). While at CanLII, Colin conceived of and brought forward leading innovations in legal information - the CanLII API and the award-winning CanLII Connects – and was profiled by the ABA Journal as a “Legal Rebel” (2014), by Canadian Lawyer Magazine as among the “Top 25 Most Influential” (2014), by the Canadian Bar Association as an innovator who is “Doing Law Differently”, and by Fastcase as a member of the 2013 Fastcase 50 class of legal innovators and visionaries.
Colin seeks to stay at the leading edge of the legal market transformation through volunteer efforts as a contributing author to Slaw, an editorial board member of the Ontario Bar Association’s JUST magazine, an industry advisor to legalX and as a frequent speaker on market developments.
Outside of his legal practice, Colin operates a legal market consultancy (PGYA Consulting) to support those driving change in the legal market, as well as those navigating the change. He also advises legal tech start-up companies on market developments, and serves as VP Development with one such start-up (rangefindr).