Colin Lachance

Colin Lachance

EXPERTISE:

  • Technology
  • Telecommunications

OTHER:

  • Public Policy Advocacy
  • Government Relations

clachance@momentum.law

613-592-3939

Colin draws on his extensive experience as a business leader, entrepreneur, and client of legal services to provide creative solutions. He seeks to distill complex issues into meaningful insights and to convert action into high-impact results. He supports Momentum’s business operations and is available to do likewise with its clients requiring the support of a seasoned player with 25 years experience in technology-driven industries.

As a business leader, Colin spent three years directing a national marketing team of senior product managers accountable for over a quarter-billion dollars in annual revenue of one of Canada’s largest telephone companies, and he spent four years overseeing the transition of Canada’s most-used legal information resource (CanLII). While CEO 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 is currently leading the efforts of vLex Canada to re-introduce dynamic competition and choice in core legal research markets.

As a lawyer, Colin's core expertise in communications regulation, public policy and government relations was fostered through over a decade of in-house legal and lobbying positions, where he was responsible for advancing the objectives of some of Canada’s largest communications companies. The final chapter on his career as a practicing lawyer closed when in 2017, some 20 years after he first entered a courtroom to plead a client’s case, his successful representation of the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC) in the CRTC’s net neutrality hearings culminated in a decision nearly completely in line with his client’s objective.

He speaks regularly at legal industry, academic, technology and professional development conferences and events on legal futures and legal technology topics, and he has worked with several legal tech start-up companies in both advisory and hands on roles and recently operated a legal market consultancy to support those driving change in the legal market, as well as those navigating the change.