Matt Barnes



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Education & Qualifications

  • Certificate in Intellectual Property (IP) licensing (Osgoode Hall, 2023)
  • Certificate in negotiating and drafting IT agreements (Osgoode Hall, 2022)
  • Saskatchewan Bar (2019)
  • JD with great distinction (Saskatchewan, 2018)
  • BA in history (Victoria, 2015)

Matt is a technology, intellectual property (IP) and privacy lawyer who focuses on the financial services, health-care, insurance, energy, mining, agriculture and public sectors.

Based in Regina, Matt focuses on law relating to information technology contracting, software licensing, intellectual property, privacy, data protection and records retention. He advises clients on various IT-related transactions, such as SaaS agreements, software implementation and maintenance agreements, professional IT services and master service agreements, as well as the outsourcing, procurement, licensing, transfer and development of IT services, software, systems, platforms and intellectual property assets. Matt also assists clients with privacy-related issues, such as access to information requests, regulatory compliance and Privacy Impact Assessments. He has experience drafting and negotiating different types of IT commercial contracts, both domestic and cross-border.

Matt serves a diverse client base, ranging from small businesses and non-profit organizations to large public and private corporations across various industries. He helps clients manage and mitigate the complex legal risks of technology and data in an increasingly digital world.

Matt completed a Certificate in Negotiating and Drafting IT Agreements in 2022 and a Certificate in Intellectual Property licensing in 2023 through the Osgoode Hall Law School of York University.

Prior to joining MLT Aikins, Matt completed his articles at the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal.

  • Associate counsel to uranium miner on commercial contracts
  • Associate counsel to potash miner on commercial contracts
  • Advised numerous clients in the mining, agriculture and financial services sectors on document retention schedules and related policies
  • Advised government institutions and municipalities on responding to Access to Information requests
  • Associate counsel to various credit unions on digital transformation initiatives, including the acquisition, implementation and sustainment of online and mobile banking applications
  • Advised numerous clients on IT outsourcing service agreements
  • Chair, Privacy & Access Law South Section, Canadian Bar Association (present)
  • Vice Chairperson, Board of Directors, Trades and Skills Centre (Regina, present)
  • Upper-Year Juris Doctor Academic Achievement Scholarship for academic performance, College of Law (2015)
  • Upper-Year Juris Doctor Academic Achievement Scholarship for academic performance, College of Law (2016)
  • PE Mackenzie Prize for academic performance, Evidence Law (2017)
  • Complementary Canadian Bar Association Membership as one of ten deserving students selected, College of Law