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Hank Intven

Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Victoria, Canada; Chair, Canadian Chapter, International Institute of Communications

Hank Intven

Hank Intven has practised law, consulted and held policy positions in the areas of telecommunications, broadcasting and the internet. For more than 30 years, Mr. Intven has been recognized as a leading advisor to business, governments and regulators, advising a wide range of communications companies, investors, financial institutions, regulators, governments and other clients on communications-related business, regulatory and policy matters in Canada and in more than 25 countries in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America.

Mr Intven served as Executive Director of Telecommunications at the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) in the 1980s. He subsequently practised law as a partner of McCarthy Tetrault LLP in Toronto, and led its Communications Practice Group. He was the main external advisor to the Canadian government in the preparation of the Canadian Telecommunications Act. He was also one of three members of the Government of Canada’s Telecommunications Policy Review Panel, which delivered a blueprint for the future of Canadian telecommunications policy in March 2006. He currently serves as a member of the Government of Canada’s Broadcasting and Telecommunications Legislative Review Panel, which was established on June 5, 2018 and is due to report in January, 2020.

Mr. Intven is the author of the Canadian Telecommunications Regulatory Handbook, a comprehensive guide to Canadian telecommunications law and regulation, published in 2012, 2014, 2016 & 2017. He is also the editor of the international Telecommunications Regulation Handbook, published in 2000 and distributed around the world by The World Bank and the ITU in English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Russian and Arabic.

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