Our Council

IPIC Council - 2016-2017


Stephen Beney

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Stephen Beney is a patent agent in Canada and the US and a partner at Bereskin & Parr LLP in Mississauga. He is also head of the firm’s Medical Devices practice group. In addition to his extensive patent work, Stephen has experience in preparing and prosecuting industrial design applications.

Stephen has contributed extensively to patent education. He has authored or co-authored many articles on patent law. He has been a lecturer and tutor for the annual IPIC-McGill Patent Course for several years, and is a past Director of that course. Stephen also lectures and tutors for the annual IPIC Patent Agent Training Course.


Peter Wilcox
Immediate Past President

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Peter Wilcox is a patent agent, a trademark agent and a partner at Belmore Neidrauer LLP in Toronto. He is an experienced trial lawyer, admitted to the Ontario and California bars, with a focus on IP litigation. His practice covers patent, trademark and copyright litigation, including applications under the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations and trademark oppositions.

Peter is a frequent speaker on intellectual property law and advocacy. He was one of the original members of the Federal Court IP Users’ Committee (a joint committee of IPIC, CBA and the Federal Court). He was the inaugural chair of the IPIC Intervention Committee and is a past chair of the Litigation Committee.


Cynthia Rowden

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Cynthia Rowden is a trademark agent and a partner at Bereskin & Parr LLP and Head of the firm’s Trademarks practice group. Cynthia specializes in all areas of trademark and copyright law. Much of her practice relates to managing the international trademark portfolios of large Canadian companies, and the Canadian portfolios of some of the biggest trademark owners in the world. Her practice includes advice on selecting and protecting new marks, opposition and cancellation proceedings, strategy for enforcement, and Internet-related intellectual property issues.

Cynthia has previously chaired both IPIC’s Trademark Joint Liaison and Trademark Legislation Committees. She is currently a member of the Institute’s Trademark Legislation Committee. Cynthia was previously a member of the Board of Directors of the International Trademark Association (INTA), and currently chairs the Canada subcommittee of the Legislation and Regulation Committee. For both IPIC and INTA, she has been involved in reviewing, commenting and presenting to the government on new legislation dealing with counterfeits, Olympic marks and other changes to the Trademarks Act. She is a frequent writer and speaker on trademark law.


Grant Lynds

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Grant Lynds is a patent agent, trademark agent and a principal at Marks & Clerk in Ottawa, where his practice covers patent and industrial design prosecution, IP litigation, trademark oppositions and patent licensing. Grant spent a number of years as in-house IP licensing and litigation counsel for Nortel, where he negotiated patent licenses and managed US and Canadian litigation, arbitration and mediation. Grant is the Chair of IPIC’s Intervention Committee and previously served as Chair of the Litigation Committee and as a Councillor from 2010-2012. Grant is also a member of the Ontario and New York bars, a patent attorney in the US, and a professional engineer in Alberta and Ontario.


Patrick Smith


PatrickSmith is a patent agent and a partner at Gowling WLG where he is currently the leader of the Calgary office’s Intellectual Property Group, and is also a member of the firm’s Life Sciences group.

Patrick has won multiple awards and distinctions and serves on several IPIC Committees, including the Foundation Committee, the IP Trade Policy Committee and the Litigation Committee. He is a regular writer and speaker on key IP issues impacting companies operating in Canada. He is a former adjunct professor of law at the University of Ottawa and now mentors students, associates and junior partners at the firm.


Christian Bolduc

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Christian Bolduc is a trademark agent and a partner at Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh’s Montreal office. His experience covers all stages of the trademark life cycle and consists primarily of procurement, oppositions and cancellation proceedings, management, strategic counselling and enforcement, in Canada and abroad. Christian also advises clients on commercial issues and transactions involving trademarks, including the negotiation and drafting of license agreements, international co-existence agreements, IP asset audits, and the preparation and implementation of due diligence investigations.  

Over the years, Christian has served on many IPIC committees, including recently as Chair of the International Trademark Issues Committee, as member of the Trademark Legislation Committee and as Chair of the IPIC-McGill Courses Liaison Committee. Christian is also a frequent speaker on trademarks.


Timothy Lowman

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TimLowman is a trademark agent and a partner at Aird & Berlis in Toronto. He has been the Chair of IPIC’s Insurance Committee since 1997. Tim is also a litigator, having appeared since 1980 as counsel in commercial/intellectual property litigation including patent, trademark, copyright, professional negligence, trade secret, invention ownership, product liability and employment law claims in Ontario, Alberta, the Federal Court and Supreme Court of Canada.

He is a Certified Specialist (Civil Litigation), Certified Licensing Professional, Fellow: Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (International Arbitration), long time instructor for the Osgoode’s ITAW and Professional Development programs, Adjunct Faculty: Ryerson University and recently authored “Intellectual Property and International Business in Legal Aspects of International Business: A Canadian Perspective.”  


Heather Mueller


Heather is a patent agent in Canada and the US, and has spent the majority of her career working with innovations and technology development strategies in the energy sector. Currently, her work involves implementing and managing IP strategy at NCS Multistage Inc. 

Heather has been an active member of the IPIC community for many years. Her present IPIC committee involvement includes the Professional Regulation Committee and International Patent Issues Committee. She is also involved in the Corporate Practitioners Network and the Women in IP Networking Group. As part of her role on Council, Heather also liaises with the Exam Standards Committee, the Insurance Committee, and the newly formed Indigenous IP Committee.


Alexandra Steele

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Alexandra Steele is a trial lawyer with a focus on IP Litigation at Robic, LLP. Her practice covers patent, trademark, copyright and unfair competition litigation. She is admitted to the Quebec Bar and is an accredited mediator in civil and commercial matters with the Quebec Bar.

Alexandra is a frequent speaker on intellectual property law and advocacy. She was one of the original members of the Federal Court IP Users Committee (a joint Committee of IPIC, CBA and the Federal Court) and is also past Chair of the
Forums and Seminars Committee.

The members of Council (IPIC’s board of directors) are elected at the Annual General Meeting (AGM). The Council is composed of nine members: the immediate past president, four officers and four councillors.

Every member of Council is elected for a term of one year. However, IPIC has adopted a practice which, subject to the vote by the members at the AGM, provides for continuity by allowing councillors to serve on Council for two years with two new members being elected each year.

After being absent from Council for at least a year, a former councillor may be invited by the Nominating Committee to become the treasurer. This person makes a five year commitment: after being treasurer, he or she normally becomes secretary then vice-president, president and finally, past president.

The Nominating Committee is composed of the president, the two immediate past presidents, and a fourth member. The Nominating Committee considers, among others, the names of IPIC members who, on their committee application form, have expressed an interest in serving on Council. The Nominating Committee also takes into consideration volunteer involvement by members as well as the requirement of maintaining a representative Council.