J. Fraser Mann, Partner

Mann Symons LLP
One Yonge Street, Suite 1801
Toronto, ON  M5E 1W7

416 274 2243


Fraser Mann practises primarily in the areas of technology, procurement, e-health and intellectual property law.  His clients in the private sector include publicly traded companies and other companies involved in the acquisition and use of technology, and various technology companies supplying innovative products and services in Canada and other countries around the world.  His public sector clients include government ministries and agencies, crown corporations, municipalities, hospitals, colleges and other institutions.

Before becoming a founding partner of Mann Symons LLP, Fraser was a partner at several prominent Canadian law firms.

Fraser has extensive experience with a wide range of agreements in the IT sector, including:

  • business process and IT outsourcing transactions,
  • licensing agreements,
  • development agreements,
  • network service agreements,
  • consulting and professional service agreements, and
  • cloud computing agreements. 

Fraser has acted in numerous projects involving the development, use and deployment of technology within the health, telecommunications, manufacturing, real estate and financial industries. He provides advice on all legal issues that arise in all stages of a complex IT procurement project, commencing with the preparation of an RFP and continuing with the selection of a vendor, the negotiation of a master agreement and statements of work and ongoing assistance in the management of the contract.

Fraser provides advice on privacy and security issues arising from the use of technology, on legal issues relating to the use of Internet in commerce and copyright law.  He is a member of the ADR Institute of Ontario, and provides advice on various forms of dispute resolution for IT and IP transactions, including the mediation and arbitration of disputes.

More detailed information concerning the areas of practice in which Mann Symons provides legal services is available on our Practices page.

Executive Positions and Recognitions

Fraser is currently President and member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Information Technology Law Association (IT.Can).  He has served as Chair of the International Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association, Co-Chair of the Technology Law Committee of the International Bar Association and a director of York Technology Association.  He is also currently a Director of Three Oaks Innovations Inc. and a member of the Executive of the Toronto branch of the Canadian International Council.  He is an active member of the International Technology Law (ITECHLaw) Association.

Fraser has been recognized as a leading lawyer in technology law by various national and international publications, including Chambers Global Guide (where he has been ranked in Tier 1 of Technology lawyers in Canada), LEXPERT, the International Who’s Who of Internet and e-commerce Lawyers and Best Lawyers in Canada.


  • Ph.D., McGill University, Montreal, Quebec
  • LL.B., McGill University, Montreal, Quebec
  • M.A., McGill University, Montreal, Quebec
  • B.A., (Gold Medallist), University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown PEI


Fraser is the author of the first major Canadian text on computer law, Computer Technology and the Law in Canada (Carswell), co-author of Internet Law: A Practical Guide for Legal and Business Professionals (Carswell) and co-editor of Electronic Commerce – A Practitioner’s Guide (Carswell).  He is currently Co-editor of Mann’s Technology Law News, published by Carswell.  He is contributor to a number of other publications and is a frequent conference speaker.  The following is a representative list of Fraser’s recent publications and presentations (copies of any of these papers or presentations are available on request):

  • “Key Issues for IT Agreements”, 5th Essentials of Commercial Contracts – Federated Press – June 4-5, 2012
  • “Crytography and Data Security:  How Technological Measures Have Fared under Regulatory Scrutiny” – presentation by J. Fraser Mann to the ITech Law Association 2012 World Technology Law Conference and Annual Meeting – May 3 - 4, 2012
  • “Warranties, Indemnification and Limitation of Liability: Allocating Risks in the Cloud” – presentation by J. Fraser Mann to the Federated Press 4th Cloud Computing Conference – March 26 – 27, 2012
  • “Protecting Privacy When Using the Cloud” – presentation by J. Fraser Mann to Miller Thomson LLP – March 5, 2012
  • “Procurement Requirements and Common Pitfalls” – presentation by J. Fraser Mann to Miller Thomson LLP’s Education Law Seminar – March 1, 2012
  • “Protecting Privacy When Using the Cloud” – presentation by J. Fraser Mann to OBA Institute 2012 seminar “Technically Speaking, You’ve Got a Privacy Problem” – February 9, 2012
  • “Critical Cross-Border Issues in IT Contracting” - presentation by J. Fraser Mann to Osgoode Professional Development Program on Negotiating and Drafting IT Agreements –  February 7-9, 2012
  • “6th Internet Law Conference” of Federated Press – chaired by J. Fraser Mann and Donald B. Johnston – December 12 – 13, 2011
  • “Overview of Canada’s New Anti-Spam Legislation and the Proposed Regulations” – presentation by J. Fraser Mann and Wendy Hulton to client seminar at Miller Thomson LLP – December 9, 2011
  • “Protection of Privacy in an Era of Cloud Computing” - presentation by J. Fraser Mann and Elisabeth Symons to PHIPA Summit – November 28, 2011
  • “Roundtable on IT Agreements” – presentation by J. Fraser Mann and Eamonn J. Flaherty to York Technology Association – November 22, 2011
  • “Legal Issues and Risks Arising from Cloud Computing” – presentation by J. Fraser Mann to ALOC Conference – November 9, 2011
  • “Software Development Agreements” – presentation by J. Fraser Mann to the Federated Press 3rd Program on Mastering IP & IT Transactions – October 17 - 18, 2011
  • “Recent Domestic and International Developments Affecting Municipal Procurement” – presentation by J. Fraser Mann to AMO Conference – August 21 - 24, 2011
  • “Key Issues for IT Agreements” – presentation by J. Fraser Mann to the Federated Press 3rd Program on Essentials of Commercial Contracts – June 20-21, 2011