Darlene Tonelli

Richard Wilks

“I skate to where the puck is going to be, not to where it has been.”

Wayne Gretzky


Prior to joining Inter Alia, Richard ran his own legal and consulting practice through which he acted as general counsel to a well-known Canadian technology start-up, and advisor to a major television distributor on content and rights licensing. Richard has experience with the wide range of agreements that arise for companies experiencing rapid growth and change, and brings legal and business acumen to book publishing, film and TV deals, software licenses, sales agreements and copyright and trademark issues.

Prior to running his own practice, Richard worked for 10 years at Shaw Media (formerly CanWest) where he led the legal teams that negotiated content licenses and distribution agreements for Shaw’s TV networks and digital media properties. Richard is a mentor at Ryerson’s DMZ and at ideaBOOST, the Canadian Film Centre’s accelerator program for digital entertainment and technology start-ups.


  • When not practicing law, Richard can be found: playing hockey, spending time with his wife and twin boys, and discovering new (and old) music.


  • University of Arizona/Thunderbird, M.B.A.
  • University of Western Ontario, B.A. (Economics), LL.B.


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