John Sanche

Practice Focus

  • Commercial Transactions
    • Corporate organizing and restructuring
    • Share and asset acquisitions and dispositions
    • Mergers, acquisitions and other business combinations
    • General corporate and commercial matters
  • Intellectual Property & Technology
    • E-business, domain name and internet legal issues
    • Licensing and technology agreements
    • Purchases and sales of technology and intellectual property
    • Privacy law compliance
    • Trademarks and trademark applications
    • Patent applications
  • Anti-Corruption & Bribery
    •  Design and implementation of anti-corruption policies and programs, transactional anti-corruption due diligence and related transaction matters for multinational companies
    • Provision of anti-corruption advice to, and drafting of anti-corruption-compliant agreements for, companies operating in Central and South America, Eastern Europe and South East Asia
  • Start-Ups and Early-Stage Companies
  • Franchises, Dealerships & Distributorships

Practice Areas


  • University of Saskatchewan, Juris Doctor (with Distinction), 2011
  • University of Saskatchewan, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (with Distinction), 1997
  • University of Saskatchewan, Bachelor of Arts, Honours in Philosophy (with High Honours), 1997

Bar Admission

  • Alberta 2012

Professional Associations

  • Member, Law Society of Alberta
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Calgary Bar Association
  • Registered Canadian Trademark Agent
  • Member, International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • Member, Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC)
  • Member, Canadian Technology Law Association

IP / Commercial Representative Work

  • Drafting intellectual property licensing, software development, and service agreements for companies with operations in multiple countries, including two cryptocurrency companies and an education company
  • Negotiating and drafting intellectual property ownership and assignment agreements for an award-winning start-up data analytics company
  • Negotiating and drafting long-term service, storage and supply agreements, and shared utilities and services agreements for major projects of multi-national petrochemical and utility power companies
  • Advising on trademark matters and managing trademark portfolios in Canada and international jurisdictions for two software companies
  • Negotiating and drafting services agreements, master service agreements, and a master reseller agreement for an international safety technology company
  • Negotiating and drafting a joint development agreement and master purchase agreement for an oil & gas down-hole drilling tool developing and manufacturing company for the development of new technology and the supply of custom tools for a multi-national oil & gas services counterparty
  • Negotiating and drafting software reseller agreements with two major resellers for an international time and asset management software company
  • Drafting telecommunications service and supply agreements for a telecommunications company with operations across Western Canada and the North-Eastern United States. Negotiating with a US national telecommunications counterparty on internet backbone dark fibre, lit fibre and co-location agreements, and related bandwidth service agreements
  • Drafting technology & patent cross-licensing agreements between two Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) companies

M&A / Project Representative Work

  • Counsel to HPC Energy Services Ltd. in a 2018 Plan of Arrangement whereby TriWest Capital Partners acquired a majority interest in HPC Energy Services Ltd.
  • Advising a power developer in 2018 on the development of a wind power project and on the bid in Alberta's Renewable Electricity Program
  • Counsel to Enerflex Ltd., through the U.S. entity Enerflex Energy Systems Inc., in its 2017 US$106 million acquisition of U.S. based contract compression business, Mesa Compression, LLC