Tyler Burns

Tyler Burns is the Director of Investor Relations and Marketing at Wi-LAN Inc., a Canadian technology development and intellectual property licensing company listed on the TSX and NASDAQ. With over seven years of service to Wi-LAN Inc., Burns has been integral in the acquisition of high profile contracts at Wi-LAN, utilizing his more than 18 years experience in the industry.

Graduating from Carleton University in 1993, Tyler Burns holds a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering with a specialization in propulsion and aerodynamics. Tyler Burns has worked for Philsar Semiconductor Inc. as Marcom Manager, Azimuth Systems as a senior level Marketing Executive, as well as IceFyre Semiconductor, a company he helped create as a Product Marketing Manager all before coming to his current position at Wi-LAN.

A self-described hard worker, Burns’ work ethic and driven attitude was established early in life when he used to deliver the local paper around his neighbourhood. This dedication to excellence has also garnered him notoriety, culminating in his being named Top 40 Under 40 in 2009 by the Ottawa Business Journal. His success has also earned him international attention, as Burns has served as a consultant to a variety of small and large US-based high-tech companies.

Tyler Burns’ ability to work outside his comfort zone is one of his greatest attributes. His versatility has enabled him to use his engineering training in new and innovative ways that have both benefited him and Wi-LAN. Burns has been committed to sustaining 20-30 per cent growth in Wi-LAN account sector over a five year period, leading to increased shareholder revenues and confidence. Burns’ corporate expertise is well respected throughout the industry and he is often asked to comment on current technological developments and intellectual property licensing issues by a variety of media outlets and sources.

Outside of business, Burns is a member of the program committee at the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation (OCRI), a centre aimed at advancing Ottawa’s knowledge based economy. He is also a member of Ottawa’s White Coat Committee, an organization of business professionals that fundraise and support hospital endeavours.

Burns also participates in Project North, a program aimed at boosting literacy rates and promoting physical activity for Inuit youth in Canada’s North.