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Wi-LAN's Strategic Focus on Technology Energized by New Chief Scientist

04/04/2000

Dr. Phillip R. Gee Brings Experience in Technology Leadership to Wi-LAN

Calgary, Alberta
April 4, 2000

Wi-LAN Inc. (TSE:WIN), a leading innovator in the field of wireless data/Internet communications, today announced the appointment of Dr. Phillip R. Gee as Chief Scientist effective April 3rd. He will be prime in Wi-LAN's Advanced Technology group assisting the company in maintaining Wi-LAN's three-to-five year leadership in technology. Phillip, who has a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from University of California at Berkeley, brings to Wi-LAN 15 years of extensive industry experience in Information Technology infrastructure, Strategic Technology Planning, Systems Development, project management, and quality assurance, having worked for Alberta Treasury Branches, MCI, SHL Systemhouse, and Emphasys Technology.

As Chief Technology Officer for Alberta Treasury Branches, Phillip recently architected and completed a $20 million technology rollout. His role involved managing RFI and RFPs, and developing strategic technology direction and partnerships with Information Technology service providers. At US-based MCI, Phillip was part of the senior management team in Advanced Technology as Chief Scientist, and was responsible for developing IT strategic direction for the corporation. As Director of Technology for SHL Systemhouse Inc., Phillip was part of he senior management team in Calgary and was providing strategic consulting to CP Railway, Petro Canada, Suncor, Amoco Petroleum and the Calgary Airport Authority. Phillip has also participated in a number of discussion panels at Internet, Network, Cryptography, and Security conferences.

"Phillip is a great addition to the team at Wi-LAN," says Hatim Zaghloul, Chairman and CEO. "His leadership, knowledge, and creativity will be beneficial in maintaining Wi-LAN's three-to-five year jump on the market."

Phillip will coordinate research activities at Universities and other facilities for and with Wi-LAN. His strength in encryption and mathematical analysis gives him a solid position at standards meetings and in the writing of papers that advance Wi-LAN's futuristic views.

"Wi-LAN's growth in the area of technology advancement is exciting right now," said Phillip Gee. "The future direction of the company is remarkable, and offers me the opportunity to help design the future of wireless data communications."

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