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Wi-LAN Adds Vice President Human Resources


Dilan Perera Brings Experience in Human Resources Leadership Within Fast-Growing Companies to Wi-LAN

Calgary, Alberta
April 3, 2000

Wi-LAN Inc. (TSE:WIN), a leading innovator in the field of wireless data/Internet communications, today announced the appointment of Dilan Perera as Vice President, Human Resources and Business Services. Previously with TransCanada PipeLines, Dilan will assume responsibility for all aspects of Wi-LAN's human resources management, including information systems, facilities management, insurance, safety and security, community relations and administration. Within human resources, Dilan's responsibilities will include staffing, compensation, training and development, policies, and employee relations.

"Wi-LAN's growth over the past year has been incredible," says Peter Kinash, Wi-LAN's Chief Financial Officer. "Dilan is a strong addition to the Wi-LAN team. His experience and knowledge in human resources is an important element to growing Wi-LAN in terms of planning, processes, and hiring."

Dilan has an impressive background in human resources, having worked with numerous successful and fast-growing companies. Most recently, as the Vice President, Human Resources for TransCanada Energy, the marketing business unit of TransCanada PipeLines, Dilan was responsible for the start-up and rapid growth TransCanada Power from 4 employees, zero assets and zero revenues in 1995, to over 200 employees, $1.3 Billion in revenues and $1.6 Billion in assets by the Fall of 1999. Among his previous roles, Dilan was Manager, Human Resources for the Calgary Olympics, growing from 15 employees in January 1983, to over 600 employees and 8000 volunteers in 1988. Dilan is a Past President of the Human Resources Association of Calgary, and currently serves as the Chair of the Hire-A-Student Committee of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce.

"Wi-LAN has a huge opportunity for growth, and I am happy to have joined at such an exciting time of evolution for the company," said Dilan Perera. "Wi-LAN's recent announcements show the commitment Wi-LAN has to succeed in this competitive market. I am eager to apply my business background towards helping Wi-LAN grow to become the leader in this industry."

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