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The Leading Authority on Proxy Voting and Corporate Governance Issues in Canada Recommends Shareholders Vote ''For'' Wi-LAN Management's Slate of Directors

04/12/2006

CALGARY, Canada - April 12, 2006 - Wi-LAN Inc. (TSX:WIN) (Wi-LAN or "the Company") today announced that ISS Canada ("ISS") has recommended its clients vote in favour of all five of Wi-LAN Management’s recommendations, including the election of Management’s slate of nominees to the Company's Board of Directors. The Company's Annual and Special Meeting of Shareholders will be held on Thursday April 20 th in Calgary, Alberta. ISS reached this conclusion after speaking to representatives from both Wi-LAN and the dissident group of shareholders.

ISS has been providing advisory and voting services on over 2,200 Canadian companies to leading pension funds, investment managers, mutual funds and other institutional shareholders since 1987. Its parent company, Institutional Shareholder Services, Inc. is the world's leading provider of proxy voting and corporate governance services with over 20 years of experience.

It was noted in today’s report that:

  • three of the five dissident directors were either on the board or in key executive positions prior to the 2005 restructuring;
  • reviewing a five year stock chart of the company, it is apparent that the real damage to shareholder value occurred in 2004 when the stock collapsed from $4.17 per share to $1.51 per share, while the dissidents held key positions in the Company;
  • the current board has initiated a restructuring of the company in early 2005 and set out a coherent strategy for growth, particularly with respect to releasing the value of the patent portfolio.

Wi-LAN Inc. will be holding its 2006 Annual and Special Meeting of Shareholders on April 20, 2006 at 5 p.m. at the Sheraton Cavalier Hotel, 2620 32nd Avenue N.E., Calgary, Alberta. To ensure your vote counts, Management proxies voting FOR, should be submitted prior to 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time (5:00 p.m. Calgary time), on April 19, 2006 using one of the methods described on the form of proxy. For more information on how to vote proxies or where to receive the Wi-LAN management proxy circular, investors should contact Georgeson Shareholder, Wi-LAN's proxy and information agent at the following North American toll-free number 1-866-686-4822.

About Wi-LAN Inc.

Wi-LAN is a global provider of broadband wireless communications solutions. Wi-LAN believes its portfolio of patents is necessary for the implementation of WiMAX Forum Certified devices and devices using the IEEE standards 802.11a and 802.11g (the 2nd generation Wi-Fi Alliance standards). Wi-LAN is a charter member of the WiMAX Forum (www.wimaxforum.org). Detailed information on Wi-LAN can be found at www.wilan.com.

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For more information please contact:

Wi-LAN Inc.
Amir Nayeri
Genoa Management
1-866-430-6247
info@genoa.ca

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