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Patrick Westaway, B.A. (Hons.), J.D.

Patrick Westaway is a business lawyer of more than nineteen years’ experience who has represented clients in such technology industries as animated feature film production, online gaming, telecommunications and virtual reality content distribution. Patrick combines tax expertise in cross-border enterprise and investment structuring with experience as a start-up founder and in-house legal counsel.

Patrick began his career at the Toronto office of Deloitte & Touche where he practised cross-border enterprise and investment tax structuring for multinationals before moving into the practice of law, ultimately joining one of Canada’s leading law firms, Lang Michener LLP (now McMillan LLP). While continuing to develop expertise in complex tax structuring, Patrick concurrently developed considerable experience in such niche areas as the procurement and installation of computer hardware, software licensing and the negotiation of related IT-consulting agreements. Along the way, he also played a key role in funding a manufacturer of fully electric cars and an innovative financial services provider by means of reverse take-overs using capital pool companies.

While maintaining his law practice, Patrick co-founded a company which provided all pre-production services for an IMAX feature film commissioned by NASA (featuring a voice cast drawn from the world’s two most renowned sci-fi franchises) as well as pre-production and business services for a wide-release feature film. And, in 2009, Patrick was seconded to serve as in-house counsel to Wind Mobile (now Freedom Mobile) in which role Patrick negotiated all manner of agreements involved in the start-up of a national telecom company.

In 2011, Patrick re-entered private practice and, in 2014, relocated to Waterloo, Ontario where he continues to look for opportunities to support its entrepreneurs and other technology innovators.

Education:
- Certificate in Entertainment Law, Osgoode Hall
- Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants’ In-Depth Tax Course, Parts I and II
- J.D., Osgoode Hall
- B.A. (Honours) University of Western Ontario

Teaching Engagements:
- The Osgoode Certificate in Intellectual Property Licensing (2017)
- The Bar Admission Course of Ontario, Business Taxation Section (2000 – 2005)

Speaking Engagements:
- Tax & Trade: Cross-Border Business 101, delivered to the International Law Practitioners of Waterloo Region, November 2016
- Taxation Issues in Acquisition Transactions –A Practical Review, delivered to the Ontario Bar Association, March 2008
- The Short Course on Partnerships, delivered to Osgoode Hall Professional Development, February 2008
- Partnerships, Limited Partnerships and Unlimited Liability Companies, delivered to Osgoode Hall Professional Development, April 2007
- Income Tax Issues Affecting Foreign Corporations Entering the Canadian Market, delivered to the annual EU-Lex conference, October 2005
- Professional Corporations, delivered to the Annual Conference of the Society of Urological Surgeons of Ontario (SUSO), September 2005

Current Directorships:
- Gentle Hero Films (2016 to the present)
- Festivals & Events Ontario (2015 to the present)

Practice Groups:
Technology; Corporate Tax Planning; Entertainment

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