Patrick Westaway is a business lawyer of more than twenty 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.