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McMillan is a leading Canadian business law firm serving private, public and not-for-profit clients across key industries in Canada, the United States and around the world. With recognized expertise and acknowledged leadership in major business sectors, we provide solutions-oriented legal advice through our offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal and Hong Kong. Our firm values – respect, teamwork, commitment, client service and professional excellence – are at the heart of McMillan’s commitment to serve our clients, our local communities and the legal profession.

Our industry-focused teams follow industry developments and participate in industry associations and events, enabling us to deliver sound practical legal advice informed by knowledge of our clients and their industries. We have teams concentrating on the Cannabis, energy, oil and gas, media and entertainment, automotive, health care and transportation sectors, to name just a few.

The Startups @ McMillan team leverages this deep industry knowledge and experience while providing streamlined, efficient legal services to startups.

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We’re entrepreneurs. Founders. Explorers. Web developers. We educate. We’re gamers. Avid skiers. We’re into theatre. We innovate. We’re into science fiction. We travel. We're here to help you. Come meet the team.

  • Michael E. Reid
    Michael E. Reid Co-Chair, Startups and Emerging Companies
    Co-Founder, Startups @ McMillan
    Partner, Business Law Group – Vancouver

    An entrepreneur at heart, Mike started his first web design company right around the same time when HTML 2.0 was big news.  Now he uses his practical business understanding to act for founders and other entrepreneurs in a wide range of industries, guiding them through various processes and road blocks: from software to cannabis industries and at all stages of a company’s life cycle.

    Mike brings a deep expertise and diverse mindset on all aspects of corporate and commercial law, including business formation, contract drafting and negotiation.

    Outside the office, you can find Mike catching up on the latest WIRED, exploring a new hiking trail, reading dystopian fiction or seeking out a new cocktail bar.

    Mike is a member of iTechLaw (the International Tech Law Association), and President/Director of the Pacific Legal Education and Outreach Society.

    Email: michael.reid@mcmillan.ca Phone: 1-778-328-1634

    An entrepreneur at heart, Mike started his first web design company right around the same time when HTML 2.0 was big news.  Now he uses his practical business understanding to act for founders and other entrepreneurs in a wide range of industries, guiding them through various processes and road blocks: from software to cannabis industries and at all stages of a company’s life cycle.

    Mike brings a deep expertise and diverse mindset on all aspects of corporate and commercial law, including business formation, contract drafting and negotiation.

    Outside the office, you can find Mike catching up on the latest WIRED, exploring a new hiking trail, reading dystopian fiction or seeking out a new cocktail bar.

    Mike is a member of iTechLaw (the International Tech Law Association), and President/Director of the Pacific Legal Education and Outreach Society.

  • Leila Rafi
    Leila Rafi Co-Chair, Startups and Emerging Companies
    Partner, Capital Markets and M&A – Toronto

    Unlike a typical Bay Street lawyer, Leila is an extrovert and highly social who most enjoys connecting contacts for business ideas and deals through her extensive professional network. As Co-Chair, Startups and Emerging Companies, and Partner in the Capital Markets and M&A Group, Leila brings boundless energy in working with founders and entrepreneurs, guiding them through the legal landscape and helping them avoid common pitfalls for startups.

    Previously, she developed her corporate and commercial expertise acting as co-lead external counsel on the Modernization Project for the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation for four years, but worry not, she won’t tell you not to take a gamble on your latest idea or product!

    Leila has also acted as an adjunct professor at the Universities of Windsor and Western law schools, and leads annual course programs for legal professionals.

    When she’s not helping her clients raise capital or nurture their latest invention, Leila is a champion for diversity and inclusion in corporate leadership, speaks regularly on a variety of securities law topics, and volunteers for the Law Society and Yonge Street Mission.

    Email: leila.rafi@mcmillan.ca Phone: 1-416-945-8017

    Unlike a typical Bay Street lawyer, Leila is an extrovert and highly social who most enjoys connecting contacts for business ideas and deals through her extensive professional network. As Co-Chair, Startups and Emerging Companies, and Partner in the Capital Markets and M&A Group, Leila brings boundless energy in working with founders and entrepreneurs, guiding them through the legal landscape and helping them avoid common pitfalls for startups.

    Previously, she developed her corporate and commercial expertise acting as co-lead external counsel on the Modernization Project for the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation for four years, but worry not, she won’t tell you not to take a gamble on your latest idea or product!

    Leila has also acted as an adjunct professor at the Universities of Windsor and Western law schools, and leads annual course programs for legal professionals.

    When she’s not helping her clients raise capital or nurture their latest invention, Leila is a champion for diversity and inclusion in corporate leadership, speaks regularly on a variety of securities law topics, and volunteers for the Law Society and Yonge Street Mission.

  • Ryan Black
    Ryan Black Co-Chair, Information Technology
    Chief Technology Partner
    Partner, Business Law – Vancouver

    A former web developer (before it was cool), Ryan is a passionate educator and advocate on the intersection of law and technology, and is Chief Technology Partner at McMillan while also sitting on the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (.ca) Board of Directors.

    Ryan is driven by the software, gaming and technology industries and has acted for software, professional service and video game companies of all sizes. He efficiently advises on start-up formation, contracts, Internet law, IP, employment, M&A and financing.

    In 2017, Lexpert named him a Canadian Leading Lawyer Under 40 and Rising Star and he has frequently appeared on TV, podcast and radio, as well as hosting online and in-person (Reddit?) AMAs. Ryan has presented at PAX West/Dev, GDC, ACETECH, Vancouver Startup Week, Vancouver Entrepreneurs Forum and UBC.  Outside work, he is an avid gamer and basketball player, living in Vancouver with his wife (Yolanda), his cat (Kitty), and their 20TB Steam-streaming media server (Gandalf).

    Email: ryan.black@mcmillan.ca Phone: 1-604-691-7422

    A former web developer (before it was cool), Ryan is a passionate educator and advocate on the intersection of law and technology, and is Chief Technology Partner at McMillan while also sitting on the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (.ca) Board of Directors.

    Ryan is driven by the software, gaming and technology industries and has acted for software, professional service and video game companies of all sizes. He efficiently advises on start-up formation, contracts, Internet law, IP, employment, M&A and financing.

    In 2017, Lexpert named him a Canadian Leading Lawyer Under 40 and Rising Star and he has frequently appeared on TV, podcast and radio, as well as hosting online and in-person (Reddit?) AMAs. Ryan has presented at PAX West/Dev, GDC, ACETECH, Vancouver Startup Week, Vancouver Entrepreneurs Forum and UBC.  Outside work, he is an avid gamer and basketball player, living in Vancouver with his wife (Yolanda), his cat (Kitty), and their 20TB Steam-streaming media server (Gandalf).

  • Morgan McDonald
    Morgan McDonald Co-Founder, Startups @ McMillan
    Associate, Business Law – Vancouver

    Morgan is a co-founder of Startups @ McMillan and a lawyer in McMillan’s Business Law group. As a trusted advisor, Morgan has had the pleasure of working with founders and entrepreneurs at all stages of the business cycle in industries including software, ecommerce, wellness, and cannabis.

    Outside the office, you can find this Vancouverite outdoors. She’s an avid skier, rider, floater, hiker, and general lover of fresh air. Secretly, Morgan does most of these things for the snacks and opportunities to pet dogs (doesn’t everyone?).

    Give her a call or send an email if you’re looking for assistance with growth funding, IP licensing, related support and service agreements, purchase and sale transactions, day-to-day commercial needs including employment, contracting and confidentiality agreements, or if you’d like to grab a coffee and chat about it all.

    Email: morgan.mcdonald@mcmillan.ca Phone: 1-778-328-1494

    Morgan is a co-founder of Startups @ McMillan and a lawyer in McMillan’s Business Law group. As a trusted advisor, Morgan has had the pleasure of working with founders and entrepreneurs at all stages of the business cycle in industries including software, ecommerce, wellness, and cannabis.

    Outside the office, you can find this Vancouverite outdoors. She’s an avid skier, rider, floater, hiker, and general lover of fresh air. Secretly, Morgan does most of these things for the snacks and opportunities to pet dogs (doesn’t everyone?).

    Give her a call or send an email if you’re looking for assistance with growth funding, IP licensing, related support and service agreements, purchase and sale transactions, day-to-day commercial needs including employment, contracting and confidentiality agreements, or if you’d like to grab a coffee and chat about it all.

  • Tyson Gratton
    Tyson Gratton Associate, Business Law – Vancouver

    Tyson is a lawyer in the business law group at McMillan’s Vancouver office. As a former television executive, Tyson knows what it takes to bring a diverse team of creatives, trades, and professionals together to bring a product to market.  He works alongside companies from across Canada, the United States, and abroad who are creators, developers, integrators, innovators, distributors, and service providers, with a focus on entertainment and media, food and beverage, industrial design, and video game industries.

    Whether drafting a complex licensing deal, negotiating a key employment agreement, or advising you on how to best structure your business, Tyson zeroes in on practical solutions that are uniquely suited to your business.

    In his personal life, Tyson currently draws inspiration from his explorations in natural wine, science fiction, and music. As an enthusiastic curler, he is also great with a broom and never hesitates to hurry hard.

    Email: tyson.gratton@mcmillan.ca Phone: 1-604-691-7444

    Tyson is a lawyer in the business law group at McMillan’s Vancouver office. As a former television executive, Tyson knows what it takes to bring a diverse team of creatives, trades, and professionals together to bring a product to market.  He works alongside companies from across Canada, the United States, and abroad who are creators, developers, integrators, innovators, distributors, and service providers, with a focus on entertainment and media, food and beverage, industrial design, and video game industries.

    Whether drafting a complex licensing deal, negotiating a key employment agreement, or advising you on how to best structure your business, Tyson zeroes in on practical solutions that are uniquely suited to your business.

    In his personal life, Tyson currently draws inspiration from his explorations in natural wine, science fiction, and music. As an enthusiastic curler, he is also great with a broom and never hesitates to hurry hard.

  • Christie Bates
    Christie Bates Associate, Intellectual Property and Technology – Toronto

    Christie is a philosophical nerd who loves to shop, so her practice in intellectual property is as natural a pairing as PB and J. Be it prattling on about the usefulness of proactive brand protection, reading up on how best to monetize ancillary IP, or chuckling about the Duracell vs. Energizer Pink Battery Bunny trademark battle (seriously, Google it), she eats and breaths IP.

    Christie focuses on trademark and copyright litigation and contract drafting, trademark prosecution, Copyright Board user representation, and supporting corporations in indentifying their IP and their related risks.

    With a background in theatre and music, Christie now channels that energy into her pro bono presentations to grow non-lawyers’ IP literacy. What keeps Christie up at night is knowing that Startups (incorrectly) believe that IP can go on the backburner – give her five  minutes and she’ll sing you a tune that’ll change your mind.

    Email: christie.bates@mcmillan.ca Phone: 1-416-945-8001

    Christie is a philosophical nerd who loves to shop, so her practice in intellectual property is as natural a pairing as PB and J. Be it prattling on about the usefulness of proactive brand protection, reading up on how best to monetize ancillary IP, or chuckling about the Duracell vs. Energizer Pink Battery Bunny trademark battle (seriously, Google it), she eats and breaths IP.

    Christie focuses on trademark and copyright litigation and contract drafting, trademark prosecution, Copyright Board user representation, and supporting corporations in indentifying their IP and their related risks.

    With a background in theatre and music, Christie now channels that energy into her pro bono presentations to grow non-lawyers’ IP literacy. What keeps Christie up at night is knowing that Startups (incorrectly) believe that IP can go on the backburner – give her five  minutes and she’ll sing you a tune that’ll change your mind.

  • Maneesha Dakha
    Maneesha Dakha Associate, Business Law – Vancouver

    Maneesha is a lawyer in McMillan’s Business Law group. With a Queen’s Commerce degree and past experience working as in-house counsel for Canada’s largest publicly traded gaming, entertainment and hospitality company, Maneesha has extensive insight into the day-to-day operational and legal challenges facing companies.

    Maneesha advises startups on a variety of corporate, commercial and regulatory matters. She focuses on providing clients with practical, creative and concise solutions.

    Maneesha is also a director of the Hoop-Law Society, an organization that hosts an annual Charity Basketball Tournament in Vancouver. Outside of the office Maneesha focuses on what she considers the three Fs: “Fashion, Food and Football” – you will likely find her on the soccer field or trying a new restaurant she saw online.

    Email: maneesha.dakha@mcmillan.ca Phone: 1-604-893-7636

    Maneesha is a lawyer in McMillan’s Business Law group. With a Queen’s Commerce degree and past experience working as in-house counsel for Canada’s largest publicly traded gaming, entertainment and hospitality company, Maneesha has extensive insight into the day-to-day operational and legal challenges facing companies.

    Maneesha advises startups on a variety of corporate, commercial and regulatory matters. She focuses on providing clients with practical, creative and concise solutions.

    Maneesha is also a director of the Hoop-Law Society, an organization that hosts an annual Charity Basketball Tournament in Vancouver. Outside of the office Maneesha focuses on what she considers the three Fs: “Fashion, Food and Football” – you will likely find her on the soccer field or trying a new restaurant she saw online.