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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.

  • Pablo Tseng
    Pablo Tseng Associate, Intellectual Property and Business Law – Vancouver

    Pablo is a lawyer, patent agent, and trademark agent. But don’t let that fool you: he is indeed someone that you’ll enjoy talking to – both about law and topics not related to law.

    Pablo’s intellectual property law practice is varied, and he keeps it that way in order to be better in tune with the business realities that his clients face. In addition to drafting commercial and licensing agreements and handling all aspects of patent and trademark drafting, prosecution, and enforcement, he also prides himself in helping you assess what your IP needs really are at any given time during the life cycle of your business. He is, at heart, an IP advisor.

    Outside of his legal practice, you will find Pablo constantly trying to make comebacks in past-times he enjoyed prior to getting into the legal profession. One day he will succeed, and earn the coveted title of being “comeback weekend warrior of the year”.

    Email: pablo.tseng@mcmillan.ca Phone: 1-778-328-1631

    Pablo is a lawyer, patent agent, and trademark agent. But don’t let that fool you: he is indeed someone that you’ll enjoy talking to – both about law and topics not related to law.

    Pablo’s intellectual property law practice is varied, and he keeps it that way in order to be better in tune with the business realities that his clients face. In addition to drafting commercial and licensing agreements and handling all aspects of patent and trademark drafting, prosecution, and enforcement, he also prides himself in helping you assess what your IP needs really are at any given time during the life cycle of your business. He is, at heart, an IP advisor.

    Outside of his legal practice, you will find Pablo constantly trying to make comebacks in past-times he enjoyed prior to getting into the legal profession. One day he will succeed, and earn the coveted title of being “comeback weekend warrior of the year”.

  • Samson Chan
    Samson Chan Associate, Business Law – Vancouver

    Samson is a lawyer in practice, entrepreneur at heart, and a strategist at all times.  A former health policy researcher and a current strategic advisor to a clinical privacy technology company which he personally partakes with his healthcare peers, Samson understands how to bring an idea to a plan, product and eventual adoption. As a lawyer of the McMillan’s Business Law group and a Certified Information Privacy Professional/Canada, Samson provides practical solutions to companies on all business matters throughout a company’s life cycle and on privacy-specific matters, from drafting privacy policies and data processing agreements to advising on data breach preventions and regulatory compliance related to data privacy and surveillance.

    Beyond his legal practice, Samson is an avid basketball player (a huge NBA fan), a weekend golfer and a social media enthusiast.  As a keen advocate for connecting the East and West, Samson can also be found doing podcasts, presenting as a guest speaker and hosting workshops and events for the Asian Canadian community in BC as the President of Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (British Columbia) Society.

    Email: samson.chan@mcmillan.ca Phone: 1-236-826-3063

    Samson is a lawyer in practice, entrepreneur at heart, and a strategist at all times.  A former health policy researcher and a current strategic advisor to a clinical privacy technology company which he personally partakes with his healthcare peers, Samson understands how to bring an idea to a plan, product and eventual adoption. As a lawyer of the McMillan’s Business Law group and a Certified Information Privacy Professional/Canada, Samson provides practical solutions to companies on all business matters throughout a company’s life cycle and on privacy-specific matters, from drafting privacy policies and data processing agreements to advising on data breach preventions and regulatory compliance related to data privacy and surveillance.

    Beyond his legal practice, Samson is an avid basketball player (a huge NBA fan), a weekend golfer and a social media enthusiast.  As a keen advocate for connecting the East and West, Samson can also be found doing podcasts, presenting as a guest speaker and hosting workshops and events for the Asian Canadian community in BC as the President of Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (British Columbia) Society.

  • Kourtney Rylands
    Kourtney Rylands Senior Associate, Business Law and Restructuring – Calgary

    Kourtney is a business law and restructuring lawyer who has experience dealing with companies at all stages of development. She assists clients to deal with companies that are in distress in her restructuring practice and takes that perspective to her corporate practice and her work with start-up companies. She focuses on providing timely and practical advice to her clients and believes in tailoring legal advice and legal work to the current needs of a company. In addition, she takes a team approach to client service which allows clients to benefit from cost savings and efficiencies in service, which are key for growing companies. Kourtney has dealt with hundreds of start-up and junior businesses in a broad range of industries, including applied technologies, life sciences, manufacturing, energy, agriculture, and retail. This experience allows Kourtney to understand the issues that can prevent a company from succeeding and gives her a unique perspective on establishing and structuring start-ups.

    Email: kourtney.rylands@mcmillan.ca Phone: 1-403-355-3326

    Kourtney is a business law and restructuring lawyer who has experience dealing with companies at all stages of development. She assists clients to deal with companies that are in distress in her restructuring practice and takes that perspective to her corporate practice and her work with start-up companies. She focuses on providing timely and practical advice to her clients and believes in tailoring legal advice and legal work to the current needs of a company. In addition, she takes a team approach to client service which allows clients to benefit from cost savings and efficiencies in service, which are key for growing companies. Kourtney has dealt with hundreds of start-up and junior businesses in a broad range of industries, including applied technologies, life sciences, manufacturing, energy, agriculture, and retail. This experience allows Kourtney to understand the issues that can prevent a company from succeeding and gives her a unique perspective on establishing and structuring start-ups.