Lorraine Mastersmith is one of Canada's top corporate and M&A lawyers. An Ottawa-based partner with 30 years' experience, she provides practical, strategic advice on corporate finance, M&A, corporate governance, commercial contracts and technology licensing, with a particular focus on emerging and established tech companies.
In addition to running a leading corporate practice, Lorraine is also Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP's firm managing partner – internal. In this senior leadership role, Lorraine is responsible for the firm's internal and professional-based strategies, policies and performance. She oversees the recruitment, retention, advancement and compensation of partners, associates and students, as well as legal service quality and delivery.
Prior to becoming firm managing partner – internal, Lorraine was head of the Ottawa office's Business Law Department and the Ottawa lead for the firm's Technology, Blockchain & Smart Contracts, and Corporate/Private M&A groups. She also spent several years working in-house as general counsel for a large tech company.
Lorraine has been recognized for her strong legal acumen and dedication to client service in a number of prominent legal directories. These include Chambers Canada, Legal 500 Canada, the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory and The Best Lawyers in Canada.
Lorraine is very active in the Ottawa business community and has served on the boards of a number of public and private companies and not-for-profits. She is currently a member of the regional ambassador council for Women Get on Board, an organization devoted to the advancement of qualified women to corporate boards.
Together with her husband, Lorraine also owns and operates KIN Vineyards, a beautiful winery located 25 minutes west of downtown Ottawa.