Lorraine Mastersmith is an Ottawa-based partner in Gowling WLG’s Corporate Commercial and Capital Markets groups. She leads the Ottawa Technology Group and the Ottawa Blockchain and Smart Contracts Group and actively participates in the firm’s Autonomous, Connected, Electric and Shared Vehicles Industry Group. Her practice focuses largely on corporate and securities law, with particular expertise assisting emerging and established companies across a variety of sectors with commercial agreements, mergers & acquisitions and capital raising. Lorraine represents several established companies who specialize in technologies in live broadcasting, financial services and business intelligence, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, digital, cloud and security services in respect of M&A activity, commercial contracts and technology licensing.
Over the course of her career both as in-house counsel and in private practice, Lorraine has assisted clients in raising hundreds of millions of dollars in financing from banks, angel investors, private equity and venture capital firms. With extensive experience in the listing of capital pool companies and the completion of qualifying transactions on the TSX Venture Exchange, she has acted as lead counsel on a number of listings and subsequent financings.
Lorraine applies her business acumen to assist clients in the development of strategic plans and governance policies, and currently serves as an independent director and corporate secretary of Ross Video Limited. She serves in a volunteer capacity as a director of the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation and The Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum and is actively involved as an Ottawa Regional Ambassador Council member for Women Get on Board, an organization devoted to the advancement of qualified women to corporate boards.
An entrepreneur at heart, Lorraine is also the co-owner of KIN Vineyards, a beautiful winery located 25 minutes west of downtown Ottawa.