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Paige Backman



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Admitted to the Ontario Bar: 2000

Paige Backman is a partner with the firm's Corporate/Commercial Group. Paige is also Co-Chair of the firm’s Privacy & Data Security Team, Co-Chair of the Technology Group and Co-Chair of the Sports & Media Team.


Paige practises in the area of corporate/commercial law. She has extensive experience in corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financing, divestitures and joint ventures. Paige has led groups in some of the largest transactions in Canada and extensively counsels both multinationals and domestic entities in corporate transactions and commercial relationships. Over the years, Paige has developed expertise in data protection, technology and sports-related matters and is a prominent legal practitioner in these fields.

Paige counsels multinational and domestic entities on compliance with Canadian privacy laws and cyber security, including preventing and managing data breaches, obligations on breach notification and processes surrounding complaints and investigations relating to breaches.

Paige advises multinationals to startups in technology matters, including: structuring and negotiating technology acquisitions and transfers; joint ownership and development; licensing; consulting services; subcontract services; and reseller and distribution arrangements.

One of Paige’s great personal interests is high performance sport and the sporting industry. She has represented and been an advisor for national and international, professional and amateur sports organizations. Her range of experience includes acquisitions, divestitures, corporate structuring, corporate governance, risk management, sponsorship and agency relationships.  Paige has also advised and consulted on investigations and disciplinary proceedings relating to high performance athletes, coaches, officials and political appointees.

Professional Activities

Interlaw, Co-Chair of the Sport, Media and Entertainment Business Unit

Regular speaker at industry and Law Society events as well as a regularly published author and media contact for various topics

Water Polo Canada, Director, Chair of the Governance Committee, Chair of the Business and Risk Management Committee, 2009-2013

Teaching Engagements

"Privacy Law Considerations within Transactions," Transaction - Planning, Decisions, Documents and Issues Course, Osgoode Hall Law School, 2004-2009.

"Technology Transfers and Licensing - Issues to Consider" and "Privacy Laws - Overview," Internet and Information Technology Law Course, University of Victoria Law School, 2003.

MembershipsAmerican Bar Association (Intellectual Property Law and Science & Technology Sections)
Canadian IT Law Association (IT.Can), Privacy Committee Member
Canadian/Ontario Bar Association (Business Law, Information Technology and E-Commerce, and Privacy Law Sections)
Licensing Executives Society
Sports Lawyers Association
Toronto Computer Lawyers' Group

Community InvolvementSmall Steps for Hope Foundation, CEO and President, 2007-2013

Special DesignationsRecipient of the 2015 President’s Honour Role Award of Aquatics Canada Aquatiques

EducationLL.B., Osgoode Hall Law School, 1998
B.A. (Hons.), University of Western Ontario, 1994