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Alec McIlwraith-Black Toronto Lawyer

Alec McIlwraith-Black

Associate Fasken
A diligent approach to understanding capitalization throughout a company’s life cycle – from incorporation to fundraising to exit strategy – is critical to anticipate challenges, avoid surprises, and maximize results in financing and growth opportunities.
Jurisdiction Ontario, 2021
Language(s) English
Office(s) Toronto


Alec McIlwraith-Black is an associate in Fasken’s Emerging Technology group. He carries on a broad corporate/commercial and technology law practice, advising early- and growth-stage technology and knowledge industry companies on matters relating to formation, corporate governance, financing, commercial contracting, and exit opportunities. Alec also regularly acts for venture capital firms and strategic angel investors on a variety of mandates relating to emerging technology companies.

Alec works extensively with start-up and emerging technology companies at all stages of their life cycles, providing advice on a broad range of corporate and commercial matters, as well as on questions relating to cloud computing, privacy and data protection. Alec regularly advises start-up clients on debt and equity financing as well as capitalization and investment matters. He also regularly works with venture capital and private equity, strategic, and angel investors.

Alec holds a J.D. from the University of Alberta Faculty of Law, where he graduated on the Dean’s List and earned the Bishop Mackenzie Prize in Corporations Law. He founded and co-led the Legal Innovation Conference at the faculty, participated in the 2019 Davies Corporate Securities Moot, and was a member of the winning team of the 2020 Gale Cup Moot. Alec was also an editor for the Alberta Law Review.

In his free time,  Alec enjoys golfing, watching Formula 1, reading fantasy and science fiction novels, and attending all kinds of live music, from classical to heavy metal.

Alec summered and articled with the Firm’s Toronto office, and was also seconded to the Firm’s Vancouver office in the summer of 2019.

Client Work

  • Debiopharm Innovation Fund and Benchstrength co-lead a C$7.9 million seed funding round for Altis Labs Inc.,
  • Vivid Machines Inc. completes US$4.3 million seed financing round,
  • SJW Robotics Inc. raises US$2 million in seed funding,
  • OnCall Health Inc. acquired by Qualifacts Systems, LLC,
  • GrowerIQ raises C$3 million seed financing,
  • Lucid, Inc. closes C$3.14 million seed financing round,
  • Flexpa raises US$8.5 million seed round,
  • Aligned Climate Capital leads SWTCH Energy Inc.'s US$10 million Series A Financing,
  • Uplinq Financial Technologies Inc. raises US$3.5 million in pre-seed financing round,

Career & Education


  • JD University of Alberta
  • B Comm University of Alberta

Community involvement

  • 2021 to present Member Open Cap Table Coalition

Memberships & Affiliations

  • 2021 to present Member Ontario Bar Association
  • 2021 to present Member Canadian Bar Association


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