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Barbara  Miller

Barbara Miller

Partner Fasken
Jurisdiction Ontario, 1981
Language(s) English
Office(s) Toronto

Barbara Miller’s broad practice is focused on communications, mergers and acquisitions, financing transactions, corporate governance, public private partnerships and infrastructure projects and general corporate/commercial matters.

Barbara represents clients on international, cross border and domestic mergers and acquisitions, as well as in connection with restructuring and infrastructure transactions.

Previously acting as Co-Chair of the firm’s Communications practice group, Barbara has advised clients on leading investments, acquisitions, disposition and financings of telecommunications and broadcasting entities in Canada. Barbara also provides general regulatory advice to industry members and advises U.S. cable networks in their dealings with Canadian regulatory authorities.

Involved in film financings, and domestic and international production and co-production agreements, Barbara assists clients with seeking tax credits and other government funding for Canadian television and film projects, as well as the CRTC’s unsolicited telecommunications and do-not-call list rules, and Canada’s anti-spam legislation. Barbara also advises in relation to matters pertaining to cybersecurity and actionable intelligence.

Frequently advising on matters of corporate governance in respect of both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors, Barbara counsels corporate trustees and management teams on fiduciary duties and assists corporations in establishing and structuring their operations and affairs in compliance with legislative requirements.

Barbara has considerable expertise in relation to Health Canada’s regulatory regime respecting cannabis, having been engaged in providing advice to industry participants since 2013. She has guided applicants for licenses as licensed producers under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations and as licensed dealers under the Narcotic Control Regulations and, most recently, has been advising interested parties on the rules under the Cannabis Act and the Cannabis Regulations to come into force in October of 2018, as well as new provincial and municipal requirements. She is also assisting a broad range of others engaged in the arena, including lenders, private equity and other investors, investment bankers, insurers, suppliers and other service providers. In addition to representing potential applicants, Barbara actively advises start-up operations, those engaged in technological innovation pertaining to the production, cultivation, storage and distribution of cannabis based products, in relation to the packaging and labelling and promotion and marketing of cannabis , and its importation and exportation in all of its forms.

In the banking sector, Barbara advises on multi-jurisdictional, multi-currency and multi-lender financing as well as leveraged buyouts, and other forms of debt restructurings.

2018 The Legal 500 Canada Recognized as "Leading Lawyer" for Media and Entertainment
2018 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory Recognized for Telecommunications
2006 In February of 2006, Barbara was presented with the American Chamber of Commerce in Canada's Achievement Award in recognition of the significant work undertaken by her on behalf of the organization, which contributed to its growth and development


  • LLB McGill University
  • BCL McGill University

Community involvement

  • Board Member, B'nai Brith Canada Foundation
  • Frequent participant in the Law Society of Upper Canada's "Feed the Hungry" breakfast program

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member, International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
  • Past Secretary to the American Chamber of Commerce in Canada and a member of the Management Team
  • Member, International Telecommunications Committee of the Canadian Council for International Business
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Ontario Bar Association
  • Member, International Bar Association
Corporate Cybersecurity Challenges and Legal Concerns Corporate Cyber Security Challenges, Legal Concerns and Made to Measure Protection for Directors and Officers location location Toronto
Panel discussion addressing women in the legal profession Women and the Law Committee, University of Toronto Law School location location Toronto
Co-chair, Telecommunications Forum Ottawa Insight Information location location Ottawa


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