Audit Services and Legal Counsel

Robert (Bob) Ford is a partner in Gowlings’ business law department working from the Kanata Technology Law Office.

Bob’s experience extends to most aspects of corporate and commercial law, including technology licensing, private financings (including venture capital financings), mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance, with particular emphasis on serving the requirements of technology companies and venture capital investors.

Bob brings valuable practical experience and perspective to his clients having served as entrepreneur-in-residence with Celtic House Venture Partners (a leading venture capital firm), General Counsel at TimeStep Corporation (acquired August 1999) and Vice-president of Finance, Legal and Corporate Relations at Castleton Network Systems Corporation (acquired November 1998). From 1994-1997, Bob practised law with a prominent Vancouver law firm.

Bob is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia (1994) and the Law Society of Upper Canada (2000). Bob holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons.) from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario and a LL.B. from the University of British Columbia.

Bob is a recipient of a 2003 Top "40 under 40" Award presented by the Ottawa Business Journal in recognition of his successes in business and law.

Bar Admission
• 1994 British Columbia
• 2000 Ontario

Area(s) of Expertise:
Business Law
China Group
Corporate Finance, Securities & Public M&A
Financial Services
Life Sciences Industry Group
Private Equity
Technol
ogy