Paul C. LaBarge is a founding partner of the firm of LaBarge Weinstein, a business law firm established in Ottawa in 1997. Mr. LaBarge was born in Ottawa, Ontario July 1950, educated initially in the FRENCH language at Ecole de Mazenod in Ottawa. He received his B.A.in Economics from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario in 1971, graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School 1974 and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1976. Mr. LaBarge articled and initially practiced with the firm of Honeywell Wotherspoon in Ottawa from 1976 to 1980, at which time he joined Esso Resources Canada Limited in Calgary. He was called to the Bar of Alberta in 1981.
In 1983 Mr. LaBarge joined the firm of Gowling & Henderson (now Gowling, Strathy & Henderson) and became a partner there. In 1986 he joined the Ottawa office of Lang Michener. While at Lang Michener, in addition to his regular practice, Mr. LaBarge also acted as the assistant administrative partner of the Ottawa office. In 1990, Mr. LaBarge established and became the managing partner of the Ottawa office of Blake, Cassels & Graydon. He acted in that capacity from 1990 to 1995. In 1997 he and Deborah Weinstein, along with Lawrence Weinstein and Randy Taylor, moved to establish the offices of LaBarge Weinstein, a business law firm which has as its restricted focus the practice of business law primarily for the high technology sector.
Over the course of a 22 year legal career, Mr. LaBarge has been involved in a variety of matters spanning a number of legal disciplines. Although his practice today is currently concentrated primarily in tax, corporate law and mergers and acquisitions, his varied experience has allowed him to provide broad based advice to start-up, medium and large corporations both in Canada and abroad.
Mr. LaBarge has been a tax instructor in the Bar Admission program for the Law Society of Upper Canada for almost 20 years. In addition, he has authored Offshore Technology Transfers (Federated Press); Winding-up of Corporations (Canadian Bar Association); The Perilous Purchase - Preventing Problems - Tax Tips (CBAO); Scientific Research and Experimental Development - The Law; The Claiming Process (Canadian Association of Data and Professional Service Organizations); The Politics & Process of Federal Environmental Review; One Path in the Maze - Federal Environmental Regulation - An Update (Insight Seminar). He was a Lecturer: Estate Practice Update, Estate Planning Council, Ottawa; Ottawa Chairman and Lecturer: Tax Aspects of Real Estate, Law Society of Upper Canada, Continuing Education; Panelist: Purchase and Sale of a Business, Law Society of Upper Canada, Continuing Education; National Energy Program, Canadian Petroleum Law Foundation; Condominium Practice, Law Society of Upper Canada, Continuing Education Seminar; Instructor: Real Estate, Algonquin College; Surrogate Court Practice, Algonquin College; Income Tax, Bar Admission Course, Law Society of Upper Canada.
Mr. LaBarge is a member of the Board of Directors of the Trans Canada Trail Foundation dedicated to the creation and development of a shared use trail across Canada from sea to sea to sea. He is also a Board member of the Canadiana Fund and Counsel to the Community Foundations of Canada. Mr. LaBarge was a member of the Board of Directors of Corel Corporation for several years. In addition, Mr. LaBarge is a director of a number of private companies. The firm of LaBarge Weinstein has included in its mandate the development and assistance of small and medium size businesses to achieve the next level of growth. In so doing, LaBarge Weinstein provides assistance not only in the context of pure legal services but also broader based general business advice, including having on staff an M.B.A. and C.A. to assist clients in the preparation and development of business plans.
Mr. LaBarges experience in legal and financing transactions includes the financing of a pulp and paper mill in the Maritimes, privatization of airports, major technology financings, satellite financings, and major technology asset and corporate acquisitions. In addition to his particular expertise in tax, including tax litigation and reorganizations, Mr. LaBarges specific expertise is in Customs and Excise, Special Import Measures Act, Import Export Control and international taxation and trade. Mr. LaBarge is a member of the roster of panelists for dispute resolution under the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Mr. LaBarge has also acted in substantial real estate acquisitions, development throughout Canada and the northwest United States, including substantial oil and gas transactions, and a responsibility for negotiation of joint venture agreements for the development of a uranium mine in northwest Saskatchewan.
Mr. LaBarge is married with two children and lives in Ottawa with his wife Dorothy Speak, an author.