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Poonam Puri

Research Associate

Professor Poonam Puri is one of Canada’s most respected scholars and commentators on issues of corporate governance, corporate law, and securities law.

She is Co-Director of the Hennick Centre for Business and Law, a joint initiative of Osgoode Hall Law School and the Schulich School of Business at York University. She is also appointed Head of Research and Policy at the Capital Markets Institute, Rotman School of Business, University of Toronto.

Appointed to York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School in 1997 at the age of 25, and a recipient of its Teaching Excellence Award in 1999 and 2009, Puri is a prolific scholar who has co-authored/edited three books and written numerous articles or reports. She has an LL.B. degree from the University of Toronto, where she was the Silver Medalist in her 1995 graduating law class, and she holds a Master of Laws (LLM) degree from Harvard Law School.

Her work is academically rigorous as well as firmly grounded in the real-time of policy-making. It is for this reason that governments and regulators in Canada and internationally, including Industry Canada, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC), the Canadian Senate, the Wise Persons Committee on Securities Regulation and the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank, have sought her expertise. She has also advised public and private company boards of directors and senior management.

In 2008, she was appointed as one of two research directors of the Canadian Ministry of Finance’s Expert Panel on Securities Regulation, which has led to the proposed national securities regulator, currently before the Supreme Court of Canada. In 2005, she was co-research director of the Task Force to Modernize Securities Legislation and also served as a member of the OSC’s Investor Advisory Committee from 2005 to 2007. She was President of the Canadian Law and Economics Association from 2006-2008.

Professor Puri is a 2005 recipient of Canada’s Top 40 under 40™ award, the 2008 recipient of the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce Female Professional of the Year Award, and the 2010 recipient of the Professional Excellence Award from the Canadian Association of South Asian Lawyers and the Lawyer of the Year from the South Asian Bar Association.

In 2008, she was also appointed to the board of directors of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority. She is currently chair of its Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee. Puri also sits on the Board of Governors of Mount Sinai Hospital and is a member of the National Advisory Council for Statistics Canada.

London Centre for Corporate Governance and Ethics

London Centre for Corporate Governance and Ethics

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