Professor Poonam Puri
Professor Poonam Puri founded the Osgoode Investor Protection Clinic in 2017, together with Marian Passmore and Kate Swanson of the Canadian Foundation for Advancement of Investor Rights (FAIR Canada). She is one of Canada’s leading experts in corporate governance, corporate law and securities law. A prolific scholar, she has co-authored/co-edited numerous books, book chapters and scholarly articles in leading journals and has commissioned research reports on a range of topics including investor protection, corporate governance, the role of the board, shareholder activism and engagement and corporate social responsibility. Professor Puri was recognized as one of the top 25 most influential lawyers in Canada by Canadian Lawyer Magazine in 2017 and 2015. Professor Puri earned an LL.B. degree from the University of Toronto, where she was the silver medalist in her graduating class, and she holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from Harvard Law School.
Marian Passmore has been with FAIR Canada since 2011 and is Director of Policy and COO. Marian is a lawyer who articled and practiced litigation at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP from 1995 to 2000, and from 2000 to 2005 worked in-house at Ernst & Young LLP’s legal department as Legal Counsel where she had a litigation management role including defending professional negligence actions. From 2008-2011, Marian was an associate director involved in regulatory and policy issues facing the financial services sector at an industry trade association. Marian completed an undergraduate degree in political science from McGill University, and her law degree from the University of Toronto. Marian is also a Commonwealth Scholar, obtaining her MSC (econ) in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and was called to the bar in 1997.
Kate Swanson is a lawyer and entrepreneur. Kate is co-founder at the cookware start-up, Ensembl, and a director for the international dog rescue organization, Save Our Scruff. From 2015-2017, Kate worked as legal counsel, corporate secretary, and policy analyst at FAIR Canada. In her role, she advised on the implications of legislation, rules, and policies affecting Canadian investors. Kate completed her articles and worked as a corporate and securities associate at Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP from 2012 to 2015, during which time she completed a secondment to Scotiabank. Kate obtained her undergraduate degree in political science from McGill University in 2009, obtained her law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2012, and was called to the Ontario bar in 2013. She is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Ontario Bar Association.
Five law firms have partnered with the Clinic to provide supervising lawyers for the Clinic’s files on a pro bono basis: