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After three years, we’re taking it up a notch

A message from IPC’s co-directors

To say the world is in flux would be an understatement. What hasn’t changed, though, is the urgent need for access to justice. It’s what inspired us to launch Canada’s first Investor Protection Clinic in 2016 and it’s what continues to inspire us today as our clinic, much like the rest of the world, embraces new realities.

In just three years, we’ve become a gamechanger in the retail investment landscape, providing urgently-needed, free access to legal services for vulnerable investors. We’ve helped many clients, from seniors who lost their entire retirement savings, to people swindled by trusted members of their community, to investors who had their portfolio mishandled by advisers. We are grateful to our talented team of supervising lawyers who have supported the clinic since 2016. Together, they have provided exceptional learning experiences for 51 Osgoode students, many of them now proud alumni who are parlaying into practice the lessons learned in the clinic.

We have much to celebrate, as you’ll read about in this, our inaugural IPC e-newsletter.

Inside, we’ll introduce you to supervising lawyer Ron Podolny of Rochon Genova LLP and to IPC alumna Ankita Gupta, now a law clerk with the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. You’ll also find stories that illustrate how, after three years in the game, we’re taking things up a notch to contribute even more broadly to legal practice and reform.

By all accounts, the need for our unique services is growing. We are seeing increased demand from harmed investors needing legal advice that they cannot afford to pay for, and we are filling an important void in ensuring that Canada’s laws and practices reflect the needs and interests of retail investors.

We’re delighted to continue this important work with the support of The Law Foundation of Ontario the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) and others. We are incredibly grateful to our partners.

We also extend our thanks to you for being by our side on this exciting journey. We look forward to keeping in touch.

Poonam Puri Brigitte Catellier
Poonam Puri
Founding Academic Director
Brigitte Catellier