Professor Poonam Puri is one of Canada’s most respected scholars and commentators on issues of corporate governance, corporate law, securities law and financial regulation.
She is Professor of Law at Osgoode Hall Law School. She was Associate Dean, Research, Graduate Studies and Institutional Relations from July 2011 to September 2013 then took on the role of Associate Dean until July 2014. She was also 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, from July 2008 to June 2013. Former Head of Research and Policy at the Capital Markets Institute, Rotman School of Business, University of Toronto, she is Director of the Business Law LLM at Osgoode Professional Development.
Appointed to Osgoode’s faculty in 1997, and a recipient of its Teaching Excellence Award in 1999 and 2009, Professor Puri is a prolific scholar who has co-authored/edited three books and written numerous articles, book chapters and reports. She has a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from the University of Toronto and a Master of Laws (LLM) degree from Harvard Law School.
Professor Puri’s 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 advised public and private company boards of directors, and has acted as an independent expert on significant securities litigation cases and class action matters.
In 2008, Professor Puri 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 common securities regulator. In 2005, she was co-research director of the Task Force to Modernize Securities Legislation and also served as a member of the Ontario Securities Commission’s Investor Advisory Committee from 2005 to 2007. She was President of the Canadian Law and Economics Association from 2006 to 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; the 2010 recipient of the Professional Excellence Award from the Canadian Association of South Asian Lawyers; and the 2010 recipient of the Lawyer of the Year award from the South Asian Bar Association. In 2011, Professor Puri was named one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada by the Women’s Executive Network.
Professor Puri is a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority and is currently Chair of its Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee. She also sits on the Board of Directors of Women’s College Hospital and on the Board of Governors of Mount Sinai Hospital. She is a former member of the National Advisory Council for Statistics Canada.
Research Interests: Corporate/Commercial Law