Julia Shin Doi

BA (Toronto), JD (Osgoode), LLM (Osgoode), of the Bar of Ontario

Julia Shin Doi is General Counsel, Secretary of the Board of Governors and University Privacy Officer of Ryerson University.  As an Executive Group member, she provides legal and governance advice and has operational responsibility for access to information, privacy, records management, and compliance.  She leads a team of lawyers and professionals, and advises the board.

Ms. Shi Doi is an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School where she has taught Legal Drafting since 2001.  She was instrumental to the creation and establishment of Ryerson’s Law Practice Program in 2014 and Ryerson’s Faculty of Law in 2019.  Her past academic roles include: adjunct professor, University of Toronto Faculty of Law LLM program, director of the Osgoode Business Clinic, assistant director of the Osgoode LLM in Business Law, and instructor of Osgoode Professional Development’s Commercial Legal Drafting Workshop. She teaches contract drafting to lawyers through the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association and is an Executive in Residence for the Certified In-House Counsel – Canada designation offered by the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association and University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.

Ms. Shin Doi is the co-author of the leading Canadian text on drafting boilerplate contract clauses, Behind and Beyond Boilerplate: Drafting Commercial Agreements (Thomson Reuters). She has also published and presented in the areas of licensing, securing copyright, and privacy law, and served on the editorial board of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada’s Canadian Intellectual Property Review. She is a past member of the editorial board of the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association Magazine. She serves on the judging panel for Canadian Lawyer InHouse Magazine Innovatio Awards.

An active member of the legal profession and the community, Ms. Shin Doi is an elected Bencher of the Law Society of Ontario which governs over 55,000 lawyers and paralegals in Ontario. As a Bencher, she is a member of the Tribunal Committee, an appointed adjudicator for the Law Society Tribunal, and member of the board of directors of LawPro (Lawyers’ Professional Indemnity Company).

She is a past chair and current member of the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association Ontario Chapter (Ontario Bar Association) which represents thousands of corporate counsel nationally.  She is a founder and past president of the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers and a founding member of the Korean Canadian Lawyers Association.  She co-founded the Roundtable of Diversity Associations which brings together diverse professional associations and founded the Women’s General Counsel chapter of the Women’s Law Association of Ontario to support senior women in law.  She is also a founding member and past executive member of Women General Counsel Canada which unites senior women leaders nationally.

In 2016, Ms. Shin Doi founded the Council of Ontario Universities Legal Counsel Group to create a forum for university lawyers and served as the inaugural chair.  That same year, she spearheaded the Diverse Champions for Diversity, a grassroots team that promotes diverse lawyers and diversity in the legal profession. In 2018, she established the General Counsel Group of University Solicitors to share experiences and legal expertise across Canada.

In her community, Ms. Shin Doi is on the steering committee for the Asian Canadian Women’s Alliance and served on the Board of Directors of the Korean Canadian Arirang Age Friendly Community Centre as Vice-Chair. she is a founding member of Lawyers for Possibility, a legal community initiative to support Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitiation Hospital. Her charitable initiatives include the establishment of the Office of the General Counsel and Secretary of the Board of Governors Award in Law and Business for students at Ted Rogers School of Management, and the Shin Doi and Benda Legal Drafting Prize for students at Osgoode Hall Law School.

Ms. Shin Doi attained a BA with distinction (English major) from the University of Toronto (1989), JD (1992) and LLM (2007) from Osgoode Hall Law School, and was admitted to the Bar in Ontario in 1994.

Ms. Shin Doi attained the Institute of Corporate Directors designation (ICD.D) and completed the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management Directors Education Program in 2016. She also completed the Queen’s University Faculty of Health Sciences Workplace Mental Health Leadership Certificate in 2016.  In 2018, she completed the Civil Litigation Skills Certificate offered by The Advocates’ Society. In 2019, she completed the Certificate in Adjudication for Administrative Agencies, Boards & Tribunals offered by Osgoode Professional Development and Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators.