SJD Candidate
Thesis title:
The Learning Regulator
Office in Falconer Hall
84 Queen's Park
Toronto, M5S 2C5

Doug's dissertation looks at how securities regulators respond to new financial innovations, and how politicians can use law to steer these responses—for better and for worse. His recent work appears in the Osgoode Hall Law Journal, UBC Law Review, Queen's Law JournalCanadian Business Law Journal, and Brooklyn Journal of Corporate, Financial & Commercial LawDoug has also commented on business law issues for the Globe and Mail, Canadian Press, and other media outlets.

Before pursuing an academic career, Doug clerked at the Court of Appeal for Ontario, practiced corporate law at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York, and was a senior advisor at the Ontario Securities Commission. He remains engaged in the securities industry as a Vice Chair of the Canadian Advocacy Council of CFA Societies Canada.

Doug holds a J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School, where he graduated as gold medallist. He is a member of the bars of Ontario and New York and a CFA charterholder.

Selected Publications

"Corporate Veil-Piercing and Structures of Canadian Business Law" (2022) 55 UBC Law Review 203–50.

"Incentives, Experts, and Regulatory Renewal" (2021) 47 Queen's Law Journal 38–77.
•  Featured in the Legal Theory Blog.

"Proxy Advisors as Issue Spotters" (2021) 15 Brooklyn Journal of Corporate, Financial & Commercial Law 371–419.
•  Featured in the Oxford Business Law Blog.

"Measure Once, Cut Twice’: Weyerhaeuser Company Ltd. v. Ontario (Attorney General) and the Interpretation of Indemnities" (2019) 62 Canadian Business Law Journal 1–34 (with Paul J. Davis).
•  Featured in Canadian Lawyer magazine.

"In Search of Things Past and Future: Judicial Activism and Corporate Purpose" (2018) 55 Osgoode Hall Law Journal 791–826 (with Ed Waitzer).
•  Quoted in the Dey-Kaplan report on corporate governance and in commentary by John Ruggie.

Research Interests
Administrative Law
Business Corporations
Business Law
Comparative Law
Economic Analysis of Law
Securities Regulation
Tax Law
Tort Law and Tort Theory
Committee Members
Adriana Robertson, University of Chicago