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

Doug's dissertation will look at how differences in securities regulators' mandates, jurisdictional boundaries, and decision-making processes might lead them to respond differently to financial innovations. His work appears or is forthcoming in the Brooklyn Journal of Corporate, Financial, & Commercial LawBusiness LawyerCanadian Bar ReviewCanadian Business Law JournalOsgoode Hall Law JournalQueen's Law Journal, and UBC Law Review, and has been cited by the OECD.

After graduating as gold medallist from Osgoode Hall Law School, 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.

Doug's research is supported by a Bombardier scholarship. In addition to his doctoral work, he serves as Managing Editor of the University of Toronto Law Journal, teaches in the business law stream of U of T's Global Professional LLM program, and sits on the Canadian Advocacy Council of CFA Societies Canada.

J.D., Osgoode Hall Law School
Hons. B.A., University of Toronto (Victoria College)
Selected Publications

"Corporate Veil-Piercing and Structures of Canadian Business Law" 55 UBC Law Review [forthcoming in 2022].

"Incentives, Experts, and Regulatory Renewal" 47 Queen's Law Journal [forthcoming in 2021].
    •  Featured in the Legal Theory Blog and Yale's Comparative Administrative Law 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.

Protecting Reasonable Expectations: Mapping the Trajectory of the Law” (2016) 57 Canadian Business Law Journal 285–313 (with Ed Waitzer).

 "Fiduciary Society Unleashed: The Road Ahead for the Financial Sector" (2014) 69 Business Lawyer 1081–1116 (with Ed Waitzer).

"Do Lenders Make Effective Regulators? An Assessment of the Equator Principles on Project Finance" (2012) 13 German Law Journal 1522–55.

"The Public Fiduciary: Emerging Themes in Canadian Fiduciary Law for Pension Trustees" (2012) 91 Canadian Bar Review 163–209 (with Ed Waitzer).
Featured in the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance.

Research Interests
Business Corporations
Business Law
Comparative Law
Economic Analysis of Law
Securities Regulation
Committee Members