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

Doug is a Bombardier Scholar and Graduate Fellow in Capital Markets Research at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. His doctoral dissertation will look at how the techniques securities regulators use to learn about financial innovations influence their responses to these innovations.

Doug has written on topics relating to corporate, securities, and contract law. His work has been published or is forthcoming in, among other journals, the Brooklyn Journal of Corporate, Financial, & Commercial LawThe Business Lawyer, the Canadian Bar Review, the Canadian Business Law Journal, and the Osgoode Hall Law Journal.

After graduating as gold medallist from Osgoode Hall Law School, Doug clerked for Chief Justice Winkler and Justices Gillese, MacFarland, Watt, and Pardu of the Court of Appeal for Ontario. He then practiced corporate law at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York, where he worked on the AT&T-Time Warner and Kraft-Heinz mergers, as well as MetLife's successful challenge of its designation as “too big to fail” by the U.S. Financial Stability Oversight Council. Doug later served as a senior advisor at the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC), where he contributed to public reports on enhancing disclosure effectiveness, protecting senior investors, and the cryptoasset sector in Ontario, among other topics.

Doug is admitted to practice law in Ontario and New York, and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) designation. He serves as Managing Editor of the University of Toronto Law Journal and sits on the Canadian Advocacy Council of CFA Societies Canada. In 2018 and 2019, he taught Business Associations at Osgoode Hall Law School.

J.D., Osgoode Hall Law School
H.B.A., University of Toronto (Victoria College)
Awards and Distinctions
J-A Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (Doctoral), SSHRC
Graduate Fellowship in Capital Markets Research, University of Toronto Faculty of Law
Best Practitioner Research in Post-Modern Portfolio Theory, Investor Responsibility Research Center Institute (with E.J. Waitzer)
The Gold Medal and George Graham Sinclair Memorial Prize, Osgoode Hall Law School
Professional Affiliations
Law Society of Ontario
New York State Bar
CFA Institute
Selected Publications


"Proxy Advisors As Issue Spotters" 15 Brooklyn Journal of Corporate, Financial & Commercial Law [forthcoming in 2021].
    •  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 (lead author, with P.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 E.J. Waitzer) (peer reviewed).
    •  Quoted in the Dey-Kaplan report on corporate governance and in commentary by John Ruggie.

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

"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 E.J. Waitzer) (peer reviewed).
Featured in the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance.

"Breaking the Bargain: A Comment on the Constitutional Validity of Bill C-7, the Proposed Senate Reform Act" (2012) 70 University of Toronto Faculty of Law Review 115–40 (peer-reviewed).

Book chapters

"Climate Change: A New Bellwether of Corporate Accountability for Systemic Risks" in O.E. Fitzgerald, ed., Corporate Citizen: New Perspectives on the Globalized Rule of Law (Waterloo: CIGI Press, 2020) 107–122 (with E.J. Waitzer) (peer reviewed).
    •  Book launch panel titled "Corporate Citizen and COVID-19: Environment and the Corporation." 

"Reasonable Expectations and Fiduciary Obligations: Legal Pathways to Longer-Term Thinking" in D. Barton, D.J. Horvath & M. Kipping, eds., Re-Imagining Capitalism: Building a Responsible Long-Term Model (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016) 226–245 (with E.J. Waitzer).

"The public fiduciary: a Canadian perspective" in J.P. Hawley et al., eds., Cambridge Handbook of Institutional Investment and Fiduciary Responsibility (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014) 9–19 (with E.J. Waitzer).

Book review

"Rational Choices, But for Whom? Transnational Financial Regulation after the Crisis" [Review of Soft Law and the Global Financial System: Rule Making in the 21st Century, by C. Brummer] (2011) 2 Transnational Legal Theory 455–62.

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