With over 35 years of experience in the provision of legal advice to senior executives, Jim brings a wide range of strategic, legal, policy and risk management skills. Drawing upon a wealth of industry, private and public sector experience he is well-versed in both operational and transactional matters and has deep knowledge of the capital markets, including securities and pension law.
Jim was formerly the General Counsel at the Ontario Securities Commission, a position he held for over five years. In addition to his role as General Counsel, he was also the Director, Enforcement (Acting) for six months and was the Executive Lead for the Securities Advisory Committee.
Prior to his role at the OSC, Jim was Director of Legal Services at the Ontario Ministry of Finance, a position he held for over six years. Jim was engaged in many key issues affecting the Ministry, including the debt and derivatives program for the Province of Ontario, significant securities, pension and insurance reform, as well as tax initiatives, including the HST. In addition, he applied his broad asset management and investment structuring experience as co-lead of the working group responding to recommendations contained in the report entitled “Facilitating Pooled Asset Management in Ontario’s Public Sector” by Bill Morneau, Special Advisor to the Minister of Finance. He was also counsel to the Ministry of Finance on the restructuring of the Province’s auto sector, with responsibility for the negotiation and co-ordination of financing arrangements and legislative drafting to address the unfunded liabilities of the pension plans for General Motors Canada Limited and Chrysler Canada Inc.
Before joining the Ministry of Finance, Jim was Chief Legal Officer, Chief Compliance Officer and Vice President at Northwater Capital Management Inc., an investment management firm whose focus was structuring funds of hedge funds and private equity portfolios for sophisticated institutional investors, as well as providing them with various derivatives overlays to assist them in optimizing their investment portfolios. Northwater also pioneered synthetic indexing in Canada. During his time at Northwater, he was a Member of the Pan-Canadian Third-Party Asset-Backed Commercial Paper Investors’ Committee (the Crawford Committee) that secured the restructuring of the ABCP market in Canada.
Jim was Senior Counsel, Derivatives at the OSC from 1990 to 1996. Prior to that he was at Gowlings.