Poonam Puri

Affiliated Scholar

Poonam Puri

Poonam Puri

Affiliated Scholar

One of Canada’s most respected leaders in corporate governance and corporate and securities law, Poonam is trusted by clients for her expansive legal knowledge and sound business judgment.

Strategic and pragmatic, Poonam provides incisive counsel to boards, special committees and management on a wide range of corporate governance matters. She has extensive experience conducting governance reviews and independent investigations, and she is regularly asked to serve as an expert witness in significant corporate and securities class action matters involving directors’ legal duties and board and management decision-making.

Clients benefit from Poonam’s unique mix of superb legal skills and expertise acquired through her many business, regulatory, academic and public policy leadership roles. Her experience as a corporate director on the boards of public and private sector organizations, in industries ranging from mining and infrastructure to transportation and healthcare, allows her to hone in on clients’ needs and expectations.

Poonam is a former Associate Dean at Osgoode Hall Law School. She is the founder of Osgoode’s Business Law LLM program and the co-founder of its Investor Protection Clinic, the first of its kind in Canada.

Poonam Puri

Affiliated Scholar

One of Canada’s most respected leaders in corporate governance and corporate and securities law, Poonam is trusted by clients for her expansive legal knowledge and sound business judgment.

Strategic and pragmatic, Poonam provides incisive counsel to boards, special committees and management on a wide range of corporate governance matters. She has extensive experience conducting governance reviews and independent investigations, and she is regularly asked to serve as an expert witness in significant corporate and securities class action matters involving directors’ legal duties and board and management decision-making.

Clients benefit from Poonam’s unique mix of superb legal skills and expertise acquired through her many business, regulatory, academic and public policy leadership roles. Her experience as a corporate director on the boards of public and private sector organizations, in industries ranging from mining and infrastructure to transportation and healthcare, allows her to hone in on clients’ needs and expectations.

Poonam is a former Associate Dean at Osgoode Hall Law School. She is the founder of Osgoode’s Business Law LLM program and the co-founder of its Investor Protection Clinic, the first of its kind in Canada.

In the News
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Canadian Lawyer Spotlights Poonam Puri’s Career in Law

Sept. 13, 2021 - Davies affiliated scholar Poonam Puri, who gave the keynote address at Key Media’s Women in Law Leadership Forum on September 9, was recently featured in a Canadian Lawyer article about the many successes and challenges of her accomplished career. An internationally recognized leader in...

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Davies Governance Insights 2020, contributor

Oct. 05, 2020 - Davies Governance Insights 2020 provides a comprehensive analysis of the trends and developments that have shaped the corporate governance landscape and those that are expected to define the next decade. Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 crisis, this year’s report explores key issues...

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Davies Governance Insights 2019, contributor

Oct. 03, 2019 - Davies Governance Insights 2019 is a comprehensive report that analyzes the governance trends and issues most important to Canadian public companies. Now in its ninth edition, Governance Insights is designed to be a playbook for navigating the diverse and complex challenges facing...

Guide
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Davies Governance Insights 2018

Oct. 03, 2018 - Davies’ annual Governance Insights reports analyze the top governance trends and issues important to Canadian boards, senior management, in-house counsel and governance observers...

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Patricia Olasker and Poonam Puri Write on Shareholder Activism in M&A Transactions

Dec. 19, 2017 - In an article published in Listed Magazine, Patricia Olasker and Poonam Puri examine how shareholder activism has been increasingly affecting Canadian public company board decisions and M&A outcomes. The authors provide recent examples to illustrate the various ways in which shareholder...

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Davies Governance Insights 2017

Oct. 02, 2017 - Davies Governance Insights 2017 provides analysis of the top governance trends and issues important to Canadian boards, senior management and governance observers. The 2017 edition provides readers with Davies’ take on important topics ranging from shareholder engagement and activism to...

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When the OSC Comes Knocking

Aug. 15, 2017 - The OSC’s 2017 regulatory enforcement proceedings against Home Capital Group Inc. (TSX:HCG) and three of its executives were the result of a lengthy, extensive and highly confidential investigation. If the OSC decided to target your company, would your team know what to do? A version of this...

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Second Opinions Still the Exception

July 11, 2017 - In an article published in Listed Magazine, Patricia Olasker and Poonam Puri discuss the impact of the Yukon court’s ruling on fairness opinions and trends that have become evident since the court’s decision. Patricia and Poonam point out that since the court’s decision, there have been...

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Royal Society of Canada—Yvan Allaire Medal (2021)

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Law Society of Ontario—Law Society Medal (2021)

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Attorney General of Ontario—David W. Mundell Medal for Excellence in Legal Writing (2021)

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Canadian Lawyer Magazine—Canada’s Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers: Corporate-Commercial Law (2015, 2017)

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Women’s Executive Network—100 Most Powerful Women in Canada (2011)

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South Asian Bar Association of Toronto—Female Lawyer of the Year (2010)

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Canadian Association of South Asian Lawyers—Award of Professional Excellence (2009)

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Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce—Female Professional of the Year (2008)

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Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Award (2005)

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University of Toronto—Arbor Award (2004)

Bar Admissions
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Ontario, 1999

Education
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Institute of Corporate Directors, ICD.D, 2015
Harvard Law School, LLM, 1997
University of Toronto, LLB (Silver Medallist), 1995

Board Memberships
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Canadian Apartment Properties Real Estate Investment Trust
Canada Infrastructure Bank
Bullfrog Gold Corp.
Canadian Foundation for Governance Research
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
St. Clement’s School, Board of Governors
Arizona Mining, former director
Ontario Securities Commission, former director and Commissioner
Greater Toronto Airports Authority, former director
Cole Engineering, former director and chair
Women’s College Hospital, former director

Teaching Engagements
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Poonam is a full professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, where she teaches Business Associations, Advanced Securities Regulation, Corporate Governance and Boards of Directors. An award-winning and dynamic presenter, Poonam also teaches at the ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program on topics that include directors’ duties and directors’ liability.

One of Canada’s most respected leaders in corporate governance and corporate and securities law, Poonam is trusted by clients for her expansive legal knowledge and sound business judgment.

Strategic and pragmatic, Poonam provides incisive counsel to boards, special committees and management on a wide range of corporate governance matters. She has extensive experience conducting governance reviews and independent investigations, and she is regularly asked to serve as an expert witness in significant corporate and securities class action matters involving directors’ legal duties and board and management decision-making.

Clients benefit from Poonam’s unique mix of superb legal skills and expertise acquired through her many business, regulatory, academic and public policy leadership roles. Her experience as a corporate director on the boards of public and private sector organizations, in industries ranging from mining and infrastructure to transportation and healthcare, allows her to hone in on clients’ needs and expectations.

Poonam is a former Associate Dean at Osgoode Hall Law School. She is the founder of Osgoode’s Business Law LLM program and the co-founder of its Investor Protection Clinic, the first of its kind in Canada.

In the News

Canadian Lawyer Spotlights Poonam Puri’s Career in Law

Sept. 13, 2021 - Davies affiliated scholar Poonam Puri, who gave the keynote address at Key Media’s Women in Law Leadership Forum on September 9, was recently featured in a Canadian Lawyer article about the many successes and challenges of her accomplished career. An internationally recognized leader in...

Guide

Davies Governance Insights 2020, contributor

Oct. 05, 2020 - Davies Governance Insights 2020 provides a comprehensive analysis of the trends and developments that have shaped the corporate governance landscape and those that are expected to define the next decade. Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 crisis, this year’s report explores key issues...

Guide

Davies Governance Insights 2019, contributor

Oct. 03, 2019 - Davies Governance Insights 2019 is a comprehensive report that analyzes the governance trends and issues most important to Canadian public companies. Now in its ninth edition, Governance Insights is designed to be a playbook for navigating the diverse and complex challenges facing...

Guide

Davies Governance Insights 2018

Oct. 03, 2018 - Davies’ annual Governance Insights reports analyze the top governance trends and issues important to Canadian boards, senior management, in-house counsel and governance observers...

Guide

Davies Governance Insights 2017

Oct. 02, 2017 - Davies Governance Insights 2017 provides analysis of the top governance trends and issues important to Canadian boards, senior management and governance observers. The 2017 edition provides readers with Davies’ take on important topics ranging from shareholder engagement and activism to...

Bulletin

When the OSC Comes Knocking

Aug. 15, 2017 - The OSC’s 2017 regulatory enforcement proceedings against Home Capital Group Inc. (TSX:HCG) and three of its executives were the result of a lengthy, extensive and highly confidential investigation. If the OSC decided to target your company, would your team know what to do? A version of this...

Article

Second Opinions Still the Exception

July 11, 2017 - In an article published in Listed Magazine, Patricia Olasker and Poonam Puri discuss the impact of the Yukon court’s ruling on fairness opinions and trends that have become evident since the court’s decision. Patricia and Poonam point out that since the court’s decision, there have been...

Royal Society of Canada—Yvan Allaire Medal (2021)

Law Society of Ontario—Law Society Medal (2021)

Attorney General of Ontario—David W. Mundell Medal for Excellence in Legal Writing (2021)

Canadian Lawyer Magazine—Canada’s Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers: Corporate-Commercial Law (2015, 2017)

Women’s Executive Network—100 Most Powerful Women in Canada (2011)

South Asian Bar Association of Toronto—Female Lawyer of the Year (2010)

Canadian Association of South Asian Lawyers—Award of Professional Excellence (2009)

Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce—Female Professional of the Year (2008)

Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Award (2005)

University of Toronto—Arbor Award (2004)

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 1999

Education

Institute of Corporate Directors, ICD.D, 2015
Harvard Law School, LLM, 1997
University of Toronto, LLB (Silver Medallist), 1995

Board Memberships

Canadian Apartment Properties Real Estate Investment Trust
Canada Infrastructure Bank
Bullfrog Gold Corp.
Canadian Foundation for Governance Research
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
St. Clement’s School, Board of Governors
Arizona Mining, former director
Ontario Securities Commission, former director and Commissioner
Greater Toronto Airports Authority, former director
Cole Engineering, former director and chair
Women’s College Hospital, former director

Teaching Engagements

Poonam is a full professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, where she teaches Business Associations, Advanced Securities Regulation, Corporate Governance and Boards of Directors. An award-winning and dynamic presenter, Poonam also teaches at the ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program on topics that include directors’ duties and directors’ liability.