Poonam Puri is an award-winning professor, seasoned corporate director, practising lawyer, and one of Canada’s most respected experts in corporate governance.
Poonam has served on the boards of engineering, mining, transportation, infrastructure and healthcare organizations and she has deep expertise in strategic planning, financial oversight, risk management, M&A, and complex governance matters. She currently serves as a director of Canada Infrastructure Bank and Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. In the past, she has served on the board of directors of Arizona Mining, Greater Toronto Airports Authority, Cole Engineering, and Women’s College Hospital. Poonam also serves as a Commissioner of the Ontario Securities Commission.
Appointed to Osgoode Hall Law School over 21 years ago, Poonam is an internationally recognized scholar on issues of corporate governance, corporate law and securities law. She has authored/edited close to 100 books, special journal issues, scholarly articles, book chapters, commissioned research reports, commentaries, and op-eds, and has presented at over 200 conferences, roundtables, and public addresses to a wide range of audiences. Poonam co-founded Canada’s first-ever Investor Protection Clinic at Osgoode Hall, a clinic which provides pro bono legal advice to individuals who have been harmed in the financial markets. She is also director of the Business Law LL.M. at Osgoode Professional Development.
Poonam has been recognized for her impact and leadership. She is a past recipient of Canada's 100 Most Powerful Women Award and Canada's Top 40 Under 40 Award, and she has been twice recognized by Canadian Lawyer Magazine as one of Canada's 25 Most Influential Lawyers (2015 and 2017). Poonam is a graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law (LL.B., 1995, Silver Medalist) and Harvard Law School (LL.M., 1997).