Counsel, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP
David Brown has returned to Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP as Counsel focusing on the Capital Markets and Corporate/Commercial practices, following seven years as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC). Prior to joining the OSC, he was a senior corporate law partner with a predecessor firm to Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg for 29 years, focusing on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and reorganization.
David has played a significant role in national and international regulatory bodies. He was the founding chair of the Council of Governors for the Canadian Public Accountability Board, a national body he helped form to oversee the audits of Canadian publicly-listed companies. In 2007 he undertook an independent investigation into matters relating to RCMP pension and insurance plans, and delivered his report "A Matter of Trust" to the Minister of Public Safety and to the President of the Treasury Board of Canada. He was subsequently appointed chair of a five-person task force to examine issues of governance and culture within the RCMP. The Task Force report and recommendations were delivered to the Minister of Public Safety and to the President of the Treasury Board on December 14, 2007.
David currently serves as a Member of the Investment Advisory Board of Westerkirk Capital Inc., and is the former Chair of the Canadian Employment Insurance Financing Board. He is also a former Deputy Chair of the Board of Trustees of University Health Network, and a former Director of Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, Cancer Care Ontario and Ontario Smart Systems for Health Agency.
He received a B.A. in Civil Engineering from Carleton University, a LL.B. from the University of Toronto, and an Honourary Doctorate of Laws from McMaster University. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1984. In 2009 he was appointed a member of the Order of Canada, and he received the Queen's Jubilee Medal in 2012.