Lawrence E. Ritchie

Lawrence E. Ritchie

Term: March 12, 2018 to March 11, 2020

Mr. Ritchie has a deep understanding and background in financial regulatory policy making and enforcement, securities litigation, and the financial services sector. He is a partner at the law firm of Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt LLP, chairing Osler’s cross-disciplinary Risk Management and Crisis Response national practice and co-chairing its Securities Regulatory Enforcement and Broker-Dealer litigation practice.

One of the leading securities litigators in Canada, his practice involves dispute avoidance and resolution across a range of capital markets, the financial sector, and other regulated industries, as well as advising clients on class actions, capital markets enforcement and regulatory investigations.

He served in a number of positions at the Ontario Securities Commission, including Vice-Chair and member of the Commission, member of the board of directors and executive management and adjudicative committees, and a secondment to the Canadian Securities Transition Office as its Executive Vice-President and Senior Policy Advisor. Mr. Ritchie represented the OSC at several national and international bodies, including the International Organization of Securities Commissions, the North American Securities Administrators Association, the Canadian Securities Administrators and the Canadian Joint Forum of Financial Regulators. Prior to his appointment to the OSC, he was a member of the advisory committee to Ontario’s Financial Services Tribunal. In 2015, Mr. Ritchie was appointed to the three-person expert panel that conducted a Review of the Mandates of the Financial Services Commission of Ontario, Financial Services Tribunal and the Deposit Insurance Corporation of Ontario.

He is an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, teaches at the Institute of Corporate Director’s Director Education Program, and writes and lectures on various legal and regulatory topics.