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OSC announces new vice-chair and commissioner appointments

Thursday, June 25, 2020 @ 12:28 PM | By John Chunn

Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) acting chair and chief executive officer Grant Vingoe announced the appointment of Wendy Berman as vice-chair for a one-year term, and Cathy Singer as part-time commissioner for a two-year term.

According to the OSC’s press release, Berman is a highly experienced litigator, with expertise in complex commercial and securities-related litigation, often involving parallel and cross-border regulatory, criminal and class action proceedings and in litigation relating to proxy contests, takeover bids and other mergers and acquisitions. She is on sabbatical from the law firm Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP, where she is a partner and served as chair of the securities litigation group. Berman has also previously served on the OSC’s Securities Proceedings Advisory Committee. She obtained her bachelor of laws degree from the University of Toronto.

Singer is a lawyer with over 30 years of business and securities law experience in private practice, as well as from a securities regulatory perspective. Her experience is broad-based including mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, corporate governance, investment funds and related-party transactions. She is currently a partner at Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP. She previously was seconded to the OSC as general counsel. She obtained her bachelor of laws degree from the University of Western Ontario.  

“I am pleased by the appointments of Wendy and Cathy to the commission and welcome the extensive experience and securities-related expertise they will bring,” said Vingoe. “I know their perspectives will be invaluable as we continue to respond to business and market demands, while ensuring strong investor protections are in place.”

The commission consists of nine to 16 commissioners, including a full-time chair and two full-time vice-chairs.