Susan Kushneryk is a partner at Hansell LLP and Government Relations Advisor at Hansell McLaughlin Advisory. Over more than fifteen years, Susan has developed a unique blend of experience in law, government and regulatory matters. She started her career in the litigation group at (what is now) Dentons LLP and Torys LLP where she represented clients in commercial and class action disputes. Susan moved from private practice into an enforcement role with each of the Ontario Securities Commission and the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada. Most recently, Susan was Director of Policy in the office of the Attorney General of Ontario, where she provided advice and leadership across government ministries on a range of legal and policy matters. Prior to joining government, Susan served briefly on the board of the Technical Standards and Safety Authority.
In her various roles, Susan has appeared at all levels of courts in Ontario, the Federal Court of Canada and in the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as before a number of regulatory tribunals including the Ontario Energy Board and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario (now the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario). Susan has acted in some of the most significant capital markets related litigation in Canada, including as counsel for the regulators in multiple actions in connection with the asset-backed commercial paper collapse in 2008 and as counsel for an investment dealer in litigation arising from the collapse of Portus Alternative Asset Management Inc., one of the largest investment frauds in Canada. While at Queen’s Park, Susan worked with stakeholders and assisted with policy development within the Ministry of the Attorney General, with the Office of the Premier of Ontario and across ministries, and advised the Minister in connection with various pieces of significant new legislation.
Susan has spoken frequently on issues regarding the investment industry and topical issues in securities and commercial litigation. Susan has also spoken on issues regarding government policy. In addition to her professional work, Susan has always been engaged in the community, including significant political engagement at both the national and provincial level.
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