Poonam Puri is a Professor of Law at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, and an affiliated scholar at Davies, Ward, Phillips & Vineberg LLP. She is an expert in corporate law, securities law, corporate governance and business strategy. Appointed to Osgoode's faculty in 1997 and a two-time recipient of its Teaching Excellence Award, she holds a Master of Law (LL.M.) from Harvard Law School and a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) from the University of Toronto.
Poonam has advised governments, regulators and businesses around the world, and she serves on the board of directors of many significant companies and public sector organizations, including Colliers and the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
Twice recognized as one of Canada’s top 25 most influential lawyers, Poonam is a past recipient of Canada’s Top 40 under 40 award and the 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada award. Most recently, she was awarded the Mundell Medal for legal writing by Ontario’s Attorney General, the Law Society Medal from the Law Society of Ontario for her leadership in the legal profession, and the Royal Society of Canada’s Yvan Allaire Medal in recognition of her contributions to the governance of public and private organizations.
Poonam joined the board of directors in June 2016. Prior to being named Chair in June 2022, she served as Vice-Chair and served as chair and/or a member of the Governance Committee, the Quality Committee and the Research, Training & Learning Committee. She is also the cross-appointee to the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation.