A growing number of faculty members are associated with the Centre’s activities. Below are the profiles of key faculty holding leadership roles with the Hennick Centre.
The Hennick Centre Executive Committee and Advisory Council members comprised of practicing business leaders and lawyers, as well as our junior and senior Fellows are also the driving force behind the Centre toward its objectives.
Edward Waitzer – Director & Faculty Co–Director, JD/MBA Program (Osgoode)
Edward J. Waitzer has been the inaugural Jarislowsky Dimma Mooney Chair in Corporate Governance, a joint appointment between Osgoode Hall Law School and the Schulich School of Business at York University, since 2007. Previously, he was the Falconbridge Professor of Commercial Law (2005/6) and served as an Adjunct Professor at Osgoode. He teaches a range of courses including Business Associations, Corporate Governance, Investor Protection, Mergers & Acquisitions and an “Art of the Deal” seminar.
Mr. Waitzer was Chair of Stikeman Elliott LLP from 1999 to 2006 and is a senior partner whose practice focuses on complex business transactions, public policy and governance matters. He has previously served as Chair of the Ontario Securities Commission (and of the Technical Committee of the International Organization of Securities Commissions) and as Vice-President of the Toronto Stock Exchange. He has written and spoken extensively on a variety of legal and public policy issues and has served as director of a number of corporations, foundations, community organizations, editorial boards and advisory groups.
Cynthia Williams – Co–Director
Professor Cynthia Williams joined Osgoode Hall Law School on July 1, 2013 as the Osler Chair in Business Law, a position she also held from 2007 to 2009. Before coming to Osgoode, she was a member of the faculty at the University of Illinois College of Law and, prior to that, she practised law at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York City. Professor Williams writes in the areas of securities law, corporate law, corporate responsibility, comparative corporate governance and regulatory theory, often in interdisciplinary collaborations with professors in anthropology, economic sociology, and organizational psychology.
Her book The Embedded Firm: Corporate Governance, Labor, And Finance Capitalism, co-edited with Osgoode Professor Peer Zumbansen, was published in 2011 by Cambridge University Press and was featured at the Society for Socio-Economics (SASE) Annual Conference in 2012 at MIT.
Professor Williams’ work has been published in the Georgetown Law Journal, the Harvard Law Review, the Journal of Corporation Law, Theoretical Inquiries in Law, the University of New South Wales Law Journal, the Virginia Law Review, the Academy of Management Review, the Corporate Governance International Review, and the Journal of Organizational Behavior, among others.
Professor Williams has lectured and taught in China, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Scotland, South Korea, Spain, the UK and throughout Canada and the United States.
Professor Williams also engages in policy work through her board membership in the Network for Sustainable Financial Markets, a think-tank of academics and financial market participants; the Climate Bonds Initiative, an NGO established to create a new asset class, Climate Bonds, in order to finance the transition to a low-carbon economy; and as a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Finance Advisory Board.
James L. Darroch – Co–Director
James L. Darroch is an Associate Professor of Policy at the Schulich School of Business, York University. He holds an M.B.A. and Ph.D. in Strategic Management and International Business from York University. Professor Darroch has taught at York since 1986. He was director of Entrepreneurial Studies from 1993 until 1996, Area Coordinator for the Strategic Management Area from 1996-1999, Director of the York Consulting Group from 1997 to 2005, and is currently Director of the Financial Services Program. He has twice been nominated for the School’s Teaching Excellence Award.
His research has focused upon strategic management of financial services firms, and especially on governance and enterprise risk management in recent year. This research has led to consulting assignments on strategic renewal encompassing leadership, strategy formulation and implementation issues with both small and large private sector organizations, including Bank of Montreal, Bata, Credit Union Central of Canada, DuPont of Canada, Inco, The Royal Bank of Canada, Shoppers Drug Mart, and Sony Music as well as public sector organizations, including, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the World Bank, the Department of National Defense, The Ontario Ministry of Housing, and the Ontario Nurses Association.
In 1997, Professor Darroch joined the working group for the Toronto International Centre for Financial Sector Supervision (Toronto Center). This is a joint enterprise among the Schulich School of Business, the Canadian Government, The World Bank, the IMF and the Stability Forum of the Bank for International Settlements. He helped to design and implement a global leadership and strategy program targeted at senior supervisory and regulatory officials. From 2002 – 2006, he was academic program director for the Risk Management Curriculum at the Bank of Montreal. This program was the first of its kind and involved extensive work with the Chief Risk Officer of the Bank of Montreal both in planning and delivery.
Peter Macdonald – Faculty Co–Director, MBA/JD Program (Schulich)
Peter Macdonald is a lawyer, mediator and co-director of the Joint MBA/JD Program at the Schulich School of Business, York University. Peter graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1985 and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1987. From 1987 to 1994, Peter practised corporate/commercial and securities law with two downtown Toronto law firms and a large multinational corporation in Montreal. Over the past fifteen years, Peter has been engaged as an independent commercial mediator in a broad range of corporate, banking, personal injury, employment and insurance-related disputes.
In addition to his mediation practice, Peter teaches various business law courses to BBA, MBA and Joint MBA/JD students at the Schulich School of Business where he has received numerous Teaching Excellence Awards. Peter has also been extensively involved in designing and delivering intensive negotiation and mediation training programs for judges, lawyers, public sector agencies and other business professionals throughout Ontario.