Edward Waitzer has served as Chair of Stikeman Elliott from 1999 to 2006. His practice focuses on complex business transactions, acquisitions and restructurings, as well as advising in respect of various public policy and governance matters. He has also been very active on accounting and corporate governance issues and leads our Corporate Governance Group. He has served as a member of the firm's Executive Committee and Partnership Board.
Mr. Waitzer chaired the Strategy Working Party, which restructured the International Accounting Standards Board. He has served as a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants' Task Force on Standard Setting, as a public director of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and as a member of the Independent Review Panel on the Comptrollership Function in Canada. He has served as a director of numerous corporations and community organizations and has written and spoken extensively on a wide range of policy issues. He serves as contributing editor or on the advisory boards of various publications, including Corporate Ethics Monitor, Corporate Governance Review, Financial Regulator, International Securities Regulation Report, The Philanthropist and the Valuation Law Review and is Editor-in-Chief of the CCH Canadian Securities Law Reporter.
Mr. Waitzer was Vice President of the Toronto Stock Exchange before joining the firm. He practised with Stikeman Elliott from 1981 to 1993, including several years as head of our New York office. Mr. Waitzer rejoined the firm after serving as Chair of the Ontario Securities Commission from 1993 to 1996. He chaired the Technical Committee of the International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) from 1994 to 1996 after serving as Vice Chair of its Executive Committee in 1993. During 2003-2004 he lived in Santiago and was special advisor to the Chilean Superintendent of Insurance and Securities.Mr. Waitzer has been the Falconbrige Professor of Law at Osgoode Hall Law School and is currently the Jarislowky Dimma Mooney Chair in Corporate Governance at Osgoode Hall Law School and the Schulich School of Business at York University.
It's becoming clear that the financial sector is at an inflection point, both in terms of its role, and its relationship with the "real sector," and in terms of the efficacy of the regulatory frameworks (governmental and supra-national frameworks, self regulatory and internal governance frameworks). There may be a modest role for us in refocussing the discussion, generating some currency for more holistic approaches or, at least, taking up the admonition of the "honest old minister" in "The Emporer's New Clothes" to point out the insufficiency of the ideas being proposed.