Janis Sarra


Dr. Sarra is Professor of Law, University of British Columbia Faculty of Law, Vancouver, Canada and Director of the National Centre for Business Law. She holds the Honourable Lloyd Houlden Fellowship for 2007-2008. She served as Associate Dean of the Faculty of Law from 2003 to 2007 and was Senator of the University from 2003 to 2008. In 2004, she was awarded title of Distinguished University Scholar for her scholarship in corporate and securities law. Dr. Sarra teaches corporate finance, commercial insolvency law, corporate law, securities law, contract law and law and economics at the UBC Faculty of Law. Dr. Sarra was one of two INSOL International Scholars for 2006-2007 and was awarded the UBC Alumni Research Award in 2007. She is a Fellow of the Corporate Directors' Duties Group, Taxation Law and Policy Research Institute, Monash University, Australia. She was a commercial and labour arbitrator prior to joining the Faculty of Law in 2000, and is a member of the Bar in Ontario. Dr. Sarra previously taught advanced corporate law at the Faculty of Law University of Toronto and taught at the Faculty of Business Ryerson University.

Dr. Sarra is a member of the European Corporate Governance Institute, The Insolvency Institute of Canada, the American Bankruptcy Institute, INSOL Academics Forum, the International Insolvency Institute, the Canadian Bar Association and on the executive of the Canadian Law and Economics Association. She researches and writes in the areas of corporate law and corporate finance, securities law and commercial insolvency law. She previously sat on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals as an outside director and was a director of the Canadian Insolvency Foundation. Books published include Rescue! The Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (Carswell, 2007); Business Organizations: Principles, Policy and Practice (Emond Publications, 2007), with R. Yalden et al; The 2007 Annotated Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act, co-authored with G. Morawetz, (Carswell, 2006); Securities Law in Canada, Cases and Commentary, co-authored with M. Condon and A. Anand (Emond Montgomery Publications, 2005); Creditor Rights and the Public Interest, Restructuring Insolvent Corporations (University of Toronto Press, 2003); Director and Officer Liability in Corporate Insolvency, co-authored with R.B. Davis (Butterworths, 2002). She serves as Editor in Chief of the Annual Review of Insolvency Law and was editor and contributing author of Corporate Governance in Global Capital Markets (UBC Press, 2003). Among numerous reports she has authored are: Modernizing Disclosure in Canadian Securities Law: An Assessment of Recent Developments in Canada and Selected Jurisdictions, Report to the National Task Force on the Modernization of Securities Law, 2006; Review of Dissent Rights under the Canada Business Corporations Act, A Consideration of the Efficacy of Current Provisions and Possible Policy Options, Report to Corporations Canada, 2005; and Review of the Derivative Action Provisions of the Canada Business Corporations Act, Policy Implications and Options, Report to Corporations Canada, 2005 and Analysis of Factors Leading to Insolvency and Restructuring and their Effects on pension Plan Wind-ups and Closures, with R.B. Davis, Study for the Ontario Expert Commission on Pensions, 2007. She is also the author of numerous articles on corporate law, financial services law and insolvency law.

Email: sarra[at]law.ubc.ca