Osgoode Hall Law School Professor Poonam Puri has received a Walter L. Gordon Research Fellowship for 2010-2011.
The prestigious award, periodically presented by York to recognized scholars at the University to complete ongoing outstanding and innovative research, will allow her to devote the coming year to completing Financial Markets in Crisis: ABCP, the Made in Canada Solution and the Future of Canadian Capital Markets.
Right: Poonam Puri
"Professor Puri is greatly admired for her teaching and scholarship as well as the interesting reform and advisory work she has done for securities commissions, self-regulatory organizations, governments and bilateral agencies," said Osgoode Interim Dean Jinyan Li. "This fellowship recognizes her knowledge and expertise and will provide her with the time to complete her latest book."
Puri is among Canada’s most respected researchers on corporate law, securities law, corporate governance, and corporate and white-collar crime. Appointed to York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School in 1997, she has co-authored or edited three books and written numerous articles and reports. Her rigorous research is firmly grounded in the real-time of policy-making, rendering her expertise widely requested by Canadian and international governments and regulators, including Industry Canada, the Ontario Securities Commission, the Senate of Canada, the Wise Persons’ Committee on Securities Regulation and the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank Group.
“Professor Puri’s timely proposal addresses the recent global financial upheaval and the asset-backed commercial paper crisis. It promises to provide insight about both global and Canadian banking practices,” said David Dewitt, York’s associate vice-president research (social sciences & humanities), and chair of the Walter L. Gordon Research Fellowship selection committee. “Her book will make a valuable contribution to existing literature on Canadian financial markets. The selection committee was impressed by her proposal’s interdisciplinarity, innovative thinking, clarity and logic.”
The fellowship, named in honour of the late Walter L. Gordon, former chancellor of York, provides researchers with the opportunity to complete works or projects that require a significant amount of time by relieving them of teaching and other University responsibilities.
"The selection committee was also impressed by the quality of each of the applicants and the significant research ideas brought forward," said Dewitt. “Every one of them deserved funding. The applicant pool’s strength speaks to York’s expanding research culture and the important recognition the fellowship provides to support that leading-edge research."
By Elizabeth Monier-Williams, research communications officer