Osgoode Interim Dean Mary Condon named one of 100 top powerful women in Canada by WXN

Osgoode Hall Law School Interim Dean Mary Condon has been named one of this year’s top 100 most powerful women in Canada by the Women’s Executive Network (WXN).

Mary Condon
Mary Condon

Launched in 2003, the Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards celebrate the incredible accomplishments of Canada’s top female executive talent as well as their organizations and networks. Condon was one of nine women selected in the PwC Public Sector Leaders category, which recognizes women who hold senior positions in Canada’s pubic sector organizations, and who are not currently in public office.

“For more than two decades, Professor Condon has been a visionary colleague, contributing to the leadership of Osgoode Hall Law School in Canada. We are grateful to her for undertaking the role as interim dean, where she has continued to demonstrate her commitment to advancing the school’s vision,” said Rhonda L. Lenton, president and vice-chancellor of York University. “This award is not only a testament of her dedication to Osgoode and York, but also to the bold path she has paved in the public sector. I wish her the very best for continued success.”

Condon joined the Osgoode Hall Law School faculty at York University in 1992. She served as associate dean (academic) from July 2016 to April 2018, and is currently appointed the dean (interim). Between 2008 and 2016, she was appointed by the Ontario government as a commissioner and board member of the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC). For three of those years (2011-14) she served as one of two full-time vice-chairs of the OSC. In that capacity she was executive sponsor of a number of policy initiatives. She also issued numerous adjudicative decisions as a member of the OSC’s tribunal. In early 2018, she was appointed a member of the board of the Capital Markets Authority Implementation Organization (CMAIO), an interim body set up to assist with the establishment of a Capital Markets Regulatory Authority for co-operating jurisdictions in Canada.

Condon teaches securities regulation and advanced securities in Osgoode’s JD program, and also directs and teaches in the professional LLM in Securities Law program. In the 2009 Winter term, she was awarded the Walter S. Owen Chair in Business Law at the Faculty of Law, University of British Columbia, where she was also the co-director of the National Centre for Business Law.

Her research interests are focused primarily on the regulation of securities markets, investment funds, online investing and pensions. She is co-author of Business Organizations: Practice, Theory and Emerging Challenges (with Robert Yalden, Janis Sarra, Paul Paton, Mark Gillen, Carol Liao, Michael Deturbide, Mohamed Khimji, Bradley Bryan and Gary Campo) and Securities Law in Canada: Cases and Commentary (with Anita Anand, Janis Sarra and Sarah Bradley), (3rd edition, 2017). She is the author of Making Disclosure: Ideas and Interests in Ontario Securities Regulation (UTP), and has also written articles, book chapters, and policy papers on topics related to securities regulation and pensions policy, and has given invited lectures on these topics in Canada and internationally.

Between 2014 and 2016, Condon served as a member of Canada’s National Steering Committee for Financial Literacy. She was a member of the Board of Trustees of the York University Pension Fund between 2005 and 2014.

Condon joins a prestigious community of past award winners, including Canada’s most iconic women trailblazers: Provost and Vice-President Academic Lisa Philipps; York President and Vice-Chancellor Rhonda L. Lenton; Julia Foster, former Chair of the Board of Governors of York University; bestselling author Margaret Atwood; astronaut Roberta Bondar; Arlene Dickinson, chief executive officer, Venture Communications; Christine Magee, president, Sleep Country Canada; Michaëlle Jean, former governor general of Canada; Heather Reisman, founder and CEO of Indigo Books & Music; and York University alumna Kathleen Taylor, Chair of the board, Royal Bank of Canada.

The full list of winners is on WXN’s 2018 Canada’s Most Powerful Women website.

About the Women’s Executive Network (WXN)

WXN inspires smart women to lead. WXN creates and delivers innovative networking, mentoring, professional and personal development to inform, inspire, connect and recognize its community of more than 19,500 smart women and their organizations in the pursuit of excellence. WXN enables its partners and corporate members to become and to be recognized as employers of choice and leaders in the advancement of women.

Founded in 1997, WXN is Canada’s leading organization dedicated to the advancement and recognition of women in management, executive, professional and board roles. WXN is a founding member of the Canadian Board Diversity Council, dedicated to increasing the diversity of Canada’s corporate boards. In 2008, WXN launched in Ireland, followed by London, U.K., in 2015, creating an international community of female leaders.