Ellen Bessner is an experienced, tough-minded and common-sense commercial litigator with over 25 years of practice at prominent Canadian firms, and now with Babin Bessner Spry LLP. Ellen has acted as counsel before Ontario courts of all levels, as well as at many arbitrations and regulatory proceedings, including before the IIROC, MFDA, OSC, and FSCO. Ellen is a leader in commercial and securities litigation, employment litigation, professional negligence, class actions, regulatory matters, insurance defense, and directors’ and officers’ liability, and has regularly been retained to advise boards of directors and senior officers on issues of compliance.At Babin Bessner Spry LLP, Ellen provides her popular and effective work in developing and presenting training and education programs for officers and directors, supervisors, and regulated professionals (financial and investment advisors, portfolio managers, insurance brokers and agents, supervisors and branch managers, and planners). The goal of these programs is to help reduce litigation and regulatory risk, and includes education and training on a range of liability, ethics and compliance issues.
Ellen was appointed to the OSC’s Seniors Expert Advisory Committee and was co-author of the paper “Current Practices for Risk Profiling in Canada and Review of Global Best Practices for the OSC’s Investor Advisory Panel.”
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