Carol Hansell

Carol Hansell,

Senior Partner


Carol Hansell* is a Senior Partner at Hansell LLP. Over her more than 25 years in practice, she has led major transactions for public and private corporations and governments. She now leads an independent firm dedicated to advising boards, management teams, institutional shareholders and regulators in connection with legal and governance challenges. She is regularly engaged in connection with special committee mandates, board investigations, governance design and reviews and shareholder engagement matters. Carol is also a principal with Hansell McLaughlin Advisory Inc., which, together with Hansell LLP, delivers integrated legal, governance, government relations and communications advice.

Carol has served on boards of organizations across a variety of sectors – public companies, Crown corporations, financial institutions, healthcare, not-for-profit and arts organizations. She currently serves on the boards of Munich Reinsurance Company of Canada, the International Corporate Governance Network, and the American College of Governance Counsel. She is the Chair of the Business Law Advisory Council (advising the government of Ontario) and serves on the Nominating Committee of the Ontario Registered Pension Plan Administration Corporation. She has served on the boards of the Bank of Canada, the Public Sector Pension Investment Board, Toronto East General Hospital and SickKids Foundation, among others. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Directors and the American College of Governance Counsel.

In addition to her board service, Carol has been involved in governance education and thought leadership throughout her career. Most notably, Carol served as the only non-American Chair of the Corporate Governance Committee of the American Bar Association (Business Law Section) and continues to serve as Special Canadian Advisor to the Corporate Laws Committee of the ABA. She is the author of a four volume loose-leaf service Directors and Officers in Canada: Law and Practice and the best-selling What Directors Need to Know: Corporate Governance. Carol speaks and teaches widely and has participated in the education of more than 2,000 directors through the ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program offered in Toronto, Vancouver and Ottawa.

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