Susan Kushneryk is a partner at Hansell LLP and Government Relations Advisor at Hansell McLaughlin Advisory. Over more than fifteen years, Susan has developed a unique blend of experience in private practice and regulatory law and in government. She started her career in the litigation group at (what is now) Dentons LLP and at Torys LLP, where she represented clients in commercial and class action disputes with a focus on securities and other fraud. Susan then worked as enforcement counsel with each of the Ontario Securities Commission and the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada. As enforcement counsel, Susan worked closely with the investigators through their investigations before taking matters forward for prosecution. Her cases included a number of complex, multi-jurisdictional frauds. Most recently, Susan was Director of Policy in the office of the Attorney General of Ontario, where she provided advice and leadership across government ministries on a range of legal and policy matters. Prior to joining government, Susan served briefly on the board of the Technical Standards and Safety Authority.
Susan has appeared in the Supreme Court of Canada, at all levels of courts in Ontario, the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta, and the Federal Court of Canada, as well as before a number of tribunals including the Ontario Energy Board and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario (now the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario). Susan has acted in some of the most significant capital markets related litigation in Canada, including as counsel for the regulators in multiple actions in connection with the asset-backed commercial paper collapse in 2008 and as counsel for an investment dealer in litigation arising from the collapse of Portus Alternative Asset Management Inc., one of the largest investment frauds in Canada. While at Queen’s Park, Susan worked with stakeholders and assisted with policy development within the Ministry of the Attorney General, with the Office of the Premier of Ontario and across ministries, and advised the Minister in connection with various pieces of important new legislation.
Susan has spoken frequently on issues regarding the investment industry and topical issues in securities and commercial litigation. Susan has also spoken on issues regarding government policy. In addition to her professional work, Susan has always been engaged in the community, including in politics at the national and provincial levels.
Susan Kushneryk obtained her LLB at the University of Toronto in 2000 and was admitted to the Ontario bar in 2002.