Howard Wetston, head of the Ontario Securities Commission, joins Shannon School of Business Advisory Board

Cape Breton University (CBU) is pleased to announce that Howard Wetston, Chair & CEO of the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC), is joining the Shannon School of Business Advisory Board (SSOB). A respected public servant, distinguished lawyer, jurist, regulator and executive, Wetston is one of Canada’s most prominent leaders in administrative law and regulation, with deep expertise in securities, energy and other regulated industries. This experience will complement the knowledge-base and guidance being provided by members of an already impressive SSOB advisory board. Wetston grew up in Sydney and attended Sydney Academy before heading off to university

“Students at Cape Breton University benefit greatly from the direct engagement and encouragement of the Shannon School of Business Advisory Board. The leading business minds that comprise the Advisory Board provide inspiration for our faculty to innovate, internationalize and prepare students to be the business leaders of tomorrow. I am delighted that Howard Wetston has agreed to join the Advisory Board and that he will also receive an honorary degree at our convocation ceremony tomorrow where he will address our graduates directly,” says President & Vice-Chancellor, Dr. David Wheeler.

Wetston was the Chair & CEO of the Ontario Energy Board from 2003 to 2010, and he was a Vice-Chair of the OSC from 1999 to 2004. He holds a Law degree from Dalhousie and a B.Sc. from Mount Allison and has been called to the Bar in Nova Scotia, Ontario and Alberta. He holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. In addition to his duties as OSC Chair, Wetston is a Vice Chair of the Board of the International Organization of Securities Commissions.

He spent the first 12 years of his career as a lawyer achieving the positions of General Counsel at the Canadian Transport Commission and Assistant General Counsel at the National Energy Board. Wetston was also General Counsel and Program Director at the Consumers’ Association of Canada. In addition, he has been a Board Director of Mount Sinai Hospital since 2004.

“We are so pleased to have Howard join the Shannon School of Business Advisory Board. He brings a wealth of experience from a sector that has seen a lot of attention in recent years and he is from the local community which gives him great perspective on this area. His experiences and leadership abilities will add to the existing dynamic of the current board as we support the growth and development of the business students attending Cape Breton University,” says Joseph Shannon, Chair, SSOB Advisory Board.

The Shannon School of Business Advisory Board is composed of a talented and highly-respected group of national and international business professionals that includes Mr. Joseph Shannon, Mr. Purdy Crawford, C.C., Q.C., Chief Terrance Paul, The Honourable A. Anne McLellan, Ms. Susan Murray, Mr. John T. McLennan, Mr. Louis J. Maroun, The Honourable Kevin G. Lynch, Mr. Meredith (Sam) Hayes, Sir Graham Day, Mr. Denis Ryan and Ms. Stacey MacNeil.

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