Our Mission

FAIR Canada champions the rights of individual investors in Canada through advocacy, education and regulatory advancements.

Our Vision

To advance the rights and protections of individual investors in Canada.

To promote fair treatment of individual investors in Canadian capital markets.

To be the trusted, independent voice on significant issues that impact individual investors.

To provide informed, objective comment on regulatory issues that impact investor fairness and protection.

Our Values

Independent

We are Canada’s only national, non-profit, investor-focused organization, independent of any government or regulator.

Collaborative

We work collaboratively with investor groups, securities regulators, investment industry organizations, and other sector stakeholders to promote fairness and the interests of individual investors.

Informed

We advocate for investor fairness in an articulate and balanced way, based on research and knowledge of securities law and regulations.

Respectful

We are respectful in all our interactions and seek to provide constructive policy solutions.

FAIR Canada Team

Jean-Paul Bureaud

Executive Director

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Jean-Paul Bureaud

Executive Director

Jean-Paul is the Executive Director, President and CEO of FAIR Canada. Prior to joining FAIR Canada, he was a financial sector expert at the World Bank Group assisting countries to enhance their securities regulatory regimes. He is a former member of the Executive Management Team at the Ontario Securities Commission, where he worked for 20 years in senior leadership and policy roles. He began his legal career at a national law firm advising clients on securities law matters.

Mauro Lagana

Policy Counsel

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Mauro Lagana

Policy Counsel

Mauro brings over 15 years’ experience in the regulatory compliance profession to FAIR Canada. He has held leadership positions with a number of major Canadian financial institutions, with broad exposure to all aspects of financial services regulation and a focus on business conduct requirements and ensuring that customers are treated fairly. He has also worked as a writer and editor for legal publishing firms. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1998.

Kirshita Seevaratnam

Policy Counsel

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Kirshita Seevaratnam

Policy Counsel

Prior to joining FAIR Canada, Kirshita worked as a lawyer at the enforcement branch of the Financial Conduct Authority in the U.K. She has been involved in two national inquiries based in the U.K. and worked as a Dispute Resolution Advisor for the Housing Ombudsman Service. She is the co-founder of @thelawgram, a platform to educate the public on their fundamental rights. Kirshita was called to the Ontario Bar in 2019 and is currently pursuing her LLM in Securities Law.

Andrea David

Communications Specialist

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Andrea David

Communications Specialist

As FAIR Canada’s Communications Specialist, Andrea brings more than 10 years of marketing and communications experience. Prior to FAIR Canada, she held positions with a variety of financial services and investment management organizations. She has experience in producing a range of traditional and digital marketing communications, focusing on investor and financial advisor needs. This includes implementing strategic marketing plans and campaigns to support brand awareness.

Board of Directors

Preet Banerjee

Chair, Toronto

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Preet Banerjee

Chair, Toronto

Preet is a former investment advisor, well known across Canada for his insightful commentaries on personal finance and practice standards within the investment business. He is the founder of MoneyGaps, a hybrid-advice platform for Canadian financial advisors, and a consultant to the wealth management industry.

Ellen Roseman

Toronto

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Ellen Roseman

Toronto

Ellen is a personal finance and consumer affairs journalist, whose columns ran in the Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail for many years. She is the author of seven books, including Money 101, Money 201, and Fight Back, and teaches courses in investing at the University of Toronto’s school of continuing studies. She also co-hosts the monthly MoneySaver Podcast. Ellen joined the Board of FAIR Canada in 2009 and has acted as chair for several years.

Larry Bates

Toronto

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Larry Bates

Toronto

Larry is a Toronto-based consultant and author. Larry’s best-selling book, Beat the Bank – The Canadian Guide to Simply Successful Investing is aimed at providing average Canadians insight as to how the investment industry operates and how to achieve higher investment returns through the use of more efficient investment products and services. Larry spent 35 years in the investment banking business in Toronto and London.

Robb Engen

Alberta

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Robb Engen

Alberta

Robb is a Qualified Associate Financial Planner and is the founder and head writer behind the award-winning Boomer & Echo Canadian personal finance blog. A staunch advocate for consumer and investor protection, Robb’s writing and commentary have been featured in The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Financial Post, Global News, and CBC Marketplace.

Neil Gross

Toronto

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Neil Gross

Toronto

Neil is a Toronto-based public policy consultant. He chairs the Ontario Securities Commission’s Investor Advisory Panel and serves on committees and working groups for other financial regulators. Neil is also a director of a portfolio management firm and an independent review committee member for a mutual fund company, a director of a public charity, an advisor to a seniors-focused advocacy group, and a periodic columnist for The Globe and Mail.

Wanda Morris

Vancouver

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Wanda Morris

Vancouver

Wanda is a Vancouver-based CPA and social activist with over 30 years of business experience. She is a former columnist for Post Media and Zoomer Magazine and has led advocacy campaigns on many investor protection and seniors-related issues. She is also a past chair of the Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments’ Consumer and Investor Advisory Council and a past member of the Ontario Securities Commission Seniors Expert Advisory Committee.

Ian Rossa O’Reilly

Toronto

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Ian Rossa O’Reilly

Toronto

Ian has 40 years of experience analyzing publicly traded equities in various industrial sectors and developing stock market strategy, having held senior positions at CIBC World Markets. He has also been chairman of the CFA Institute, a member of the CICA’s Accounting Standards Committee and president of the CFA Society Toronto. He is a frequent contributor to CFA periodicals and curriculum texts.

Marc J. Ryan

Montreal

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Marc J. Ryan

Montreal

Marc is a retired Montreal-based lawyer who has held senior positions with the Quebec Securities Commission, Bell Canada, and BCE Inc. Marc also founded IndependentInvestor.info, which published information for individual investors for many years. He is a member of the Scarlet Key Honour Society at McGill University and a director of the Fonds Escale Notre-Dame, which raises funds for young men with alcohol or other dependencies.

Opportunities to Collaborate

At FAIR Canada, we strive to collaborate and be a unifying voice for the rights and protections of individual investors. Whether it is supporting the work done by other like-minded groups, expanding the reach and impact of our efforts in common, or offering our expertise to help others, we are always interested in opportunities to collaborate with other groups and organizations.

 

Interested in collaborating with us? Contact us at Collaborate@FAIRCanada.ca.