The Massey Dialogues – Ed Waitzer: We Have Met the Enemy and He is Us – What We Might Learn From This Crisis?

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The Massey Dialogues – Ed Waitzer: We Have Met the Enemy and He is Us – What We Might Learn From This Crisis?

Wednesday, May 6 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

We will hear from Corporate Governance specialist Ed Waitzer alongside lawyer, innovator, and Senior Fellow Dr. Gary Mooney and Junior Fellow who is pursuing his Ph.D. in economics, Tommaso Alba.

Click the links below to read the two articles courtesy of Stikeman Elliott reference during the Dialogue:

COVID and Corporate Governance: A Broader Mission for Corporate Boards

This, too, Shall Pass: What Will Life be Like on the Other Side of COVID–19?


Click here to watch the livestream. The Dialogues are open to the public – we invite everyone to join and take part in what will be a very informative online discussion. Participants are invited to submit questions to the speakers in real time via the youtube channel’s chat function as well as through Twitter with the hashtag #MasseyDialogues. For information about the Massey Dialogues salon series, click here.


Ed Waitzer was Chair of Stikeman Elliott LLP from 1999 to 2006 and remains a senior partner whose practice focuses on complex business transactions. He also advises on a range of public policy and governance matters. He is a Professor and the Jarislowsky Dimma Mooney Chair in Corporate Governance and is Director of the Hennick Centre for Business and Law at Osgoode Hall and the Schulich School of Business at York University. He served (1993-1996) as Chair of the Ontario Securities Commission and (until 1981) as Vice-President of The Toronto Stock Exchange. He has written and spoken extensively on a variety of legal and public policy issues and serves or has served as director of a number of corporations, foundations, community organizations, editorial boards and advisory groups. He is a Senior Fellow at the C.D. Howe Institute and the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and an inaugural fellow of the American College of Governance Counsel. Recipient of 2018 Corporate Knights Award of Distinction. He earned his LL.B. (1976) and LL.M. (1981) from the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto. Called to the Ontario (1978) and the New York (1985) Bars.


Tommaso Alba is a resident Junior fellow from Italy, pursuing a PhD in Economics. He grew up in Trieste, on the border with Slovenia, but I studied in Udine and in Graz (Austria) obtaining a BA in Commerce and a double MA in Economics. During his studies, he has been a fellow of the “Schools of Advanced Studies” of Udine, taking additional classes ranging from fluid-dynamics to philosophy of religions. His research focuses on innovation, platforms and markets for intellectual property rights. His goal is to model and understand these markets to prevent anticompetitive behaviours or abuses of the legal system.

Tommaso is passionate about fantasy literature, which explains why his latest project studies “Patent Trolls”. He practiced aikido and archery for many years, used to play hockey as a kid and is currently trying to catch up to the Canadian level.


Dr. Gary P. Mooney is a former Jesuit Priest, and academic, a lawyer, an entrepreneur and, according to the Mississauga News, one of the last of the renaissance men.  He is also a most successful agent of change in the world of business, specifically with regard to credit enactment insurance products and related services for financial institutions.  He is known for creating new business forms synthesizing best of breed technology and work flow, with data and risk analytics, and producing new bundles of insurance wrapped products and services for Canadian financial institutions.  Dr. Mooney was a founder and pioneer of Title Insurance in Canada, and the only Canadian businessman to create a successful joint venture with a major American Title Insurance Company. He founded Land Canada Title and Settlement Services Inc. in early 1990s, developed it into a national entity with offices in all the major regions of Canada, and in 2004 sold it to Fidelity National Financial, a Fortune 500 Title and related services Company. He then became President and CEO of FNF Canada and Chief Agent of Chicago Title, and held that position for the next five years, thereafter becoming Chairman for a year until he left to develop new business ventures.  He recently founded Canadian Lender Solutions to pioneer a work flow and data analytics driven business process outsourcing company in Accounts Receivable Management.  He has also served on the board of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and, and was brought in for six months as a consultant to Genworth Financial to help it redefine and reposition its monoline insurance offering.

Dr. Mooney holds multiple degrees from multiple universities including the University of Guelph, the University of Toronto, Cambridge University, Osgoode Hall Law School, and two doctorates, honoris causa.  He is a Senior Fellow at Massey College and in involved with student mentoring.  Shortly after finishing law school, Dr. Mooney purchased the 125 year old law firm of Anderson Sinclair, a boutique legal practice which now has offices in Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia, New Brunswick, and later this year, in Alberta and Nova Scotia.  Mooney is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada as well as the Law Societies of Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and Alberta.

Gary Mooney is committed to community service. He was the Charter President of the First Rotary Club in Canada to admit women, and is a Paul Harris Rotary Fellow.  He serves and has served on multiple boards including The Learning Disability Association of Canada, the CADDAC, the Canadian Orthopaedic Association and Cheshire House. At the University of Toronto, he served on the Fundraising Cabinet of the Medical School and on the Governing Council, where he was a member of Business Board, the Pensions Committee, the University Affairs Board, the Academic Board, and the Executive Committee. He has also served on the Credit Valley Hospital Foundation Board and the Deans Advisory Board at Osgoode Hall Law School, and has been a Trustee at Landmark College in Vermont which specializes in postsecondary education for student with learning disabilities.  In 2007, along with Stephen Jarislowsky and William Dimma, he established the Jarislowsky Dimma Mooney Chair in Corporate Governance at Osgoode Hall Law School and the Schulich School of Business. He is also a generous benefactor of the Atlantic Centre for students with learning disabilities at St. Mary’s University in Halifax.

Among his many accolades, Dr. Mooney has been awarded the Queens Jubilee Medal for leadership and service to the community as well as the Queen’s Centenary Medal for public service. In 2004 he was recognized as Business Person of the Year by the Mississauga Board of Trade and in the same year was a finalist in Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the year competition. In 2005 he was awarded the Gold Key Award by Osgoode Hall Law School for his distinguished contribution to the legal profession and in the same year received the Arbour Award from the University of Toronto.

Gary Mooney is an active member of The Oxford Cambridge Society of Toronto, the Cambridge University Society, the Toronto Club, the Port Credit Yacht Club, and the Credit Valley Golf Club. He is married to Brenda, a UTM graduate in Philosophy, and has two children both of whom attended the University of Toronto.



Wednesday, May 6
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
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4 Devonshire Place
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2E1 Canada