Members of the Investor Advisory Panel

The Investor Advisory Panel consists of nine members, including the panel’s chairperson. Each member of the panel is appointed for a two-year term.

Daniel Bach

Mr. Bach is a partner at Siskinds LLP, with extensive experience in investor recovery and dispute resolution on behalf of plaintiffs. His practice includes complex securities and consumer-related class actions on behalf of individuals, asset managers and pension funds. He is the past Chair of the Advocates Society’s Securities Litigation Practice Group, and teaches, speaks and has published in the areas of securities litigation, corporate governance and class proceedings.

Brigitte Catellier

Ms. Catellier is co-director of the Investor Protection Clinic at Osgoode Hall Law School where she is also an adjunct professor. The Clinic provides free legal advice to people who believe their investments were mishandled and who cannot afford a lawyer. As co-director of the Clinic she oversees all activities including strategic direction, file management, student supervision and seminar instruction. Ms. Catellier obtained her BCL/LLB degrees from McGill University and was admitted to the Quebec Bar. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Governance Institute, Ms. Catellier is a Member of the Board of Governance Professionals of Canada and currently serves as VP, Corporate Governance and Compliance at Meridian Credit Union.

Supriya Kapoor

Ms. Kapoor is the founder and principal of Aurelius GRP, an investment governance, regulatory and policy consultancy. As a regulatory consultant Ms. Kapoor provides advice and guidance to develop effective compliance programs, operational infrastructures, and robust governance structures to ensure investor needs and interests are being appropriately met. Ms. Kapoor has over 20 years experience in securities regulatory compliance, including as Chief Compliance Officer and a member of management of multiple registered firms.

Deborah Leckman

Ms. Leckman is a member of the Board of Trustees of OPTrust, serves as an advisor to the Investor Protection Clinic at Osgoode Hall Law School, and is a former Commissioner to the Ontario Securities Commission. A CFA Charterholder, Ms. Leckman is a senior investment professional with over 30 years experience in the retail wealth and pension fund industries, and has held executive roles in the private and public sectors. 

Parham Nasseri

Mr. Nasseri has over 15 years of regulatory and wealth management experience, which includes senior roles in regulatory analytics, digital transformation and loss valuation with the Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments.  He is a past Chair of the Canadian Advocacy Council of CFA Societies Canada and is a CFA Charterholder. Mr. Nasseri currently serves as Vice-President, Product & Regulatory Strategy at InvestorCOM. 

James (Jim) Sinclair

Jim Sinclair has over 35 years of experience providing legal services in a wide variety of capital markets settings, including a focus on investor protection and issues facing investors. Most recently, he served as General Counsel at Common Wealth, a company that offers a digital retirement platform to help Canadians achieve their retirement goals. He served for over five years as the General Counsel at the Ontario Securities Commission, and was also acting Director of Enforcement at the OSC, where he helped usher in the OSC Whistleblower Program. Prior to joining the OSC, Jim was the Director of Legal Services at the Ontario Ministry of Finance, where he was engaged in significant securities, pension, insurance and tax reform. Before joining the Ministry, Jim held senior legal and compliance roles in the public and private sectors.

Ilana Singer, Chair

Ms. Singer is Vice-President and Corporate Secretary of the Canadian Investor Protection Fund (CIPF), and a bilingual member of CIPF’s senior management team. She leads a team that focuses on claims, policy issues, communications and stakeholder outreach, and corporate secretarial matters. Ms. Singer is a Securities Expert for the World Bank, providing a global perspective on investor compensation schemes. Ms. Singer previously served as an adjunct instructor for the Investor Protection Seminar at Osgoode Hall Law School, Chair of the Securities Advisory Board of the Toronto Centre, and Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Director at FAIR Canada.

Ian Tam

Mr. Tam has over 15 years of financial services experience, and currently serves as Director, Investment Research at Morningstar Canada. His responsibilities include ensuring the relevance and visibility of Morningstar’s data, research, ratings and thought leadership among investors, as well as participating in public consultations and speaking engagements on significant securities regulatory developments. He is a member and former Chair of the Canadian Investment Funds Standards Committee and a CFA Charterholder.

Leslie Wood

Leslie Wood is a chartered professional accountant and former senior executive in the investment fund industry and brings over 25 years of experience to the IAP. She has successfully completed several mutual fund acquisitions, product re-engineerings, systems integrations, and conversions, brand and distribution developments, and oversights of all back-office operations and new product launches. Leslie retired in 2016 and now serves on multiple independent review committees.