Stephen A. Pike

Business Law and ESG Partner, Gowling WLG

Stephen A. Pike is a Toronto-based Partner at the Gowling WLG law firm and is Co-Leader of Gowling WLG’s Canadian ESG Advisory Services practice. As a senior legal advisor to Canadian, American and global businesses, Stephen regularly advises on corporate, governance, ESG, transactional, operational and risk management issues, including how businesses can address the risks of forced labour and child labour in their supply chains.

He also advises businesses outside of Canada on setting up operations in Canada and entering the Canadian market.

Stephen is Co-Editor of a new book – ESG in the Boardroom: A Guidebook for Directors – published in 2022 by the American Bar Association.

Stephen recently appeared as a Witness before the Canadian Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights to give evidence regarding Bill S-211 Canada’s proposed Fighting Against Forced Labour and Child Labour in Supply Chains Act. In late 2021, Stephen addressed the Canadian All Party Parliamentary Group to End Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery.

He is a member of the 2021 and 2022 Program Faculty of the ESG, Climate Risk and the Law Professional Development Certificate Course at Osgoode Hall Law School and lectured on Business and Human Rights (BHR): Risks, Intersections and Impacts for ESG.

He regularly speaks about forced labour and child labour in supply chains to business and legal organizations.

Stephen continues to write a (now 14-part) continuing series on Insights for Canadian CEOs and Directors on Addressing Forced Labour and Child Labour in their Businesses and Supply Chains

Stephen is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Commission of Jurists – Canada; a Co-Chair of the ESG Subcommittee of the Corporate Governance Committee of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association. He serves on the Canadian Cancer Society’s Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee.

Stephen holds the ICD.D designation granted by the Institute of Corporate Directors and completed Directors Education Program presented by the Institute of Corporate Directs and the University of Toronto Rotman School of Management.