Partner, ESG Advisor, Fasken LLP
Steve has practised corporate and securities law throughout his career at major law firms in New York and Toronto and since 1999 has been a partner at Fasken, an international law firm with over 800 lawyers. Steve co-founded Fasken’s ESG & Sustainability group and spendssubstantial time advising boards and management of institutional investors, business corporations and non-profits on ESG matters.
Steve also is the Chair, ESG at Middlefield, a Canadian investment manager.
From 2011-2018, Steve was the Executive Director of the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance(CCGG). In that capacity, Steve created and debated public policy positions in relation to ESG issues, oversaw numerous CCGG publications including The Directors’E&S Guidebook, and led over 85 ESG engagement meetings between CCGG and directors of Canadian public companies.
Steve has written and spoken widely on many ESG topics, including director/shareholder engagement, impact investing, and ESG disclosure. Recommendations made by Steve to governments and securities regulators have resulted in the adoption of various laws and regulations in Canada in relation to corporate governance and investment fund governance. Global Proxy Watch named Steve one of the“10 people around the world who have had the most impact on corporate governance” in 2016.
Steve has law degrees from University of Toronto and New York University, an MBA from Harvard University, the Responsible Investment Professional Certification from the Responsible Investment Association (RIA)and the certificate in Sustainable Capitalism & ESG from UC Berkeley Law. Steveis a director of the RIA and a member of the Global Stewardship Committee of the International Corporate Governance Network.