Senior Advisor, Policy

Full-time @Ontario Securities Commission in Government
  • Post Date : June 8, 2022
  • Apply Before : June 17, 2022
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Job Description

Investor Office

Permanent Full-Time

File #22-24      

The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) is the statutory body responsible for regulating Ontario’s capital markets in accordance with the mandate established in the provincial Securities Act and the Commodity Futures Act. The mandate of the OSC is to provide protection to investors from unfair, improper or fraudulent practices, to foster fair, efficient and competitive capital markets and confidence in the capital markets, to foster capital formation, and to contribute to the stability of the financial system and the reduction of systemic risk. This mandate is performed through policy, operational, adjudication and enforcement work. The OSC also contributes to national and global securities regulation development.

The OSC is the only securities regulator in Canada to create a dedicated Investor Office with an aim to achieve better investor outcomes. The Investor Office works to strengthen the OSC’s efforts in investor engagement, research, education, and outreach. The Investor Office also brings investor perspectives to the organization and contributes to policy development. To support this work, the Investor Office uses research and behavioural science to test policy proposals and explore how emerging capital market trends are affecting retail investors.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Support the effective operation of advisory committees that help the OSC advance its investor protection mandate, including the OSC’s Investor Advisory Panel, working in close liaison with committee members, and OSC and CSA (Canadian Securities Administrators) staff.
  • Engage regularly with internal and external stakeholders, including investor groups and industry associations.
  • Work with the Investor Office Research and Behavioural Insights Team (IORBIT) to provide technical and policy advice and assistance on research projects.
  • Assist the Manager in developing and implementing strengthened processes for enhanced consideration of investor perspectives in policymaking.
  • Provide investor perspectives, including advice and guidance on investor needs, to ensure policy projects and/or operational initiatives include detailed analysis and consideration of associated key investor interests.
  • Assess, and advise on, how securities law issues or proposals impact investors and investor protection.
  • Examine innovative ways to enhance investor engagement in policymaking and lead efforts to develop new public engagement processes.
  • Work with the Manager to identify areas of key investor concern, and recommend and initiate responsive investor-focused projects.
  • Participate in, or lead, significant multi-disciplinary policy and legislative initiatives/projects that impact investors and investor protection.
  • Participate in other projects, as needed, to address challenging regulatory issues, legal issues and other Commission priorities.
  • Monitor investor protection thought leadership and initiatives in other markets and relevant securities regulatory developments in Canada and internationally, and inform the Manager and the Director on developing trends and practices.
  • Provide strategic advice to the Manager and identify issues to enable sound strategic decisions on a wide range of regulatory issues.
  • Make internal presentations to the Board of Directors and regulatory staff leadership, with the Director, Manager or other Investor Office staff.

Ideal Experience

  • Lawyer in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario.
  • Deep knowledge of retail investor perspectives, issues and stakeholders.
  • A minimum of 8 years’ relevant securities/industry experience.
  • Demonstrated success influencing, collaborating, mediating, facilitating and achieving balance where diverse views and interests exist, including with stakeholders.
  • Superior interpersonal and communications skills.
  • Highly motivated team player who thrives in a dynamic environment of continually shifting priorities with multiple, concurrent deadlines.
  • Extensive knowledge of the Ontario Securities Act, regulations, policy statements, rules and internal operating procedures.
  • Demonstrated experience and success in championing stakeholder interests in publicly-visible, complex multi-stakeholder environments.
  • Experience in developing or influencing public policy and regulatory initiatives.
  • High level of business judgement, decision-making and problem-solving ability.
  • Works well with individuals at all levels and across sectors and jurisdictions.

Grow your career and make a difference working at the OSC!

Apply online at by Friday, June 17, 2022.

We thank all applicants for their interest in the Ontario Securities Commission. We will contact those selected for an interview.

Inclusion and Diversity at the OSC

The OSC is committed to diversity and providing an inclusive workplace. It is our priority to ensure employment opportunities are visible and barrier-free to all under-represented groups, including, but not limited to, Indigenous, Black and racialized groups, people with disabilities, women and people from the LGBTQ2S community, to achieve an employee demographic profile reflective of the demographic profile of Ontarians.

The OSC is a proud partner with the following organizations: BlackNorth Initiative >, Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion >, and Pride at Work Canada >.


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