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Julia Hanigsberg Biography

Julia Hanigsberg has been General Counsel and Secretary of the Board of Governors of Ryerson University since January 2006. For the 2008-09 academic year she was also the Interim Dean of the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education. In her capacity as General Counsel she provides advice to the University on a broad range of issues including commercial law, governance, risk management, information and privacy law, charitable and not for profit law. Her previous positions include roles with the Ontario government as Counsel and Special Advisor to the Secretary of Cabinet, Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General and Counsel in the Policy Division of the Ministry of the Attorney General. She was Chief of Staff to the Attorney General of Ontario from 2003 to 2005. Immediately prior to her appointment to Ryerson University, Hanigsberg was Visiting Professor of Law and Government at Osgoode Hall Law School. She is a member of the Ontario Bar Association where she sits on the Executive Committee, Chairs the Public Affairs Committee and is on the Section Executive of the Public Sector Lawyers Section. She is also an active member of the Canadian Association of University Solicitors, the National Association of University Board Chairs and Secretaries (of which she has Chaired the Standing Committee on Professional Development), the Council of Ontario University Secretaries, Chair of the Information and Privacy Task Force of the Council of Ontario Universities, a trustee of the McGill Law Journal, and a member of the Dean’s advisory council of the McGill University Faculty of Law. Hanigsberg holds a B.C.L. and LL.B from McGill's Faculty of Law, and an LL.M from Columbia University Law School. Following her graduation from law school Hanigsberg clerked for Justice Peter Cory of the Supreme Court of Canada. She has published several articles and one collection of essays.


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