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Welcome to the Office of the General Counsel and Board Secretariat 

Here you will find information about who we are, our services and our mission. We advise and assist the Board of Governors and Ryerson faculty and staff on policies, laws, governance, privacy, compliance, records management and risk management.

Learn more about our Services:

Legal Services
Records management
Information Access and Privacy
Policy management

Julia Shin Doi is General Counsel and Secretary of the Board of Governors of Ryerson University.  As an Executive Group member, she provides legal and governance advice and has operational responsibility for access to information, privacy, and records management.  Julia is a member of the Board of Directors of Ryerson Futures Inc. and the national Board of Canadian Universities Reciprocal Insurance Exchange.

Julia advises Ryerson’s Law Practice Program and is an ambassador for Ryerson’s Law School initiative. She is an Executive in Residence for the Certified In-House Counsel - Canada designation offered by the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association and University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. Julia is an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, where she has taught for several years since 2001.  Her past roles include: director of the Osgoode Business Clinic, assistant director of the LLM in Business Law, and instructor of Osgoode Professional Development's Commercial Legal Drafting Workshop. She currently teaches contract drafting and practice skills to lawyers.  Read Julia's Full Bio...

The General Counsel and Board Group ("GCBG") is comprised of the senior leadership of the Office of the General Counsel and Board Secretariat.  As a group of professionals with expertise in governance, legal services, and information access and privacy, GCBG plays a key strategic role in safeguarding and upholding the reputation of Ryerson.  GCBG advises on matters of law and policy in order to manage risk and also ensures that sensitive information is safely handled throughout the Ryerson community.  On top of its day-to-day functions, GCBG also provides educational outreach and assistance to students, faculty and staff on the following areas:

  • Good governance practices
  • Legal advice, contract review, compliance and risk management
  • Information access and privacy 
  • Records management

Please click Bios to read more about GCBG members.

Mission Statement:

"The General Counsel and Board Secretariat advises and guides the Board, faculty and staff on policies, laws, governance and managing risk, in order to guard and uphold the reputation of the university."  


Governance: manage Board and Board Committee meetings, keep official Board records, coordinate and facilitate Board members’ engagement with Ryerson, manage Board elections, provide outreach on good governance practices and Board education.

Legal Services: provide legal advice, review and negotiate agreements, manage litigation, provide educational outreach related to compliance, legal risks and legal processes, and manage practicum placement agreements.

Information Access and Privacy:  manage and process freedom of Information or FIPPA requests, manage privacy incidents and privacy risk assessments, oversee policies related to access and privacy, provide educational outreach related to access and privacy.

Compliance: manage and comply with government legislation and the University's academic standards and plan.

Records Management: develop and implement university records management program, provide advice on records classification, retention, and file management, oversee policies and provide educational outreach related to records management.

University Administrative Policy Management:  provide guidance on policy development, manage the university administrative policy website.


Contact Us

Office of the General Counsel
and Secretary of the Board of Governors

380 Victoria Street

Jorgenson Hall, 11th Floor
Toronto, Ontario
M5B 2K3

Fax: 416-598-5951