Julia Shin Doi BA, JD, LLM, CIC.C, ICD.D General Counsel and Secretary of the Board of Governors
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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 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.
Julia is the co-author of the leading Canadian text on drafting boilerplate contract clauses, Behind and Beyond Boilerplate: Drafting Commercial Agreements. She also published and presented in the areas of licensing, securing copyright, and privacy law, and served on the editorial board of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada's Canadian Intellectual Property Review. Julia is a past member of the editorial board of the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association Magazine. She serves on the judging panel for Canadian Lawyer InHouse MagazineInnovatio Awards.
An active member of her community and the legal profession, Julia is past chair and member of the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association Ontario Chapter (Ontario Bar Association) which represents thousands of corporate counsel nationally. She is past president of the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers and a founding member of the Korean Canadian Lawyers Association. She co-founded the Roundtable of Diversity Associations which brings together diverse professional associations and founded the Women’s General Counsel chapter of the Women’s Law Association of Ontario to support senior women in law. She is also a founding member and executive of Women General Counsel Canada which unites senior women leaders nationally. In 2016, she founded the Council of Ontario Universities Legal Counsel Group to create a forum for university lawyers and served as the inaugural chair. Julia then started a grassroots initiative, Diverse Champions for Diversity to promote diverse lawyers and diversity in the legal profession. She also served on the Board of Directors of the Korean Canadian Arirang Age Friendly Community Centre as Vice-Chair and Fundraising Chair, and is currently assisting with the development of the Korean Community Legal Clinic.
Julia is a proud supporter of the United Way and serves on the United Way Law Cabinet. Julia’s charitable initiatives also include the establishment of the Office of the General Counsel and Secretary of the Board of Governors Award in Law and Business for students at Ted Rogers School of Management, and the Shin Doi and Benda Legal Drafting Prize for students at Osgoode Hall Law School.
Julia was recognized by The Law Society of Upper Canada’s Diversifying the Bar: Lawyers Make History project as an early and exceptional lawyer from a diverse community, and also by the Korean Canadian Lawyers Association and the Korean Canadian Leadership Development committee for her community leadership. In 2014, Julia was named one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada by the Women’s Executive Network (WXN), in recognition of her vision and leadership, management role, contribution to corporate performance, and community service. In 2015, Julia was awarded the Ontario Bar Association’s Linda Adlam Manning Award for Volunteerism in recognition of her outstanding volunteer commitment, advancement of the interests of the Ontario Bar Association’s membership, and promotion of the role of the legal profession in Ontario. In 2016, the Canadian Bar Association and the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association awarded Julia their highest national honour, the R.V.A. Jones Award, as her career exemplifies the highest standards of service, conduct, and professionalism. In 2017, Julia received the Award of Excellence from the Ontario Chapter of the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association, and Osgoode Hall Law School Dean’s Alumni Gold Key Award for achievement in the public sector.
Julia obtained her BA with distinction (English major) from the University of Toronto, her JD and LLM from Osgoode Hall Law School, was admitted to the Bar in Ontario in 1994, and is a registered trademark agent. Julia obtained the Institute of Corporate Directors designation (ICD.D) and completed the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management Directors Education Program in 2016. She is currently pursuing the Civil Litigation Skills Certificate offered by The Advocates’ Society.