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What We Do

We advise and assist the Board of Governors and Ryerson faculty and staff on policies, laws, governance, privacy, compliance, records management and risk management.

Our Mission

"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."  

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, records management, and compliance.  Julia leads a team of lawyers and professionals, and advises a board of 24 members.

Julia is also a member of the Board of Directors of Ryerson Futures Inc. and a past member of the national Board of Canadian Universities Reciprocal Insurance Exchange.

Julia is an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, where she has taught since 2001. She is an instructor in Ryerson’s Law Practice Program and has also guest lectured on contract drafting for the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto. 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. Julia teaches contract drafting to lawyers through the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association, Spring Training Workshop. 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. Read Julia's Full Bio...

The General Counsel and Board Group ("GCBG") creates and delivers services that support the university's Academic Plan.  

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

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