- University of Toronto, LL.B.
- University of Toronto, B.A.Sc.
Brian is recognized as one of the leading corporate governance and M&A advisors in Canada. Brian first joined Osler’s Toronto office in 1976 and became a partner in 1979. In 1991 Brian became President and, subsequently, CEO of Imasco Limited, a Canadian consumer products and services company traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange which was, at the time, one of the larger public companies in Canada measured by market capitalization. Imasco’s holdings included Canada’s largest tobacco products manufacturer, one of the leading retail banks in Canada, and Canada’s largest drug store chain. Imasco was sold in 2000 and Brian returned to Osler in 2001.
Brian has served as a director of various substantial public companies over the past 20 years. He is Chairman of the Board of The Toronto-Dominion Bank and he is also currently a director of Domtar Corporation. He served as Board Chair of Domtar until its merger with the white paper business of Weyerhauser Co. in 2007. Brian is active in public life and community organizations. He currently serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and Vice-Chair of the Board of the C.D. Howe Institute. In 2007, Brian was appointed to the five-person Competition Policy Review Panel created by the Government of Canada to review key elements of Canada's competition and foreign direct investment policies. Brian was appointed as chancellor of the Bishop’s University for a five-year term beginning June 1, 2013.
In 2015 Brian was appointed Officer of the Order of Canada for his contributions to the legal and business communities, and for his support of the arts.