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Howard Wetston, C.M., Q.C.

Counsel Emeritus

hwetston@goodmans.ca vCard
Bay Adelaide Centre - West Tower
333 Bay Street, Suite 3400
Toronto, ON M5H 2S7

Tel:   416.597.4207
Fax:   416.979.1234

Howard Wetston is Counsel Emeritus at Goodmans. He is no longer engaged in the practice of law but actively continues his long history of public service. A respected public servant with a distinguished career as a lawyer, jurist, regulator and executive, Howard is one of Canada’s most prominent leaders with deep expertise in competition law and policy, securities regulation, energy regulation and administrative law.  In 2016, Howard was awarded the Order of Canada for his contributions as a leading public servant, jurist and regulator and was appointed to the Canadian Senate where he is an active member.  

Most recently, Howard served as the Chair and CEO of the Ontario Securities Commission from 2010 to 2015. Previously, he was the Chair & CEO of the Ontario Energy Board from 2003 to 2010, and was a Vice-Chair of the OSC from 1999 to 2004.

Howard was granted the title “Honourable” after an exemplary six years as a Trial Judge at the Federal Court of Canada and Ex-officio Judge of its Appeal Division.

He was appointed Q.C. during his seven years as a prominent regulator working up to the level of Director of Investigations & Research (now Commissioner of Competition) at the federal government’s Bureau of Competition Policy.

Howard spent the first 12 years of his career as a lawyer achieving the positions of General Counsel at the Canadian Transport Commission and Assistant General Counsel at the National Energy Board.  He was also General Counsel and Program Director at the Consumers’ Association of Canada. Before that, he was a Crown Counsel in Nova Scotia and at the federal Department of Justice.  Howard has worked in private practice in the joint office of a Montreal and Calgary firm and articled in private practice in Halifax.
Howard is a Senior Fellow of the C.D. Howe Institute and a member of several Advisory Boards, including the Program on Ethics in Law and Business at the University of Toronto and the Shannon School of Business at Cape Breton University.  He was recently appointed as a Trustee of the International Valuations Standards Council and to the C.D. Howe Institute's Competition Policy Council. 

Howard is presently on the Advisory Board of Spark Power Corp. and a member of the Board Directors of Toronto Hydro.

Howard holds an LL.B. from Dalhousie and a B.Sc. from Mount Allison and has been called to the Bar in Nova Scotia, Ontario and Alberta. He holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors and honorary doctorate degrees from Cape Breton University and Dalhousie University. He is the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.  In 2014, Howard received special recognition as a Board Diversity Champion from Catalyst Canada Honours.