Chair of The Board

Dale Ponder has over 30 years experience as a lawyer, leader and advisor. At CBGF, she is responsible for the fund’s governance and the leadership of its board of directors.

Dale Ponder is Co-Chair of Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP (“Osler”) a leading business law firm practising internationally from offices across Canada and in New York. She also serves on the firm’s Partnership Board.  Dale is the immediate past National Managing Partner and Chief Executive partner for Osler, a position she held for nine years. As a senior member of Osler’s Mergers and Acquisitions practice, she has had extensive experience throughout her career leading transactions relating to public and private merger and acquisition matters and advising boards of public companies.

Dale’s practice background has focused on mergers and acquisitions, securities regulation and corporate governance. She has represented Canadian market leaders in various industry sectors with cross-border and international business interests, including the financial services, mining, consumer and pension plan sectors. In the course of her practice, she has been recognized as a leading corporate and M&A lawyer by various peer ranking publications, including Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, the Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, Lexpert’s Leading Corporate Lawyers and Best Lawyers in Canada.

In addition to having spoken extensively on leadership in professional services industries and as a special lecturer at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law and Western Law School, she has been recognized repeatedly as one of WXN’s Top 100 Powerful Women in Canada (and was a 2017 Top 100 Hall of Fame inductee) and as one of the Top 25 by Canada’s Women of Influence organization. She was also the recipient of the 2017 Toronto Lawyers Association Award of Distinction, the 2016 Israel Cancer Research Fund Business Award of Distinction and a 2013 Lexpert Zenith award.

Dale holds an LLB from Western University in London, Ontario and is a member of the board at Morneau Shepell. In addition, she has served as a mentor in the Women’s Executive Network and as member of many not for profit boards which currently include the Governors’ Council of St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation, the CGCA Advisory Board and the Caldwell Partners Top 40 Under 40 Advisory Board.

Dale Ponder