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Office of the Chair and Executive Officer, ASC
Mr. Magidson is Chair and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Alberta Securities Commission and possesses extensive experience in corporate governance and securities law and regulation. Before joining the ASC in July 2016, he was President, CEO and director of the Institute of Corporate Directors and Chair of the Global Network of Director Institutes. Prior, Mr. Magidson was a partner for 21 years with a national law firm in the business law group where he advised corporate issuers, investors, financial intermediaries and boards of directors across the country on securities law, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance matters.
Mr. Magidson currently serves as Chair of the Canadian Securities Administrators. The CSA, the council of securities regulators of Canada's provinces and territories, co-ordinates and harmonizes regulation for the Canadian capital markets.
Mr. Magidson also currently serves on the international board of the Weizmann Institute of Science and the board of Weizmann Canada.
Mr. Magidson holds an LL.M in Corporate Law from New York University and an LL.B from the University of Ottawa.
Cynthia J. Campbell
Director, Enforcement, ASC
Cynthia Campbell leads the Enforcement division of the ASC, which is responsible for discovering, investigating and prosecuting breaches of Alberta securities laws. Through vigorous enforcement action and collaboration with the ASC’s compliance departments, other securities regulators and Canadian and foreign police forces, the Enforcement division seeks to foster investor confidence and promote the integrity of Alberta’s capital market, thereby protecting the investing public. In 2016, the ASC launched a Joint Serious Offences Team with the RCMP, to investigate and prosecute the most serious securities offenders.
Prior to joining the ASC, Cynthia served as Associate General Counsel, Litigation and Administrative Law at Alberta Health Services where she provided oversight and strategic counsel on litigation and administrative law matters in connection with civil lawsuits, hearings, fatality inquiries, judicial review, collections and quasi-criminal prosecutions.
Between 1999 and 2011, Cynthia worked for the Calgary Police Service, initially providing legal advice on police training, criminal procedure and Charter issues. She then served as employment and labour counsel, with particular emphasis on police selection standards, security screening and breaches, terminations and pre-employment polygraph examinations.
After receiving her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Ottawa, Cynthia clerked for the Honourable Mr. Justice J.C. Major at the Supreme Court of Canada in 1997-98.
Manager, Innovation in Finance, Corporate Finance, ASC
Tonya Fleming leads the ASC’s Innovation in Finance (InnoFin) team within the Corporate Finance division. InnoFin is a multi-divisional team and Tonya’s team is responsible for engaging with and assisting emerging market participants navigate securities laws when raising capital.
Prior to joining the ASC, Tonya was Executive Vice-President, Corporate Secretary and General Counsel of three TSX-listed energy companies. She also practiced law in the Calgary office of Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP where she specialized in mergers and acquisitions, securities law and corporate governance matters.
Tonya has extensive industry experience leading and managing all legal needs of public entities. In addition, with strong experience as a corporate governance professional, she has a comprehensive understanding of the requirements and processes involved in corporate governance. She has regularly provided advice and direction to directors and senior management on proper and effective governance oversight and regulatory compliance.
Tonya sits on the Board of Governors and is a member of the Audit Committee at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT). She holds a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Laws from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Arts (with distinction) from the University of Alberta. She is a member of the Law Society of Alberta.
Director, Communications and Investor Education, ASC
Hilary McMeekin leads the Communications & Investor Education team at the ASC. The team provides strategic communications counsel and support to all areas of the ASC to engage and educate internal and external stakeholders through consistent, timely and two-way communication. The division's award-winning CheckFirst.ca website and ongoing consumer engagement aim to empower Albertans to invest wisely and educate them on how to protect themselves from securities fraud.
Hilary is a senior communications practitioner with over 30 years of experience in a variety of sectors and disciplines. She has led communications teams in oil and gas, electricity, agriculture and health care sectors. Her goal is always to build and implement relevant and realistic communications and engagement programs and respond when appropriate to protect and strengthen the organization’s reputation.
Hilary’s formal education includes a B.A. in Communications Studies and Business from the University of Calgary, a two-year specialty diploma in Public Relations from Mount Royal University, the Canadian Securities Course and professional coaching certification. Additionally, she has won a Gold Quill Award of Excellence and the Jake Whittmer Award for effective use of communications research from the International Association of Business Communicators.
Hilary currently serves as a director on the boards of The Brenda Strafford Foundation and the Western Sky Land Trust.
Manager, Legal, Market Regulation, ASC
Patricia Quinton-Campbell oversees the legal team in Market Regulation that addresses matters related to equity and derivatives marketplaces, registrants, market infrastructure entities and industry self-regulatory organizations. As Manager, Patricia provides oversight, advice and input on policy issues to internal and external stakeholders related to Market Regulation issues. She also represents the ASC on various Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) projects and is a member of a number of CSA committees, including the CSA/IIROC CTP (crypto asset trading platform) Task Force.
Prior to coming to the ASC, Patricia was a partner with Calgary law firm Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP where she focused on regulatory law and civil litigation, including bankruptcy/insolvency, securities, oil and gas, and contract law.
Denise Weeres has served as Director, Corporate Finance at the ASC since October 2021. In this role, Denise oversees the regulation of issuers participating in Alberta’s capital market, including corporate issuers and investment funds raising money publicly or privately. This involves the development of rules and policy and the administration of them (i.e. reviewing offering documents, continuous disclosure documents, takeover bids and shareholder meeting matters, and insider and control person reporting). Staff make recommendations respecting discretionary exemptions from securities law and engage in oversight of the TSX Venture Exchange. Specialized teams focus on priority issues such as energy and environmental, social and governance (ESG) disclosure; oil and gas reserves/resource disclosure; systemic risk and market intelligence; and support the ASC’s cross-divisional innovation team to explore ways to improve capital formation in Alberta through regulatory innovation.
Denise’s prior roles at the ASC include Director, New Economy, and General Counsel. She also served as General Counsel & Corporate Secretary to a TSX-listed company engaged in oil sands development and upgrading, and she was Manager, Corporate Finance Policy at what is now the TSX Venture Exchange.
Manager, Innovation in Finance, Market Regulation, ASC
Yanny Young leads the ASC’s Innovation in Finance (InnoFin) team within the Market Regulation division. Her team aims to engage with technologists, lawyers and economists to foster innovation while preserving market integrity.
Over the last 15 years, Yanny worked on multidisciplinary projects from fixed-income product pricing and risk management at BlackRock and TD Securities to fintech product creation and project management. The application of cross-disciplinary synthesis to technological creation is a passion of hers.
Yanny is a Torontonian who spent more than a decade living and working on both sides of the Pacific, which has allowed her to understand the importance of examining a matter from multiple perspectives.