Mary Thomson – Chair OBI (Canada)
One of Canada’s pre-eminent litigators, Mary Thomson serves as head of Gowling WLG’s firm-wide Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice and leader of its Product Liability Group. Over the past three decades, she has represented clients in many of the country’s highest-profiled legal matters in her field of expertise, including class actions and mass tort litigation, public inquiries, and before administrative tribunals. She has appeared in courts across Canada on matters involving product liability, particularly involving pharma and medical devices as well as consumer products generally. She is a recognized expert in health law, consent law, privacy law and related matters. Mary has been repeatedly singled out as a top legal practitioner by Chambers Canada, Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Who’s Who Legal and other leading directories. In 2013, she was awarded the prestigious Lexpert Zenith Award for her extraordinary leadership in the legal profession. In addition to her legal practice, Mary has taught trial advocacy and negotiation theory throughout her career. For more than a decade, she was an adjunct professor in the graduate department of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, instructing in ethical and legal issues related to health law. She currently serves as Chair of Outward Bound International, having been Chair of Outward Bound Canada previously. For many years, she chaired the Selection Committee (ON) for Pearson College, a United World College.
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