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Randy Williamson



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Admitted to the Ontario Bar: 1990

Randy is a partner and member of the firm's Corporate/Commercial Group.


Randy Williamson advises private companies and their owner-managers, private equity and venture capital investors, as well as public issuers, on acquisitions and divestitures, senior and subordinated debt and equity financings, and business structuring matters. Randy also helps organizations structure and negotiate shareholder, partnership, joint venture, outsourcing, distribution and licensing arrangements. Randy has a particular focus on Canada's renewable energy and clean technology sectors.

Prior to returning to legal practice in 2005, Randy owned and operated three business services companies, outsourcing critical operating, marketing/communication, and HR functions for businesses large and small. Previously, Randy was a senior executive with a multibillion-dollar public industrial products company, responsible for corporate development and treasury/finance matters, and a partner in another prominent Toronto law firm. Randy was originally trained as a Chartered Accountant, and holds the CICA's speciality Corporate Finance designation.

Randy has been a director and officer of several private and public companies and frequently speaks in business and legal settings on M&A and finance matters.

Special Designations

CICA Corporate Finance (CF) qualification

CPA, CA (Chartered Professional Accountant)


Association for Corporate Growth
Canada's Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (CVCA)
Canadian and Ontario Institutes of Chartered Accountants
Canadian Solar Industries Association
Clean Economy Network
Financial Executives International

Professional Activities & Community Involvement

Board of Governors and Investment Committee Member, York University, Toronto

Board Chair, York University Alumni Association, Toronto

Founder and Board Chair, The Foundation for Children with Extraordinary Opportunities (CEO Foundation)

Founding Board Chair, Big Brothers Big Sisters Alumni (2004 - 2013)

Board and Investment Committee Member, Toronto Atmospheric Fund (2006 - 2013)

Governing Council Member and Investment, Finance & Audit Committee Chair, St. James Cathedral, Toronto (2005 - 2012)

President, Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship (ACE) (2003 - 2004)

Founding Council Member, Ontario's Promise to Children and Youth (2000 - 2003)

Board Chair and Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada (1995 - 2003)

Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee Medal for Community Service (2002)

Director, Big Brothers of Toronto (1993 - 1997)

Toronto Big Brother of the Year (1990, 1991)

EducationLL.B., Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, 1988; Corporate/Commercial Research Prize recipient
Canadian Securities Course (Hons), Canadian Securities Institute, 1986
B.Comm (Hons), Queen's University, 1982