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William Orr

William K. Orr

Counsel Fasken
Boards often form special committees to minimize the risk that a decision is affected by personal or secondary interests.
Jurisdiction Ontario, 1978
Language(s) English
Office(s) Toronto , Montreal

William K. Orr focuses his practice on corporate governance in acting for boards of directors and independent committees of boards. He is highly experienced in securities regulation involving multi-national transactions in Canada, the US, the UK and beyond. Bill is recognized in Canadian and international directories for expertise in public and private financings, private placements, takeover bids, M&A, going-private transactions, corporate governance, restructurings, and stock exchange and securities enforcement issues.

In addition to boards and independent committees of boards, these clients include public companies, investment dealers and institutional investors.

Bill has taught securities regulation and business law at Queen's University, Osgoode Hall Law School, McGill University and the University of Toronto. He co-authored a book, Private Placements in Canada, which was published by Carswell in 1985.



  • LLB Osgoode Hall Law School at York University
  • BA University of Toronto

Community involvement

Bill has served on a number of community and charitable boards of directors, including:

  • President, Family Service Association of Metropolitan Toronto
  • Chair, Board of Trustees, Trinity College, University of Toronto
  • Chair, Board of Directors, Dellcrest Children's Centre
  • Member, College of Electors of the University of Toronto
  • Director and Honourary Counsel, The Duke of Edinburgh's Award – Young Canadians Challenge

Memberships & Affiliations

  • ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors
  • Board of Directors, Institute of Corporate Directors
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