Stephen A. Pike

A partner in Gowling WLG's Toronto office, Stephen A. Pike is a senior legal adviser to global and Canadian businesses, primarily in the retail, consumer products and consumer services sectors.

Stephen provides advice on corporate governance, transactional, operational, investment and risk management issues, including M&A, CSR, ESG, supply chain, regulatory compliance, product distribution, advertising and marketing, licensing, manufacturing, and corporate law matters.

He regularly advises businesses and investors entering the Canadian market on acquiring a Canadian business, bringing new products to the Canadian market and making new investments in Canada.

Stephen was the only Canadian contributor to the ABA Business Law Section's Director's Handbook: A Field Guide to 101 Situations Commonly Encountered in the Boardroom. Written specifically for directors, the handbook is a practical resource for those who serve on boards. More recently, Stephen contributed his knowledge to Soft power: The new importance of corporate culture and ESG, a 2018 study published by Mergermarket.

Stephen is the Chair of the Board of Directors of Prostate Cancer Canada, a leading national Canadian charity, and also serves as Chair of its Audit and Finance Committee. 

Stephen is also a member of the Board of Directors of the International Commission of Jurists – Canada and serves on the boards of directors of a number of Canadian private companies. Stephen has completed the Directors Education Program offered by the Institute of Corporate Directors and the Rotman School of Management and has received the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Stephen is the Vice-Chair of the Corporate Social Responsibility Law Committee of the Business Section of the American Bar Association and speaks frequently on combating modern slavery, forced labour and child labour in supply chains.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2021

  • 2020

  • 2019

  • 2018

  • 2017

  • 2016

  • 2015

    • Rankings & Awards
      October 2015
      Lexpert's Leading Canadian Lawyers in Global Mining, 2015-2016
    • Rankings & Awards
      July 2015
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2015
    • Education
      July 2015
      Certification as ICD.D by Institute of Corporate Directors
    • Education
      June 2015
      ICD-Rotman, Directors Education Program
    • Rankings & Awards
      Lexpert Leading Lawyer - Repeatedly Recommended in Corporate Mid-Market 2012-2015
  • 2014

    • Rankings & Awards
      July 2014
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2014
    • Rankings & Awards
      April 2014
      Lexpert's Leading Canadian Lawyers in Global Mining
  • 2013

    • Rankings & Awards
      July 2013
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2013
  • 2012

    • Rankings & Awards
      July 2012
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2012
  • 1985

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Year of Call, Ontario
  • 1983

    • Education
      Osgoode Hall Law School, LLB
  • 1980

    • Education
      York University, BA Hons.


  • American Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • International Commission of Jurists — Canada
  • Prostate Cancer Canada

Media Mentions

Speaking Engagements

  • Program Faculty, Osgoode Professional Development Certificate in ESG, Climate Risk & the Law, December 2021
  • Presentation to Canada’s All Party Parliamentary Group to End Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking, December 2021
  • Presentation on Forced Labour & Exploitation: Critical Perspectives on Human Trafficking and Supply Chain Transparency, Ontario Bar Association  Institute Across Borders, November 2021
  • Canadian ESG For Investors And Lenders, Gowling WLG Webinar, October 2021
  • Utilizing Firmwide Expertise To Build A Cross Functional ESG Team, Legal ESG Summit, October 2021
  • ESG and Green Loans, Gowling WLG Webinar, June 2021
  • Update on ESG In Canada and the UK and US Implications, Association of Corporate Counsel Minnesota Annual Conference Webinar, June 2021
  • Canadian ESG for In-House Counsel, Gowling WLG Webinar, April 2021
  • Economic/Commercial Perspectives and Corporate Social Responsibility, World Vision Canada’s Supply Chain Legislation Event, March 2021

Previous speaking engagements