Stephen A. Pike
Stephen A. Pike is a Toronto-based partner at Gowling WLG and co-leader of the firm's Canadian ESG Advisory Services practice.
As a senior legal advisor to Canadian, American, and global businesses, Stephen regularly advises on corporate, governance, ESG, transactional, operational, and risk management issues, including supply chain, regulatory, product distribution, compliance, as well as product liability matters.
He also advises businesses outside of Canada on setting up operations in Canada and bringing new products and services into the Canadian market.
He is co-editor of ESG in the Boardroom: A Guidebook for Directors, published by the American Bar Association. He writes and speaks frequently on ESG issues and how businesses can address the risk of modern slavery, forced labour, and child labour in their operations and supply chains.
Stephen is a member of the board of directors of the International Commission of Jurists – Canada; and co-chair of the ESG Subcommittee of the Corporate Governance Committee of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association. He also serves on the Canadian Cancer Society's Finance, Audit, and Risk Management Committee.
He was a member of the 2021 Program Faculty of the ESG, Climate Risk and the Law Professional Development Certificate Course at Osgoode Hall Law School.
He regularly speaks about modern slavery in supply chains to business and legal organizations, and has spoken at meetings of the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC), Women Get on Board, the Ontario Bar Association, Governance Professionals of Canada, Canadian Corporate Counsel Association, the American Bar Association, the Canadian Center for Ethics and Corporate Policy, and at the Legal ESG Summit
Stephen holds the ICD.D designation granted by the Institute of Corporate Directors and completed Directors Education Program, presented by the Institute of Corporate Directs and the University of Toronto Rotman School of Management.
Stephen has written a continuing series offering insights for Canadian CEOs and directors on addressing modern slavery in their businesses and supply chains. He also co-authored three chapters – "Managing Reputational Risk," "Enterprise Risk Management," and "Governing the Multinational Enterprise" – in the Director's Handbook: A Field Guide to 101 Situations Commonly Encountered in the Boardroom, published by the American Bar Association.