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Geoffrey Ritchie
Vice Chair, Private Capital Markets Association of Canada

Telephone: 647.302.2356

Geoffrey Ritchie is a Vice Chair of the 
Private Capital Markets Association of Canada (PCMA) and previously served as the Executive Director of the PCMA from 2009 to 2015. Geoff is a securities lawyer called to the bar in Ontario and in England and Wales with a BA from McMaster University, a JD from Queen's University and an LL.M from Osgoode Hall Law School.

Geoff was been appointed to the Ontario Securities Commission "Small and Medium Size Enterprises Committee" in 2016 and was previously appointed to the OSC Registrant Advisory Committee (2013-2015). Geoff was recognized by Wealth Professional magazine on its '2014 Hot List - Wealth professionals at the top of their game and industry'.  


Geoff is currently the General Counsel at Mawer Investment Management Ltd. (Calgary and Toronto). Previously, Geoff has served as the General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Vice President of Zenbanx a Financial Technology Services startup company with offices in Silicon Valley, Toronto, and Delaware, and as the Chief Compliance Officer for BMO Harris Private Banking which includes Canada's largest investment counselling businesses licensed as a portfolio manager, exempt market dealer, investment fund manager, commodity trading counsel and a US SEC registered investment adviser. His BMO role included serving as the Chief Compliance Officer for the 14 BMO Harris Private Portfolio mutual funds, and BMO Trust Company which offers personal trust, estate and wealth planning services to private clients and registered plans and corporate trust services. BMO Private Banking offers discretionary investment management, private banking, trust and wealth estate and tax planning services to high net-worth private clients with operations/clients across Canada, the USA, Hong Kong and Singapore and was recognized as 'Canada's Best Private Bank' by Global Banking and Finance Review and by World Finance. Geoff's past experience includes: corporate securities lawyer with WeirFoulds LLP; structured finance/securitization lawyer with Clifford Chance LLP (London, England); and Legal Counsel with the Ontario Securities Commission in the Compliance and Registrant Regulation Branch.


Geoffrey has taught "Advanced Securities Law" as a sessional instructor at the Faculty of Law, Queen's University (2009, 2010, 2011) and is a Program Adviser and Faculty instructor for the Osgoode Certificate in Regulatory Compliance and Legal Risk Management for Financial Institutions (2015 and 2016).

Geoff has also served as political staff at the Ontario Legislature and has been active for many years in managing political campaigns for candidates at the federal and provincial level.

Geoff is the Editor of the PCMA's Private Capital Markets magazine (formerly the EMDA's Exempt Market Update magazine) and has a regular column and is also a contributing author in each edition of the magazine.


To see recent editions of the PCMA national magazine click here: Private Capital Markets