Owen Minns

Contact Information

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     +1 416 712 0232

     https://minns.ca/owen/

     owen at minns dot ca

Education & Qualifications

Barrister & Solicitor, of the bar of Ontario; called; Spring, 2010

     Member of: The Advocates’ Society (TAS), the Canadian Association for Legal Ethics (CALE), the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL), the Ontario Bar Association (OBA), the Canadian Bar Association (CBA), and the [US] National Organization of Bar Counsel (NOBC)

     Attender of conferences, e.g.: International Legal Ethics Conference (2014 in London, 2016 in NY)

Osgoode Hall Law School at York University; Toronto, Ontario

Juris Doctor, Law; Spring, 2009

     Earned mooting prizes: Second Place Team in the 2008 and 2009 national Gale Cup Moots; 1st Place Oralist & 1st Place Team (Goodman & Carr Moot); Distinguished Oralist (Lerners Cup Moot)

     International Intellectual Property Program at St Peter’s College, Oxford (Summer, 2007)

Queen’s University; Kingston, Ontario

Bachelor of Arts, Computer & Information Science; Spring, 2004

     Completed while continuing to work full-time

Bachelor of Science (Honours), Psychology; Spring, 1998

     Focused on cognitive and experimental psychology, psycholinguistics and statistics

Practical Experience

The Law Society of Upper Canada; Toronto, Ontario

Discipline Counsel; Summer, 2017 – present
Associate Discipline Counsel; 2010 – 2017
Articling Student, Discipline Department; 2009 – 2010

     Representing the Law Society in regulatory proceedings before the Law Society Tribunal, Hearing and Appeal Divisions, or in Court; managing assigned cases; assisting other counsel

     Reviewing evidence gathered in investigations for potential proceedings or other outcomes, and developing recommendations for the disposition of those cases in the public interest

     Conducting legal research: both case-specific and for the organization more broadly, including advocacy-oriented memoranda

     Drafting originating applications and other litigation materials; e.g., facta and motion records

     Working with other parties and their representatives to reduce the scope of disputes; e.g., drafting and negotiating agreed statements of facts and joint submissions

     Advancing the Law Society’s position orally; examining witnesses, presenting evidence

     Communicating with members of the public; e.g., witnesses, complainants

     Promoting the effective use of information technology by helping to build an electronic library; fostering the use of paperless processes by counsel and administrative staff

Air Miles Reward Program (Alliance Data Corporation, nyse:ads); Toronto, Ontario

Senior Analyst, Strategic Planning; 2004 – 2006

     Researched and wrote recommendations and reports for senior management regarding financial and operational strategy, business modelling, market research

     Championed a re-assessment of how Air Miles market penetration was measured internally and how it is reported to regulatory authorities and public markets

     Modelled the impact of changes to an Air Miles offer on a per-collector basis, providing critical insight for contract re-negotiations with a major programme sponsor

     Identified and researched a ‘point of pain’ for a group of customers, then leveraged internal relationships to solve the problem, reducing the number of complaints

Senior Analyst (also Coordinator, Analyst), Operations; 2000 – 2004

     Managed key activities in the production of millions of collector statement mailings

     Provided operational and business process expertise to internal clients

     Earned awards, e.g., company-wide ‘Spirit of Loyalty’, two divisional awards from the CIO

Alma Mater Society of Queen’s University Inc.; Kingston, Ontario

Vice-president (Operations) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO); 1999 – 2000

     Elected by 12 000 students to provide executive management (strategic, operational, financial) of 20 businesses and service programs (annual revenues ~$6 million, 400 staff, 1000 volunteers)

     Guided middle management: every revenue-generating unit beat its five-year average fiscal results

     Launched a Student Dental Plan: business model, provider selection, and contract negotiations

     Served as Reserve Director of the Canadian Campus Business Consortium, elected by student governments across Canada, representing 300 000 students: investigated new legal models to enable the sharing of profits back to member group

Director (Media & Services); 1998 – 1999

     Provided strategic management of eight businesses, including a campus newspaper and a bookstore

     Developed and implemented a new remuneration policy and fiscal management policy in an initially-hostile management environment

Assistant Manager (Publishing), Publishing & Copy Centre; 1997 – 1998

     Supervised daily shop floor operations and a team of creative designers.

Committee Member, Alma Mater Society Judicial Committee; 1997 – 1998

House & Projects Manager, The Queen’s Journal; Autumn, 1995

     Member of Editorial Board; supervised layout and design; adhered to strict deadlines.

Other Interests Include

Photography (notably textural subjects, with vibrant colour and high spatial frequency: see my website); Reading (e.g., history, mythology, The New Yorker, fiction); Computer games and theory; Gardening.