Cornell Wright is a leading corporate lawyer. He is Chair of the Corporate Department at Torys LLP and former co-head of the firm’s M&A practice. His practice focuses on M&A transactions, both public and private, and other critical situations. He has been lead counsel to some of Canada’s largest public and private companies on their most significant strategic matters, including advising Thomson Reuters, The Woodbridge Company, George Weston, Loblaw, Onex and Brookfield.
Cornell has a broad range of experience in complex transactional, securities, family-controlled business, private equity, regulatory, governance, activism and compliance matters.
Cornell regularly counsels boards of directors and board committees on corporate governance matters, crisis management and shareholder engagement issues. Cornell is a Fellow of The American College of Governance Counsel and serves as a member of the College’s Board of Trustees.
Cornell is a member of Torys’ Executive Committee.
Cornell is actively involved in the community. He is a trustee of University Health Network, Canada’s largest academic health sciences centre. He also serves as Chair of the Board of Governors of the Michener Institute of Education at UHN.
Cornell is Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Ballet of Canada. In 2018, Cornell served as Chair of the Canadian Arts Summit, an annual gathering of leaders from Canada’s largest arts institutions organized by Business/Arts.
Cornell is a former director of the Loran Scholars Foundation and The Learning Partnership, which promotes publicly funded education in Canada.
Cornell holds JD and MBA degrees from the University of Toronto and a BA from McGill University.