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Julia Shin Doi

Julia Shin Doi

General Counsel, Ryerson University
Secretary of the Board of Governors, Ryerson University
University Privacy Officer, Ryerson University
Adjunct Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University


Julia Shin Doi is General Counsel, Secretary of the Board of Governors, and University Privacy Officer of Ryerson University. As an Executive Group member, she provides legal and governance advice and has operational responsibility for access to information, privacy, records management, and compliance. Julia’s areas of practice are corporate/commercial law, privacy law, intellectual property law, administrative law and litigation. Julia is an elected Bencher of the Law Society of Ontario, chair of the Law Society Tribunal Committee, and an adjudicator of the Law Society Tribunal.

Julia is an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University where she has taught Legal Drafting since 2001. She is the co-author of the leading Canadian text on drafting contract clauses, Behind and Beyond Boilerplate: Drafting Commercial Agreements (Thomson Reuters).

Julia is a founder and president of the National GC Network which supports racialized in-house counsel leaders across Canada and promotes equity, diversity, and inclusion. She is also a founder of the Korean Legal Clinic, Women General Counsel Canada, Roundtable of Diversity Associations, Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers, and Korean Canadian Lawyers Association.

Her awards and recognition include WXN Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada in 2014, Ontario Bar Association Linda Adlam Manning Award for Volunteerism in 2015, Canadian Corporate Counsel Association R.V.A. Jones Award in 2016, and Canadian Corporate Counsel Association Award of Excellence in 2017. Julia was named one of the Top 25 Most Influential in Canada in 2017 by Canadian Lawyer Magazine. In 2019, Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers recognized her with the Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2020, Julia won the inaugural Chambers Diversity and Inclusion Award for outstanding contribution by in-house counsel in Canada.

Julia attained a BA from the University of Toronto (1989), and JD (1992) and LLM (2007) from Osgoode Hall Law School, and was admitted to the Bar in Ontario in 1994.