As a partner of Toronto law firm Aird & Berlis LLP, with 30+ years’ experience as a lawyer, CPA, CA, public company executive and owner of several businesses, Randy Williamson provides strategic advice to private businesses, their owners and investors, as well as to public companies, on key corporate matters, including acquisitions/divestitures, equity and debt financings, and business structures. Randy helps businesses consider key ownership, joint venture, supply and licensing arrangements. Randy has a particular focus on Canada’s sustainability sectors.
Prior to returning to Bay Street a decade ago, Randy owned and operated three business services companies, supporting critical operating, marketing/communication, and HR functions for businesses large and small. Previously, Randy was a senior financial executive with a multi-billion dollar public industrial products company, and a partner in another prominent Toronto law firm. Randy is trained as a CPA, CA, and holds the speciality Corporate Finance qualification.
Randy serves as a Board member for many clients. He is also a leader in community organizations, helping deliver non-profit responses to many of society’s opportunities and challenges – including as a Governor of York University and Chair of its Pension Board, Endowment Fund Investment Committee and Alumni Board, past Vice-Chair of the Board of the Toronto Atmospheric Fund; past Chair of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada and founding Chair of Big Brothers Big Sisters Alumni; past Chair of the Investment Committee and Governing Council member at St. James Cathedral, Toronto; past President of Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship; and founding Board member of Ontario’s Promise to Children and Youth. Randy was honoured with Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee Medal for Community Service and was twice Toronto’s Big Brother of the Year.
Randy received his J.D. law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University in Toronto, his CPA, CA at Ernst & Young LLP in Toronto and his B.Comm. (Hons.) degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Randy lives in Toronto.