Carol's doctoral research examines international corporate governance structures, corporate social responsibility, law and socio-economics, and the development of hybrid corporate models that blend for-profit and non-profit legal characteristics. She holds a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship and UBC Four Year Fellowship, and is the recipient of the 2012 Robert Bertram Doctoral Research Award issued by the Canadian Foundation for Governance Research and Institute of Corporate Directors.
Prior to her graduate work, Carol was a Mergers and Acquisitions attorney at Shearman & Sterling LLP in New York. Since 2004, she represented public and private multinational corporations in a host of complex legal transactions and governance matters, including the $50 billion split of Viacom Inc. and CBS Corporation, the $2.5 billion divestiture by Novartis AG of its Medical Nutrition business to Nestlé, S.A., and the joint venture of New England Sports Ventures LLC (the operating company of the Boston Red Sox) and NASCAR's Roush Racing to form Roush Fenway Racing LLC. Passionate about pro bono, she successfully represented two asylum claimants from Moldova and Mali and was featured in the New York Law Journal for her work. On behalf of the firm, Carol also served as a legal researcher for the Office of the Prosecutor on location at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal of Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania.
Carol obtained her LL.M. (2010) and LL.B. (2003) from UBC, where she received numerous scholarships and awards, including the Wesbrook Scholar designation (UBC's highest student honour). She was the Assistant Editor of UBC Law Review and the founding Editor-in-Chief of Esoteric Magazine. In 2003-2004, Carol held a judicial clerkship at the BC Court of Appeal. She has a B.A. (Honours) in Economics and Political Studies from Queen’s University.
"Clearing Canada's Path to Transformational Corporate Governance" 9 McGill International Journal of Sustainable Development Law and Policy _ (forthcoming 2013) (peer-reviewed).
"Limits to Corporate Reform and Alternative Legal Structures" in Company Law and Sustainability: Legal Barriers and Opportunities, Dr. Beate Sjåfjell and Dr. Benjamin Richardson, eds. (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2013).
"Corporate Governance Reform for the 21st Century: A Critical Reassessment of the Shareholder Primacy Model" 43 Ottawa Law Review _ (forthcoming Fall 2012) (peer-reviewed).
"Designing Social Value Architecture for the For-Profit Company" (2012) 67 Canadian Review of Social Policy 85 (peer-reviewed).
“Power Without Property, Still: Unger, Berle, and the Derivatives Revolution” (2010) 33 Seattle University Law Review 889. With Dr. Cristie Ford.
"Feminism at the Crossroads" in Lorena M. Gajardo and Jamie Ryckman, eds., Becoming Feminists, 2nd ed. (Toronto: Inanna Publications and Education Inc., forthcoming 2012).
“Emerging Hybrid Corporate Governance Models and the Social Economy,” Annual Meeting of the Law & Society Association “Power, Privilege, and the Pursuit of Justice: Legal Challenges in Precarious Times,” 30 May-2 June 2013, Boston, MA.
"The Next Stage of CSR for Canada: Hybrid Corporate Legal Structures and the Growth of Social Enterprise," Research Directions Webinar, presented by the Canadian Business for Social Responsibility and the Canadian Business Ethics Research Network, 13 June 2013, Toronto, ON (webinars provided to the top three presentations from the CBERN 2013 PhD Winter Research Meeting).
“Marking Canadian Territory in a Changing Corporate Governance Landscape," 25th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics “States in Crisis,” 27-29 June 2013, University of Milan, Milan, Italy.
and Canadian Corporate Governance in Flux,” Conference of the Canadian, Australian, and New Zealand Law & Society Associations “Law on the Edge,” 1-4 July
2013, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC.
“Director Duties, Stakeholder Interests, and Hybrid Corporate Models,” Robert Bertram Award Recipient Dinner held by the Canadian Foundation for Governance Research (invitation only), October 2013, Toronto, ON.
"Limits to Corporate Reform and Alternative Legal Structures," The Sustainable Companies Project, "Sustainable Companies: We Make it Happen," 3-4 December 2013, University of Oslo Faculty of Law, Oslo, Norway.
“Benefit Corporations in Canada: Some Words of Caution,” 18th Annual Interdisciplinary Legal Studies Graduate Student Conference “Reflective Law,” 6-7 May 2013, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC.
Corporate Social Responsibility Panel, 11th Annual UBC Net Impact Conference, 19 April 2013, Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver, BC.
“Clearing Canada’s Path to Transformational Corporate Governance,” Canadian Business Ethics Research Network, PhD Winter Research Meeting, 22-24 March 2013, York University, Toronto, ON.
"A Transformational Corporate Governance Dialogue and Reception," panel convened by Coro Strandberg, Principal of Strandberg Consulting, in partnership with the Liu Institute for Global Issues and Canadian Business for Social Responsibility (invitation only), 13 June 2012, The Edge, Vancouver, BC.
"From Neoclassical to Socio-Economic: Toward a Progressive Model of Corporate Governance," 15th Annual Interdisciplinary Legal Studies Graduate Student Conference "Time and Law," 6-7 May 2010, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC.
“The Board’s Role in Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability,” Conference Board of Canada Webinar (with Coro Strandberg and Bob Elton), 13 February 2013, Vancouver, BC.
“Non-Profits and Benefit Corporations,” Guest Lecturer at the UBC Faculty of Law Seminar “Corporate Social Responsibility and the Law” (Law 306) led by Dr. Benjamin Richardson, 6 February 2013, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC.
Board Member, Vancouver Child Study Centre, 2013.
Member, The Sustainable Companies Project, a global consortium of invited scholars aiming to mitigate climate change by integrating environmental concerns into the decision-making of companies. Led by Dr. Beate Sjåfjell of the University of Oslo, Norway.
External Reader, "Crisis, What Crisis?: Executive Compensation in the 21st Century" by NEI Investments and Ethical Funds, 2012.
Member, Advisory Committee to the BC Provincial Government on the establishment of a new hybrid structure (announced in March 2012 as the community contribution company), July 2010.
Director of Corporate Innovation, Tyze Personal Networks Ltd., designed social value architecture for the for-profit company, project funded by Mitacs-Accelerate and Vancity Savings and Credit Union, 2010-2011.