Global Proxy Watch named Steve one of the “10 people around the world who have had the most impact on corporate governance” in 2016.
Stephen Erlichman has practiced corporate and securities law throughout his career at major law firms in New York and Toronto. Steve has advised management, boards of directors and shareholders of public and private corporations in various industries, and has been counsel to investment dealers, commercial banks, insurance companies, private equity firms and managers of mutual funds, ETFs, pension funds and hedge funds in connection with public and private acquisitions, reorganizations, public offerings, private placements and structuring innovative financial products, often leading large multi-disciplinary teams on these mandates. A significant portion of Steve’s broad corporate and securities practice involves advising boards and management of public and private companies as well as institutional investors on environmental, social and governance (ESG) and sustainability matters.
From 2011 to 2018 Steve was the Executive Director of the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance (CCGG), a non-profit whose goal is to improve the corporate governance of Canadian public companies for the benefit of everyone worldwide that invests in Canadian securities, and whose members are pension funds and other institutional investors across Canada which collectively have over $4.5 trillion of assets under management. As CCGG’s longest serving CEO, Steve: developed CCGG’s objectives and strategy with CCGG’s board of directors and then organized action plans and oversaw CCGG staff in order to implement CCGG’s mission; created and debated public policy positions in relation to ESG issues in Canada and internationally; advocated changes to laws with federal and provincial governments, securities regulators and other government agencies; led over 85 private ESG engagement meetings between CCGG and directors of public companies across Canada; was CCGG’s public spokesperson; interacted with CCGG's institutional investor members across Canada; and advanced CCGG’s international outreach. Steve is at the forefront of the major ESG issues in Canada and the world, and has the pulse of the institutional investor community, as a result of his role at CCGG and his continued involvement in ESG matters in Canada and internationally.