Mr. Heins is a lawyer and a former insurance industry executive. He was appointed CEO of the Law Society of Ontario in 2001 and retired in early 2012. In 2015, Mr. Heins was appointed to Chair the Ontario Expert Committee to Consider Policy Alternatives for the Regulation of Financial Advisory and Financial Planning Services. He is a former member of the Ontario Securities Commission's (OSC) Investor Advisory Panel (IAP) and sits on various boards, including Legal Aid Ontario. Over his career and in particular in his capacity as a regulator, Chair of the Expert Committee and a member of the IAP, Mr. Heins has been an advocate for the public interest and consumer protection. He is the Chair of IIROC’s Corporate Governance Committee.
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