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Jill Donaldson

Jill is a Principal at IWJ Law, Business + Investment Counsel, having joined in 2000 as an associate from the Vancouver office of Blakes, Cassels & Graydon.  Jill has extensive experience working with senior executives and their boards in the areas of strategic planning and implementation, governance and stakeholder capitalism, mergers and acquisitions, and compliance and risk management.  Jill brings a breadth of experience advising her clients on the business, legal and regulatory issues that arise with the formation, management and operation of public and private investment funds and private and listed companies.

Jill promotes an active and collaborative decision-making process for Boards tied to strong corporate governance, avoiding group think and supporting effective deliberations.  For the past 14 years, Jill served as corporate secretary of a public investment fund that is a unique partnership of diverse stakeholders seeking to provide more than rates of return by offering retail investors access to venture capital investments, encouraging employee share ownership, and being an economic driver of the B.C. economy. In April 2021, Jill joined the board of directors of Prospera Credit Union.

Jill obtained her J.D. from the University of British Columbia Law School in 1996 and was called to the British Columbia Bar in 1997.  Prior to attending law school, Jill received a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours from the University of British Columbia.  In 2019, Jill obtained her Institute of Corporate Directors Director Designation after completing the ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program.

Jill is also active in the community as an advisor to the Governance Committee of Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, as co-chair of the Canuck Place Gift of Time Gala Committee for a second term having been on the committee for the past five years and previously was on the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation Run for the Cure organizing committee for six years.  Jill enjoys family life with her husband and their two daughters.