The Commission has three members and each member is appointed for a fixed term by the Lieutenant Governor in Council. Appointments to the Commission are made in accordance with the guidelines established by Ontario's Public Appointments Secretariat .
The members are: the Chair, Professor Denis Boivin; Vice-Chair (Acting), Ian McSweeny; and the Superintendent of Financial Services, Brian Mills. The Superintendent is also the Chief Executive Officer of FSCO. The Chair and Vice-Chairs of the Commission are also the Chair and Vice-Chairs of the Tribunal.
The purposes of the Commission are set out in the Financial Services Commission of Ontario Act, 1997:
- to provide regulatory services that protect the public interest and enhance public confidence in the regulated sectors;
- make recommendations to the Minister of Finance (Minister) about the regulated sectors; and
- provide resources necessary for the proper functioning of the Tribunal.
It is also charged with some statutory responsibilities:
- recommend to the Minister and the Lieutenant Governor-in-Council fees and assessments to cover regulatory costs;
- establish conflict of interest guidelines for the Commission and Tribunal members and FSCO staff; and
- publish and deliver to the Minister an annual statement of priorities of FSCO, and provide an annual report.
Professor Denis Boivin was appointed Chair of the Commission and the Financial Services Tribunal effective September 6, 2017. A full Professor at the University of Ottawa, he teaches Insurance Law, Remedies and Torts, and has written several articles and four books on these subjects, in French and English. Professor Boivin is a graduate of the University of Ottawa (B.Soc.Sc., LL.B.) and of Yale University (LL.M.), a Fulbright Scholar, and the recipient of many awards for teaching and scholarship, including the 1999 Canadian Association of Law Teachers Award for Scholarly Writing and the 2007 University of Ottawa prize for Excellence in Education. Professor Boivin was appointed a member to the Financial Services Tribunal on June 7, 2006, having served as a special purpose member of the Tribunal from December 1, 2004.
Mr. Ian McSweeney was appointed Vice-Chair (Acting) of the Commission and the Financial Services Tribunal on June 1, 2016. He is a retired partner of Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, where he chaired the firm’s Pension and Employee Benefits Department for many years and practiced exclusively in that area for most of his more than 35-year legal career. He is a former member of Osler’s Executive Committee and a former Chair of the firm’s Legal Professionals Committee. Mr. McSweeny is the past Editor of Pension Benefits Law in Ontario (Carswell) and a former Vice-Chair of the Pension Commission of Ontario’s (now FSCO) Legal Advisory Committee. He is also a former (founding) member of the executive of the Canadian Bar Association (Ontario) Pension and Benefits Section and former Chair and founding member of the International Pension & Employee Benefits Lawyers Association (IPEBLA). He has an honours business degree from Ivey (HBA, 1975) and obtained his law degree from The University of Western Ontario (LLB, 1979).
Mr. Brian Mills was appointed CEO and Superintendent of Financial Services in October 2014. He previously served as FSCO’s Deputy Superintendent, Pensions.
Mr. Mills has three decades of experience in both the private and public sectors. He began his career in the Ontario Public Service working in policy at several ministries, including the Ministry of Financial Institutions, and spent five years as Vice President of Pension Administration at the Ontario Pension Board. He was also a Managing Partner at Towers Perrin (now Towers Watson), responsible for running the firm’s pension and benefit outsourcing business operations in Canada, Europe, Australia and Latin America. Mr. Mills has an honours degree in Economics from Queen's University.