Title: General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Phone: (416) 981-4106
Mark Johnson joined Toronto Community Housing on June 20, 2016 as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. He leads the company's legal services, governance, procurement, risk management and insurance, and diversity, fairness and human rights functions. He is an officer of the company and has a dual reporting relationship to the Board of Directors and to the President and Chief Executive Officer.
An experienced legal professional, Mark has a depth of expertise in corporate, technology, and healthcare information technology law. He joined Toronto Community Housing from the global software consulting firm Infusion, where he had been General Counsel since 2011. At Infusion, he provided executive leadership and senior legal counsel on a wide range of legal issues and matters, including commercial transactions, corporate law, corporate governance, technology, employment, litigation, intellectual property, privacy, and regulatory compliance.
Since being called to the bar in 1998, Mark has practised law in Toronto and Vancouver. During his corporate career, he has provided legal advice and services to clients ranging from start-up ventures to large corporations such as Deutsche Bank, IBM, Nike, and Visa. He is a regular speaker, panelist and columnist on law department practices and management.
In 2007, Mark joined the public sector as legal counsel for the provincial Smart Systems for Health Agency, which became eHealth Ontario. He was appointed Interim General Counsel at eHealth Ontario in 2009, and led its legal team during a period of turbulent change and restructuring at the organization.
Mark has a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Ottawa, and a Master of Laws from York University. He is a board member for the Christian Children's Fund of Canada, a non-denominational international development agency that cares for children, and past board chair of a non-profit community organization, the Progress Career Planning Institute, based in Scarborough. He is also the founder of a men's clothing line, Kovalum, named after a village in India.