Les O’Brien was the Chairman of the Nova Scotia Securities Commission from 2002 to 2011. In this position, he was the Chief Executive Officer of the Commission and had overall responsibility for its operations and its staff. Mr. O’Brien served as Vice-Chairman of the Commission from its creation in October 1987 until November 1995 and again from June 2000 to November 2002.
Mr. O’Brien retired from the Faculty of Law of Dalhousie University in 1998 following a 30 year career during which he taught and researched in the areas of Corporate Law, Securities Law, Taxation, Commercial Law and Regulation of Financial Institutions. Mr. O’Brien has practiced with a large Toronto law firm and served as Counsel to Atlantic Canada’s largest law firm for several years. He has served on numerous committees of the Canadian Securities Administrators throughout the years. From 1996 to 2000, Mr. O’Brien served as a public governor of the Canadian Investor Protection Fund.
Mr. O’Brien received degrees in Commerce and Law from Dalhousie University and completed post graduate work at the University of Chicago Law School where he received the LLM degree.