Lawyer Frank Walwyn is returning to the classroom in a teaching capacity.
The former Canadian Association of Black Lawyers (CABL) president has been appointed a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Ryerson University’s G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education.
He says the appointment is a singular honour.
“I look forward to contributing my knowledge of law and legal systems to benefit the Chang School,” said Walwyn who was named one of Canada’s top lawyers in the area of corporate and commercial litigation in the 2012 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada. “Education has always been an ideal for me. My parents were both well regarded educators in the Caribbean and they instilled in all of their children an appreciation for the value of education.
“Ironically, when we migrated to Canada, the fact that they were not educated here and did not have Canadian experience as educators prevented them from continuing in their chosen career paths. To the extent I can, I would like to help the Chang School remove similar hurdles for adults who wish to pursue education.
“I have been fortunate in my professional life to be involved in resolving many complex legal problems that are international in nature and scope. I look forward to applying what I have learned and leveraging the international relationships I have to enhance the adult education experience at The Chang School.”
Earlier this year, Walwyn – a 1989 Ryerson Business Administration program graduate – was honoured with an Alumni Award of Distinction.
The university’s interim provost and vice-president academic, John Isbister, said Ryerson is pleased to have one of Canada’s most brilliant legal minds in its fold.
“He will be a welcome addition to our university family with his extensive knowledge in legal matters,” said Isbister.
Dean of the Chang School, Dr. Gervan Fearon, said that Walwyn’s appointment reinforces the school’s commitment to provide the best university-based adult education to students and to life-long learning.
“Under his expertise and guidance, we will be able to explore more international opportunities and partnerships, including in the area of adult education,” said Dr. Fearon.
A partner at one of the country’s oldest law firms, WeirFoulds LLP, Walwyn, who was called to the Ontario Bar in 1995, is also a member of the Bars of St. Kitts & Nevis, Dominica, Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands and Antigua & Barbuda. He and his sister, Donna – a partner and head of Pensions and Employee Benefits Practice (Toronto) at Baker & McKenzie – are among a select group of 18 Black partners in influential downtown Toronto law firms.
The title of Visiting Scholar is bestowed on a prominent specialist who has been invited to teach a course in their area of expertise to enrolled undergraduate and graduate students.
By RON FANFAIR