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Michele McCarthy, a legal professional for nearly three decades, possesses extensive firsthand experience working in the compliance and legal departments at some of the world’s preeminent financial institutions. Committed to upholding the highest professional standards, McCarthy is a longtime member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Institute of Corporate Directors, and the National Association of Corporate Directors. Most recently, she held numerous positions with Ally Financial (Canada), assisting with the launch of the new online banking functionality in 2009. McCarthy oversaw numerous transactions for Ally and its subsidiaries, including GMAC Residential Funding and the ResMor Trust Company. Utilizing her financial law acumen, Michele McCarthy launched an eponymous legal corporation in 2003. This practice operated as a virtual general counsel and worked with various financial institutions, proffering legal guidance pertaining to regulatory compliance, strategic planning, and corporate matters and governance. As the president of the enterprise, Michele McCarthy steadily expanded the client base through targeted marketing and a steady pipeline of innovative products. During her career, Michele McCarthy also spent time with UBS Bank, Deutsche Bank, and the legal firm Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP. Furthermore, she acted as the Chair for the Toronto Port Authority’s Board of Directors and has held a variety of leadership positions with local business and community organizations. Michele McCarthy is an alumna of Osgoode Hall Law School, where she earned both a Master and Bachelor of Laws. In addition, McCarthy holds a Master of Arts in political science from the University of Windsor and a Bachelor of Arts with honors from the University of Toronto’s Trinity College. She has completed the Director’s Education Course at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School and the International Laws Program at the International Court of Justice at The Hague.

Work experience

Jan 2003Present


McCarthy Law Professional Corporation
Oct 2007Jan 2011

Chief Legal Officer

GMAC ResMor Trust Company


Toronto Port Authority




York University


York University
Sep 1979Jun 1981


University of Windsor