Mark S. Anshan Legal Counsel to Drache Aptowitzer LLP
Mark S. Anshan provides legal, business, strategic and organizational advice to non profits and charities.
Mark Anshan was called to the Ontario bar in 1984. He has spent more than 25 years helping government agencies, non-profits and for-profit organizations put in place the teams, structures, policies and processes they need to deliver on ambitious strategic visions and goals. He has played an instrumental role in the transformation of public utilities, municipal offices, charities and small businesses, and has earned a reputation for being able to steer a clear path during periods of complex transition.
A lawyer with master degrees in both business and law, Anshan began his career in the Canadian foreign service, where from assignments in Ottawa and postings in New York and Stockholm, Sweden he performed various diplomatic duties and advised the Canadian delegation to the UN General Assembly. After his call to the bar in 1984, Mark spent four years as managing partner for a boutique law firm in Toronto, Canada, before being asked to serve as Chief of Staff for the Metro Toronto Chair, and Special Counsel to Metropolitan Toronto’s Public Works Department.
Returning to private practice in 1990, Anshan specialized in the area of energy services during an era of industry-wide regulatory change. He chaired the Hydro Electric Commission for the City of York for twelve years, and then led one of Toronto’s major amalgamation success stories, the operational integration of six large electric utilities into the Toronto Hydro-Electric Commission with zero interruption of service. He went on to serve as the first chair of the new Toronto Hydro.
As a member of the board of national and international energy associations, Mark helped to redefine the policy and business parameters for a deregulated electrical energy industry, and authored policy papers on deregulation, performance contracting and procurement. He was invited to speak before organizations such as the World Bank and APEC, and co-authored the definitive textbook on alternate dispute resolution for the oil and gas sector. Additionally, Mark advised small to mid-sized companies on strategic alliances, public/private sector partnerships, and contractual agreements, and served as VP of Corporate Services during an aggressive merger & acquisition growth strategy for an IT web integration firm.
Mark has long been active as an advisor and an agent for change and development in the Jewish not-for-profit community. He was instrumental in the conception and launch of URJ Camp George, the first summer camp in Canada for children from Reform Synagogues, and served as Director and Treasurer for the Micah Homes Non-Profit Housing Corporation (owned by Holy Blossom Temple) during the planning and construction of Plaut Manor, a housing project for disadvantaged single-parent families.
Mark served as General Counsel for the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto and, in addition to providing legal advice, coordination and supervision of legal services, he implemented a risk management plan to credit-proof the charity’s assets. This initiative involved the restructuring of the charity into a federation of twelve incorporated and firewalled organizations, and facilitated the creation of by-laws, governance structures, mandates and program delivery models for each entity.
Spec Hons B.A. (Political Science and History) – York University, 1975
M.A. (Political Science-International Relations) – York University, 1976
LL.B. – Osgoode Hall Law School (York University), 1982
LL.M. – Osgoode Hall Law School (York University), 1998
M.B.A. – University of Toronto, 2002
Mark can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
He can also be reached at any of the following numbers at extension 15: