Professor Gail Henderson joined Queen's University Faculty of Law as assistant professor in July 2016. Her research interests include corporate law, corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, securities regulation and the regulation of financial institutions.

Professor Henderson graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School as Gold Medalist in 2005, and served as law clerk to The Honourable Louise Charron of the Supreme Court of Canada. Prior to pursuing graduate studies at the University of Toronto, she practiced commercial litigation and environmental and municipal law at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP in Toronto. Her doctoral research focused on the role of corporate governance in encouraging greater corporate environmental responsibility. Professor Henderson has received funding for her research from the Ireland Canada University Foundation, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Canadian Foundation for Governance Research and the Canadian Centre for Ethics & Corporate Policy.

Prior to joining Queen's, Professor Henderson was Assistant Professor at the University of Alberta Faculty of Law.

Ongoing research projects

Group RESP Research and Education Project, funded by the Law Foundation of Ontario Access to Justice Fund ( Final report and education materials available at  Professor Henderson’s recent presentation with Professor Jerry Buckland at Queen’s Law can be seen here:

“This Little Piggy Went Banking: Examining Conflicts of Interest in Financial Literacy Education Materials”, funded by SSHRC Insight Development grant, awarded June 2017. For more information about the project, please see:   

Canadian Financial Diaries project. For more information, please see:  

Recent Publications & Presentations

Journal Articles

  • Gail E Henderson and Lauren Malatesta, “Protecting Low Income Consumers: The Regulation of Rent-to-Own Stores” (2019) 61 Canadian Business Law Journal 354-76.
  • “Group RESPs: The Intersection of Government Support for Education Savings and Securities Regulation” (2019) 69:1 University of Toronto Law Journal 44-84.
  • “Indigenous Entrepreneurship and Social Entrepreneurship in Canada” (2018) 83 Supreme Court Law Review (2d) 241-78.


  • “The Regulatory Role of Financial Literacy Education”, University of Alberta, Edmonton, October 22, 2019.
  • With Pamela Beach and Jen McConnel, “Examining Elementary Teachers’ Learning Experiences as They Use the Canadian Financial Literacy Database”, Canadian Society for the Study of Education annual conference, Vancouver, June 5, 2019.
  • With Pamela Beach and Andrew Coombs, “This Little Piggy Went Banking: Elementary Teachers’ Perceptions of Financial Literacy Education”, American Educational Research Association annual conference, Toronto, April 9, 2019.