Professor Gail Henderson joined Queen's University Faculty of Law in July 2016. She researches and teaches in the areas of financial regulation, securities regulation, corporate law and contracts. Her research focuses on the concerns and interests of vulnerable financial consumers.

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. 

Professor Henderson also serves as a board member and treasurer of the Canadian Community Economic Development Network and sits on the Consumer Protection Advisory Committee of the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada. She served a two-year term as Associate Dean from July 2020 to June 2022.

Recent research projects

“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 and Book Chapters

  • Gail E Henderson and Katlin Abrahamson, “Informing the Debate on Lowering the Criminal Rate of Interest” (2024) 47:1 Dal LJ (forthcoming, peer-reviewed, pre-print available).
  • “Securities Regulators and Investor Education” in Stephanie Ben-Ishai, ed, Dangerous Opportunities (University of Toronto Press, 2021).
  • Gail E Henderson, Pamela Beach and Andrew Coombs, “Financial Literacy Education in Ontario: An Exploratory Study of Elementary Teachers’ Perceptions, Attitudes, and Practices” (2021) 44:2 Canadian Journal of Education 308-336 (peer-reviewed, open access: 2.-4249-Henderson-et-al.-June-24_308-336.pdf (
  • Kevin Akrong and Gail E Henderson, “COVID-19 and the Regulation of Alternative Financial Services”, (2021) 46 Queen’s Law Journal 357-372.


  • Commenter, 7th Annual Canadian Commercial Law Symposium, Kingston, September 23, 2023.
  • With Alexandra Minuk, “What’s in the Bank? Analyzing Financial Literacy Resources Available to Canadian Elementary Teachers”, Canadian Society for the Study of Education annual conference, Toronto, May 30, 2023.
  • Panelist, “Teaching Modalities: The Comparative Value of Online and In-person Legal Education: A Roundtable”, Canadian Association of Law Teachers annual meeting, Toronto, May 30, 2023.