René Zanin was appointed Chief Legal Officer of Foresters Financial™ in February 2015. In this role, he provides strategic legal advice and services on an enterprise-wide basis including all aspects of insurance law, litigation management, mergers and acquisitions, general corporate commercial and employment law. René was also appointed Chief Compliance Officer of Foresters in 2016. He had previously served as Senior Counsel with Foresters Financial.
Prior to his return to Foresters Financial, René was a senior associate in the litigation group at Fasken Martineau, a Toronto based global law firm and General Counsel for Toshiba of Canada Limited, the Canadian subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, a multinational conglomerate. At Toshiba, René was responsible for all legal and compliance matters relating to Toshiba’s operations in Canada.
René holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts (BA) from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) from the University of Western Ontario. He was called to the bar of Ontario in 1999.
René has demonstrated a commitment to community service as a Board member of Adventure Place since 2007, a child and family centre that promotes healthy child development and targeted intervention and treatment services for children with special needs and their families in Toronto. He enjoys skiing, coaching his daughters’ soccer team and traveling with the family.