J.P. Bisnaire Scholarship (OTSS) (742220102290)



J-P. Bisnaire Scholarship


This scholarship was created by Mr. Jean-Paul Bisnaire. Mr. Bisnaire received a B.A. in Economics from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1973 and an LL.B. (silver medal) from the University of Ottawa Law School in 1976. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1978. Mr. Bisnaire taught securities regulation at the University of Ottawa from 1985 to 1987.

Until July 2004, Mr. Bisnaire was a senior corporate law partner of Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP and a member of the firm's Management Committee. Mr. Bisnaire is known as one of Canada's leading securities lawyers having practiced in the area of mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance. He has acted as senior counsel for a number of large public and private companies, boards of directors and controlling shareholders that have been involved in acquisitions, divestitures, take-over bids, initial public offerings, strategic alliances, corporate reorganizations, going private transactions, spin-off transactions and governance matters.

Mr. Bisnaire is currently Senior Executive Vice President, Corporate Development and General Counsel of Manulife Financial. He is responsible for overseeing worldwide the functions of corporate development, law, compliance, internal audit, information technology, corporate communications and corporate secretary. He is a member of the Company's Executive Committee and Management Committee. He is married to Catherine Ross and has four children. Mr. Bisnaire also serves on the board of directors of McCain Foods Limited and on the Foundation Board of St. Michael’s Hospital.

The donor wishes to thank the Government of Ontario who helped create this fund through their generous matching contribution.


To award a scholarship to a deserving student at the Common Law Section of the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa.


Eligibility Criteria

The applicant must:

1. be registered as a full-time student in a program at the Common Law Section of the Faculty of Law;

2. be an Ontario resident, as per OSAP [2] rules;

3. demonstrate financial need, as determined by the Financial Aid and Awards Service of the University of Ottawa; and

4. be in good academic standing.

Value of the award: Variable

Number of awards: Variable

Frequency of the award: Annual

Level or program of study: Undergraduate

Application contact: Financial Aid and Awards Service

Application deadline: October 31


Applications must be made through Online Scholarships and Bursaries, which can be accessed through https://scholarships.uottawa.ca, and should include the Financial Questionnaire.


[1] OTSS: Ontario Trust Student Support

[2] OSAP: Ontario Student Assistance Program