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Estey Chair in Business Law
University of Saskatchewan

Date Posted Aug. 5, 2021
Title Estey Chair in Business Law
University University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK, Canada
Department College of Law
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Jan. 1, 2022
  • Endowed/Distinguished Professor
  • Commercial & Bankruptcy Law
    Banking, Business & Financial Law

Estey Chair in Business Law
University of Saskatchewan
College of Law

The Estey Chair in Business Law was established in 2014 through the generosity of the Estey Family as well as through the support of alumni and friends of the College of Law at the University of Saskatchewan. The Chair was created to honour the late Supreme Court of Canada Justice Willard "Bud" Estey, a proud alumnus of the College. The Chair has previously been held by Rod Wood and Cally Jordan.
We invite applications from outstanding scholars and practitioners in the field of business law, defined broadly as including domestic and international entities (including regulatory and dispute resolution frameworks and institutions), governance, transactions, finance, securities, competition, taxation, insolvency and related areas.

The College is seeking candidates in two categories:

1. Those with a strong academic background and demonstrated academic leadership and teaching skills; OR
2. Senior and highly experienced legal professionals.

In either category, the role of the Chair is to engage with faculty colleagues, students and members of the local legal profession and generate enthusiasm about the College’s business law programming. The College of Law provides a stimulating, supportive and highly collegial environment in which the Chair can deploy his or her knowledge and skills to explore new areas of research and to engage with students, experienced academics and senior practitioners.

Term length will normally be for one year, but the College will consider terms of less than one year, particularly in the case of senior legal professionals who wish to spend a shorter time with the College. In the academic category, the successful candidate for the Chair will be an academic with an established reputation and record of scholarly achievement. He or she will be in residence at the College of Law and is expected to enrich and enhance the intellectual life of the College by pursuing a research program, teaching one course or seminar, delivering a public lecture and planning and hosting a conference or focused scholarly workshop. In the senior legal professional category, the successful candidate for the Chair will be a senior and highly experienced professional with a national and/or international reputation in their chosen area of practice. He or she will be in residence at the College of Law and is expected to enrich and enhance the teaching and learning environment of the school, and its business law reputation, by sharing his or her practical knowledge and expertise with students, Faculty and members of the local profession. He or she will be expected to teach a seminar and to organize a workshop on a current and topical issue in his or her established field of practice.

The Chair is also expected to engage in outreach activities with the bar, judiciary and the wider community during their tenure. Appropriate administrative and financial supports will be provided, particularly with regard to the research and outreach obligations of the Chair. Salary will be commensurate with the experience and standing of the holder but it is anticipated that the Chair will be appointed at the level of Associate or Full Professor ranks. In the case of Associate Professor appointments, the successful candidate will be an emerging scholar with a growing reputation whose career trajectory would be enhanced by holding an endowed Chair appointment. The salary range at the Associate Professor is $117,978 to $137,778; Professor $137,778 to $160,878, with a higher starting salary in rare and exceptional circumstances pursuant to Article of the 2017-2022 USFA Collective Agreement (

Applications will begin to be considered immediately. While the date for appointment is flexible, the ideal candidate would be available to occupy the Chair as of July 1, 2022 although a start date of January 1, 2022 is possible if public health measures allow. The College would also entertain applications from suitably qualified candidates who may wish to occupy the Chair in the 2022-23 academic year.
This position includes a comprehensive benefits package which includes a dental, health and extended vision care plan; pension plan, life insurance (compulsory and voluntary), sick leave, travel insurance, death benefits, an employee assistance program, a professional expense allowance, and a flexible health and wellness spending program.

The College of Law is the oldest law school in western Canada, and has provided public service, innovative legal education and high-quality legal scholarship to the Province, Canada and beyond since 1912. We graduate leaders in a host of different areas with alumni holding judicial, political, academic, private and public sector positions at the highest levels in a number of different regions within the country and beyond. The law school is committed to providing its students with rich experiential learning opportunities. Our faculty members are award-winning teachers, recognized for their teaching innovation and effectiveness. The College has embraced the interdisciplinary opportunities presented by being part of a major research-intensive university. This fact is reflected in the value the law school attributes to the creation and dissemination of diverse forms of knowledge and the use of that knowledge to better the human condition.

Inquiries as well as letters of application, accompanied by a current curriculum vitae and an outline of the research plans of the candidate, should be directed to:

Professor Martin Phillipson
Dean, College of Law
University of Saskatchewan
15 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
S7N 5A6
Telephone: (306) 966-5910
Fax: (306) 966-5900

  • The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

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Contact Information

  • Martin Phillipson, Dean of Law
    College of Law
    University of Saskatchewan
    15 Campus Drive
    Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A6
  • 306-966-5910
  • 306-966-5900


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