Ron Davis' research interests are pension law, corporate law, trust law, law and economics, law and society, and insolvency law. His doctoral dissertation concerned the role of pension funds in corporate governance, focusing on the potential exercise of control over these activities by the employee-beneficiaries and whether such control could lead to increased corporate social responsibility. Professor Davis received a Capital Markets Research Fellowship and a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Fellowship for this project.
He is the author of books and articles on pension law, corporate governance and insolvency law, and has presented papers on these topics both nationally and internationally. Professor Davis was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1992, thereafter joining the pension law practice of Koskie Minsky in Toronto. Prior to joining the Allard School of Law in 2003, he taught Occupational Health and Safety and Worker's Compensation Law at the University of Toronto's Law Faculty, as well as Pension and Benefits Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Western Ontario. He has lectured to the Osgoode Hall Law School LL.M. Specialization in Securities Law Program, as well as to the Investment Management School (sponsored by the Schulich School of Business, York University and Mercers Consulting) and taught at the Civil Law Symposium of the National Judicial Institute. Since joining the Faculty, Professor Davis has received the UBC Law Class of '68 Research Award and a University of British Columbia Teaching Development Scholarship.