Richard Steinecke

Richard Steinecke practises law exclusively in the area of professional regulation. He is the editor of the widely read Grey Areas newsletter commenting on recent developments in professional regulation. Because of its comprehensive nature, courts and tribunals have cited his book “A Complete Guide to the Regulated Health Professions Act” dozens of times, even in cases dealing with non-health professions. The book is updated twice a year.

Today he spends most of his professional life teaching, writing, speaking, training and consulting on professional regulation issues. A life-long learner, Richard reads every Canadian common law court decision on professional regulation he can find and has a Certificate in Risk Management from the University of Toronto. In 2015 he received the Regulatory Excellence award from the Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation (CLEAR) and in 2019 he received the Tom Marshall Award of Excellence for the Public Sector from the Ontario Bar Association.

Richard is counsel to Steinecke Maciura LeBlanc.

(416) 626-6897


  • “UK Regulatory Reform Proposals and Influence in Other Jurisdictions”
    CLEAR, July 2021
  • “How to Avoid or Respond to an External Review”
    CNAR, May 2021
  • “Oversight through Performance Measures”
    SML Online Learning Series, January 2021
  • “Top Ten Cases”
    CNAR, November 2020
  • “Governance for Regulators”
    CNAR, October 2020
  • “How to Write Reasons”
    SML Online Learning Series, June 2020
  • “And So it Begins”
    SML Online Learning Series, January 2020
  • “What Makes a Good Regulator?” (Pre-Conference Event)
    CNAR Quebec City, October 2019  
  • “Wild and Wacky Regulatory Ideas that Just Possibly, Perhaps, Maybe, Might Be Worth Considering”
    SML Online Learning Series, July 2019
  • “Assessing Credibility & Writing Reasons: A Workshop for Tribunal Members”
    Presented by SML at The Advocate’s Society, February 2019
  • “Unique Processes – Unusual Outcomes: How the Ontario Government Used McMaster University to Consult on Legislative Reform”
    CNAR, Banff, October 2018
  • “No Longer Fit for Purpose: Radically Changing the Regulation of Professions in Canada”
    CLEAR, Philadelphia, September 2018
  • “Delivering Effective Cautions and Reprimands”
    SML Online Learning Series, September 2018
  • “What Does the Public Expect of Regulators?”
    Ontario College of Teachers Annual Meeting of Members, June 2018
  • “Fundamentals and Their Applications”
    CLEAR Regional Symposium, Toronto, May 2018
  • “Making Cross-Border Tele-practice Rules”
    SML Online Learning Series, March 2018
  • Recent Developments in the Registration of Professionals
    Ontario Regulators for Access Consortium (ORAC), Speaker, November 2017
  • “Administrative Law for Complaints and Hearings”
    Halifax, October 2017
  • “Conducting Regulatory Investigations”
    CNAR, Halifax, October 2017
  • “Regulating a Profession in an Era of Open Distrust”
    CNAR, Halifax, October 2017
  • “Top Ten Cases of the Past Year”
    CNAR, Halifax, October 2017
  • “Regulators Under Siege”
    SML Online Learning Series, October 2017
  • “The Privilege of Self-Regulation”
    CLEAR Regional Symposium, Winnipeg, June 2017
  • “Prevention of Sexual Abuse: Potential Outcomes When the Government Perceives a Failure to Protect the Public”
    Infonex Conference, Toronto, April 2017
  • “Service Animals”
    Chiropractice, Fall 2016
  • “Charting path to zero sexual abuse of patients”
    The Lawyers Weekly, vol. 36, no. 28
  • “Conducting Regulatory Investigations” (Workshop)
    CNAR Conference, Toronto, November 2016
  • “Governance: Ten Radical Proposals Humbly Presented”
    CNAR, Toronto, November 2016
  • “Top Ten Cases of the Past Year”
    CNAR, Toronto, November 2016
  • “Assessing Credibility and Writing Decisions”
    SML/Field Law, Delta Edmonton South, Edmonton, October 2016
  • “How Criminal Law Has Influenced Disciplinary Proceedings and the Implications for Regulators”
    SML Online Learning Series, July 2016
  • “A Complete Guide to the Regulated Health Professions Act”
    Canada Law Book, 1995


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