Samuel Schwisberg

Sam Schwisberg

General Counsel & Corporate Secretary

Sam Schwisberg was appointed General Counsel of the Canadian Red Cross in 2009 and assumed the role of Corporate Secretariat in 2010. Sam previously worked for the Canadian Red Cross from 1991 to 1998, first providing legal and risk management support and later on became General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. In 1998 Sam transferred to Canadian Blood Services (CBS), the only senior executive to do so. During his tenure at CBS, he supported the stabilization of the blood program through the negotiation of complex issues with stakeholder representatives.

In 2000 he joined Med-Eng Systems Inc, as their General Counsel & Corporate Secretary in December 2000. The company’s annual revenues were $27 million at the outset of his tenure, and increased to $500 million annually over the next six years during which time he played a key role on the executive management team.

Returning to private practice in November 2006, he resumed a commercial litigation practice while on a part time retainer as legal counsel and a Board director with Best Theratronics, formerly a division of Nordion, a company that sells cancer radiation therapy equipment throughout the world Sam graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from McGill University in 1977. He received his law degree from the University of Ottawa in 1980 and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1983. He completed all courses at Osgoode Hall Law School towards his LLM in International Business Law. He is a legal author and teaches law courses at Carleton University.