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Gordon Raman, BEng '91

Engineering Physics | A merger of engineering, business and the law

What do you get when you earn an engineering undergraduate degree, add on an MBA, then top it all off with a law degree?

Along with a pretty well-rounded education, you have the chance to select from a variety of interesting career opportunities.

The choice Gordon Raman opted for was a law career, and he’s now a partner in the national law firm Fasken, practicing in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and corporate finance.

“I advise senior management and boards of public and private companies in M&A transactions and on corporate governance matters,” he explains. “I also help companies raise money in the capital markets through the issuance of equity and debt securities, and work closely with private equity clients to help them form funds and buy portfolio companies.”

Although he spent only a brief stint working in engineering with Northern Telecom after graduating from Engineering Physics in 1991, Raman says his degree provided a solid foundation for his success.

“To this day, my ability to analyze problems and solve problems stems from my engineering training,” he says.

Through the years, Raman has taught several law school courses and authored numerous articles, along with working with clients in industries ranging from technology and automation to construction and engineering.

“I’ve helped clients raise billions of dollars in capital and helped them buy and sell companies and businesses to achieve their strategic objectives,” he says. “But through it all, what I’ve appreciated most is the personal client relationships I have built.

“As rewarding as my professional career has been, I’m also thrilled to have contributed to the community around me as the current chair of the board of directors of the Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada, and as a current director with Royal St. George’s College and as a Past-President of the Canadian Club of Toronto.”

He urges today’s students to aim high.

“Try to be a perfectionist in everything that you do,” says Raman. “As humans, we will always fall short of perfection, but when we strive for it, it is amazing what we can do.”