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John Mountain '86 Law Scholarship

John Mountain, from Windsor Law’s class of 1986 embodied the very best of Windsor Law. 

John tirelessly applied his considerable talent to the legal community and had a distinguished career in investment and securities law.  When he passed away, he was the director of the investment funds and structured products branch of the Ontario Securities Commission.  He continually and relentlessly remembered his roots at Windsor Law, staying involved in almost every aspect of our community.

He mentored and guided our students and colleagues at all levels of his career.  He poured hours of his personal time into organizing class gatherings and reunions.  He came back to Windsor Law to teach Securities Law, his area of expertise.  He prioritized Windsor Law as a philanthropic priority, always looking to help students with the expense of law school as well as the uncertainty as students entered the profession. 

In his personal life, he was a loving husband, an energetic friend, and was fiercely committed to his family. He, along with his husband Greg, co-authored an adult travel blog, encouraging people to experience the world, and inspired by his own year-long trip around the world in 2004. 

John gave back to Windsor Law in every single way he could, and no one who met him will ever forget the passion, joy and positive energy he exuded with every grin.

The John Mountain Law Scholarship was established by John during his lifetime, with aspirations of it growing well into his retirement.  In an abrupt turn of events, John passed away from an aggressive form of cancer on June 18, 2018 after a very brief battle.  This scholarship will be awarded to a student who has demonstrated a passion for advancing the rights and interests of the LGBTQ communities while in law school, as John did during his lifetime.

In one of John’s final acts of generosity and community involvement, he specified that memorial gifts in lieu of flowers were to benefit the students at Windsor Law, hoping to assist students in pursuing their own dreams while at law school.

Two memorial services will be held to celebrate John’s life.  The first will be on Monday, July 9th 2-4 at the Paul D Fleck Marquee at the Stratford Festival in Stratford, ON.  The second will be on Wednesday July 11th (4:00 pm - 6:30 pm) at the Fairmont Royal York - Concert Hall, Convention Floor in Toronto, ON.

Gifts can be made online at

You can contact Karen Momotiuk at the Alumni and Fund Development Office at Windsor Law by emailing or 519 253 3000 ext. 2920 to make a gift directly.  Cheques can be made payable to: University of Windsor, Faculty of Law  and mailed to the Faculty of Law, 401 Sunset Avenue, Windsor, ON N9B 3P4.