Richard Leblanc

School of Administrative Studies

Associate Professor

Office: Atkinson College, 202A
Phone: 416-736-2100 Ext: 33744
Emailrleblanc@yorku.ca
Primary websitewww.yorku.ca/rleblanc

Richard Leblanc brings to business and professional clients a depth of information from his extensive research and work with boards of directors and training and development of leaders and managers. He is engaging, dynamic, personable and an award-winning educator, lawyer, consultant and author. Because of his work with leading companies and current research, Richard is always on the cutting edge of emerging global developments. His insight has guided leaders of organizations through his teaching, writing and direct consultation to government regulators and corporations.

Author or contributing author of dozens of scholarly and practitioner articles, books and programs, Richard’s work has been described by various faculty at Harvard, Yale, London Business School and elsewhere as “great & much needed,” “wonderful and pragmatic,” “thorough” and “nothing short of remarkable,” as well as by Fortune 500, NYSE, FTSE and other company leaders as “leading edge,” “ground-breaking,” “valuable guidance,” “indispensable,” “compelling” and “exceptional.”

Richard adopts a framework for governance effectiveness developed over several years. His work, directly or indirectly, has impacted companies throughout the world, including those that have used Richard’s methodology to strengthen their governance effectiveness and accountability practices.

Richard is frequently consulted by stakeholders – such as companies, investors, associations, partnerships, not-for-profits, the media and regulators – for the latest developments and trends and customizes his speaking engagements to please all types of audiences and classes. He received a recent teaching award as one of five of the top university teachers in Ontario. Richard is a strategic advisor at the Institute for Excellence in Corporate Governance at the University of Texas at Dallas and developed and taught a course in corporate governance at Harvard University, where he received an instructor rating of 4.9 and 4.7 out of 5 the last two times he taught it. View a sample video of Richard speaking here.

Professor Leblanc is the recipient of awards for his research, teaching and other contributions, including the School of Administrative Studies Award for Theory and Practice, the Schulich School of Business Award for Teaching Excellence, and Merit Awards. He is a frequent speaker and media commentator.

Dr Leblanc has served as an external advisor to boards that have won national awards and peer endorsement from institutional shareholders for their corporate governance practices and has also acted as a corporate governance expert witness in recent years. He has conducted over two hundred director interviews and has studied, advised and/or assessed dozens of boards in action. This work has spanned audit, compensation, nominating and governance committees, chairs of boards, chairs of board committees and CEOs.

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Area of Specialization

Law, Corporate Governance & Ethics

Degrees

PhD, Schulich/York University
JD, University of Detroit Mercy
LLM, Osgoode/York University
LLB, University of Windsor
MBA, University of Toronto

Professional Leadership

Member, Academic Advisory Board, Canadian Coalition for Good Governance, October 2013 – present.

Member, Editorial Board, International Journal of Business Governance and Ethics, 2012 – present.

Active on social media: LinkedIn® Group, “Board Advisors,” has 8000+ members; academic blog, GovernanceProf.com; and Twitter (@drrleblanc).

Special Issue Co-Editor, Enhancing the Effectiveness of the 21st Century Board of Directors, International Journal of Disclosure and Governance, forthcoming 2012 – 2013. Please click here.

Columnist & Blogger, Canadian Business, 2011 – present; and Huffington Post Canada, 2012 – present.

Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Corporate Governance: The international journal of business in society, 2011 – present.

Instructor & advisor, Canadian Board Diversity Council, 2010 – present.

Contributor, “Governance Trends Around the World,” Director Journal, Institute of Corporate Directors, 2009 – present.

Member, Executive Editorial Board, International Journal of Disclosure and Governance, 2008 – present.

Regular community outreach (workshops and speaking) to academic, accounting, compensation, consulting, corporate secretarial, director, diversity, governmental, internal audit, legal and risk management associations, 2001 – present.

Past/current member of: Academy of Management (AoM), American Bar Association (ABA) (Corporate Governance subgroup), Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), Canadian Association of Management Consultants (CAMC), Canadian Bar Association (CBA), Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS), Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), Institute of Company Directors (ICD), International Association of Business and Society (IABS), International Bar Association (IBA), National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and York University Faculty Association (YUFA).

Activities include advising (CAMC, CBDC (Canadian Board Diversity Council), FGS); collective bargaining (YUFA); editing (OHA, Conference Board of Canada); marking (CAMC); teaching/speaking (AoM, AICD, CBA, CBDC, CICA (Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants), CAMC, IABS, IIA, ICD, OHA (Ontario Hospital Association), NZ IoD (New Zealand Institute of Directors)); and writing (ICD, Conference Board US).

Expert witness work, governance best practices includes Research in Motion (maker of Blackberry®), Biovail, Nortel; work cited in judicial decisions.

Community Contributions

Leblanc, Richard, commentary and editing in response to Draft Proxy Access Policy, Canadian Coalition for Good Governance, dated September 18, 2014, September 29, 2014.

Asked to assist the National Association of Corporate Directors in a social media pod at their annual Board Leadership Conference, October 11-13, 2013, and Oct 12-14, 2014, to expose directors in a more in-depth and hands on way to social media.

Leblanc, Richard, comment in response to “OSC Staff Consultation Paper 58-401Disclosure Requirements Regarding Women On Boards And In Senior Management,” Ontario Securities Commission (October 4, 2013). See commentary here.

Reviewed “OSC Staff Issuer Guide for Companies Operating in Emerging Markets” for the Ontario Securities Commission (Lisa Enright) and provided oral feedback, October 22, 2012.

Leblanc, Richard, comment in response to “Potential Regulation of Proxy Advisory Firms: CSA Consultation Paper 25-401,” (August 24, 2012). See commentary here.

Research Fellow and Advisory Board Member, Institute for Excellence in Corporate Governance, University of Texas at Dallas, Naveen Jindal School of Management, May 2012 - present.

Public policy reform, including advising banking and securities regulators on corporate governance issues and best practices, ranging from comprehensive reports, speaking to confidential groupings of regulators, editing proposed legislation, and creating and editing frameworks and documents for the assessment of regualtee boards; work has been used and/or cited by the following regulators: CIC, CSA, FSCO, Industry Canada, OSFI, OSC, SEC and the Senate of Canada.

Public commentary submissions: EU proposals (led group of eight, 2011); Remuneration Consultants Group (2011); Canadian Senate (2010), Canadian Securities Administrators (2009), NASDAQ (2009), SEC (2009), Financial Reporting Council (UK), 2009.

International governance community service includes direct collaboration with stakeholders (scholars, regulators and industry associations) in the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, promoting mutual understanding, the Canadian experience and examples, and communication between stakeholders of international best practices.

Probono service to not-for-profit organization boards overseeing beneficiaries such as children, patients and students.


Research Interests

Business , Policy , Corporate Governance (all facets), Law, Business Ethics

All Publications

Books

Leblanc, Richard, ed., Handbook of Corporate Governance, [working title], San Francisco: Jossey-Bass (forthcoming, 2015).

Leblanc, Richard, and Gillies, James, Inside the Boardroom: How Boards Really Work and the Coming Revolution in Corporate Governance (Toronto: Wiley, 2005); and translated into Russian: Inside the Boardroom (Moscow: Wiley, 2006). www.amazon.ca/boardroom.

Book Chapters

Leblanc, Richard “Alleged Corruption at Chessfield: Corporate Governance and the Risk Oversight Role of the Board of Directors,” and associated “Teaching Note,” in Fraser, John R., Narvaez, Kristina, and Simkins, Betty J., eds., Enterprise Risk Management Case Studies (Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley, 2014).

Leblanc, Richard “Getting the Right Directors on Your Board,” in Conger, Jay, ed., Boardroom Realities: Building Leaders Across Your Board (London: Josey-Bass, March 2009).

Burke, Ron, and Leblanc, Richard, “Women on Corporate Boards: The Canadian Perspective,” in Burke, Ron, Singh, Val, Bilimoria, Diane, and Huse, Morten, Women on Corporate Boards of Directors: Research and Practice (Cheltenham, Glos: Edward Elgar, forthcoming, January 2009).

Leblanc, Richard “Developing Effective Corporate Governance,” in Wesson, Thomas, ed., The New World Economic Order (Toronto: Captus Press, 2007), 260-274. Adapted from the Annual Queen’s Business Law Symposium conference proceedings, infra. See http://www.captus.com/Information/catalogue/book.asp?Book+Number=935 for more information.

Leblanc, Richard, “Assessing the Effectiveness of Boards of Directors and Individual Directors,” in Ali, Paul U., and Gregoriou, Greg N., eds., International Corporate Governance After Sarbanes-Oxley (Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2006), 485-524. Adapted from Leblanc, 20 Questions Directors Should Ask About Assessments, infra.

Journal Articles

Please see full and most recent publications here: http://www.yorku.ca/rleblanc/html/spc.html

Leblanc, Richard “The Walker Review Proposes ‘The Toughest Governance Regime in the World,’” International Journal of Disclosure and Governance (2010) 7:1, 20-27. Please see here. Adapted and modified from “The Walker Review in the UK Proposes Tough New Regulatory Requirements”, supra. This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in International Journal of Disclosure and Governance. The definitive publisher-authenticated version International Journal of Disclosure and Governance (2010) 7:1, 20-27 is available online: http://www.palgrave-journals.com/jdg/index.html

Leblanc, Richard, and Schwartz, Mark, “Effective Boards of Directors: An Examination of Director Behavioural-Types,” Corporate Ownership & Control (Winter 2008) 5:2, 154-167.

Leblanc, Richard “Recruitment, training and assessment (and removal) of directors post SOX,” International Journal of Disclosure and Governance (February 2008) 5:1 at 8-14.

Leblanc, Richard, “Risk Management Oversight: Is Your Board at Risk?” Directors Monthly, National Association of Corporate Directors, (Washington, D.C.: June 2008), 17-18. Reprinted within program “The Board’s Role in Risk Assessment, Mitigation and Disclosure,” American Bar Association (ABA) Corporate Governance Committee and Corporate Compliance and Corporate Counsel Committee, New York City, August 9, 2008.

Leblanc, Richard “External Disclosure of Leading Governance Assessment Practices: What Shareholders Should be Asking and Companies Should be Disclosing,” International Journal of Disclosure and Governance (August 2007), 167-180.

Leblanc, Richard, and Schwartz, Mark, “The Black Box of Board Process: Gaining Access to a Difficult Subject,” Corporate Governance: An International Review (September 2007), 843-851.

Bury, Sophie, and Leblanc, Richard, “Corporate Governance Research on the Free Web: A Selected Annotated Guide,” Reference Services Review (2007) 35:3, 497-514.

Leblanc, Richard, “Corporate Governance and Board Effectiveness 2.0,” International Journal of Business Governance and Ethics (2007) 3:2, 106-112.

Leblanc, Richard “Effective Risk Oversight by Boards in 2007: What are the Key Areas,” Corporate Governance: International Journal for Enhancing Board Performance (2007) 7:1, 18-20.

Leblanc, Richard “The Eight “Cs: Of Board Performance Assessment” The Corporate Board (May-June 2007), 16-21.

Smith, Mark, and Leblanc, Richard, “Nose In, Fingers Out: The Role of Outside Directors in Assessing Insurance Company Strategy” Canadian Insurance (Toronto: March 2007), 36-41.

Leblanc, Richard, “Ten Ways to Enhance the Effectiveness of the Audit Committee,” Ivey Business Journal [Online] (September-October 2007).

Gillies, James, Bartha, Peter and Leblanc, Richard, “Structure vs. Function and the Evolution of Corporate Governance Regulation and Research in the United States,” Russian Management Journal (2006) 4:1, 147-162.

Leblanc, Richard, “The Nomination and Assessment of Individual Directors: Questions Shareholders Should Be Asking: A Case Study,” Corporate Governance: International Journal for Enhancing Board Performance (2006) 6:3, 24-28.

Leblanc, Richard, and Gillies, James, “Governance 2.0: From Compliance to Strategy: Is Your Board Prepared,” Corporate Governance: International Journal for Enhancing Board Performance (2006) 6:1, 4-6.

Leblanc, Richard “Assessing Individual Directors: An Idea Whose Time Has Come,” Journal on Corporate Governance in Russia and Other Transitional Economies [Online] (October 2006).

Leblanc, Richard, and Gillies, James, “The Coming Revolution in Corporate Governance,” Corporate Governance: International Journal for Enhancing Board Performance (2006) 5:2, 6-10. (This article is adapted from Chapter 11 from Inside the Boardroom, supra.)

Leblanc, Richard, 20 Questions Directors Should Ask About Assessments (Toronto: Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, 2006).

Jones, Mark, and Leblanc, Richard, “Human Chemistry and Independent Assessment Drive Boardroom Performance,” Company Director (Australian Institute for Company Directors: July 2006), 50-52.

Leblanc, Richard, “Understanding the Revolution in Corporate Governance,” Across the Board: A Newsletter for Australian Directors (February 2006), 8-10.

Leblanc, Richard, “What Gets Measured Gets Managed,” Across the Board: A Newsletter for Australian Directors (December 2006), 8-10. Reprinted in Audit Committee Quarterly, Audit Committee Institute Ireland (February 2008), 9-11.

Jones, Mark, and Leblanc, Richard, “Human ‘Chemistry’: A Key Driver of Future Australian Boardroom Performance,” International Corporate Governance Review (2006), 86-91.

Leblanc, Richard “Assessing Board Leadership,” Corporate Governance: An International Review (September 2005), 654-666.

Leblanc, Richard, “The Coming Revolution in Corporate Governance,” Australian Chief Executive (May 2006), “adapted from Richard Leblanc’s address Effective Corporate Governance: Measuring and Benchmarking Board and Director Performance, to CEDA Melbourne on 8 November 2005,” 24-27.

Leblanc, Richard, contributor, “Performance Measurement: A Finance and Management Special Report (SR9),” Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (September 2005), 33-34.

Leblanc, Richard “What’s Wrong With Corporate Governance: A Note,” Corporate Governance: An International Review (October 2004), 436-441.

Leblanc, Richard, “Preventing Future Hollingers,” Ivey Business Journal (September-October 2004), 1-9.

Leblanc, Richard, and Schwartz, Mark, “The Black Box of Board Process: Lessons in Studying Difficult Subjects,” Academy of Management Meeting (Research Methods Division), New Orleans, August 2004 (accepted but not presented).

Leblanc, Richard, and Gillies, James, “The Coming Revolution in Corporate Governance,” Ivey Business Journal (September-October 2003), 1-11.

Leblanc, Richard, “Director Education and Orientation Programs,” The Corporate Board (July-August 2003), 23-25.

Light, Dorothy K., and Leblanc, Richard, “Integrating the New and Educating the Current Director,” The Effective Board (National Association for Corporate Directors, Washington, D.C., July 2003), 7-9.

Leblanc, Richard, “Research Note on Board Effectiveness,” Director’s Monthly (National Association for Corporate Directors, Washington, D.C., November 2002), 17.

Leblanc, Richard, “Assessing Board Performance: 10 Key Factors,” The Corporate Board (January-February 2002), 1-7.

Leblanc, Richard, “Board Assessments” Directors Monthly, Special Issue on Board Evaluation, National Association of Corporate Directors, Washington, D.C., Spring 2002.

Leblanc, Richard, “Board Assessment: A Top 10 List for Assessing the Effectiveness of Your Board and Individual Directors,” Federated Press Journal of Corporate Governance 2001 (1:4), 38-43.

Leblanc, Richard, and Hebb, Laurence, “Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Practice,” within a special essay forum in memory of Max Clarkson, Business & Society (March 1999),

Leblanc, Richard “Are Global Corporate Governance Practices Converging? A Report to the OECD on Corporate Governance and Lessons from the Asian Currency Crisis,” Global Focus (1999) 11:2, 151-166. (This journal has been merged with Thunderbird International Business Review.)

Leblanc, Richard, and Hebb, Laurence, “Directors at the Gate,” Professional Administrator, newsletter of The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators in Canada (1999) 23:2, 18-21.

Hebb, Laurence, and Leblanc, Richard, “Ethics in International Business Transactions,” Canadian International Lawyer (1998) 3:1, 1-7, 27.

Conference Proceedings

Conger, Jay, Dalton, Dan, Leblanc, Richard, Liang, Neng, and Useem, Michael, “Boards of Directors,” a Symposium Submission for the Academy of Management Meetings, Chicago, 2009.

Burke, Ronald, and Leblanc, Richard, “Women on Corporate Boards of Directors: Ongoing Challenges,” presentation to “Women on Boards of Directors: Interventional Strategies and Global Action for Board Level Gender Equity” Symposium, Academy of Management Meeting, Atlanta, 2006.

Leblanc, Richard, “The Firm: Developing Effective Governance,” in Anand, Anita I. and Flanagan, William F., eds., “Conflicts of Interest in Capital Market Structures: Papers Presented at the 10th Annual Queen’s Business Law Symposium October 2003” (2004), 1-16. See also Peter Dey, “Thoughts on Richard Leblanc’s Paper, ‘The Firm – Developing Effective Governance,’” ibid., 17-18, and W. F. Flanagan, “Comment on Richard Leblanc’s paper…,” ibid., 19-21.

Presentation, “Plenary Session 9: Board Effectiveness: How to Measure What Really Counts,” GUBERNA, Brussels (December 6, 2010). Submission entitled “Separating the Role of Chair and CEO – More is Needed, Including Leadership Skills and Industry Knowledge” accepted (with Katrina Pick) for presentation at the Corporate Governance & Global financial crisis conference, Wharton School, Philadelphia (September 24, 2010). Submission entitled “Working with part-time faculty to enhance teaching and the curriculum” accepted (with Sandra Scott) for Round-Table Discussion at the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education conference, Toronto (June 24, 2010). Submission entitled “The Movement Towards Independently Assured Board Evaluation: Development of Criteria and Processes and Implications for the Internal Audit Function” accepted to the 8th European Conference on Internal Audit and Corporate Governance, Chios, Greece (2010. Did not attend).

Conference Papers

Leblanc, Richard, and Lascaris, A. Dimitri, “Shareholder Litigation: An Important Tool for Effecting Corporate Governance Reform,” The Second International Class Action Conference, Westin Hotel, Sydney, Australia, October 25-26, 2007.

Leblanc, Richard, “Improving Board Decision-Making: An Inside View,” Henley Management College, October 2003 and October 2005, Oxfordshire, U.K.

Leblanc, Richard, “Getting Into the Black Box: What Really Matters in Board Decision-Making,” Henley Management College, Oct. 2000, Oxfordshire, U.K.

Professional Journal Articles

Please see full and most recent professional journal articles (refereed and non-refereed) here: http://www.yorku.ca/rleblanc/html/spc.html

Forthcoming

Approach To Teaching

Graduate / Professional

Member, Faculty of Graduate Studies, York University.

Member, PhD Examining Committee, Solange Charas, Case Western Reserve University, 2013-2014.

Research Fellow and Advisory Board Member, Institute for Excellence in Corporate Governance, University of Texas at Dallas, Jindal School of Management, 2012 – present.

Harvard University, Summer Faculty, 26 June – 9 August 2012, 25 June – 8 August 2013, and 24 June – 7 August 2014.

Adjunct Faculty, Osgoode Hall Law School, January – April 2011.

Member, PhD Examining Committee, “Strengthening the Stakeholder Principle: The Path of Corporate Law,” by P.M. Vasudev, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, 28 January 2011.

Member, PhD Examining Committee, “Law, Development and Corporate Law Reform in China: Revealing the Embedded Social Values of the Corporation,” by Gil Lan, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, 11 February 2011.

Dean’s Representative, LLM Defence, Victoria Torrie (Supervisor: Stephanie Ben-Ishai), entitled ”Analyzing the Canadian Third-Party ABCP Liquidity Crisis and Restructuring Through the Lenses of Securities and Insolvency Law,“ Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, 15 April 2010.

Courses Developed and Taught

Assisted in the development and ongoing revision, in conjunction with industry experts, courses in enterprise risk management and strategy, MFAc program, 2012 – present.

Developed and taught GS/FACC 6220: “Governance of Executive Compensation and Shareholder Accountability,” Master of Financial Accountability Program (MFAc), School of Administrative Studies, York University, 2012 – present. See course outline here.

Developed and taught GS/FACC 6460: “Accountability Issues in the Government and Not-for-Profit Sectors,” Master of Financial Accountability Program (MFAc), School of Administrative Studies, York University, 2012 – present. See course outline here.

GS/LAW 6749: Corporate Governance (with Poonam Puri), Part-Time LLM Specializing in Business Law, Osgoode Professional Development Program, York University (30 March - 1 April, 2011).

GS/FACC 6220: “Corporate Governance and Financial Accountability,” Master of Financial Accountability Program (MFAc), School of Administrative Studies, York University, 2011 – present.

LW/LAW 5170: Corporate Governance, LLB Program, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University (January - April, 2011).

“Boards of Directors,” Joint Schulich-Kellogg EMBA Programs, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006.

SMGT 6150: “Boards of Directors,” Schulich School of Business, York University, 1999-2002.

MGMT 6200: “Business Administration and the Law,” Schulich School of Business, York University, 1997, 2000.

MGMT 5250: “Managing in a Contemporary Context,” Schulich School of Business, York University, 1997.

Undergraduate Courses Developed and Taught

ADMS 4920: “Governance of Government Enterprises and Not-for-Profit Organizations,” Bachelor of Administrative Studies Program (BAS), School of Administrative Studies, York University, 2014 – present.

ADMS 4690: “Board Leadership, Effectiveness & Succession Planning,” Bachelor of Administrative Studies Program (BAS), School of Administrative Studies, York University, 2012 – present.

ADMS 2610: “Elements of Law: Part 1,” Atkinson Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies, July 2004 - 2010, 2013 (forthcoming).

MGMT 1010: “Environmental Context of Management,” Schulich School of Business, York University, 1998-2004.

PLCY 4200: “Business Administration and the Law,” Schulich School of Business, York University, 1996-2000.

SGMT 4010: “Strategic Management,” Schulich School of Business, York University, 1997-1998.


Richard Leblanc brings to business and professional clients a depth of information from his extensive research and work with boards of directors and training and development of leaders and managers. He is engaging, dynamic, personable and an award-winning educator, lawyer, consultant and author. Because of his work with leading companies and current research, Richard is always on the cutting edge of emerging global developments. His insight has guided leaders of organizations through his teaching, writing and direct consultation to government regulators and corporations.

Author or contributing author of dozens of scholarly and practitioner articles, books and programs, Richard’s work has been described by various faculty at Harvard, Yale, London Business School and elsewhere as “great & much needed,” “wonderful and pragmatic,” “thorough” and “nothing short of remarkable,” as well as by Fortune 500, NYSE, FTSE and other company leaders as “leading edge,” “ground-breaking,” “valuable guidance,” “indispensable,” “compelling” and “exceptional.”

Richard adopts a framework for governance effectiveness developed over several years. His work, directly or indirectly, has impacted companies throughout the world, including those that have used Richard’s methodology to strengthen their governance effectiveness and accountability practices.

Richard is frequently consulted by stakeholders – such as companies, investors, associations, partnerships, not-for-profits, the media and regulators – for the latest developments and trends and customizes his speaking engagements to please all types of audiences and classes. He received a recent teaching award as one of five of the top university teachers in Ontario. Richard is a strategic advisor at the Institute for Excellence in Corporate Governance at the University of Texas at Dallas and developed and taught a course in corporate governance at Harvard University, where he received an instructor rating of 4.9 and 4.7 out of 5 the last two times he taught it. View a sample video of Richard speaking here.

Professor Leblanc is the recipient of awards for his research, teaching and other contributions, including the School of Administrative Studies Award for Theory and Practice, the Schulich School of Business Award for Teaching Excellence, and Merit Awards. He is a frequent speaker and media commentator.

Dr Leblanc has served as an external advisor to boards that have won national awards and peer endorsement from institutional shareholders for their corporate governance practices and has also acted as a corporate governance expert witness in recent years. He has conducted over two hundred director interviews and has studied, advised and/or assessed dozens of boards in action. This work has spanned audit, compensation, nominating and governance committees, chairs of boards, chairs of board committees and CEOs.

Area of Specialization

Law, Corporate Governance & Ethics

Degrees

PhD, Schulich/York University
JD, University of Detroit Mercy
LLM, Osgoode/York University
LLB, University of Windsor
MBA, University of Toronto

Professional Leadership

Member, Academic Advisory Board, Canadian Coalition for Good Governance, October 2013 – present.

Member, Editorial Board, International Journal of Business Governance and Ethics, 2012 – present.

Active on social media: LinkedIn® Group, “Board Advisors,” has 8000+ members; academic blog, GovernanceProf.com; and Twitter (@drrleblanc).

Special Issue Co-Editor, Enhancing the Effectiveness of the 21st Century Board of Directors, International Journal of Disclosure and Governance, forthcoming 2012 – 2013. Please click here.

Columnist & Blogger, Canadian Business, 2011 – present; and Huffington Post Canada, 2012 – present.

Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Corporate Governance: The international journal of business in society, 2011 – present.

Instructor & advisor, Canadian Board Diversity Council, 2010 – present.

Contributor, “Governance Trends Around the World,” Director Journal, Institute of Corporate Directors, 2009 – present.

Member, Executive Editorial Board, International Journal of Disclosure and Governance, 2008 – present.

Regular community outreach (workshops and speaking) to academic, accounting, compensation, consulting, corporate secretarial, director, diversity, governmental, internal audit, legal and risk management associations, 2001 – present.

Past/current member of: Academy of Management (AoM), American Bar Association (ABA) (Corporate Governance subgroup), Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), Canadian Association of Management Consultants (CAMC), Canadian Bar Association (CBA), Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS), Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), Institute of Company Directors (ICD), International Association of Business and Society (IABS), International Bar Association (IBA), National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and York University Faculty Association (YUFA).

Activities include advising (CAMC, CBDC (Canadian Board Diversity Council), FGS); collective bargaining (YUFA); editing (OHA, Conference Board of Canada); marking (CAMC); teaching/speaking (AoM, AICD, CBA, CBDC, CICA (Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants), CAMC, IABS, IIA, ICD, OHA (Ontario Hospital Association), NZ IoD (New Zealand Institute of Directors)); and writing (ICD, Conference Board US).

Expert witness work, governance best practices includes Research in Motion (maker of Blackberry®), Biovail, Nortel; work cited in judicial decisions.

Community Contributions

Leblanc, Richard, commentary and editing in response to Draft Proxy Access Policy, Canadian Coalition for Good Governance, dated September 18, 2014, September 29, 2014.

Asked to assist the National Association of Corporate Directors in a social media pod at their annual Board Leadership Conference, October 11-13, 2013, and Oct 12-14, 2014, to expose directors in a more in-depth and hands on way to social media.

Leblanc, Richard, comment in response to “OSC Staff Consultation Paper 58-401Disclosure Requirements Regarding Women On Boards And In Senior Management,” Ontario Securities Commission (October 4, 2013). See commentary here.

Reviewed “OSC Staff Issuer Guide for Companies Operating in Emerging Markets” for the Ontario Securities Commission (Lisa Enright) and provided oral feedback, October 22, 2012.

Leblanc, Richard, comment in response to “Potential Regulation of Proxy Advisory Firms: CSA Consultation Paper 25-401,” (August 24, 2012). See commentary here.

Research Fellow and Advisory Board Member, Institute for Excellence in Corporate Governance, University of Texas at Dallas, Naveen Jindal School of Management, May 2012 - present.

Public policy reform, including advising banking and securities regulators on corporate governance issues and best practices, ranging from comprehensive reports, speaking to confidential groupings of regulators, editing proposed legislation, and creating and editing frameworks and documents for the assessment of regualtee boards; work has been used and/or cited by the following regulators: CIC, CSA, FSCO, Industry Canada, OSFI, OSC, SEC and the Senate of Canada.

Public commentary submissions: EU proposals (led group of eight, 2011); Remuneration Consultants Group (2011); Canadian Senate (2010), Canadian Securities Administrators (2009), NASDAQ (2009), SEC (2009), Financial Reporting Council (UK), 2009.

International governance community service includes direct collaboration with stakeholders (scholars, regulators and industry associations) in the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, promoting mutual understanding, the Canadian experience and examples, and communication between stakeholders of international best practices.

Probono service to not-for-profit organization boards overseeing beneficiaries such as children, patients and students.

Research Interests:

Business , Policy , Corporate Governance (all facets), Law, Business Ethics

All Publications

Books

Leblanc, Richard, ed., Handbook of Corporate Governance, [working title], San Francisco: Jossey-Bass (forthcoming, 2015).

Leblanc, Richard, and Gillies, James, Inside the Boardroom: How Boards Really Work and the Coming Revolution in Corporate Governance (Toronto: Wiley, 2005); and translated into Russian: Inside the Boardroom (Moscow: Wiley, 2006). www.amazon.ca/boardroom.

Book Chapters

Leblanc, Richard “Alleged Corruption at Chessfield: Corporate Governance and the Risk Oversight Role of the Board of Directors,” and associated “Teaching Note,” in Fraser, John R., Narvaez, Kristina, and Simkins, Betty J., eds., Enterprise Risk Management Case Studies (Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley, 2014).

Leblanc, Richard “Getting the Right Directors on Your Board,” in Conger, Jay, ed., Boardroom Realities: Building Leaders Across Your Board (London: Josey-Bass, March 2009).

Burke, Ron, and Leblanc, Richard, “Women on Corporate Boards: The Canadian Perspective,” in Burke, Ron, Singh, Val, Bilimoria, Diane, and Huse, Morten, Women on Corporate Boards of Directors: Research and Practice (Cheltenham, Glos: Edward Elgar, forthcoming, January 2009).

Leblanc, Richard “Developing Effective Corporate Governance,” in Wesson, Thomas, ed., The New World Economic Order (Toronto: Captus Press, 2007), 260-274. Adapted from the Annual Queen’s Business Law Symposium conference proceedings, infra. See http://www.captus.com/Information/catalogue/book.asp?Book+Number=935 for more information.

Leblanc, Richard, “Assessing the Effectiveness of Boards of Directors and Individual Directors,” in Ali, Paul U., and Gregoriou, Greg N., eds., International Corporate Governance After Sarbanes-Oxley (Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2006), 485-524. Adapted from Leblanc, 20 Questions Directors Should Ask About Assessments, infra.

Journal Articles

Please see full and most recent publications here: http://www.yorku.ca/rleblanc/html/spc.html

Leblanc, Richard “The Walker Review Proposes ‘The Toughest Governance Regime in the World,’” International Journal of Disclosure and Governance (2010) 7:1, 20-27. Please see here. Adapted and modified from “The Walker Review in the UK Proposes Tough New Regulatory Requirements”, supra. This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in International Journal of Disclosure and Governance. The definitive publisher-authenticated version International Journal of Disclosure and Governance (2010) 7:1, 20-27 is available online: http://www.palgrave-journals.com/jdg/index.html

Leblanc, Richard, and Schwartz, Mark, “Effective Boards of Directors: An Examination of Director Behavioural-Types,” Corporate Ownership & Control (Winter 2008) 5:2, 154-167.

Leblanc, Richard “Recruitment, training and assessment (and removal) of directors post SOX,” International Journal of Disclosure and Governance (February 2008) 5:1 at 8-14.

Leblanc, Richard, “Risk Management Oversight: Is Your Board at Risk?” Directors Monthly, National Association of Corporate Directors, (Washington, D.C.: June 2008), 17-18. Reprinted within program “The Board’s Role in Risk Assessment, Mitigation and Disclosure,” American Bar Association (ABA) Corporate Governance Committee and Corporate Compliance and Corporate Counsel Committee, New York City, August 9, 2008.

Leblanc, Richard “External Disclosure of Leading Governance Assessment Practices: What Shareholders Should be Asking and Companies Should be Disclosing,” International Journal of Disclosure and Governance (August 2007), 167-180.

Leblanc, Richard, and Schwartz, Mark, “The Black Box of Board Process: Gaining Access to a Difficult Subject,” Corporate Governance: An International Review (September 2007), 843-851.

Bury, Sophie, and Leblanc, Richard, “Corporate Governance Research on the Free Web: A Selected Annotated Guide,” Reference Services Review (2007) 35:3, 497-514.

Leblanc, Richard, “Corporate Governance and Board Effectiveness 2.0,” International Journal of Business Governance and Ethics (2007) 3:2, 106-112.

Leblanc, Richard “Effective Risk Oversight by Boards in 2007: What are the Key Areas,” Corporate Governance: International Journal for Enhancing Board Performance (2007) 7:1, 18-20.

Leblanc, Richard “The Eight “Cs: Of Board Performance Assessment” The Corporate Board (May-June 2007), 16-21.

Smith, Mark, and Leblanc, Richard, “Nose In, Fingers Out: The Role of Outside Directors in Assessing Insurance Company Strategy” Canadian Insurance (Toronto: March 2007), 36-41.

Leblanc, Richard, “Ten Ways to Enhance the Effectiveness of the Audit Committee,” Ivey Business Journal [Online] (September-October 2007).

Gillies, James, Bartha, Peter and Leblanc, Richard, “Structure vs. Function and the Evolution of Corporate Governance Regulation and Research in the United States,” Russian Management Journal (2006) 4:1, 147-162.

Leblanc, Richard, “The Nomination and Assessment of Individual Directors: Questions Shareholders Should Be Asking: A Case Study,” Corporate Governance: International Journal for Enhancing Board Performance (2006) 6:3, 24-28.

Leblanc, Richard, and Gillies, James, “Governance 2.0: From Compliance to Strategy: Is Your Board Prepared,” Corporate Governance: International Journal for Enhancing Board Performance (2006) 6:1, 4-6.

Leblanc, Richard “Assessing Individual Directors: An Idea Whose Time Has Come,” Journal on Corporate Governance in Russia and Other Transitional Economies [Online] (October 2006).

Leblanc, Richard, and Gillies, James, “The Coming Revolution in Corporate Governance,” Corporate Governance: International Journal for Enhancing Board Performance (2006) 5:2, 6-10. (This article is adapted from Chapter 11 from Inside the Boardroom, supra.)

Leblanc, Richard, 20 Questions Directors Should Ask About Assessments (Toronto: Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, 2006).

Jones, Mark, and Leblanc, Richard, “Human Chemistry and Independent Assessment Drive Boardroom Performance,” Company Director (Australian Institute for Company Directors: July 2006), 50-52.

Leblanc, Richard, “Understanding the Revolution in Corporate Governance,” Across the Board: A Newsletter for Australian Directors (February 2006), 8-10.

Leblanc, Richard, “What Gets Measured Gets Managed,” Across the Board: A Newsletter for Australian Directors (December 2006), 8-10. Reprinted in Audit Committee Quarterly, Audit Committee Institute Ireland (February 2008), 9-11.

Jones, Mark, and Leblanc, Richard, “Human ‘Chemistry’: A Key Driver of Future Australian Boardroom Performance,” International Corporate Governance Review (2006), 86-91.

Leblanc, Richard “Assessing Board Leadership,” Corporate Governance: An International Review (September 2005), 654-666.

Leblanc, Richard, “The Coming Revolution in Corporate Governance,” Australian Chief Executive (May 2006), “adapted from Richard Leblanc’s address Effective Corporate Governance: Measuring and Benchmarking Board and Director Performance, to CEDA Melbourne on 8 November 2005,” 24-27.

Leblanc, Richard, contributor, “Performance Measurement: A Finance and Management Special Report (SR9),” Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (September 2005), 33-34.

Leblanc, Richard “What’s Wrong With Corporate Governance: A Note,” Corporate Governance: An International Review (October 2004), 436-441.

Leblanc, Richard, “Preventing Future Hollingers,” Ivey Business Journal (September-October 2004), 1-9.

Leblanc, Richard, and Schwartz, Mark, “The Black Box of Board Process: Lessons in Studying Difficult Subjects,” Academy of Management Meeting (Research Methods Division), New Orleans, August 2004 (accepted but not presented).

Leblanc, Richard, and Gillies, James, “The Coming Revolution in Corporate Governance,” Ivey Business Journal (September-October 2003), 1-11.

Leblanc, Richard, “Director Education and Orientation Programs,” The Corporate Board (July-August 2003), 23-25.

Light, Dorothy K., and Leblanc, Richard, “Integrating the New and Educating the Current Director,” The Effective Board (National Association for Corporate Directors, Washington, D.C., July 2003), 7-9.

Leblanc, Richard, “Research Note on Board Effectiveness,” Director’s Monthly (National Association for Corporate Directors, Washington, D.C., November 2002), 17.

Leblanc, Richard, “Assessing Board Performance: 10 Key Factors,” The Corporate Board (January-February 2002), 1-7.

Leblanc, Richard, “Board Assessments” Directors Monthly, Special Issue on Board Evaluation, National Association of Corporate Directors, Washington, D.C., Spring 2002.

Leblanc, Richard, “Board Assessment: A Top 10 List for Assessing the Effectiveness of Your Board and Individual Directors,” Federated Press Journal of Corporate Governance 2001 (1:4), 38-43.

Leblanc, Richard, and Hebb, Laurence, “Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Practice,” within a special essay forum in memory of Max Clarkson, Business & Society (March 1999),

Leblanc, Richard “Are Global Corporate Governance Practices Converging? A Report to the OECD on Corporate Governance and Lessons from the Asian Currency Crisis,” Global Focus (1999) 11:2, 151-166. (This journal has been merged with Thunderbird International Business Review.)

Leblanc, Richard, and Hebb, Laurence, “Directors at the Gate,” Professional Administrator, newsletter of The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators in Canada (1999) 23:2, 18-21.

Hebb, Laurence, and Leblanc, Richard, “Ethics in International Business Transactions,” Canadian International Lawyer (1998) 3:1, 1-7, 27.

Conference Proceedings

Conger, Jay, Dalton, Dan, Leblanc, Richard, Liang, Neng, and Useem, Michael, “Boards of Directors,” a Symposium Submission for the Academy of Management Meetings, Chicago, 2009.

Burke, Ronald, and Leblanc, Richard, “Women on Corporate Boards of Directors: Ongoing Challenges,” presentation to “Women on Boards of Directors: Interventional Strategies and Global Action for Board Level Gender Equity” Symposium, Academy of Management Meeting, Atlanta, 2006.

Leblanc, Richard, “The Firm: Developing Effective Governance,” in Anand, Anita I. and Flanagan, William F., eds., “Conflicts of Interest in Capital Market Structures: Papers Presented at the 10th Annual Queen’s Business Law Symposium October 2003” (2004), 1-16. See also Peter Dey, “Thoughts on Richard Leblanc’s Paper, ‘The Firm – Developing Effective Governance,’” ibid., 17-18, and W. F. Flanagan, “Comment on Richard Leblanc’s paper…,” ibid., 19-21.

Presentation, “Plenary Session 9: Board Effectiveness: How to Measure What Really Counts,” GUBERNA, Brussels (December 6, 2010). Submission entitled “Separating the Role of Chair and CEO – More is Needed, Including Leadership Skills and Industry Knowledge” accepted (with Katrina Pick) for presentation at the Corporate Governance & Global financial crisis conference, Wharton School, Philadelphia (September 24, 2010). Submission entitled “Working with part-time faculty to enhance teaching and the curriculum” accepted (with Sandra Scott) for Round-Table Discussion at the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education conference, Toronto (June 24, 2010). Submission entitled “The Movement Towards Independently Assured Board Evaluation: Development of Criteria and Processes and Implications for the Internal Audit Function” accepted to the 8th European Conference on Internal Audit and Corporate Governance, Chios, Greece (2010. Did not attend).

Conference Papers

Leblanc, Richard, and Lascaris, A. Dimitri, “Shareholder Litigation: An Important Tool for Effecting Corporate Governance Reform,” The Second International Class Action Conference, Westin Hotel, Sydney, Australia, October 25-26, 2007.

Leblanc, Richard, “Improving Board Decision-Making: An Inside View,” Henley Management College, October 2003 and October 2005, Oxfordshire, U.K.

Leblanc, Richard, “Getting Into the Black Box: What Really Matters in Board Decision-Making,” Henley Management College, Oct. 2000, Oxfordshire, U.K.

Professional Journal Articles

Please see full and most recent professional journal articles (refereed and non-refereed) here: http://www.yorku.ca/rleblanc/html/spc.html

Forthcoming


Teaching:

Approach To Teaching

Graduate / Professional

Member, Faculty of Graduate Studies, York University.

Member, PhD Examining Committee, Solange Charas, Case Western Reserve University, 2013-2014.

Research Fellow and Advisory Board Member, Institute for Excellence in Corporate Governance, University of Texas at Dallas, Jindal School of Management, 2012 – present.

Harvard University, Summer Faculty, 26 June – 9 August 2012, 25 June – 8 August 2013, and 24 June – 7 August 2014.

Adjunct Faculty, Osgoode Hall Law School, January – April 2011.

Member, PhD Examining Committee, “Strengthening the Stakeholder Principle: The Path of Corporate Law,” by P.M. Vasudev, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, 28 January 2011.

Member, PhD Examining Committee, “Law, Development and Corporate Law Reform in China: Revealing the Embedded Social Values of the Corporation,” by Gil Lan, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, 11 February 2011.

Dean’s Representative, LLM Defence, Victoria Torrie (Supervisor: Stephanie Ben-Ishai), entitled ”Analyzing the Canadian Third-Party ABCP Liquidity Crisis and Restructuring Through the Lenses of Securities and Insolvency Law,“ Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, 15 April 2010.

Courses Developed and Taught

Assisted in the development and ongoing revision, in conjunction with industry experts, courses in enterprise risk management and strategy, MFAc program, 2012 – present.

Developed and taught GS/FACC 6220: “Governance of Executive Compensation and Shareholder Accountability,” Master of Financial Accountability Program (MFAc), School of Administrative Studies, York University, 2012 – present. See course outline here.

Developed and taught GS/FACC 6460: “Accountability Issues in the Government and Not-for-Profit Sectors,” Master of Financial Accountability Program (MFAc), School of Administrative Studies, York University, 2012 – present. See course outline here.

GS/LAW 6749: Corporate Governance (with Poonam Puri), Part-Time LLM Specializing in Business Law, Osgoode Professional Development Program, York University (30 March - 1 April, 2011).

GS/FACC 6220: “Corporate Governance and Financial Accountability,” Master of Financial Accountability Program (MFAc), School of Administrative Studies, York University, 2011 – present.

LW/LAW 5170: Corporate Governance, LLB Program, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University (January - April, 2011).

“Boards of Directors,” Joint Schulich-Kellogg EMBA Programs, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006.

SMGT 6150: “Boards of Directors,” Schulich School of Business, York University, 1999-2002.

MGMT 6200: “Business Administration and the Law,” Schulich School of Business, York University, 1997, 2000.

MGMT 5250: “Managing in a Contemporary Context,” Schulich School of Business, York University, 1997.

Undergraduate Courses Developed and Taught

ADMS 4920: “Governance of Government Enterprises and Not-for-Profit Organizations,” Bachelor of Administrative Studies Program (BAS), School of Administrative Studies, York University, 2014 – present.

ADMS 4690: “Board Leadership, Effectiveness & Succession Planning,” Bachelor of Administrative Studies Program (BAS), School of Administrative Studies, York University, 2012 – present.

ADMS 2610: “Elements of Law: Part 1,” Atkinson Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies, July 2004 - 2010, 2013 (forthcoming).

MGMT 1010: “Environmental Context of Management,” Schulich School of Business, York University, 1998-2004.

PLCY 4200: “Business Administration and the Law,” Schulich School of Business, York University, 1996-2000.

SGMT 4010: “Strategic Management,” Schulich School of Business, York University, 1997-1998.