The Directors College Faculty

Our faculty of professionals, corporate directors and academics covers the full range of governance, accounting, law, regulations and human dynamics. Modules are delivered through a combination of lectures, interactive working sessions and case studies.

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Dr. Richard Leblanc
Associate Professor, Law, Governance & Ethics, York University

Professor Richard Leblanc is an award-winning teacher and researcher, consultant, lawyer and specialist on corporate governance and accountability. He is a former recipient of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40™award, received a teaching award as one of the top five university teachers in Ontario, and was named to Canadian Who’s Who.

His applied research has been used by, and he has advised, financial and securities regulators, investors, hedge funds, and board and committee chairs. He has provided extensive service as an external advisor to boards that have won national awards and peer endorsement from institutional shareholders for their governance practices. He has been retained to advise on defective boards to implement governance and shareholder accountability reform. He has evaluated boards, board committees, committee chairs and CEOs, and has advised on CEO performance and both director and CEO succession planning and removal, consistent with shareholder value creation and accountability.

Dr. Richard Leblanc has taught corporate governance at leading universities including Harvard University, to a variety of students, and in a variety of programs, including MBA, EMBA, JD, LLM and MFAc programs, and to undergraduate, graduate and executives. He has lectured in Canada, the US, UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Russia and Mexico. He has published in academic and practitioner journals and has won awards for his teaching and research. Regulators Dr. Leblanc has assisted include OSFI, OSC, FICOM, AGCO, FSCO and others. He currently serves as a strategic advisor at the Institute for Excellence in Corporate Governance at the University of Texas at Dallas (at the Naveen Jindal School of Management).

He has been a contributor for Huffington Post Canada, the Institute for Corporate Directors, Listed Magazine, Canadian Business, The Conference Board, ICSA Canada, and founded the discussion group on LinkedIn, Boards and Advisors, which is now one of the largest and most active corporate governance groups on LinkedIn (> 10,000 members). Dr. Leblanc provides hands on examples to directors, executives and students in the form of customized programs, courses, workshops and one-on-one training. He is a frequent speaker and media commentator.

Professor Leblanc’s current research involves studying boards, investors and directors who focus on value creation, interviewing top-rated shareholder activists, hedge funds, private equity leaders, members of the NACD 100 and top 100 CEO listing with proven track records of value creation. His work is known for its independence, rigor, direct observation, interviews, and grounding in best practice.

Professor Leblanc can be reached at, followed on Twitter at @drrleblanc, or through his LinkedIn group, Boards and Advisors.

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What our graduates say?

“The Chartered Director program provided me with a solid foundation in governance which built my confidence to comprehensively serve as a director. The exceptional content and educational process enhanced my curiosity, courage and ability to ask the right questions on crown, non-profit and corporate boards.”

Victor T. Thomas, C.Dir., H.R.C.C.C., Vice Chair, SaskEnergy

“I thought the entire program was very well developed and comprehensive. You never know what to expect when you sign-up for these programs and this exceeded my expectations and was a great learning opportunity.”

James Scongack, C.Dir., Vice-President of Corporate Affairs, Bruce Power LP

“I found the Chartered Director Program to be an excellent forum to understand how strong governance complements effective management. The ability to create and execute an effective strategy is significantly enhanced by a robust process inclusive of board engagement where the right questions are asked and expected outcomes are identified. I truly enjoyed the setting which fostered a strong level of interaction that was supported by quality presentations and material. As CEO of a Shared Service Organization set to deliver benefits to its members, I see the advantage of having a number of our board members participating in this program.”

Tony Di Emanuele, MBA, C.Dir., President and CEO, Mohawk Shared Services

“I found the Directors College to be an excellent survey of the important matters of which a director must be aware in today’s corporate environment. The quality of the presentation and materials was first-rate and the perspectives gained were invaluable. I would highly recommend the Directors College.”

The Honourable John Manley, P.C., O.C., C.Dir., Former Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister

“The changes that impact corporate governance are establishing a pattern of increased accountability for the delivery of long-term value to customers, shareholders, employees and society. Proper corporate governance is now being defined to include knowledge of critical elements such as risk management and the measurement of strategic performance. At the end of the day, each board will be judged on its ability to effectively deliver value, rather than on its structure. The Directors College innovative program fills a unique and important gap in providing knowledge and insight as to how this expectation can be met. CMA Canada is pleased to be a sponsor of this timely initiative.”

Steve Vieweg, C.Dir., Director, Executive Development, I.H. Asper School of Business – University of Manitoba

“As an organization focused on educating corporate secretaries, the ICSA believes in furthering the potential of board members to better contribute to building effective governance structures. Given the key role of directors and corporate secretaries in applying proper boardroom practices, corporations need to ensure that these individuals meet a professional standard. The Directors College curriculum covers all the formal regulatory issues for directors and also addresses the informal skills of building effective and appropriate relationships with senior management. We see significant benefits to this program and ICSA is pleased to endorse it.”

Lynn Beauregard, President, Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries

The Directors College has developed a director education program which goes well beyond the fundamentals to address the structures and the behavioural components of principle-based governance. I am proud to be associated with the Directors College and I am honoured to lend my name to the College’s graduate award.

Gilbert Bennett, Director and Former Chairman of the Board, Canadian Tire Corporation Limited