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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, followed on Twitter at @drrleblanc, or through his LinkedIn group, Boards and Advisors.
- HRCC Module 1 in Calgary, AB (March 10-11, 2014)
- Module 2: Leadership and Strategy in Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (March 20-22, 2014)
- Module 1: Accountability and Change in Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (April 3-5, 2014)
- Annual Graduation and Alumni Event in Toronto, ON (April 10-10, 2014)
- Module 3: Oversight and Finance in Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (April 24-26, 2014)