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The Handbook of Board Governance Third Edition Forthcoming March 2024!

20 Questions Directors of Not-For-Profit Organizations Should Ask/20 Questions que les administrateurs d’organismes sans but lucratif devraient poser

Join the discussion in Dr Leblanc's LinkedIn® group… with 30,000+ members—one of the largest and most active corporate governance groups on LinkedIn!

“Richard, this is THE best group; I have never had so much exposure to current evidence based governance practice.”
~Boards and Advisors Group member

“In my opinion, this is one of the most important corporate governance forums anywhere. It spans borders, geographies, leadership & management styles, legal frameworks and, crucially, the academic–practitioner divide. Congratulations on the milestone Richard. The leadership you have provided has made Boards & Advisors a rich melting pot.”
~Boards and Advisors Group member

Practical Relevance of Dr Leblanc’s Work:

Dr Leblanc has facilitated the assessment of boards of directors of public companies that have won governance awards and other forms of peer recognition for their best practices, including from the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance, the Chartered Accountants of Canada, the Conference Board of Canada, and the Globe and Mail.

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Richard W. Leblanc, FCMC, CMC-AF, BSc, MBA, LLB, JD, LLM, PhD
Professor of Governance, Law & Ethics, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, Director, Master of Financial Accountability Program, of the Bar of Ontario; Past Summer Faculty (MGMT S-5018 Corporate Governance) at Harvard UniversityFaculty at the Directors College; and Member, Academic Advisory Board, Canadian Coalition for Good Governance.

Short Bio

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. Click here for more. He is a frequent speaker and media commentator. See here (speaking), here (television, etc.) and here (media outreach) respectively.

PhD York University (Schulich School of Business)
LLM York University (Osgoode Hall Law School)
JD University of Detroit
LLB University of Windsor
MBA University of Toronto (Rotman School of Management)
BSc University of Toronto
Member Law Society of Upper Canada
Member Roll of Solicitors (UK)
FCMC Fellow Certified Management Consultant
CMC-AF Certified Management Consultant - Academic Fellow

Blogs Governance Blog
Conference Board Governance Centre Blog
Huffington Post Canada
Listed Magazine
Tel. +1 (416) 736-2100 x 33744
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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. Click here for more.


Research, Teaching & Speaking Interests
  • Board, Committee and Director Effectiveness and Evaluation;
  • Corporate Law;
  • Diversity; Law and Inequality;
  • Domestic and Comparative Corporate Governance;
  • Governance of Executive Compensation;
  • Governance of Financial Institutions;
  • Law, Regulation & Public Policy;
  • Leadership and Executive Development;
  • Legal Profession;
  • Qualitative Research Methodologies;
  • Risk Governance;
  • Shareholder Democracy and Engagement; and
  • Sustainability; Governance of Stakeholder Relations.