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Richard Leblanc

Lawyer, Consultant, Researcher

Professor Richard Leblanc is an award-winning teacher and researcher, consultant, lawyer and specialist on boards of directors. He is also a former recipient of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40™ award and was recently named to Canadian Who’s Who.

Governments, regulators, industry and shareholder associations have drawn on Professor Leblanc’s expertise and work. He blogs for Canadian Business and founded the discussion group on LinkedIn, Boards and Advisors.

He has taught at leading universities including Harvard University.

Dr. Leblanc has served as an external advisor to boards that have won national awards. He can be reached at rleblanc@yorku.ca, followed on Twitter at @drrleblanc, and through his advisory firm, Boardexpert.com.
CEO Coaching: Lessons From The

CEO Coaching: Lessons From The Trenches

Alcohol problems, drug use, sexual misconduct, financial misconduct, defensiveness, denial, berating of other senior management and directors, litigation, loss of key employees, toxicity and bulling. There is not much I have not seen when I am called in to coach the CEO. And CEO misbehaviour happens in the highest level of corporate Canada. You may be surprised, but I am not.
08/30/2016 12:02 EDT
Don't Wait for Regulators to Diversify Your Corporate

Don't Wait for Regulators to Diversify Your Corporate Board

When a regulator advises a board of corporate directors that progress on gender diversity is "simply not good enough," that is code that the status quo will not continue and that more regulation may result. And the second wave of regulation is often worse than the first.
10/22/2015 05:29 EDT
How Should a Board of Directors Oversee

How Should a Board of Directors Oversee Ethics?

In all of my interviews with directors over the years, when I ask about a director's greatest regret the answer is consistently, "I should have spoken up when I had the chance." Chances are several of your colleagues are thinking the exact same thing.
08/27/2015 01:00 EDT
Integrity Is Good for Business and

Integrity Is Good for Business and Boards

Western industry will mistakenly argue that integrity laws will disadvantage them or cost their industry jobs, but the reality is the opposite. Tough integrity laws will prevent substandard competitors from offering bribes, will disincentivize recipients from receiving bribes, and will strengthen Western companies who compete on the basis of price, quality and service.
05/31/2015 09:34 EDT
The Executive Pay Model Is Broken. Here Are Three Ways to Fix

The Executive Pay Model Is Broken. Here Are Three Ways to Fix it

Regulators have a poor track record of getting executive pay right. Indeed, some say U.S. Congress has been the single greatest driver of increasing CEO pay. According to a survey by Mercer, a majority of UK board members believe the executive pay model is broken. Here are three ways to fix it.
05/25/2015 08:03 EDT
Do You Recognize Any of These Anti-Fraud and Corruption Governance Red

Do You Recognize Any of These Anti-Fraud and Corruption Governance Red Flags?

Do you recognize any of these red flags? On a board or in a company of which you serve? Allegations of wrongdoing can put assets and reputation at risk. Regulators have enormous power, and are focusing their sights much more on the role a board plays, or does not play, in overseeing the affairs of the company.
12/22/2014 06:33 EST
2015 Trends and Answers in Corporate

2015 Trends and Answers in Corporate Governance

2015 is shaping up to be a year where boards, once again, will be under intense pressure and scrutiny to get it right. Here is a list of trends and key issues, along with what boards are or should be doing in response.
12/11/2014 05:38 EST
2015 Corporate Governance

2015 Corporate Governance Trends

2015 is shaping up to be a year where boards, once again, will be under intense pressure and scrutiny to get it right. Here is a list of trends and key issues, along with what boards are or should be doing in response.
12/11/2014 04:32 EST
'Tis the Season to Prevent Cyber-Hacking (Here's

'Tis the Season to Prevent Cyber-Hacking (Here's How)

What are best practices individuals can employ to lessen the chance of hacking of their computer or device? Here is a quick "top 20 list," based on part of an education session I have been providing to directors of company boards on cyber security.
12/09/2014 06:06 EST
Canada's Corporate Governance Guidelines Are Out of

Canada's Corporate Governance Guidelines Are Out of Date

In my teaching, research and consulting, I no longer use "NP-58201 Corporate Governance Guidelines," June 17, 2005 ("Guidelines"), that apply to publicly traded companies in Canada, as an example of exemplary corporate governance. Here are the ten deficiencies to the guidelines as I see them.
10/28/2014 05:37 EDT
Ten Reasons Why Pay Governance is Not

Ten Reasons Why Pay Governance is Not Working

In the public sector in Ontario, there have been several governance scandals, including Ontario Power Generation, eHealth, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, and Ornge, that have included compensation and spending. What this reveals is defective oversight. Governance is not government.
01/24/2014 12:26 EST
The Real Reason CEOs Make So Much More Than Average

The Real Reason CEOs Make So Much More Than Average Workers

"Peer groups" is a basket of similar or larger companies compared to one company, and "benchmarking" is a decision to pay a CEO at the 50th, 75th or 90th percentile of other CEOs. average. This one issue -- benchmarking against peer groups -- has been responsible for CEO pay increases more than any other.
09/23/2013 05:10 EDT
How Long Should a Board Director

How Long Should a Board Director Serve?

Many directors hang on to directorships for far too long. I counted several directors who have been on corporate boards for 10, 15, 20 and 25 years. Many directors hang on to directorships for far too long. I counted several directors who have been on corporate boards for 10, 15, 20 and 25 years.
09/19/2013 12:04 EDT
What Award-Winning Companies Do

What Award-Winning Companies Do Right

I recently served on a governance awards judging panel assembled by the Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries (CSCS). Winners of the awards were announced at this organization's annual conference in Halifax last month. I participated in a plenary discussion to discuss some of the winning practices.
09/17/2013 05:38 EDT