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Leonard J. Brooks

Len Brooks

    Leonard J. Brooks

    Professor of Business Ethics & Accounting
    Executive Director, The Clarkson Centre for Business Ethics & Board Effectiveness
    Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
    Director, Professional Accounting Centre (PAC)
    Director, Master of Management & Professional Accounting Program (MMPA)
    Director, Diploma in Forensic Accounting (DIFA)
    University of Toronto Mississauga

    Degrees: FCPA, FCA
    MBA, University of Toronto
    B.Com., University of Toronto
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    Bio

    Professor Brooks is the Executive Director of the Rotman School’s Clarkson Centre for Business Ethics, and Director of the University’s Professional Accounting Centre, Master of Management & Professional Accounting Program, and Diploma in Investigative and Forensic Accounting Program.  He has authored or co-authored/edited several books including Business & Professional Ethics for Directors, Executives & Accountants, 7e (2015); Ethics & Governance: Developing and Maintaining an Ethical Corporate Culture, 4e (2012); and Principles of Stakeholder Management (1999). Professor Brooks is a former Director of the Canadian Centre for Ethics & Corporate Policy, and was a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal for Business Ethics for fourteen years.  He is a Faculty Associate of the University’s Centre for Ethics and member of its Centre for Bioethics.  His research interests include governance, business and professional ethics, risk management, ethical decision making, conflicts of interest, and developing and maintaining an ethical corporate culture.  He received the 2000 Ethics in Action Award – Ongoing Social Responsibility – Individual in recognition of his leadership in the field of corporate social responsibility.   

    Academic Positions

    1987-Present  Professor of Business Ethics and Accounting; Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
    1996-Present  Executive Director; The Clarkson Centre for Business Ethics, Faculty of Management, University of Toronto
    1993-Present  Director; Master of Management and Professional Accounting Program (MMPA), Rotman School of Management
    2000-Present  Director; Diploma in Forensic Accounting, Rotman School of Management
    1980-1988  Associate Dean; Social SciencesSocial Sciences, University of Toronto at Mississauga
    1982-1988  Vice-Principal; Administration, University of Toronto at Mississauga

    Non-Academic Positions

    1967-1974  Ultimately Director of Manpower;Touche Ross & Co. (Toronto, now Deloitte & Touche)

    Selected Publications - Papers

    • Ethics Education for Professional Accountants: Discussant's Comments on Business Ethics Education by Bradley R. Agle and Ty C. Crossley, in Leveraging Change - The New Pillars of Accounting Education, Proceedings of the New Pillars of Accounting Education Conference, Toronto, November 22, 2010; L.J. Brooks; Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and the University of Toronto; 2011; Pages: 54-58
    • Education for Investigative and Forensic Accounting; Len Brooks and Real Labelle; Canadian Accounting Perspectives; Issue: Vol. 5 No. 2; 2006; Pages: 287-306
    • Conflict of Interest in the Accounting Profession; Conflict of Interest in the Professions, Ed. by M. Davis and A. Stark, Oxford University Press, New York, Chapter 5; 2002; Pages: pp.92-111
    • Codes of Conduct: Trust, Innovation, Commitment and Productivity: A Strategic-Cultural Perspective; Global Outlook: An International Journal of Business, Economics, and Social Policy; Issue: Vol.12, No.2; 2000; Pages: pp. 1-11
    • Sustainability Auditing and Reporting: The Canadian Experience; Journal of Business Ethics; Issue: Vol.17 (October); 1998; Pages: pp. 1499-1507
    • Business Ethics in Canada: Distinctiveness and Directions; Journal of Business Ethics; Issue: Vol. 16 (April); 1997; Pages: pp. 591-604
    • Developing and Maintaining an Ethical Corporate Culture; Toronto: Canadian Centre for Ethics and Corporate Policy; 1995
    • 'The Impact of Stakeholder Theory Management' and 'The Impact of Stakeholder Theory on Organizational Accountability and Governance', essays in 'The Toronto Conference: Reflections on Stakeholder Theory'; Business & Society; Issue: Vol. 33, No. 1 (April); 1994; Pages: pp. 118-121
    • Whistleblowers...Learn to Love Them; Canadian Business Review; Issue: (Summer); 1993; Pages: pp. 19-21
    • Business Ethics: Directions for the 1990s; Canadian Business Review; Issue: Vol. 17, No. 1 (Spring); 1990; Pages: pp. 38-41
    • Ethical Codes of Conduct: Deficient in Guidance for the Canadian Accounting Profession; Journal of Business Ethics; Issue: Vol. 8, No. 5 (May); 1989; Pages: pp. 325-336
    • Corporate Ethical Performance: Trends, Forecasts and Outlooks; Journal of Business Ethics; Issue: Vol. 8, No.1 (January); 1989; Pages: pp. 31-38
    • Canadian Corporate Social Performance, Research Monograph Series; The Society of Management Accountants of Canada; Issue: (Hamilton, May); 1986

    Selected Publications - Books and Chapters

    • Business & Professional Ethics for Directors, Executives & Accountants; L.J. Brooks, P. Dunn; South-Western Cengage Learning; Issue: 6e; 2012; Pages: 712
    • Business & Professional Ethics for Directors, Executives & Accountants; co-author with Paul Dunn; South-Western Cengage Learning, 5e, Mason, Ohio; 2010
    • Earnings Management, an invited chapter in Finance Ethics: Critical Issues in Theory and Practice, John R. Boatright, ed., Robert W. Kolb Series in Finance; L.J. Brooks; John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2010; Pages: 457-473
    • Ethics & Governance: Developing & Maintaining an Ethical Corporate Culture; co-author with David Selley; Canadian Centre for Ethics & Corporate Policy; Issue: 3e, Toronto; 2008; Pages: 197
    • Business & Professional Ethics for Directors, Executives & Accountants, 4e, (3e, 2004); Thomson South-Western College Publishing, Cincinnati, Ohio; 2007
    • Principles of Stakeholder Management: 'The Clarkson Principles'; Co-authored with Lee Preston and Tom Donaldson; Clarkson Centre for Business Ethics, Toronto, funded by the Sloan Foundation; 1999
    • Business & Professional Ethics for Accountants, (2e); South-Western College Publishing, a division of Thomson Learning, Cincinnati, Ohio; 1999
    • Professional Ethics for Accountants: Text, Readings and Cases; Minneapolis/St. Paul: West Publishing Company; 1995
    • Uniform Final Examination Syllabus, (Principal Author); Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, Toronto; 1985
    • Uniform Final Examination Handbook; First Edition (Principal Author) & Second Edition 1980, (Co-author) The Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, (Toronto, 1980 & 1981) French translations made. Subsequently the name of this publication was changed to the UFE Report; 1979

    Recent Presentations

    • Organizational Culture: Critical Areas for Internal Auditors, IIA National Conference, Institute of Internal Auditors Canada, Toronto, September 28, 2011.
    • Public Relations in the New Business Ethics Reality, Presentation to the College of Fellows, Canadian Public Relations Society, Saint John, New Brunswick, June 5, 2011.
    • Business Ethics Perspectives: An Introduction, Master Class in Business Ethics: Second Annual Conference on Teaching Ethics in Universities Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. Sponsored by the Wheatley Institution & The Society for Business Ethics, May 23, 2011.

    Academic / Professional Service

    2009-present  Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Forensic & Investigative Accounting; American Accounting Association
    1989-2003  Editorial Board; Journal of Business Ethics
    1988-2002  Director; The Canadian Centre for Ethics & Corporate Policy
    1986-1987  Acting Chair; Accounting Division, Faculty of Management Studies, University of Toronto
    1985-1986  President & Director; Canadian Academic Accounting Association
    1985-1986  Editor; Corporate Ethics Monitor
    1981-1986  UFE Syllabus Committee
    1976-1980  Discipline Representative for Commerce; Erindale College
    1976-1980  Touche, Ross & Co., Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants: Chairman, Board of Examiners for the 1979 & 1980 Uniform Final Examinations, Chairman, 1967-74

    Honors and Awards

    2011  2011 George Baxter Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Canadian Academic Accounting Association; Canadian Academic Accounting Association
    2000  Ethics in Action Award: Ongoing Social Responsibility - Individual
    1991  Peel Regional Police Citation
    1989  Citation for Outstanding Service; The Canadian Academic Accounting Association
    1982  Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario (FCA)

    Research and Teaching Interests

    Teaches courses in in Business and Professional Ethics Governance, Management Control, Current Accounting Issues, Professional Affairs, Business Ethics for Managers, and Accounting Theory and Research. Research interests include business ethics, management control, corporate governance, strategic planning, codes of conduct, ethics audits and ethical assurance, crisis management, and developing and maintaining an ethical corporate culture.  

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