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Leonard J. Brooks

Leonard J. Brooks

Professor of Business Ethics & Accounting
Executive Director, The Clarkson Centre for Business Ethics & Board Effectiveness
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

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

  • 2016-Present

    Director, Master of Forensic Accounting (MFAcc), University of Toronto Mississauga (previously (DIFA) from 2001)

  • 2014-Present

    Director, Professional Accounting Centre, University of Toronto MIssissauga

  • 2001-Present

    Director, Diploma in Investigative & Forensic Accounting (DIFA), University of Toronto Mississauga

  • 1993-2016

    Director, Master of Management & Professional Accounting Program (MMPA), University of Toronto Mississauga

  • 1980-1988

    Associate Dean, Social SciencesSocial Sciences, University of Toronto Mississauga

  • 1982-1988

    Vice-Principal, Administration, University of Toronto Mississauga

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

  • Corporate Ethical Performance: Trends, Forecasts and Outlooks

    Journal of Business Ethics

    Issue:Vol. 8, No.1 (January)

    1989

    Pages: pp. 31-38

  • 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

  • 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

    Leonard J. Brooks & Paul Dunn

    Cengage Learning, Stamford, CT, USA

    Issue:8e

    2018

    Pages: 670

  • Business & Professional Ethics for Directors, Executives & Accountants

    L.J. Brooks, P. Dunn

    South-Western Cengage Learning

    Issue:6e

    2012

    Pages: 712

  • Corporate Responsibility, an invited chapter in Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics, 2nd Edition

    L.J Brooks

    Elsevier Limited, Oxford, UK

    Issue:2e

    2012

    Pages: 645-655

  • Ethics & Governance

    Leonard J. Brooks & David Selley

    Canadian Centre for Ethics & Corporate Policy

    Issue:4e

    2012

    Pages: 238

  • The Individual in the Workplace, an invited chapter in Business Ethics: Concepts, Cases and Canadian Perspectives, edited by W. Peter Kissick

    Leonard J. Brooks

    Emond Montgomery Publications

    Issue:2e

    2012

    Pages: 187-202

  • 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

  • Business & Professional Ethics for Accountants, (2e)

    South-Western College Publishing, a division of Thomson Learning, Cincinnati, Ohio

    1999

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

Selected Publications - Case

  • Corporate Responsibility”, an invited chapter in Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics

    Leonard J. Brooks

    Elsevier Limited, UK

    Issue:2e

    2012

    Pages: 645-655

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.

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),

Academic / Professional Service

  • 2015-present

    Editorial Review Board, Journal of Forensic Accounting Research, American Accounting Association

  • 2009-present

    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,

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