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James D. Fleck

James Fleck

James D. Fleck

Professor Emeritus of Strategic Management


DBA, Harvard University
BA, University of Western


Dr. James D. Fleck, C.C., earned a B.A. from the University of Western Ontario and a D.B.A. from Harvard, before returning to Canada to help found the Faculty of Administrative Studies at York University. He has had a distinguished career in the private and government sectors as well as academia, serving as Secretary of Cabinet for Premier William Davis in the Government of Ontario. He is the founder and former CEO of Fleck Manufacturing Co. and has served on many corporate boards. An emeritus professor and recipient of an Honorary Degree from the University of Toronto, he was the President of the Art Gallery of Ontario and is Vice Chair of the Museum of Civilization, founder of the Toronto Music Garden and the Power Plant, and Chairman of the Harbourfront Foundation. He is immediate past Chair of Council for Business and the Arts in Canada (now called Business / Arts). Dr. Fleck received the Edmund C. Bovey Award for Leadership Support of the Arts in 2003 and was honoured with the Angel Award for Philanthropy in the Arts by the International Society of Performing Arts in 2009. Jim also received the Governor General’s Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Voluntarism in the Performing Arts in 2009.

Academic Positions

  • 1979-Present

    Professor, Rotman School of Management

  • 1978-1979

    Visiting Professor, JFK School of Government at Harvard

  • 1976-1978

    Deputy Minister of Industry and Tourism,

  • 1974-1975

    Secretary of the Cabinet and the two years previous, CEO, Office of the Premier

  • 1969-1971

    Executive Director of Government Productivity,

  • 1966-1970

    Associate Dean, Faculty of Administrative Studies, York UniversityPH ::Visiting Professor::Keio University, Tokyo

  • Visiting Professor, INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France

  • Visiting Professor, University of Western Ontario, London

  • 1964-1966

    Faculty member, Harvard Business School

Selected Publications - Papers

  • Business Can Succeed, Understanding the Political Environment

    with A. Litvak

    Canada Publishing Corporation

  • Canada Can Compete Strategic Management of the Canadian Industrial Portfolio

    with J. D'Cruz

    Institute for Research on Public Policy

  • Yankee Canadians in the Global Economy: Strategic Management of U.S.A. Subsidiaries Under Free Trade

    with J. D'Cruz

    National Centre for Management Research & Development, UWO

Research and Teaching Interests

Previously taught Business and Government Relations in both the Executive and Full-Time MBA Programs.

Honors and Awards

  • Officer of the Order of Canada,

  • Silver Medal in the Deloitte & Touche "Best of the Best" Award for 'The Globalization of Manufacturing',

  • Ford Foundation Fellow,

Academic / Professional Service

  • Present

    Past President and Trustee Emeritus, a lifetime appointment to the AGO Board of Trustees in recognition of distinguished service to the AGO., Art Gallery of Ontario

  • Until its sale in 1994

    CEO of Fleck Manufacturing Inc.,

  • Director of ATI Technologies Inc., Financial Models Company Inc., Noma Industries Limited, Promis Systems Corporation Limited, Rogers Multimedia Inc., and Zurich Life Insurance Company of Canada,

  • Past Chairman of Tennis Canada, and of the Power Plant, Contemporary Art at Harbourfront Centre,