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Gordon D. Richardson

Gordon D. Richardson

Gordon D. Richardson

Professor of Accounting


PhD, Cornell University
MBA, York University
BA, University of Toronto




Gordon Richardson is a Professor of Accounting who joined the University of Toronto in 2002. During his career he has developed an international reputation as a leading scholar in academic accounting. Prof. Richardson is a capital markets researcher and has numerous studies in peer reviewed academic journals. Most recently has published several studies related to environmental accounting involving greenhouse gases and corporate social responsibility. He has also conducted research in the area of the valuation of private companies and the Private Company Discount, the usefulness of internal control disclosures mandated by Sarbanes-Oxley, the impact of Sarbanes-Oxley on the valuation of private companies, and the impact of voluntary disclosures on firm valuation. He specializes in accounting based valuation models and the value relevance for investors of financial statements. In 2007, he received the Haim Falk Award for Distinguished Contribution to Accounting Thought by The Canadian Academic Accounting Association. In 2022,  Prof. Richardson was inducted into the Canadian Accounting Hall Of Fame in the Leaders of the Profession category in recognition of his outstanding contributions to Canadian and international accounting.

Academic Positions

  • 2002 - present

    Full Professor, University of Toronto

  • 2001-2006

    Editor, Contemporary Accounting Research

  • 1989-2002

    Chaired Full Professor, University of Waterloo

  • 1987-1989

    Associate Professor, McMaster University

  • 1983-1987

    Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia

Selected Publications - Papers


Prof. Richardson has taught accounting courses in the Rotman Commerce program, winning an excellence in teaching award six times, as well as in the Rotman MBA, and PhD programs. He has served as the head of the dissertation committees of 14 Rotman PhD graduates. From 2015 to 2021, he served as the Academic Co-Director of the Rotman Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting.