CUES Governance Leadership Institute™

June 07 - 10, 2020

Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
Toronto, ON

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Rick Powers


Richard C. Powers

After receiving his MBA and LLB from Queen’s University, Rick worked as a corporate lawyer for a national Canadian law firm.  He later served as Corporate Counsel for Honda Canada Inc., before joining the University of Toronto. After teaching and serving in several administrative roles at the University of Toronto at Scarborough, Rick joined the Rotman School of Management in 2005.  He has recently completed a 5-Year term as the Associate Dean and Executive Director of the Rotman MBA and Master of Finance Programs.

Rick’s areas of expertise include corporate governance, ethics, business and corporate law, strategy and sports marketing.  A recipient of numerous teaching and student awards, Rick received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching at the Rotman School of Management in January, 2013.

An internationally recognized expert in both corporate and not-for-profit governance, Rick is the National Academic Director of The Directors Education Program and the Not-For-Profit Governance Essentials Program (in partnership with the Institute of Corporate Directors – ICD).  He also teaches in Rotman’s Executive MBA, OMNIUM, MBA and Executive Education Programs. He is a director of several not-for-profit organizations and frequently comments on legal and governance issues in various media across Canada.

Matt Fulbrook   

Matt Fullbrook

Matt Fullbrook is the Manager of the Clarkson Centre for Board Effectiveness at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. Under his direction, the CCBE has evolved into the central hub of governance research in Canada. Matt has overseen the development and execution of all of the CCBE’s projects since 2004, including the Board Shareholder Confidence Index, Pay/Performance assessment, SME governance ratings, and a newly-launched study of the governance of family firms. The CCBE has studied credit union board effectiveness since 2007, focusing on the links between governance and performance, board renewal, strategy and optimizing boardroom time allocation. Matt has also advised dozens of boards of directors, helping boards to maximize their effectiveness through the formalization of important practices.

John Oesch   

John Oesch

John Oesch is currently teaching Model-Based Business Problem Solving and Organizational Leadership in the MBA Programs at the Rotman School of Management. He has research interests in the areas of decision making, managerial negotiations, and organizational justice. His teaching interests are in the areas of negotiation, decision making, organizational behaviour, and change leadership. John is academic director of Rotman’s Leading Strategic Change Executive program. He has received numerous Rotman MBA and EMBA Teaching Awards as well as the Roger Martin and Nancy Lang Teaching Award in 2009. His publication record includes the Journal of Business Venturing, Social Justice Research, Games and Economic Behavior, and Organization Science.

Dr Peter Stephenson   

Peter Stephenson

Dr. Peter Stephenson specializes in building strategic leadership capability. He is an organizational psychologist, management consultant and trusted advisor to CEOs, boards of directors and executive teams. His clients are predominantly large Canadian organizations and include several U.S. Fortune 500 firms. His practice is founded on the insight that true growth, performance and success are directly related to the development of leadership at the individual, team and organizational level. He has over 20 years of experience helping CEOs, organizations and boards do this more effectively.

Peter consults on a broad range of leadership issues including the implementation of business strategy, merger and acquisition integration, executive assessment and development, board effectiveness, and organization restructuring.  With his dual background in management and the behavioural sciences, Peter combines his strategic perspective on business with a firm grounding in organizational behaviour. He understands individuals and teams. He is highly skilled in analyzing competencies, motivations and potential, and in collaborating with clients to help facilitate the changes that will make a real and lasting difference to their performance.

Peter has a B.Sc. from Trent University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Applied Psychology from the University of Toronto. He is a frequent guest speaker on board governance, strategy implementation, succession planning and executive development. He has served on several non-profit boards.  Peter is a graduate of the ICD Corporate Governance College Director Education Program and has his ICD.D designation.

Prior to founding Meridien in 1997, he spent 14 years at RHR International – a leading international firm of management psychologists – where he led the firm’s strategy and change implementation practice and managed the growth of its Canadian business. He was also an internal organization development consultant with a major oil company.

Glen Whyte   

Glen Whyte

Glen Whyte is Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management and holder of the Marcel Desautels Chair in Integrative Thinking at the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. He has an MBA from the University of Toronto, and MA, MPhil, and PhD degrees in Organizational Behavior from the School of Management, Yale University.

He is also a lawyer (J.D. - Osgoode Hall Law School), an award winning teacher and researcher, and spent his most recent sabbatical as visiting Professor in the

Negotiations, Organizations, and Markets (NOM) group at the Harvard Business School after 5 years as Associate Dean at Rotman.

Glen is the former Executive Director of MBA Programs at Rotman and Simon Reisman Chair at the Treasury Board of Canada. He has expertise in negotiations, decision making, risk management, and corporate governance and has extensive consulting experience in both private and public sector organizations. Glen is currently Academic Director for several Rotman School executive education programs, including the Directors' Education Program sponsored by Rotman and the Institute of Corporate Directors.


Faculty subject to change.