Faculty and Staff
Faculty and guest instructors from law, business, accounting, social investing and organizational development join academics with backgrounds in philosophy, literature, ethics and environmental studies.
BOB WILLARD, PhD - Internationally Respected Author, Speaker and Sustainability Leader
Bob is a leading expert on quantifying and selling the business value of sustainability strategies and has given hundreds of keynote presentations to corporate, government, university and NGO audiences. His publications include The Sustainability Advantage; The Next Sustainability Wave; The Sustainability Champion’s Guidebook and The New Sustainability Advantage (2012).
Bob applies his business and leadership experience from his 34-year career at IBM Canada to engage the business community in proactively avoiding risks and capturing opportunities by using smart environmental, social, and governance (ESG) strategies.
M.J. (MIMI) MARROCCO, PhD - Faculty Leader, Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility
Mimi Marrocco is the Faculty Leader for the Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility at St. Michael's College. She started the program in 2001 in partnership with the Conference Board of Canada; while serving as founding Director of Continuing Education at St. Michael’s.
She is the past Chair of the EthicsCentre CA (formally incorporated as the Centre for Ethics and Corporate Policy). She also served as President of the Ontario Council for Lifelong Learning from 1999-2000 and went on to become President of the Canadian Association for University Continuing Education (CAUCE) (2005-2007).
She is the founder of Sense & Sustainability, a consultancy focused on affective approaches to leadership, stakeholder engagement and Corporate Social Responsibility. Mimi holds a Ph.D. in English Literature specializing in the work of modern writers of satirical fiction. Mimi brings a unique reflective and transformational perspective to the program.
KAZ FLINN, Certificate in CSR - Governance and Strategy
Kaz Flinn established and led Scotiabank’s global Corporate Social Responsibility function from 2006 to 2015 as the Vice President Corporate Social Responsibility. She was responsible for leading the organization’s CSR strategy and initiatives across governance, community, employment, customer and environmental sectors.
Under her leadership, Scotiabank created a CSR strategy which included an environmental policy and energy savings program; significantly strengthened impacted global community development through microfinance initiatives; responded to HIV/AIDS with a global strategy and extended the Bank’s locally focused philanthropic program to support communities across 55 countries. She was awarded the Clean Tech award in 2013 for her leadership in environmental sustainability. Kaz regularly speaks to audiences on the value and challenges of integrating CSR in large organizations.
Kaz Flinn is a former member of the Advisory Committee of the Schulich Centre of Excellence in Responsible Business; a past and founding board member of the Canadian Network of the UN Global Compact. and she was on the board of directors of Canadian Business for Social Responsibility for six years. She has also been involved with charity fundraising campaigns such as the United Way where she co-chaired a corporate Scotiabank United Way Campaign raising 25 million dollars. She is currently a member of the University of St. Michaels College Advisory Committee for the CSR/ Sustainability Masters Certificate Program and is a contributing lecturer. She completed the Harvard Executive Business School CSR Program in 2014.
LEONARD J. BROOKS, B.Comm., MBA, FCPA, FCA - Business Ethics and Accounting
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. Visit Professor Brook's webpage.
WES GEE, Master Sustainable Business, Certificate in Cleaner Production, B.Commerce - Reporting Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility.
Combining academic expertise with extensive professional experience, Wesley leads the sustainability practice at The Works Design Communication Ltd. Drawing on his background as a sustainability consultant, he provides guidance on stakeholder engagement, materiality and sustainability communications/reporting to leading Canadian companies including Goldcorp, Loblaw Companies Limited, Maple Leaf Foods, Scotiabank and Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan.
Noted for his practical perspective, Wesley contributed to the development of the G4 (GRI) Guidelines, serves on sector working groups with the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, and recently co-authored two publications with CPA Canada, including A Starter's Guide to Sustainability Reporting. He is a judge for the CPA Canada Corporate Reporting Awards and is a frequent speaker at conferences and events.
Wesley is a CSR/sustainability lecturer at Ryerson University and University of Toronto. Before joining The Works, he was Senior Sustainability Consultant at Stantec and Senior CSR Advisor at Canadian Business for Social Responsibility. Wesley is a graduate of the Master’s in Sustainable Business program from the University of Leeds, and holds a post-graduade Certificate in Cleaner Production and Sustainable Development at Lund University and a Bachelor of Commerce from Dalhousie University.
CATHY GALLAGHER-LOUISY - Diversity and Inclusion
Cathy is Senior Director, Consulting, Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (“CCDI”). (www.ccdi.ca). She is an experienced CSR and Diversity and Inclusion professional with over twenty years’ experience in corporate, government, and non-profit organizations.
Cathy leads the CCDI’s cultural competence consulting portfolio and provides a range of leadership development, strategy development and change management consulting and training services within both public and private sector organizations and academic institutions. Previously, as CCDI’s Director, Knowledge Services for four years, Cathy led the CCDI’s research and knowledge services portfolio. She is the author of CCDI’s five toolkits for D&I practitioners, and she has written or co-written 17 major research and benchmarking reports on diversity and inclusion.
Cathy was the lead developer for the Centennial College Certificate in Leadership and Inclusion, and she is one of only 4 Canadian Expert Panelists on the Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks. Cathy has achieved certification in the Intercultural Development Inventory and Prosci ADKAR Change Management certification. She is a regularly invited guest speaker at academic and professional conferences and corporate events regarding diversity and inclusion and corporate social responsibility.
RON KNOWLES, MBA, FCMC - Change Management & Organizational Effectiveness
A Principal with Western Management Consultants, Ron specializes in assessments of organization effectiveness and structure, organization design, strategic business planning, team building and executive coaching. Ron holds an MBA from the University of Toronto and is a Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants of Ontario. His academic background includes the study of psychology and his business experience, in addition to over twenty years of consulting work, includes experience in Human Resource Management (at T. Eaton company) and as VP Personnel, later Senior Vice President, Homes, responsible for the management of Beaver Lumber’s Urban Home Centre Business. Ron was an instructor in the Change Management program a the Rotman Faculty of Management and collaborated (together with James Chisholm) in the design and development of ExperienceCSR.
KATHRYN COOPER, B.Sc., MBA, M.Ed. (SUSTAINABILITY & ENVIRONMENT) - Sustainability & Corporate Social Responsibility Education
Kathryn is President of the Sustainability Learning Centre; a learning and networking hub for sustainability. The Centre focuses on the development of practical Sustainability Core Competencies and Whole Employee Engagement for Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility. The Centre delivers sustainability focused professional development workshops to hundreds of people each year, through public and in-house programs instructor-led programs and E-Learning.
She participated in the International Society of Sustainability Professionals’ Task Analysis and Body of Knowledge development for sustainability. Kathryn is also a member of a Canadian initiative to conduct a nation-wide consultation and survey on the certification of Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility professionals.
Kathryn teaches Corporate Social Responsibility for Nipissing University, and Sustainable Operations and Culture Change and Engagement for Sustainability at Conestoga College.
She is a graduate of York University with a Master of Education on Sustainability and the Environment. She holds an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Guelph.
Kathryn is a Certified Sustainability Associate under the International Society of Sustainability Professionals; Board Member of eMERGE Guelph, an NGO focused on reducing the environmental footprint of Guelph residents; and an elected member of the Upper Grand District School Board including the Board’s Environmental Education and Responsibility Committee.