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Institute faculty members:

Asher Alkoby
Tim Bartkiw
Michael Brooks

Rachel Dodds
Alex Gill
Allen Goss
Sonya Graci
Aziz Guergachi
Murtaza Haider
Alan Kaplan
Gerard Kennedy
Chris MacDonald
Vanessa Magness
Patricia McGraw
Agnes Meinhard
Russell Richman
Cory Searcy
Philip Walsh
Kernaghan Webb
Alex Wellington

Research Assistants (graduate and undergraduate) will also support the work of the Institute.


Profiles of CSR Institute faculty members:

Asher Alkoby practiced commercial law for several years, focusing on banking, real estate and administrative law. He then returned to academia to complete a doctoral degree at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. His doctoral dissertation was an interdisciplinary exploration of the impact of cultural diversity on compliance with supranational norms. Asher's areas of research and publication include public international law, international relations theory, international environmental law and policy, and civil society engagement.

Asher Alkoby teaches Law 122.

Tim Bartkiw is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Resources and Organizational Behaviour.  He holds a Ph.D. in public policy, as well as degrees in economics and law, and previously worked as a labour and employment lawyer in Toronto for several years.  His research interests include industrial relations, and labour/employment law and policy.  He has previously written and published articles on the effects of shifts in labour laws upon the pattern of union organizing and related activities, as well as employer behavioural responses to shifts in labour law and policy.  His current research interests with respect to corporate social responsibility include the nature of voluntary business and NGO-driven regimes establishing norms of behaviour with respect to global labour practices, and the development of public policy towards improved global labour practices.  He currently teaches undergraduate courses in industrial relations and an advanced seminar in industrial relations in which some of these topics are discussed.  His previous research has been published in the Journal of Labor Research, Canadian Public Policy (forthcoming), Relations Industrielles, Labor Studies Journal, How Ottawa Spends, and in various book chapters. 

Tim Bartkiw teaches MHR 670 - Special Topics in HRM/OB.

Michael Brooks is an Associate Professor in Ryerson's Ted Rogers School of Managment at Ryerson University.  He teaches business law, a real estate issues course, and real estate finance. Michael is a leader in the Canadian real estate community as a lawyer and as Executive Director of REALpac, the industry association for large public, private and institutional real estate entities ( Through REALpac, Michael is researching global best practices for triple bottom line reporting for real estate companies, global best practices in green building design and construction (including a recent trip to Australia to see two world class projects in Melbourne), and approaches to controlling greenhouse gas emissions within the commercial building sector.

Rachel Dodds is a Professor in the Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management and is also the Director of the Hospitality and Tourism Management Institute. Her research focuses on sustainable tourism and corporate social responsibility within the tourism industry with a  practical, applied management and development focus.  She is also interested in the ethical and sustainability considerations of tourism.  She holds a PhD from the University of Surrey in the UK that examined policy implementation in islands as it relates to sustainable tourism. Rachel has published widely with peer reviewed journal papers, conference papers and books totalling over 100 publications. She has also been awarded the Dean’s Creative and Scholarly Award twice in six years.

Rachel also has a wide range of experience from all facets of the tourism industry from hotels to government and small business and is the Director/Owner of a boutique consultancy firm: Sustaining Tourism. Shel is a past board member of the Travel and Tourism Research Association, STI and the Icarus Foundation. She has lived in three continents and traveled to over 80 countries.  More details are available at

Recently, the research and teaching of Professor Rachel Dodds, a Ryerson CSR Institute Associate, were the subject of the attached writeup.

Some recent publications include: 

Aall, C., Dodds, R., Sælensminde, I., and Brendehaug, B. (2015) Introducing the concept of Environmental Policy Integration into the discourse on Sustainable Tourism: A way to improve policymaking? Journal of SustainableTourism DOI: 10.1080/09669582.2015.1032300 

Dodds, R., Holmes, M., Arunsopha • V., Chin, N., Le, T., Maung, S., Shum, M. (2014) Consumer Choice and Farmers Markets, Journal of Agricultural and Environment EthicsVol 27 (3), pp. 397-416

Dodds, R., Graci, S. Ko, S. & Walker, L. (2013) What drives environmental sustainability in the New Zealand wine industry?: An examination of driving factors and practices, International Journal of Wine Business Research, Vol. 25 (3), pp.164 - 184

 Dodds, R. (2013) Will tourists pay for a healthy environment? Assessing visitors’ perceptions and willingness to pay for conservation and preservation in the island of Koh Phi Phi, Thailand? Int. Journal of Tourism Anthropology (IJTA)Vol. 3(1) pp. 28-42

Dodds, R. (2012) Ecotourism education and marine conservation: The Case of Coral Park Chumbe Island, Zanzibar.Teoros. Vol 1

Dodds, R. & Graci, G. (2012) Greening Of The Pride Toronto Festival: Lessons Learned Tourism, Culture and Communication Vol. 12 (1) pp. 29-38

Dodds, R. (2012) Sustainable Tourism: A Hope Or A Necessity? The Case Of Tofino, British Columbia, Canada Journal of Sustainable Development, Vol. 5(5) pp. 54-64


Rachel Dodds teaches HTT 510, HTM 302 and Research and Data Analysis HTR 841 as well as MBA marketing.

Alex Gill has more than ten years of experience as a nonprofit administrator and executive. Prior to founding his consulting firm Mendicant, Alex was Vice-President of Communications and Marketing at the Canadian Centre for Philanthropy / Imagine Canada. He also helped set up the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers, serving as its first Director of Public Affairs and later as its interim CEO. He began his career in the nonprofit sector as the Director of Communications for ACTRA Toronto Performers.  Alex currently teaches in the nonprofit management and politics/public administration programs, specializing in the subjects of advocacy, government relations, nonprofit marketing and corporate citizenship.

Alex Gill teaches ACS 800:  Exploring Canadian Corporate Citizenship, INP 900: Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector, INP 911: Nonprofit Advocacy and Government Relations and INP 912:  Nonprofit Marketing and Fundraising.

Allen Goss is an Assistant Professor of Finance at Ryerson University. He holds a PhD in finance from the Schulich School of Business at York University. His current research interests include socially responsible investing, and the interplay between sustainability and finance. His work has been published in the Journal of Portfolio Management and The Journal of Pension Economics and Finance. His latest paper, "Corporate Financial Responsibility and Financial Distress" was given honourable mention in the prestigious Moskowitz Prize judging for research in socially responsible investing. Other projects include research on pensions, both from an asset management and an individual perspective. Mr. Goss also holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto, where he won several awards before graduating with the Gold Medal for academic excellence. Prior to returning to school, Mr. Goss spent 15 years in senior operations management in the printing industry.

Allen Goss teaches FIN800: Ethics in Finance.


Sonja Graci


Aziz Guergachi is an associate professor in the Ted Rogers School of Information Technology Management at Ryerson University. Prior to becoming part of the Ryerson community, Dr. Guergachi was involved in the development of a large software system for trade promotion management and collaborative sales forecasting. He also held various positions in the areas of project management and information systems design and implementation. His current research interests lie in the fields of advanced system modelling and machine learning with applications to business management and engineering systems. He is the recipient of the New Opportunities Award of the Canada Foundation for Innovation, and currently runs a research Lab for Advanced System Modelling. Dr. Guergachi holds a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering from École Supérieure d'Ingénieurs de Marseille (France), a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Université de Provence (France), and a Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Ottawa.

Murtaza Haider is an associate professor of Supply Chain/Logistics Management and the Director of the Institute of Housing & Mobility at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University. He is also an adjunct professor in the Faculties of Engineering at McGill University and the University of Toronto.  Professor Haider's research interests include equity and poverty alleviation through infrastructure development.  He has undertaken research on the mobility needs of single mothers in Quebec as well as exploring the dynamics of low home ownership rates among the aboriginal households in urban Canada. Professor Haider has explored affordable transportation alternatives for the urban poor in South Asia.  Furthermore, he has researched the role of community-based water supply and sanitation projects in improving health and livelihoods of low-income households in South Asia.


Alan Kaplan has been an Associate Professor of Finance at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University since 1998.  He has a Ph.D. in Finance from York University, a Law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School, an M.B.A. from York University, and an H.B.A. from the University of Western Ontario.  He has worked in the private sector before beginning his academic career. He has researched Labour Sponsored Mutual Funds, and his current research interests are in Sports Finance and Consumer Finance.  Alan is a reviewer for the Journal of Business Ethics.

Alan Kaplan teaches FIN800, Ethics in Finance.

Gerard Kennedy

Chris MacDonald is Associate Professor in the Department of Law & Business at the Ted Rogers School of Management. Among other things, Dr. MacDonald…

  • is the author of over three dozen peer-reviewed articles on business ethics, professional ethics, bioethics, the ethics of technology, and moral philosophy.
  • has received major grants from both the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research;
  • is a nonresident Senior Fellow at Duke University’s Kenan Institute for Ethics;
  • is the author of The Business Ethics Blog (arguably the world’s #1 blog on that topic);
  • has been declared one of the “100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics,” by Ethisphere Magazine, four years in a row;
  • is co-author of Canada’s #1 textbook on Critical Thinking, The Power of Critical Thinking; and
  • is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Business Ethics.

Dr. MacDonald’s research is currently focused on corporate moral motivation, market-based value-alignment mechanisms, and the jargon used to talk about “doing the right thing” in business.
Professor MacDonald teaches courses on Business Ethics and Critical Thinking.

Chris MacDonald’s Recent Publications

MacDonald, C. (2012) “Crisis Management as Ethical Improvisation,” Critical Studies in Improvisation.

Williams-Jones, B and MacDonald, C. (2012) “Nothing New (Ethically) Under the Sun: Policy & Clinical Implications of Nanomedicine” Bioéthique Online, 1:11.

MacDonald, C. (2012) “Is Reputational Risk Management Really Ethics?” Risk Watch: Thought Leadership in Risk and Governance. Conference Board of Canada.

MacDonald, C (2012) “Critical Thinking for Business Ethics," in Peter Kissick, ed., Aspects of Business Ethics: Foundations, Contexts, and Canadian Perspectives, Emond Montgomery Press.

Chris MacDonald’s Recent Presentations

MacDonald, C. (2012) “Private-Sector Behaviour and the Public Interest” What Does the Welfare State Owe to Public Insurance? Equality and Efficiency in Crisis, May 2012, Copenhagen, Denmark.

MacDonald, C. (2012) “Food Ethics and Value Alignment,” World Congress of Bioethics, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

MacDonald, C. (2012) “Corporations as Collectives,” Book Symposium, Tracy Isaacs’ Moral Responsibility in Collective Contexts. Canadian Philosophical Association. Waterloo, ON.

MacDonald, C (2012) “Value-Alignment, Ethical Products, and Values-Based Investment,” Schulich School of Business.

Vanessa Magness's chief research interests include the examination of corporate financial statements and other communication media for environmental disclosure.  Part of her research focuses on the complex and uncertain relationship between what companies SAY, and what they actually DO, in terms of environmental performance.  Another aspect of her work looks at the association of environmental performance (emissions) and economic performance (profit).  In the past, it was commonly accepted that environmental controls diverted cash from profitable endeavours and reduced profit. However, it appears that it may now be possible for companies to pursue good economic and environmental performance simultaneously.  These are her findings so far in the Canadian petroleum refinery business.  She is currently extending this work to examine the same question in the US refineries.
Professor Magness has 10 years experience as an MIS Analyst, Accountant and Consultant.  Prior to her employment with Ryerson, she has taught for York University, the University of Toronto, the University of Manitoba, the University of Alberta, and Keyano College (also in Alberta)

Patricia McGraw's specialty covers banking and financial institutions. She teaches financial intermediation (FIN701) from a risk management perspective. The risk analysis for banks, insurance companies, and other financial institutions includes a consideration of ethical issues and a discussion of the financial impact of climate change on global financial markets as identified by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) and the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEPFI). She has researched and published on lender environmental liability and co-authored the textbook, Financial Institutions Management: A Risk Management Approach, Third Canadian Edition 2006 with Anthony Saunders and Marcia Millon Cornett.

Agnes Meinhard

Russell Richman is an Assistant Professor in the Building Science Group within the Department of Architectural Science in the Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Science, Ryerson University. Dr. Richman completed his undergraduate, masters and doctorate degrees at the University of Toronto (Civil Engineering) under the supervision of one of Canada’s leading research and educator in Building Science and Sustainable Buildings. Dr. Richman has researched in the combined areas of Building Science and Sustainable Buildings since 1998. Dr. Richman plays a key role in the development and delivery of the graduate program in Building Science in the Department of Architectural Science. This program, unique in North America, combines the fundamentals of building science with the broad mandate of sustainable engineering and building design. Currently, Dr. Richman’s research is focussing on: (1) quantifying a sustainable renovation index for Canada’s residential building stock, (2) design and construction of an advanced low energy house design using nested thermal envelopes, (3) life cycle analysis of housing construction typology for various climate regions across Canada, (4) simulation of assembly and whole building performance and (5) assessing the potential for various advanced building envelope design for the Canadian climates (e.g. rammed earth, super-insulation).As a registered professional engineer (Ontario), Dr. Richman continues to practice, providing expert opinion on a variety of building envelope and low-energy design related projects in Canada and internationally. Dr. Richman teaches BL8100-Building Science Theory and BL8104-Graduate Building Science Studio.

Cory Searcy is an Associate Professor and Director of the Industrial Engineering Program at Ryerson University. He is also cross-appointed to the Environmental Applied Science and Management Program. His research interests include corporate sustainability indicators, sustainability reporting, and sustainable supply chain management. Among other things, Dr. Searcy

  • is (and has been) a principal investigator for numerous CSR research projects funded by NSERC, SSHRC, MITACS, the Centre for Urban Energy, and several private corporations;
  • is an Associate with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (since 2007);
  • is a judge for the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA) Sustainability Reporting Awards (since 2008); and
  • has served as a reviewer for numerous peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Cleaner Production and the Journal of Business Ethics, among others.

Dr. Searcy has taught numerous courses since joining Ryerson University, including graduate courses on Environmental Management Systems, Pollution Prevention, and Research Methods. He has also taught undergraduate courses in engineering management, quality assurance, and ergonomics.  A list of his recent CSR-focused publications is provided below.

Cory Searcy's Recent Publications

Morali, O. and Searcy, C. (Forthcoming), “A Review of Sustainable Supply Chain Management Practices in Canada”, Journal of Business Ethics

Searcy, C. and Elkhawas, D. (Forthcoming), “Corporate Sustainability Ratings: An Investigation into How Corporations Use the Dow Jones Sustainability Index”, Journal of Cleaner Production

Kozlowski, A., Bardecki, M., and Searcy, C. (Forthcoming), "Environmental Impacts in the Fashion Industry: A Life Cycle and Stakeholder Framework", Journal of Corporate Citizenship

Asif, M., Searcy, C., Dos Santos, P., and Kensah, D. (Forthcoming), “A Review of Dutch Corporate Sustainable Development Reports”, Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management

Hassini, E., Surti, C., and Searcy, C. (Forthcoming), “A Literature Review and a Case Study of Sustainable Supply Chains with a Focus on Metrics”, International Journal of Production Economics

Asif, M., Searcy, C., Zutshi, A., and Fisscher, O.A.M. (Forthcoming), “An Integrated Management Systems Approach to Corporate Social Responsibility”, Journal of Cleaner Production

Searcy, C., Morali, O., and Karapetrovic, S. (Forthcoming), “An Analysis of ISO 14001 and Suggested Improvements”, Journal of Global Responsibility

Searcy, C. (2012), “Corporate Sustainability Performance Measurement Systems: A Review and Research Agenda”, Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 107, No. 3, pp. 239-253

Roca, L.C. and Searcy, C. (2012), “An Analysis of Indicators Disclosed in Corporate Sustainability Reports”, Journal of Cleaner Production, Vol. 20, No. 1, pp. 103-118

Searcy, C., Morali, O., Karapetrovic, S., Wichuk, K., McCartney, D., McLeod, S., and Fraser, D. (2012), “Challenges in Implementing a Functional ISO 14001 Environmental Management System”, International Journal of Quality and Reliability Management, Vol. 29, No. 7, pp. 779-796

Asif, M., Searcy C., Garvare, R., and Ahmad, N. (2011), “Including Sustainability in Business Excellence Models”, Total Quality Management and Business Excellence, Vol. 22, No. 7, pp. 773-786

Asif, M., Searcy, C., Zutshi, A., and Ahmad, N. (2011), “An Integrated Approach to Corporate Sustainability”, European Business Review, Vol. 23, No. 4, pp. 353-367

Searcy, C. (2011), “Updating Corporate Sustainability Performance Measurement Systems”, Measuring Business Excellence, Vol. 15, No. 2, pp. 44-56

Davis, G. and Searcy, C. (2010), “A Review of Canadian Corporate Sustainable Development Reports”, Journal of Global Responsibility, Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 316-329


Philip Walsh is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Entrepreneurship & Strategy. He is also a registered Professional Geoscientist. Prior to joining Ryerson University, Dr. Walsh was the MBA Programme Director and Lecturer in Corporate Strategy at the University of Surrey in the U.K. He continues to provide consulting services to the North American and European energy industries having spent the previous 28 years as a petroleum geoscientist, strategic energy planner and project manager. He provides forecasting, planning, project management and technical services to natural gas utilities and energy producers and his clientele have included many of North America's major utilities, a number of governmental and municipal agencies, and various Canadian and British energy consuming organizations. Dr. Walsh holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Geological Sciences from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada; a Postgraduate Certificate in Business Management from the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada; a Masters in Business Administration from the Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada and a Ph.D. in Strategic Management from the University of Bradford, U.K.

Among other things, Dr. Walsh

  • is a co-investigator in a number of energy sustainability projects involving energy storage, energy efficient building design, urban geothermal technology, energy auditing, algal biofuel technology and renewable energy technology application in remote indigenous communities
  • was nominated for 2012 Eni Prize for Research in Renewable and Non-Conventional Energy
  • is a Dobson Fellow in Entrepreneurship
  • is the Editor of Entrepreneurial Practice Review

In the Department of Entrepreneurship and Strategy, Dr. Walsh has taught or teaches Strategic Management, Innovation Management and Project Management.

Recently, the research and teaching of Professor Phil Walsh, a Ryerson University CSR Institute Associate, were the subject of the attached writeup. 

Philip Walsh's Recent Publications

Walsh, P., (2012) "Prioritizing Sustainability Strategies for Global Extractive Sector Firms through the Application of a Sustainability Indices Matrix", Journal of Environmental Quality, Forthcoming.

Walsh, P.,(2012) "Innovation Nirvana or Innovation Wasteland? Identifying Commercialization Strategies for Small and Medium Renewable Energy Enterprises", Technovation Vol. 32, 32-42

Walsh, P., (2011) "A policy framework for sustainability in developing countries - Applying value chain theory to a society's hierarchy of needs", WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment, WIT Press, Southampton, UK, ISSN:1743-3541

Walters, R. and Walsh, P., (2011) "Examining the Financial Performance of Micro-Generation Wind Projects  and the Subsidy Effect of Feed-In Tariffs for Non-Rural Locations in the United Kingdom" , Energy Policy Vol. 39, 5167-5181

Walsh, P., (2011) "Creating a "Values" Chain for Sustainable Development in Developing Nations: Where Maslow meets Porter", Environment Development and Sustainability Vol. 13(4), 789-805

Walsh, P., (2009) "Is Sustainability Sustainable? Testing the Relationship between Sustainability and Sustainable Competitive Advantage", International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Vol. 4, 135-148

Philip Walsh's Recent Presentations

Walsh, P. and Seraj, H. (2012) "The case for algae biofuels: a comparative study of the social, environmental and economic sustainability impacts of biofuel use in air transportation using a life cycle assessment (LCA) approach", 11th International Conference on Environmental Justice and Global Justice, Mansfield College, Oxford University, July 2012.

Walsh, P. and Hiscock, J. (2011) "Understanding the formation and influence of complementary innovations in large energy technology systems: The case of urban energy storage in Ontario's electricity system", 30th USAEE Conference, Washington, D.C., October 2011.

Phillip Walsh teaches BUS800-Strategic Management and MGT 806-Project Management.

Kernaghan Webb (LL.B., LL.M., LL.D.) is the founding Director of the Ryerson Institute for the Study of Corporate Social Responsibility, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Law and Business at the Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University. As the Director, Dr. Webb is responsible for academic and intellectual leadership and management of the Institute. Professor Webb's research and action has focused on the role of innovative regulatory approaches for environmentally, socially, and economically responsible behaviour of the private sector and others, in support of conventional regulatory approaches, at the domestic and international level. Among other things, Dr. Webb

  • is a co-investigator in the SSHRC-supported Canadian Business Ethics Research Network (CBERN);
  • has initiated a pilot collaborative CSR case study project to be carried out by the Institute, through the auspices of CBERN/SSHC, with assistance from the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (Canada) and CBERN;
  • is a participant in various other SSHRC supported CSR-oriented research projects;
  • was a driving force behind the development of the ISO 26000 Social Responsibility Standard;
  • was the author (on behalf of the federal government) of Corporate Social Responsibility: An Implementation Guide for Canadian Business;
  • is Special Advisor to the United Nations Global Compact on the ISO 26000 Social Responsibility standard and the ISO 26000 Post Publication Organization (PPO);
  • has been appointed as a member of the Executive Committee of the Federal Government-supported CSR Centre for Excellence for the Extractive Sector;
  • is a Board Member of the Board of Directors of Canadian Business for Social Responsibility;
  • was an advisor on revisions to the Ethics Code of the Canadian Centre for Philanthropy/Imagine;
  • has chaired international working groups leading to the development of several ISO standards;
  • is a Board Member of the Board of Directors of Transparency International-Canada;
  • is on the Executive Committee of CBERN;
  • is an elected member of the Ryerson Senate;
  • is the Legal Editor for the Journal of Business Ethics;
  • is a member of several Standards Council of Canada and Canadian Standards Association advisory committees;
  • has received the 2012 Award of Excellence from the Standards Council of Canada for his leadership work and writings on national and international standards;
  • was a member of the federal government's CSR Extractive Sector Roundtables process;
  • has provided advisory services to public sector, private sector, and civil society organizations;
  • has published and spoken extensively on innovative regulatory approaches (see below); 
  • has had his writings quoted and followed by the Supreme Court of Canada;
  • was formerly the Chief of Research and Senior Legal Policy Advisor for the federal Office of Consumer Affairs; and
  • is the editor of Voluntary Codes: Private Governance, the Public Interest and Innovation.

Dr. Webb is particularly interested in exploring the linkages between the role of governments, the private sector, and civil society in support of business ethics, CSR and sustainable development.
In the Department of Law and Business, Kernaghan Webb has taught or teaches
Law 122 (Introduction to Business Law), Law 525 (Law of the Marketplace),
Law 533 (Corporate Social Responsibility and the Law) and Law 605
(Securities Law).

Recently, the research and teaching of Professor Kernaghan, Director of the Ryerson University CSR Institute, was the subject of the attached writeup

Kernaghan Webb's Recent Publications

Webb, K., (forthcoming), "Corporate Social Responsibility and the Changing Legal Environment for Corporations:  From De-Responsibilization to Re-Responsibilization," in I. Tchotourian, ed., Company Law and Corporate Social Responsibility: Comparative Perspectives on New Legal and Economic Challenges (Brussels: Bruylant, 2013).

Webb, Kernaghan, ISO 26000: Bridging the Public/Private Divide in Transnational Business Governance Interactions (September 10, 2012). Osgoode CLPE Research Paper No. 21/2012. Available at SSRN:

Webb, K. (2012). “Corporate Social Responsibility: The Canadian Experience” in Kissick, P., ed., Business Ethics: Concepts, Cases and Canadian Perspectives (Toronto: Emond Montgomery).

Webb, K. (2012, forthcoming). “From Corporate De-Responsibilization to Re-Responsibilization: Tracing the Legal Evolution,” in Gendron, C., ed. CSR: The Montreal School (Montreal: UQAM, forthcoming, 2012).

Webb, K. (2012, forthcoming) (co-author). “The Rise and Fall of Regulatory Regimes: Extending the Life-Cycle Approach,” in Doern and Stoney, Eds., How Ottawa Spends 2012-2013. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s Press. forthcoming, 2012.

Webb, K. (2012, forthcoming). “Antecedents of Settlement on a New Institutional Practice: Negotiations of the ISO 26000 Standard on Social Responsibility” (co-author), accepted for publication in the Academy of Management Journal. Forthcoming, 2012. 

Webb, K. (2012, forthcoming). “Political Risk Insurance Contracts, Corporate Social Responsibility, and the Mining Sector: Examining the Connections,” accepted for publication in International Law and Management Journal, forthcoming, 2012.

Webb, K. (2012). “Multi-level CR and the Mining Sector: the Canadian Experience in Latin America," accepted for publication in Business and Politics Journal, forthcoming, 2012.

Webb, K. (2011). “Corporate Social Responsibility and the Law: Learning from the Experience of Canadian mining companies in Latin America," in J. Sagebien and N. Lindsay, eds., Corporate Social Responsibility and Governance Ecosystems: Emerging Patterns in the Stakeholder Relationships of Canadian Mining Companies Operating in Latin America (New York: Palgrave-Macmillan).

Webb, K. (2011). “Corporate Citizenship and Private Regulatory Regimes: Understanding New Governance Roles and Functions,” in P. Koslowski and I. Pies, eds., Corporate Citizenship and New Governance: The Political Role of Corporate Actors in Rule-Setting (Berlin: Springer Publications).

Webb, K. (2011). “Addressing divergent stakeholder interests in a developing country context: A CSR mining case study from Chile” (co-author with Rajiv Maher), in “SR Mining Seminar Proceedings 2011,” edited by the University of Queensland Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining and Gecamin.

Webb, K. & Ireland, Milligan and Xie (2011). “Regulatory Agency Budget Cuts: Public Interest Support Through a Better Approach,” in Doern and Stoney, Eds., How Ottawa Spends 2011-2012. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s Press. Webb was co-author.

Webb, K. and Z. Khan, (2011). “The Siemens Bribery Convictions:  What can we Learn?”  Ti-Canada’s Anti-Corruption Review, Volume 1, Issue 1: Winter 2011, pp. 12 – 22.

Webb, K. (2010). “The Multi-Perspective Collaborative Corporate Social Responsibility Pilot Case Study Project: Origins, Objectives and Key Elements, in K. Webb, ed., The Multi-Perspective Collaborative Corporate Social Responsibility Case Study Pilot Project: Reporting on Three Pilot Case Studies of Canadian Mining Operations in Developing Countries (Toronto: Ryerson University Institute for the Study of Corporate Social Responsibility, 2010), 7 pages.

Webb, K. (2010). “Corporate Social Responsibility at Kinross Gold’s Maricunga Mine in Chile: A Multi-Perspective Collaborative Case Study,” in K. Webb, ed., The Multi-Perspective Collaborative Corporate Social Responsibility Case Study Pilot Project: Reporting on Three Pilot Case Studies of Canadian Mining Operations in Developing Countries (Toronto: Ryerson University Institute for the Study of Corporate Social Responsibility, 2010), 117 pages.

Webb, K. (2010). “The Multi-Perspective Collaborative Corporate Social Responsibility Case Study Pilot Project: Conclusions,” in in K. Webb, ed., The Multi-Perspective Collaborative Corporate Social Responsibility Case Study Pilot Project: Reporting on Three Pilot Case Studies of Canadian Mining Operations in Developing Countries (Toronto: Ryerson University Institute for the Study of Corporate Social Responsibility, 2010), 6 pages.

Webb, K. & Ireland, D. (2010). The Canadian Escape from the SubPrime Crisis? Comparing U.S. and Canadian Approaches, in Doern, Ed., How Ottawa Spends 2010-2011. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s Press. Webb was co-author.

Webb, K., S. Karapetrovic and B. Dee, (2009). “Turning Financial Crises into Opportunities: Customer Satisfaction Standards,” ISO Focus, July-August, 2009, pp. 21 – 23.

Kernaghan Webb's Recent Presentations

Webb, K. (2012, forthcoming), “Addressing Misleading Advertising in the
Canadian Telecommunication Industry: An Evolving Story,” paper accepted
for presentation at Law and Economics Conference, University of Toronto
Faculty of Law, Toronto, September 28 - 29, 2012.

Webb, K. (2012), “Custom and International CSR Standards: The Evolving
Story,” Law and Society Association Annual Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii,
June 6, 2012.

Webb, K. (2012) Panellist, Leadership and Ethics, Canadian Business Ethics
Research Network, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, May 10, 2012.

Webb, K. (2012) Panellist on CSR and the Law, Journal of International Law &
Business Symposium on Corporate Social Responsibility, Northwestern
University, Chicago, April 12, 2012.

Webb, K. (2012), “CSR in the Mining Sector: Mapping out the Terrain,”
Canadian Institute of Mining Leadership Program Workshop, Toronto, February
9, 2012.

Webb, K. (2012), “Anti-Corruption, CSR, and the Law in Resource Extraction:
Making the Connections,” presented at Laws, Institutions & Challenges of
Good Governance Resource Extraction Conference, International Sustainable
International Development,  McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, March 30,

Webb, K. (2011), “The Emerging International CR/Sustainability Normative
Context for Mining,” Simon Fraser University-Responsible Minerals Sector
Initiative Invitational Dialogue Workshop, Vancouver, British Columbia,
October 20, 2011.

Webb, K. (2011), “The Meaning of Regulation as Applied to the NGO Sector,”
presentation at CIVICUS World Assembly Workshop: Do NGO self-regulation
mechanisms work? Montreal, Quebec, September 10, 2012.

Webb, K. (2011), “Political Risk Insurance Contracts, CSR and the Mining
Sector: Examining the Connections,” presentation at NI Norwegian Business
School/ROFF Centre for Risk and Insurance Research “Complex Projects: Legal
Risk Management” Seminar, Oslo, Norway, August 20, 2011.

Webb, K. (2011), “The Global Institutionalization of the SR Norm: From
de-Responsibilization to Re-Responsibilization,” presentation at
International CRIMT Conference “MNEs, Global Value Chains and Social
Regulation”, Montreal, Quebec, June 8, 2011.

Webb K. (2011), (paper presented by co-author R. Maher), “Divergent perspectives on corporate-community engagement: a corporate social responsibility mining case study from Chile," International Seminar on Social Responsibiilty in Mining, Santiago, Chile, October 201, 2011.

Webb, K. (2011) “ISO 26000: the Construction of Global Social Responsibility Custom,” presentation at the European University Institute Florence Workshop on Transnational Governance Interactions: Theoretical Approaches, Empirical Contexts and Practitioners, Florence, Italy, May 24, 2011.

Webb, K. (2011) “Multi-level CR and the Mining Sector: the Canadian
Experience in Latin America,” presentation at Business and Politics Journal
workshop on Corporate Responsibility, Multinational Corporations and Nation
States, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, May 6, 2011.

Webb, K. (2010) “Law and Beyond: Distinctive CSR Rule-Making in Canada,”
Academy of Management Annual Conference, Montreal, Quebec, August 10, 2010.

Webb, K. (2010) “CSR at Canadian Mining Operations Overseas: Learning from
the Multiperspective Collaborative CSR Case Studies Pilot Project,”
Canadian Institute of Mining People and Communities Conference, Community
Engagement Panel, May 11, 2010, Vancouver, B.C..

Webb, K. (2010) “Implications of ISO 26000: What Canadian Organizations
Should Know About the Coming International Guidance Standard on Social
Responsibility,” Canadian Centre for Ethics and Corporate Policy, Toronto,
March 9, 2010.

Webb, K. (2009) “CSR and the Law: Learning from the Experience of Canadian
Mining Companies in Latin America,” presentation at Mining and CSR in Latin
America Conference, Royal Roads University, Victoria, British Columbia,
October 25, 2009.

Webb, K. (2009)  “Towards Sustainable and Collaborative Governance: What
Lies Ahead?” presentation at ISEAL Alliance Conference on Governmental Use
of Voluntary Standards, Geneva, Switzerland, October 16, 2008.

Webb, K. (2008) “Legitimacy and the Interplay of Private Transnational
Regulation of Business and National Legal Systems: A Work in Progress,”
presentation at the Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law
Conference on Private Actors and Self Regulation, The Hague, Netherlands,
May 27, 2008.

Webb, K.  (2009)“The ISO 26000 Social Responsibility Standard: Prospects
for Organizational Learning Based on Progress to Date,” presentation at
International Studies Association Annual Conference, New York, February 15 ,

Webb, K. (2009) “Corporate Citizenship and Private Regulatory Regimes:
Understanding New Governance Roles and Functions,” presentation at
Corporate Citizenship and the New Governance Conference,  Martin Luther
University, Wittenberg, Germany, November 27, 2009.

Webb, K. and W. Helms, (2009)  “Perceived Voluntary Code Legitimacy:
Towards a Theoretical Framework and Research Agenda,” presentation at
Academy of Management Annual Conference, August 10, 2009.

Webb, K. and W. Helms, (2009) “Perception of Environmental Voluntary Code
Legitimacy:  Towards a Theoretical Framework,” presentation at
Administrative Science Association of Canada, Niagara Falls, Ontario, June
7, 2009.

Webb, K. and G. Klages, (2009) “The Social responsibility of Canadian
mining firms in Chile:  Exploring the Governance Landscape,” presentation
at Administrative Science Association of Canada, Niagara Falls, Ontario,
June 7, 2009.

Webb, K. and G. Klages (2009), “Canadian and Australian Approaches to
Sustainable and Socially Responsible Mining in South America: Illustrations
from Chile,” Conference on Rethinking the Extractive Industry: Regulation,
Dispossession, and Emerging Claims, York University, Toronto, Ontario, March
7, 2009.

Webb, K. (2008) “Collaborative Multi-Perspective CSR Case Studies Pilot
Project - Update,” presentation at Canadian Business Ethics Research
Network Annual Conference, May 31, 2008.

Webb, K.  (2008) “Canadian Business Ethics Research Network (CBERN)
Collaborative Multi-Perspective CSR Case Studies & Problem Solving
Project,” Presentation for UN ECLAC/NU CEPAL International Conference on
the Mining Industry’s Contribution to Economic and Social Development of
Communities, Santiago, Chile, April 14, 2008.

Webb, K.(2008)  “Governance of MNE Extractive Activities in Developing
Countries: CSR and Wicked Problems,” presentation at Colloquium on the
Global South: The Social and Environmental Implications of Extractive
Industries in the Global South, York University, March 19, 2008.

Webb, K. and G. Klages (2008) , “Corporate Social Responsibility at Kinross
Maricunga - Preliminary Results for a Collaborative, Multi-perspective Case
Study,” presentation at Canadian Embassy CSR Seminar Corporate Social
Responsibility -Governments, Corporations and Non Governmental
Organizations: Transparency and Dialogue, December 8, 2008.

Alex Wellington received a H. B.A. in Philosophy, LL.B., LL.M in Alternative Dispute Resolution, M.E.S. in Environmental Studies, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from York University. Alex Wellington is currently the principal investigator for a SSHRC funded research project on "Ethical Challenges of Biotechnology Governance: Sustainability Through Innovation, Human Rights and Environmental Protection". Her research interests focus on sustainability issues that arise at the intersection of environmental law, health policy, intellectual property, and human rights.

Alex Wellington teaches ES8921 Environmental Law and Policy, a course in the Environmental Applied Science and Management program.

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October 27: Law’s Sponsorship of Corporate Irresponsibility

October 11: Ryerson University CSR Institute Talk: Canada's Experience with the OECD Multinational Enterprise Guidelines and National Contact Point

October 4: Corporate Sustainability Reporting: An Evolving Story

September 29: Human Rights Defenders (HRDs): Multistakeholder Statement of Support for HRDs – Invitation to Participate

August 18:  CSR in the Caribbean Commonwealth: a Multi-Level Analysis

July 7:  Mining Conflicts & the Catholic Church: Exploring the Connections

May 19: Revenue Transparency, Corruption and the Extractive Sector: Panel Discussion

April 28: Good Faith, Honesty and the Bhasin v. Hrynew Decision: Where to From Here?

March 8: State & Non-state Regulatory Innovations: Learning from Conflict

March 7: The Resource Curse & What Firms Can Do About It


December 13: The Rise in Mining Conflict: What Lies Beneath?

November 21: Whistleblowing Systems: A New Canadian Guide

November 14:  Sustainable Procurement -- Two New Initiatives

June 28:  Social Licence to Operate: Revisiting the Concept

June 9:  ISO 26000 Social Responsibility Standard:  Where to from here?

May 6: The 'Legalization' of Corporate Social Responsibility: The Hong Kong ESG (Envtal, Social, Governance) Reporting Experience

April 15: Latin American Mining-Community Agreements: Case Study

March 18: Legislating CSR? Learning from India


Dec 11: Indigenous Consent in the Canadian Mining Context: Learning from the Voisey's Bay Institute

Nov 12: Retail Pharmacies as Social Enterprise Health Care Providers: Lessons from USA?

Oct 26: CSR Institute Talk: Canadian Universal Investors: A Force for Socially Responsible Investing?

Oct 8: CSR Institute Talk: What does Drake have to do with CSR?

Sep 30: Forestry sustainability and APP take centre stage at Ryerson CSR Institute

Sept 18: CSR Institute Panel Discussion: From CSR Pariah to Good Performer? The Asia Pulp & Paper Turnaround Story

June 7 - 11: International Symposium on Corporate Responsibility and Sustainable

March 2: Panel discussion on the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement

Jan 29: CSR, Corp Lobbying & Transparency: Panel Discussion, moderated by Jeff Gray  

Jan 19: Unpacking the Peru-BHP Billiton Tintaya Dialogue Table, with Paul Warner


Nov 20: CSR in the Mining Boardroom: A Panel Discussion with CEOs/Board Members

Nov 14: Understanding Community Investment:  A Panel Discussion with Five Private Sector Leaders

Oct 22: Mining & CSR in Africa: from Pressure to Impacts, with Tomas Frederiksen

Oct 20: Managing Community and Environmental Impacts During the Mining Construction Phase, with John Kielty

Oct 9: Procurement as a Means for Mining Firms to Secure their Social License to Operate, with Jeff Geipel and Kevin D'Souza

Sept 22: Aboriginals, Recent Supreme Court Decisions & Sustainable Economic Development, with Bernd Christmas

Sept 8: Corporate Diplomacy: Building the External Stakeholder-Reputation Relationship, with Witold Henisz

June 27: workshop on new development NGO-business platform

May 27: "Latin America, CSR & Standards: A Chilean Perspective" with Dante Pesce

May 8: Where to from Here: A Canadian Strategy for the UN Principles on Business and Human Rights? Visit the conference web page for details.

April 30: Corrupt and autocratic countries: to engage or to withdraw and isolate? A corporate view, with Sir Mark Moody-Stuart

April 14: The Governance Gap: Extractive Industries, Human Rights and the Home State Advantage

April 7: Resource Revenue Transparency:  The Emerging Canadian Approach

April 4: Measuring mining impacts on communities: Learning from Colombia's Cerrejon Coal Mine

March 24: rePlan’s Mining-Indigenous experiences in Canada, Africa and Central America

March 17: UNICEF Canada, CSR, & the Canadian Extractive Industry

March 3: "Senate Reform 2014:  What can we Learn from the Constitutional Repatriation Activity of 1982?"

Feb 13: "Addressing Homelessness:  Exploring Government, Private Sector and Civil Society Roles"

Jan 20: "Confessions of a Corporate Responsibility mining executive:  What Contributes to CR Success in the Mining Sector?"

Jan 16-17: Conference: Business, Human Rights and Law in Transnational Context

Jan 10: "Ontario’s new Mining Act regime: the Ontario-Aboriginal Interface"