J. Richard Finlay

History is replete with episodes in which the corporate sector ran afoul of the public mood and paid deeply for it.  Starting with the turn of the century and Teddy Roosevelt’s battle with the robber barons and the excesses that sparked the Great Depression, and moving more recently to the consumer and environment movements of the 1970s, waves of anti-business sentiment have presaged political backlash and government intervention.  We are about to enter a similar period.

J.Richard Finlay      

The Financial Post, 1996

A reputation for prescience has become his professional signature. From the collapse of Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns and Hollinger and the compensation excesses and governance failures that produced the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, to the rise of Turbo Populism and the arrival of the anti-establishment political disruptor named Donald J. Trump, Richard’s insights and predictions read like a chronicle of turmoil and change foretold.

His earlier, highly publicized, warnings about the consequences of directors who do not direct and the dangers of excessive CEO pay foreshadowed a tidal wave of boardroom collapses and shareholder revolts that have made an indelible imprint on the attitudes and expectations that shape the role of the corporation in modern society.

Today, J. Richard Finlay is one of North America’s foremost authorities on principles of responsible capitalism and the promise of organizations that are driven by a well-governed social conscience. He founded and heads The Centre for Corporate & Public Governance, the first and oldest fully independent think tank of its kind dedicated to advancing higher standards of ethics, transparency and accountability in major corporations and public institutions.  He has been regularly quoted in the world’s top media, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, New York Post, Bloomberg, Reuters, on CBS Radio and the CBC, and in Germany’s Focusmagazine and Brazil’s AE Investments.  His work has been cited in more than two dozen books, including Peter C. Newman’s bestseller, Titans, and Money for Nothing by John Gillespie and David Zweig.

His perceptive insights and sound advice over the course of a forty-year career have influenced generations of leaders, scholars and thoughtful individuals and has made him regularly sought out by the media, governments and the private sector.