Founded in 1988, we are a uniquely Canadian, independent ethics centre. We are dedicated to promoting and maintaining an ethical orientation and culture in Canadian organizations.
Our mission is to champion the application of ethical values in the decision-making process of business and other organizations.
We operate in a non-judgmental and inclusive way to explore and promote the positive role of ethical decision making. We serve as a forum and catalyst for constructive discussion and debate.
Through awareness-raising, learning, and networking opportunities, The Ethics Centre brokers partnerships, fosters understanding, identifies best practices and helps develop ethically-based leadership for today’s organizations.
We present stimulating presentations as part of our widely acclaimed luncheon speaker”s series as well as hosting relevant seminars and conferences featuring some of Canada s most distinguished speakers on issues of organizational ethics.
Our newsletter management ethics, containing some of the most thought provoking articles on ethics, corporate governance and corporate responsibility, is published quarterly and distributed to a readership across Canada and around the world.
We maintain a website complete with links, speeches, articles and other resources about ethics and corporate policy.
We host roundtables and senior management workshops where business leaders, ethics practitioners and others can share their perspective and views on ethical issues and dilemmas.
We help put people together to solve ethical problems and provide a home for organizations to tackle various aspects of ethical decision-making.
We offer a roster of leading experts available to speak on ethical issues and government conferences and provide details on some of the latest research on ethics and corporate responsibility.
DIRECTOR, TED ROGERS LEADERSHIP CENTRE AND ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, RYERSON UNIVERSITY
Chris MacDonald is Director of the Ted Rogers Leadership Centre and Associate Professor at Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management. He has a PhD in Philosophy from University of British Columbia. He is a consultant and keynote speaker, and is co-author of the Concise Encyclopedia of Business Ethics. Recent scholarly projects include work of the impact of ethics certifications on small businesses, and an examination of the knowledge-processing obligations of corporate boards.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CANADIAN CONDOMINIUM INSTITUTE
Laura Pacheco is currently the Executive Director of Canadian Condominium Institute (CCI) and an active volunteer member in a number of organizations including Board Member and Programme Committee Member at the Ethics Centre (Canadian Centre for Ethics and Corporate Policy), Program Advisory Committee Member (School of Business, Accounting Program) at Centennial College, Member and past Board Member of the Canadian Association of Women Executives and Entrepreneurs (CAWEE), Board Member and Membership Chair of the Federation of Portuguese Canadian Business Professionals (FPCBP) and Finance Committee Member at Casey House. More recently, as a result of COVID19, she volunteers at the Bloor West Food Bank operating as the Loaves and Fishes Food Bank.
Laura is a business and finance leader with an established foundation in finance, and deep understanding in marketing operations, project management and market research. Laura earned her MBA from Dalhousie University and holds the CPA designation. A lifelong learner, Laura recently completed her Diploma in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) /Sustainability from the University of St Michael’s College at the University of Toronto. Laura has a strong sense of social responsibility and community engagement.
Karen Thrasher is a driven, thoughtful, and empathetic leader that is consistently recognized for exemplary performance and outcomes conducted with integrity, collaboration, and customer focus. Karen is Director of Ethics at BMO. Her team is responsible for setting expectations and promoting awareness across BMO around ethical business conduct. She also oversees BMO’s global Whistleblower Program.
Prior to this, Karen held roles at BMO as Deputy Ombudsperson, leading a team focused on the resolution of escalated customer complaints, and Senior Legal Counsel, accountable for litigation management for BMO’s Wealth Management businesses.
Before joining BMO, Karen practiced law in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice at Torys LLP. She holds a Master of Laws (Dispute Resolution) from Osgoode Hall Law School, a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Alberta, and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Windsor.
DIRECTOR, COMPLIANCE & ETHICS, EXPORT DEVELOPMENT CANADA
John has served leadership roles with EDC internationally and in Canada. Previously, he was a corporate lawyer and practiced business law with leading U.S. and Canadian law firms. John has been an active supporter of the international business community and was a contributor to the Canada Eurasia Russia Business Association (CERBA) for more than 15 years, serving as Chair of the Toronto Chapter and as a National Director. John is a graduate of Dalhousie University and the Faculty of Law at the University of Victoria.
MANAGING PARTNER, ETHICS, DELOITTE CANADA
Jasmine Tsang is the Managing Partner, Ethics for Deloitte Canada. In this role, Jasmine oversees the firm’s ethics program, provides insights on ethics, and sets the agenda for key programs to promote, sustain and build an ethical culture at Deloitte.
Jasmine has over 20 years of experience at Deloitte in Canada and internationally across a wide range of areas including: ethics and conduct, enterprise risk management, financial risk management and audit. She is passionate about coaching and developing the next generation of leaders and actively participates in programs to support diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Jasmine is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant. She completed her Bachelor of Commerce from the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary and a Master of Professional Accounting from the University of Saskatchewan.
CEO, THE OPENING DOOR AND FOUNDER, THE NEW FACE OF INCLUSION
AVP, HR INVESTIGATIONS & POLICY
Ryan Treleavan leads the Canadian HR Investigations and Global Policy team at TD Bank. In this role he oversees all HR investigations in Canada and is responsible for enterprise HR policy documents, including the Code of Conduct and Ethics and Raising Conduct and Ethics Concerns policy. Ryan joined TD in 2015 in the employee relations advisory area and has held increasingly senior roles, including time as TD’s Deputy Ombudsman.
Prior to joining TD, Ryan practiced law at a national full-service firm, specializing in commercial litigation and labour & employment matters. He received his B.Comm (Hons) and LL.B from Queen’s University and was called to the bar in Ontario in 2008.
Known for his collaborative and pragmatic style, Ryan regularly engages with sensitive workplace matters and provides thought leadership as to how TD structures and manages its employee listening channels.
PARTNER, LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT GROUP, MCCARTHY TÉTRAULT
Ben is a Partner in the Labour & Employment Group at McCarthy Tétrault,
representing employers in the full spectrum of workplace matters. Ben routinely
represents clients in a wide variety of sectors, both private and public sector, on
employment litigation, labour disputes, corporate transactions, workplace
investigations, sensitive reputational mandates, and day-to-day human resources
matters. Ben received his JD from Osgoode Hall and was called to the bar in Alberta in 2009 and Ontario in 2012.
PARTNER, OSLER, HOSKIN & HARCOURT, LLP
Lawrence Ritchie chairs Osler’s national cross-disciplinary Risk Management and Crisis Response practice group and co-chairs the firm’s Capital Markets Regulatory Enforcement and Broker-Dealer practice.
Larry’s experience encompasses all aspects of enforcement, regulatory proceedings and related litigation, including class actions, across a range of capital markets, the financial sector and other regulated industries and activities. He advises public corporations, their directors, officers, and in-house counsel on avoiding, preparing for, managing and responding to extraordinary “crisis” situations, including regulatory actions and litigation, as well as conducting and responding to internal and regulatory investigations.
Larry re-joined Osler, in 2014 after a seven-year absence, serving as Vice-Chair of the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC), Canada’s largest capital markets regulator. At the OSC, Larry was a member of the Commission, its board of directors and the executive management and adjudicative committees. He chaired adjudicative panels that heard and decided capital markets regulatory proceedings and represented the OSC at national and international bodies and organizations. From 2009 to his return to the firm, Larry helped establish the Canadian Securities Transition Office, the federal statutory organization charged with leading the transition to a single national securities regulator, and advised the Canadian federal Minister of Finance on, and assisted the Department of Finance with all aspects of that initiative. including the proposed capital markets legislation and regulations and the development and operationalization of a national capital markets regulatory authority, including its governance and tribunal.
In 2015, Larry was appointed by the Ontario Government to a 3-person expert panel to examine and provide recommendations on the mandate, structure and authorities of the Financial Services Commission of Ontario, the Financial Services Tribunal and the Deposit Insurance Corporation of Ontario. Its recommendations led to the establishment of the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario, to which he was appointed to its the Board of Directors in 2018. Larry chairs FSRA’s Rules and Policy Committee, is also the chair of the independent review committee to a Canadian investment fund company and has served, and currently serves on a number of boards and advisory committees of various not-for-profit organizations.
Larry is an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, teaches at the Institute of Corporate Director’s Director Education Program and has lectured and written on various legal and regulatory topics.
SENIOR MANAGER, NATIONAL AUDIT EXCELLENCE, DELOITTE
Tina Abedrabbo is a recognized leader in audit and assurance matters at Deloitte. She has extensive experience in delivering timely solutions and advice to Audit client service teams across Canada, with a strong focus on the application of professional auditing standards in small and less complex entities. Tina started her career at Deloitte Canada and has held different roles in audit client services, as well as Risk Advisory. In her current role in National Audit Excellence, she is dedicated to helping Deloitte’s professionals address the complexities of providing assurance to a wide variety of financial information within Canada.
Tina is a Deloitte Ethics Ambassador – a network of trusted advisors that act as a point of contact for consultations related to ethics related matters. She is also an Advisory Group Member on Audits of Less Complex Entities Advisory Group – Canadian Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (AASB), as well as a Working Group Member on Government of Canada Audit Requests Working Group – AASB.
Tina has a Master of Accounting from the University of Waterloo, and Bachelor of Accounting with Honours from Brock University.
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