Leanne Keddie is currently completing her PhD in Accountancy from the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University in Montreal, QC. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Commerce from Mount Allison University in Sackville, NB, and her Master in Business Administration (MBA) from McMaster University in Hamilton, ON. She is also a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA) with a particular focus and passion for management accounting. Prior to commencing her doctoral studies, she held various positions in industry for over a decade including commercial finance, private company business valuation and work in the accounting education sector most recently with CPA Canada.
Her current research examines the use of corporate social responsibility (CSR) performance-based incentives in executive compensation contracts. Her research aims to explore why firms are adopting CSR incentives and how corporate governance plays a role. Practically, she aims to provide evidence that informs boards and regulators on the use and design of CSR incentives and how corporate governance supports (or inhibits) these initiatives. This research will be of interest to shareholders and other stakeholders as they are currently demonstrating a growing interest in both executive compensation as well as social and environmental matters, issues of great importance in corporate governance within Canada and the world today.
Leanne was named one of the inaugural Public Scholars by Concordia University with a mission to engage with the public, speaking and writing regularly about her research with the goal of presenting it to a general audience. She was also selected as a Bertram Scholar by the Canadian Foundation for Governance Research. Her work is FRQSC funded and focuses on corporate governance and sustainability. Her research has been published in Advances in Environmental Accounting & Management and Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal. She also works as an ad hoc reviewer on sustainability accounting related research.