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Sustainability and
Corporate Governance Scholar



Leanne Keddie is an Assistant Professor of Accounting at the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario Canada. She earned her PhD in Accountancy from the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University in Montreal, QC. Her current research examines the use of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) performance-based incentives in executive compensation contracts and, more broadly, sustainable corporate governance. Additionally, her recent research aims to understand accounting in the circular economy. Practically, she aims to provide evidence that informs boards and regulators on the use and design of ESG incentives and how corporate governance supports (or inhibits) these initiatives and how firms can transition to a more sustainable world. Her work has received FRQSC and SSHRC funding and has been published in the British Journal of Management, Advances in Environmental Accounting & Management and Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal. 

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Impact Passion


Leanne was selected as one of the inaugural Public Scholars at Concordia University while completing her PhD. She was trained in writing and speaking to engage the public on the amazing and high-quality research coming out of our universities. She has contributed to The Conversation, The Director’s Journal, The Montreal Gazette and the International Investor Magazine among others. She also presented at the inaugural CPA Ontario’s inaugural ESG Summit and has been interviewed on the Sustainable Kingston podcast and on radio. Most recently she was part of a panel presentation to CFOs in France for the DFCG Summit in France. She is also the Director of the Alterna Social Ventures Institute which is seeking to develop a social entrepreneurship ecosystem in the Ottawa area. She is passionate about sustainability and making the world a more sustainable place for all of us. She is also a steering committee member for Accounting for Impact.

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