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Michel Magnan, PhD, FRSC, FCPA Auditor, FCA, ASC, C.Dir

Distinguished University Research Professor, Accountancy
Stephen A. Jarislowsky Chair in Corporate Governance

Michel  Magnan, PhD, FRSC, FCPA Auditor, FCA, ASC, C.Dir
Office: S-MB 15301  
John Molson Building,
1450 Guy
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 4145

Michel Magnan is Distinguished University Research Professor and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Chair in Corporate Governance at Concordia University (John Molson School of Business). He holds a PhD in Business Administration from the University of Washington, is a Fellow Chartered Professional Accountant (FCPA) and an administrateur de sociétés certifié (ASC)/Chartered Director. In 2014, he was inducted into the Royal Society of Canada. In 2018, he was appointment a Distinguished Member of Ordre de l'excellence en éducation du Québec.

His research activities are focused on financial reporting, financial statement analysis, governance, performance and compensation management, corporate social responsibility, and environmental and ethical issues. He has published more than 140 articles on these topics in academic and professional journals, and his research findings have been presented at numerous national and international academic and professional conferences.

He is currently Associate Editor of Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences and serves on several editorial boards. He is a Past Editor in Chief of Contemporary Accounting Research.  

Dr. Magnan is actively involved in the business and professional communities. He was a member of Canada’s Accounting Standards Board from 2011 until 2017. He is currently a member of the board of directors of Fédération des caisses Desjardins du Québec (Mouvement Desjardins/Desjardins Group) and Chair of its Audit and Inspection Committee. He is also a trustee of the Concordia University Employees Retirement Plan and a member of its investment subcommittee. In the past, he has served on the boards of directors of Institute for the Governance of Private and Public Organizations, Société de développement commercial Montréal Centre-Ville, Fondation Montréal Centre-Ville, Desjardins General Insurance Group, Desjardins Securities Inc. and Canadian Academic Accounting Association.

Dr. Magnan served as Associate Dean at JMSB from 2002 to 2007. 

He has received awards and prizes from various organizations and his research has received funding from a variety of agencies, including the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture.

Dr. Magnan is often quoted in the local, provincial and national media on issues connected to financial reporting and governance.


PhD (University of Washington)
MBA (McGill University)
BAA (HEC Montréal)
ASC (Université Laval)

Areas of expertise

  • Accounting
  • Environmental and social performance and disclosure
  • Executive compensation
  • Financial reporting
  • Financial statement analysis
  • Governance

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