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

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 Professor and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Chair in Corporate Governance in at Concordia's 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). 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 statement analysis, governance, performance and compensation management, corporate social responsibility, and environmental and ethical issues. He has published more than 130 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 Desjardins General Insurance Group, Canada's second largest property and casualty insurer, and Chair of its Audit and Risk Management Committee. He is a member of the board of directors of Institute for the Governance of Private and Public Organizations, Société de développement commercial Montréal Centre-Ville, Fondation Montréal Centre-Ville as well as a trustee of Concordia University Employees Retirement Plan and a member of its investment subcommittee.

Dr. Magnan served as Associate Dean at JMSB from 2002 to 2007. He is currently the Director of the Desjardins Centre for Innovation in Business Finance.

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

Teaching activities

Dr. Magnan has been teaching since 1982. His teaching background covers most topics in accounting (financial statement analysis, advanced financial accounting, auditing, management controls, etc.). He currently teaches at the MBA, EMBA and Ph.D. levels courses in business valuation, financial reporting, research and management controls.

He has extensive experience in executive education in several organizations, including Ordre des CA, CPA Canada, Desjardins, RONA. He is an instructor at Collège des administrateurs de sociétés.

In 2009, Dr. Magnan obtained one of the 26 Bourses d'excellence en enseignement de la gestion granted by the Ministère de l'Éducation, loisirs et sports. In 2018, he was appointed a Distinguished Member of Ordre de l'excellence en éducation du Québec.

Over the years, Dr. Magnan has held several visiting teaching appointments in overseas business schools such as Aarhus Business School, ESSEC Business School, Toulouse Business School, Université Toulouse-Capitole, HEC Genève, Université de Rennes I IGR.


Recent Refereed and Forthcoming Journal Articles

    Naaman, C., Magnan, M., Yao, L., Hammami, A. 2020. Creditunions vs. commercial banks: who takes more risk?  Researchin International Business and Finance.

    Ben Ali, C., Boubaker, S.; Magnan, M. 2020. The Role and Effectiveness of Auditors in Firms where Family Control Coexists with LargeBlockholders.. Auditing: A Journal ofPractice and Theory.

    Tadros,H., Magnan, M., Boulianne, E. 2020. Reliability of Non-FinancialEnvironmental Performance Indicators: Empirical Evidences from DisclosureDeterminants. Journal of FinancialReporting and Accounting.

    Jiang,L.; Magnan, M., Su, L., Zhang, S. 2020. Damage Control: EarningsManagement in the Face of Product Harm Crises. Journal of Business Ethics.

    Hammami,A., Fortin, S., Magnan, M. 2020. Fair Value’s Effects on Closed-EndFunds’ Discounts and Premia: Is Level 3 the Sole Perpetrator?  ManagerialFinance.

    Hammami,A., Fortin, S., Magnan, M. 2020. Re-exploring Fair Value Accounting andValue Relevance: An Examination of Underlying Securities. Abacus.

    Gutierrez,L., Cormier, D., Magnan, M. 2020. General propensity for inter-organizational environmental disclosureimitation: an international perspective. InternationalJournal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology.

    Cormier,D., Magnan, M., Gutierrez, L. 2019. Market Enforcement under DifferentLegal Regimes:  A Comparison of Franceand Canada. Journal of Management andGovernance 1-25

    Cormier,D., Magnan, M. 2019. Is the Relation between CSR and Stock Market ValuationSubject to an Institutionalization Process? An International Perspective.  Comptabilité-Contrôle-Audit. Forthcoming.

    Tadros, H.; Magnan, M. 2019. How DoesEnvironmental Performance Map into Environmental Disclosure? A Look atUnderlying Economic Incentives and Legitimacy Aims. Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal 10 (1),62-96

    Firoozi, M., Magnan, M. and Fortin, S. 2019.Does Proximity to Corporate Headquarters Enhance Directors’ MonitoringEffectiveness? A Look at Financial Reporting Quality. Corporate Governance: An International Review 27 (2), 98-119

    Magnan,M.; Rodrigue, M.; Cormier, D. 2019. The pipeline crack’d: piercingthrough environmental catastrophe via risk management and governance. Revue française de gouvernance d’entreprise,20, 11-56.

    Li, T.; Ben-Amar, W.; He, L.; Magnan, M. 2019. The Corrosive Effect of OffshoreFinancial Centers on Multinational Firms’ Disclosure Strategy. European Accounting Review. Online.

    Magnan, M., Martin. D. 2018. ExecutiveCompensation and Employee Remuneration:

    The FlexiblePrinciples of Justice in Pay. Journal ofBusiness Ethics 1-17.

    Magnan, M., Campbell, B. 2018. Whither IPOs?Toward an Integrated Perspective of the Corporate Financing Ecosystem Accounting Perspectives 17(1), 109-122

    Partovi, A., Magnan, M. 2018. Hydro One`s IPO. Accounting Perspectives 17(1), 163-183.

    For earlier citations please refer to Dr. Magnan's CV.

    Recent Book Chapters

    Cormier, D. and Magnan, M., 2016. Canada. IFRS in Canada: Game Changeror Neutral Mutation?. In IFRS in a Global World (D. Bensadon and N.Praquin, Editors). Springer International Publishing: New York, London. Pp.231-246.

    Ratiu,Catalin; Magnan, Michel; Kim, Jeong; Sur, Sujit. 2014.Book chapter titled “Corporate governance in emerging markets: Agency andinstitutional relationships’ in ‘Building businesses in emerging and developingcountries: challenges and opportunities’, Ed.: Elie Chrysostome, Rick Molz, LiYan. Routledge Publishing

    Participation activities

    Michel Magnan en entrevue avec Le Devoir

    Refereed Conference Proceedings

    For earlier conference proceedings please refer to Dr. Magnan's CV.

    Refereed Conference Presentations

    See Michel Magnan's CV for further details.

    Research activities

    Invited Research Talks and Workshops

    Over the years, Michel Magnan has presented his work at hundreds of conferences at the national and international levels such as the American Accounting Association, the European Accounting Association, the Canadian Academic Accounting Assocation, the Academy of Management, the Society of Business Ethics, the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada or the Association francophone de comptabilité. He also presented his work at workshops in several universities around the world. 

    Awards and Prizes

    Dean's Award for Established Scholar. 2018.

    Distinguished Member, Ordre de l'excellence en éducation du Québec, 2018.

    Best Public Interest PaperAward for The Effect of Disclosure Regulation and Guidelines on theAssociation between Environmental Disclosure and Environmental Performance. Southeast Regional meeting, AmericanAccounting Association (coauthored with Hani Tadros)

    Most Highly Cited paper, Management Accounting Research. Rodrigue, M.; Magnan, M.; Boulianne,E. 2013. Stakeholders’ influence on environmentalstrategy and performance indicators: A managerial perspective. ManagementAccounting Research, 24(4), 301-316

    Fellow, Royal Society of Canada

    Provost’s Circle, ConcordiaUniversity

    Best Paper Award for 2015, CanadianJournal of Administrative Sciences. Sur, S.; Magnan, M.; Cordeiro, J. 2015. Disentangling Ceo Compensation:A Simultaneous Examination Of Time, Industry, And Firm-Level Effects. Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences32(1): 30-46.

    Best Research Paper Award,Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators. 2008 Cormier, Denis;Lapointe-Antunes, Pascale; Magnan, Michel. DoInvestors See Through Distributable Cash?

    Best paper award in StrategicManagement, ASAC 2008. Sur,Sujit; Lvina, Elena; Magnan, Michel. Why Do Boards Differ? Because Owners Do!

    Best case award. CAAA 2005. Magnan,Michel; St-Onge, Sylvie; André, Paul. Gouvernance et rémunération desdirigeants: le cas d’Abitibi-Price 1994-2003

    Best PaperAward for the IFSAM-ASAC 2000. Renaud, Stéphane; St-Onge, Sylvie and Magnan, Michel. The Impact of SharePurchase Plans on Individual Performance

    ANBAR Award for CitationExcellence (Strategic Management Journal). Magnan, Michel; St-Onge, Sylvie.1998

    Gaetan Morin Award for the Best Emerging Researcher, HEC-Montréal

    C.D. Mellor Award, Ordre desComptables Agréés. Cormier, Denis; Magnan, Michel. 1996. Le discours environnementalcontenu dans les rapports annuels des firmes canadiennes : une analyse desstratégies de divulgation

    Best Paper Award, Human Resources Division, Administrative Sciences Association of Canada 1995 conference. Magnan, Michel; St-Onge, Sylvie; Thorne,Linda.

    C.D. Mellor Award, Ordre desComptables Agréés du Québec. Cormier, Denis; Magnan, Michel. 1992. Évaluation du risque de non-continuité del’exploitation

    Second Best Paper, CAAA 1990annual conference

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