Len Brooks

Len Brooks
Affiliation: 
Director of Master of Forensic Accounting program
Place of Birth: 
Toronto, Ontario
First Year Employed at UTM/U of T: 
1974
Department / Division: 
Institute for Management and Innovation (IMI)

UTM afforded me opportunities to follow my interests in a way I might not have been able to elsewhere.

Len Brooks

Len Brooks’ career plan didn’t include academia.

“I expected to be a chartered accountant,” he says. “I had been teaching part time when I was invited to join the University of Toronto faculty full time. I thought I’d come for a couple of years, but I never went back to practice.”

Brooks is cross-appointed to the Rotman School of Management and has enhanced the offerings both at the St. George campus and at UTM, where he is considered the father of accounting. Under his aegis, UTM will introduce a master’s program in forensic accounting in September 2017, the first such program in Canada.

“White collar criminals and organized crime have been growing more successful for a long time, so it is increasingly important that organizations defend themselves, and that we educate bright students well enough to catch these very skillful criminals.” Brooks says.

He has served as the executive director for Rotman’s Clarkson Centre for Business Ethics and Board Effectiveness and was the director of the MBA program in professional accounting. Brooks also founded its UTM successor, the Master of Management & Professional Accounting, and he was instrumental in founding Rotman’s Directors Education Program.

Over the years, he has also served three terms as UTM’s associate dean and as the vice-principal for administration.

Brooks’ research interests center around corporate governance and business/professional ethics. His interest in the field dates back to the years when “it was just starting to be recognized as a worthy area of endeavour.” His pioneering textbook, Business and Professional Ethics for Directors, Executives & Accountants, is about to appear in its eighth edition and is widely used in classrooms and boardrooms worldwide.

“The field has become better recognized and that’s a good thing,” he says. “It has opened up opportunities that are very helpful to society while providing students with the latest understanding about developing value for their profession and employers. I have been pleased with developments, and look forward to a better future.”

Brooks also enjoys teaching, noting that “it’s very exciting to have the ability to talk to students and executives about problems that are complex and have bearing on their future success.”

Ultimately, he has enjoyed following an academic career path, and as he says, “UTM has been a great place to be.”

 

Selected Awards:

  • Fellow, Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario, honorary designation to CPAs who,

  • George Baxter Award, Canadian Academic Accounting Association, 2011,

  • Ethics in Action Award - individual, 2000

Selected Publications:

  • Business & Professional Ethics for Directors, Executives & Accountants, 7th edition, 2015, co-authored with Paul Dunn

  • Ethics & Governance: Developing & Maintaining an Ethical Corporate Culture, 4th edition, 2012, co-authored with David Selley

  • Principles of Stakeholder Management, 1999, co-authored with Lee Preston and Tom Donaldson