David Beatty, professor at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, was presented with a lifetime achievement award from the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN). The award, which was presented in Milan, Italy, is given annually to individuals and organizations that achieve great accomplishments in the field of corporate governance.
Beatty, who is chairman and Conway director of the Clarkson Center for Business Ethics and Board Effectiveness at U. Toronto, received the award for his “significant contribution to the advancement of corporate governance around the globe through his work as an educator, advisor, advocate and practicing board member and chairman,” said the group in a statement.
Beatty has a long CV. He managed Weston Foods and has served on the boards of such companies as the Bank of Montreal and Western Canadian Coal. He helped found the Directors Education Program, which the ICGN called “the gold standard for directors’ education in Canada. He also was the founding managing director of the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance, a group that represents 50 institutional investor with Canadian $3 trillion in assets.
Beatty has received a host of awards. Perhaps his most esoteric was being made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire—for his services to Papua New Guinea.