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Our Named Chairs

Our school's ‘named’ chairs are prestigious professorships named after a founder or donor, or in order to commemorate someone.

Our current chairs are:

Roy A. Jodrey Chair in Commerce – Peggy Cunningham


Dr. Cunningham maintains an active research portfolio focused on three related themes: corporate social responsibility, marketing ethics and partnerships (including international strategic alliances and stakeholder engagement). Explains Dr. Cunningham: “While these may seem like totally divergent areas of study, they are linked by their focus on the concepts of trust, respect, and integrity – core elements to both ethical behaviour and successful, collaborative partnership behaviour.” For her work, Dr. Cunningham has received recognition such as the ANBAR citation award, a nomination for the Accenture Award and a number of best conference paper awards.
Find out more about Dr. Cunningham

Herbert S. Lamb Chair in Business Education – James Barker

Dr. Barker is a globally recognized expert in complex organizational behaviour, ethics and strategy who has specific expertise in leadership, safety, change management and stakeholder engagement. As a member of the SafetyNET-Rx research team (http://www.safetynetrx.ca/), his most recent research concerns safe medical practices in high-risk, complex environments and is funded by the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation. Professor Barker has consulted and coached across many different organizational levels and with a variety of public, private and governmental entities such as flight crews, engineering and technology executives, scientists and policy makers, manufacturing managers, and medical safety specialists. He has lived, lectured and worked in Canada, the U.S. and New Zealand and has cultivated strong networks in the Asia-Pacific and European regions. While in New Zealand, Professor Barker was designated as a “world-class” scholar by the country’s performance-based research evaluation program for contributions to global managerial theory and practice.
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Douglas C. Mackay Chair in Finance – Iraj Fooladi

Dr. Fooladi conducts studies that improve the extant knowledge on the theory and practice of the financial markets. During the past decade, his research has mainly focused on fixed income securities (particularly bond portfolio strategies) and the economics of uncertainty. Ultimately, Dr. Fooladi’s research aims to develop models that explain observed economic behaviour and help predict related trends. In addition, his current research also focuses on corporate social responsibility and sustainable finance. In particular, he’s interested in the financial performance of socially responsible firms and investment funds, and in the conditions under which social responsibility creates value.
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F.C. Manning Chair in Economics and Business – Eddy Ng

Dr. Ng's research focuses on diversity and inclusion, including public policy on fair treatment (e.g., employment equity and affirmative action) in the workplace, managing diversity for organizational competitiveness, public service motivation and managing an intergenerational workforce. He received a $123K grant from SSHRC (with G. Sears and K. Arnold) to study diversity and inclusion practices in 2016-2019, and a $158K grant from SSHRC (with S. Lyons and L. Schweitzer) to study an intergenerational workforce in 2008-2011. He has served as Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Theme Committee of the Academy of Management and the Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division of the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada. Dr. Ng received several teaching and research awards including the Elwood F. Holton III Research Excellence Award from the Academy of Human Resource Development.
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William A. Black Chair in Commerce – Cedric Dawkins
Dr. Dawkins’ research focuses on connections between labour rights and corporate social responsibility (CSR), global labour governance, stakeholder engagement, and the impact of disclosure on corporate behaviour. His work appears most frequently in journals such as Business & Society, Journal of Business Ethics and Business Ethics Quarterly, where he serves on the editorial board. His current projects examine the role of multi-stakeholder initiatives—comprising NGOs, civil society organizations and labour unions—in developing labour governance structures for corporate supply networks in developing countries.
Find out more about Dr. Dawkins.