Laidley Centre for Business Ethics

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Laidley Centre for Business Ethics

Thanks to alumnus David Laidley (BCom’67), the Desautels Faculty of Management has unveiled the Laidley Centre for Business Ethics. The centre is McGill University’s central hub supporting teaching, academic research, and community engagement for ethical behaviour in business.

The Centre aims to foster multi-disciplinary research in business, law, public policy, economics, engineering, religion and psychology.

The Centre takes an interdisciplinary approach in seeking to improve ethical decision-making in current and future leaders through a wide range of activities:

  • Develop academic programming and activities that prepare current students to advance ethics in the workplace;
  • Support students from the McGill Desautels Faculty of Management and from other faculties in their research collaborations with a wide network of educational and business institutions;
  • Promote excellence in research in support of a multi-disciplinary approach to business ethics research;
  • Undertake outreach with the broader community to encourage discussion and share business ethics best practices.



Elena Obukhova

Elena Obukhova is the Director of the Laidley Centre for Business Ethics and an Associate Professor in Strategy and Organization at the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University. Elena’s research explores the intersection of business and society. Elena received her Ph.D. at the University of Chicago, where she trained as an economic sociologist. Before joining McGill, Elena taught at the MIT Sloan School of Management.


Nikita Boston-Fisher

Nikita Boston-Fisher is the Associate Director of the Laidley Centre for Business Ethics. Nikita has a Masters in Public Health and is PMP certified. She has over a decade of experience working on projects across many different sectors. Nikita is particularly interested in the future of work and EDI in healthcare and the workplace.


Muskaan Bhaidani

Muskaan Bhaidani is a third-year student at McGill studying International Development Studies with a double minor concentration in Social Entrepreneurship and Communication Studies. Muskaan is an MDIM fellow this year with the Laidley Center and hopes to make a true and measurable impact at McGill and the wider Montreal community.


Franca Ciambella

Franca Ciambella is the Laidley Centre Executive in Residence. She has a degree in business from McGill University, and law degrees from New York University, National University of Singapore and Universite d’Ottawa. She practised law for over 30 years in international business, corporate compliance, M & A, contracts, and dispute resolution.

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