Tony Spizzirri, B.COMM




Tony has over a decade of experience studying corporate governance in North America across different types of organizations with a unique understanding of the complex relationship between shareholders/stakeholders and the board of directors. His work focuses on corporate governance practices that can effectively navigate the complex relationship between the corporation’s board and shareholders.

Tony is an accomplished corporate governance analyst and researcher that specializes in the strategic review, valuation and innovative design of compensation and corporate governance programs that effectively align strategy with shareholders’ interests. Tony has both led and contributed to a vast array of publications at the University of Toronto that focused on corporate governance challenges in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors.

Background & Affiliations

Tony was previously a Senior Research Officer at the David & Sharon Johnston Centre (Johnston Centre) for Corporate Governance Innovation at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. Between 2010 and 2019, he was the Lead Researcher at the University of Toronto Rotman School of Management’s Clarkson Centre for Board Effectiveness. Tony’s work focused on the study of corporate governance incorporating board practice, policy, behaviours as well as board and executive compensation. He was also a Statistician and Adjunct Consultant with Quantum Governance L3C, an advisory firm in the USA that delivers a range of corporate governance and strategy services to credit unions and non-profit organizations.  In this role he provided the senior team with guidance on board surveys and analysis, conducted director interviews and drafted corporate governance assessment reports.

Tony played a crucial role overseeing the Johnston Centre’s data collection that supported the Globe and Mail’s annual Board Games publication which is a comprehensive ranking of Canada’s corporate boards.  Tony led the Board Games research assistant team responsible for collecting over 100,000 governance data points, engaged with representatives of the S&P/TSX Composite Index listed companies ranked in Board Games, and fostered relationships with stakeholders and project partners involved with the annual research.


  • B.Comm, Ryerson University

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