October 21, 2010
Dr. Wesley Cragg is a graduate of the University of Alberta. In 1964 he won a Rhodes Scholarship which took him to Oxford for three years of post graduate work in philosophy culminating in two degrees, a B.Phil. and a D.Phil. His first appointment was to the Department of Philosophy at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario. He has held appointments at the University of Western Ontario (as Distinguished Visiting Professor) and at the Université Canadienne en France. In 1992, he was appointed the first Gardiner Professor of Business Ethics at the Schulich School of Business with a cross appointment to Philosophy, positions from which he recently retired. He is currently Professor Emeritus, and continues as an active teacher and researcher.
Dr. Cragg has published widely in Canadian and international journals on topics in business ethics, corporate citizenship, bribery and corruption, occupational ethics, moral education, applied ethics, moral, political and social philosophy, philosophy of law, and philosophy of punishment. He has authored and edited a number of books in applied ethics, contemporary moral issues, and philosophy of law and punishment.
Dr. Cragg is currently Project Director for SSHRC-funded Canadian Business Ethics Research Network (CBERN). The purpose of CBERN is to encourage, facilitate, mobilize and profile Canadian business ethics expertise nationally and internationally. CBERN creates opportunities for sharing and engaging in research in business ethics across academic disciplines and faculties and draws university researchers into dialogue with leaders and researchers in business, government and the voluntary sector.
Dr. Cragg has worked extensively in a leadership capacity with firms and organizations in the public, private and voluntary sectors on building sound ethical standards into policies, operations, and stakeholder relationships. He is the founding President and Chair of Transparency International Canada, a position from which he has now retired, and is a former President of the John Howard Society of Canada and the Canadian Philosophical Association.