Trevor Hunter is an assistant professor at the Ivey Business School. He holds an MBA and PhD from the Ivey School of Business. For over 20 years Dr. Hunter has been involved with corporate and not-for-profit governance as a director, professor, researcher and consultant. Trevor’s research has been published in The Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Non-profit Leadership and Education, Ivey Business Journal, and presented at the annual meetings of the Academy of Management, Academy of International Business, Strategic Management Society, Administrative Science Association of Canada, Greening of Industry Network, Association for Research on Non-profit Organizations and Voluntary Action and the Conference Board of Canada.
At King’s Trevor teaches courses on corporate governance, organizational design and international business and was the 2017 recipient of the King’s University College Award for Excellence in Teaching. For over ten years he has taught very successful 2-day sessions on non-profit boards through Western University's Continuing Studies and has presented sessions on the topic through the London Community Foundation, the United Way and Pillar Nonprofit Network.
Trevor is an active consultant to non-profit boards having worked with many organizations such as the Canadian Women’s Hockey League, the London Economic Development Corporation, Anago (Non) Residential Resources Ltd., St. Andrew's Residence, Merrymount Children's Centre, Reforest London and the University Students’ Council. In the for-profit space, he has consulted for global executive search firm Russell Reynolds Associates, Trudell Medical Marketing Limited, MCCG, and is a member of the advisory board for Try Recycling Inc.
Trevor has extensive board experience. He currently is a member of the King's University College Foundation Board and a member of the Governance Capacity Building Committee of the Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies. Trevor was Chair of the Governance Committee of the Middlesex-London Board of Health, on the board of Youth Opportunities Unlimited, Board Chair at the London Small Business Centre, a member of the Board of the Southwestern Ontario chapter of the Institute of Corporate Directors, and a Co-founder and former Vice-chair of Airshow London.
Recent Refereed Articles
Hunter, T.; Bansal, P., 2007, "How standard is standardized MNC global environmental communication?", Journal of Business Ethics, March 71(2): 135 - 147. Abstract: In this paper, we develop an argument to show why we expect that multinational companies will ensure that they communicate credibly about their environmental responsibility, across all their subsidiaries. Credible environmental communication helps to increase the firm's legitimacy and reduce its liability of foreignness on an issue that is globally relevant. We develop a measure to test if there is a standardized level of environmental communication credibility on the country-specific web sites of MNC subsidiaries around the world and find, in fact, that there is considerable variation across countries, among subsidiaries of different firms and among subsidiaries of the same multinational. We discuss the reasons for this and the implications for firm legitimacy.
Bansal, P.; Hunter, T., 2003, "Strategic Explanations for the Early Adoption of ISO 14001", Journal of Business Ethics, December 46(3): 289 - 299. Abstract: There are two different, and somewhat competing, strategic explanations for why firms certify for ISO 14001. On the one hand, firms may seek to reinforce their present strategies thereby further enhancing their competitive advantage. On the other hand, firms may use ISO 14001 as a mechanism to reorient their strategies, so that a clear signal is sent about the firm's change in strategic positioning. This paper aims to identify the most likely explanation for early adopters of ISO 14001.brbrUsing a matched pair design, we test these alternative explanations on a sample of US firms that certified for ISO 14001 in the first two years after its introduction. In particular, we tested whether ISO 14001 was used to reinforce or reorient firm strategies in respect to the natural environment, corporate social responsibility, quality, and internationalization.brbrWe found that firms that certified early for ISO 14001 had considerable environmental legitimacy and a strong international presence. We also found that the firm's commitment to corporate social responsibility and quality were not significantly different between certifies and non-certified firms. These findings suggest that early adopters of ISO 14001 leaded towards reinforcing rather than reorienting their firm strategy, which calls into question the ultimate reach of ISO 14001.