Ethicist, philosopher, field visionary and global innovator, René Villemure devised as early as 1998 such concepts as Ethical Reports©
, Ethical Management Model©
. He authored the design of the Ethics & Values©
management model. In 2005, he was recognized by the Chair in Ethical Management at HEC-Montreal as one of "120 international figures" who made key contributions to the development of integral ethics. Since 2009, René Villemure teaches "Corporate Governance & Ethics" at Laval University’s Director’s College and regularly holds ethics seminars at the Institut Français des Administrateurs (IFA), in Paris. In 2010, he was identified as one of the "200 Pathfinders to the Future" by the Observatoire des tendances. He also had the honor of penning the preface to Henry Mintzberg's book « Conversations with Henry Mintzberg »
. In 2012, René Villemure designed key programs: Brand Ethical DNA©
, Ethics Without Borders©
, and Socially Exemplary Organizations©
. He also undertook a vast, forward-looking ethics analysis, global in scope, towards the creation of an Ethical democracy
model. The ongoing study project aims to update the existing democratic models in light of biggest foreseeable challenges of the next three decades. These include soaring demographics, the rise of social media and Big Data use in the emancipation process of individuals, and the related environmental risks associated with these major trends.
Over the years, he has presented over 600 conferences, over three continents, on ethics and culture.
In 2014, he created the BoardEthics
/ L'Éthique pour le conseil programs,
this innovative programs aims to measure ethical awareness of corporate directors. He has been an Associate Member of the Michaëlle Jean Foundation since 2014. René Villemure holds a degree in Philosophy from the Université de Sherbrooke.