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John Friedlan

John Friedlan

Program Director, Commerce

Associate Professor


Faculty of Business and Information Technology

Contact information

Business and Information Technology Building - Room 2026
North Oshawa
2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, ON L1G 0C5

905.721.8668 ext. 5306


Dr. John Friedlan has devoted more than 20 years to training future managers and accountants. As an award-winning teacher at York University's Schulich School of Business and Associate Professor at Ontario Tech University, Dr. Friedlan's goal is to get students to think critically about balance sheets, net income, and how accounting numbers can often be managed to turn losses into profits and vice versa. At York University, he was awarded the Educator of the Year Award for undergraduates in 1992 and a Seymour Schulich Award for Teaching Excellence in 2000. He has also worked at Nabisco Brands as well as at the Board of Examiners at the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants.

His articles have been published in top accounting journals including:

  • Contemporary Accounting Research (1994)
  • Issues in Accounting Education (1995)

His work has appeared in practitioner journals such as:

  • CGA Magazine (1994)
  • CA Magazine (1996)

He has also presented papers at meetings of:

  • American Accounting Association
  • Canadian Academic Accounting Association
  • Canadian Finance Association
He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1980.


  • Bachelor of Science McGill University in Montreal, Quebec
  • Master of Business Administration York University in Toronto, Ontario
  • PhD University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, United States