The Judging Process

Judging Panel

The Excellence in Governance Awards jury panel is composed of seasoned and well-respected governance thought leaders from across Canada. GPC has carefully selected the judges to ensure representation from all aspects of the governance community including shareholder representatives, regulatory experts, leading academics and practitioners.

Geoffrey D. Creighton, (Chair of Judging Panel)
CEO, In-house Counsel Worldwide, and Member, BlackRock Canada IRC

Sylvia Groves,
President and Creative Director, Governance Studio

Elizabeth Watson, QC,
Founder and President, Watson Inc.

Gigi Dawe,
Director, Corporate Oversight and Governance, CPA Canada 

Matt Fullbrook,
Manager, Clarkson Centre for Board Effectiveness

Peter Dey, (Honourary Judge)
Chairman, Paradigm Capital Inc.

Catherine Gordon
President and Founder, SimpleLogic Inc.

Paul Schneider,
Head of Corporate Governance, Public Equities, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan

Shortlist Judges

GPC would like to acknowledge the contribution of the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association (CCCA) to the short listing judging for the Excellence in Governance Awards.

  • Alena Thouin, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary & Chief Compliance Officer, Alterna Savings and Bank
  • Denis Lavoie, LL.B., D.E.S.S., JEA.C., Director, Risks, Insurance and Claims, VIA Rail Canada Inc.
  • Coro Strandberg, President, Strandberg Consulting
  • Jamie Patterson, Lawyer, SaskTel
  • Wendy King, Vice President, Legal, Risk & Governance, Capstone Mining Corp.
  • Leanne Hull, Senior Counsel, Bank of Montreal
  • Neil Puddicombe, Associate General Counsel and Director of Subsidiary Governance, Legal, Corporate & Compliance Group, BMO Financial Group
  • Stephen Rotstein, Vice-President, Policy & Regulatory Affairs & General Counsel, Financial Planning Standards Council (FPSC)
  • Terri Uhrich, General Counsel, Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority of Saskatchewan

The Governance Professionals of Canada (GPC) was created in 1994, shortly after the Dey Report was published by the TSX on ‘Where Are the Directors’. GPC‘s mandate is to be the voice of governance professionals in Canada. Its members deal with all matters affecting corporate governance, from board and committee processes, management and structure, disclosure, stakeholder engagement, legal and corporate compliance, as well as issues crucial to boards, their accountability and oversight.