Deliberately Designing Board Culture


Famously, "culture eats strategy for breakfast" (Peter Drucker). 

In a governance context, the culture of a board - not its policies and procedures - can be the strongest determinant of its contribution to organizational value

In this session, we will explore what we mean when we talk about board culture, how to shape the governance culture that your organization needs, and the tools that the governance professional has to assist the board in this endeavour. 

Outcomes and Benefits:

By the end of the session, participants will have:

  1. An elevated understanding of what board culture is, and how it impacts board behaviour and organizational outcomes.

  2. An appreciation of the inclusion imperative, how to thoughtfully and proactively create an inclusive board culture, and the role of the governance professional.

  3. Pragmatic suggestions for tools that support a strong and collaborative board culture in service of the organization's purpose and strategy. 


Who Will Benefit by Attending:

  • Corporate and board secretaries 
  • Governance Professionals
  • Board and Committee Chairs
  • Individual directors
  • Boards (as a collective),
  • CEO's and any senior management team member that interacts with governance function and/or the board in their organization.
  • Suitable for all types of organizations including Non-profits

Registration Fee:

  • GPC Members - $399.00 + HST
  • Non-Members - $499.00 + HST
  • Event + Annual Membership - $799.00 + HST



Shona McGlashan FCG is the principal at McGlashan Consulting, specializing in values- based governance, EDI in leadership, and workplace mental health. She is a senior leader with over 25 years’ experience heading governance, public affairs, diversity and inclusion, and workplace mental health functions on both sides of the Atlantic. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Governance Institute, a governance thought leader, and a sought-after speaker and facilitator. Shona is particularly focused on helping boards add strategic value to their organizations through the thoughtful and proactive development of an inclusive decision- making culture.

Shona began her career advising the Speaker, MPs, and parliamentary committees in the UK’s House of Commons. Her most recent executive roles were VP Governance & Corporate Secretary at Vancity Credit Union, where she also led the organization’s mental health strategy, and Chief Governance Officer at Mountain Equipment Co-op.

Shona is the board vice-chair at Pain BC and Governance Committee chair at Bard on the Beach. She is a parent of teenagers, voracious reader, Gaelic learner, and student of mindfulness.





6/12/2024 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
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