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The New Workplace Reality and the Role of the Board

We’re changing how we talk about violence and harassment in the workplace. What does this mean for governance professionals and boards? Some issues we’ll explore in this session:

  • Changes in overall perception and reaction on violence and harassment in the workforce.
  • Board responsibilities for leadership in workplace culture
  • The board’s role in crisis response to allegations of... Details
Élaboration soignée de règlements

comment simplifier de manière proactive la gouvernance

La gouvernance assure le respect des obligations législatives et réglementaires. Si la gouvernance est considérée comme la somme des processus et des structures mis en place pour maximiser le succès d’une organisation, alors les règlements devraient être un des le premiers endroits où soigneusement élaborer et intégrer sonles structures et processus de gouvernance. Les règlements, optimisés de façon continue,... Details

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Getting Off on the Right Foot with Your Board

One of the most challenging aspects of any executive’s ascension to the role of Chief Executive Officer is no longer having a boss, but rather a Board of Directors to report to. This requires some different skills and a different approach to getting things done. Even if the new CEO has worked with the board for several years as a senior executive, the transition is critical. It should never be ignored or taken for... Details

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There is clear evidence that diverse boards enhance all facets of a company’s performance, so as business leaders, it is our duty to all step up today and collectively be Agents of Change in advancing board diversity in Canada.

This panel will provide valuable insights on how can you be an Agent of Change in making board diversity a strategic opportunity for your board-building, and how to make your board diversity mandate ‘best-in-class’.

8 Board Diversity... Details

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This event is designed to give new life to this critical governance practice, in order to ensure that your governance processes and practices are effective. This session will get you off to the right start.

Reflecting on decades of hands-on experience and success with clients across sectors, John Dinner will provide behind the scenes insights into how to generate real value from your board and director assessments in ways that have a direct impact back in the boardroom.... Details

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After all the strategizing and planning, no one really wants to stop doing anything. Too many priorities and too little focus is a menace for most organizations today. Yet, organizations with fewer priorities are much more effective and actually accomplish more. With hilarious anecdotes and tested and proven solutions, Peter Wright makes the case for brutal prioritization and maps out the steps for real change, real courage and the liberation that comes from doing less. This... Details

Business Planning Boot Camp

The Business Planning Boot Camp is an intensive full-day program that provides an in-depth overview of strategy and planning across all sectors and industries. Peter Wright of the Planning Group will take you through a mix of business planning training and workshop discussions to assist in thinking about your own organization's situation, and in optimizing its business planning process.

After attending the Boot Camp, you will be able to start applying what you learned... Details

Carefully Crafting Bylaws

If governance is seen as the sum of processes and structures put in place to maximize the success of an organization, while ensuring compliance with its legislative and regulatory obligations, then Bylaws should be the first place where to carefully embed sound governance practices.

When optimized on a continuous basis, bylaws can help an organization thrive and prevent problems from becoming unmanageable. In this session, participants will review how custom bylaws are... Details

CEO Succession Planning

Selection of the Chief Executive Officer is any board’s most important decision. But most boards don’t have the practices and diligence in place that they know they should around CEO succession planning. Some are even wary about raising the topic - for fear that it will create tensions with the sitting CEO. Others are still using CEO succession practices that are dated and deficient. Many are overly reliant on search firms to “run their process” - essentially “outsourcing”... Details

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Insights on Boards, culture, member engagement and more. The Co-operative and Credit Union Governance Summit is designed with leaders in mind. This Summit is intended to provide board members, senior leaders and governance practitioners strategic insights and inform governance best practices. The event will explore current and emerging governance issues relevant to co-operatives and credit unions. Equipped with the latest research and in-depth knowledge, our speakers will share... Details

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The Role of the Board and Governance Professionals

This session explores the essential links between cybersecurity, privacy and corporate governance. Governance professionals have the opportunity to assess the risks and links with performance and discuss what boards should do when a breach occurs, what incident response capabilities are there. This session will also explore theoretical and approaches to cyber threat management, as well as privacy... Details

Emotional Intelligence for the Governance Professional

As the liaison between the board and management, it is vital for the governance professional to create, build and manage robust relationships, overcome challenges, defuse conflicts and create a pathway to success in your organization. Emotional intelligence can be a valuable and key skill to harness improve communication, problem-solving and relationships in your professional role.

GPC’s first event on Emotional Intelligence for the Governance Professional will explore... Details

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This session is designed to tackle some of the issues that have the greatest impact on your overall governance effectiveness as a public issuer. The session is 3 hours and 15 minutes long.

Join us as our speakers take a critical look at the current regulatory environment, compliance and risk, disclosure requirements and review best practices related to listed company governance.

We will take a look at the current regulatory landscape, existing, new and upcoming ... Details

Governance Ethics

Ethics, When Absolute Right and Wrong Don’t Apply

As media reports on public sector financial scandals makes it very clear, ethics need to be at the heart and soul of every governance and HR decision. With the speed at which information is delivered through social media, news can quickly proliferate and, as a result, judgement can make or break a reputation in a short period of time. In time where COVID-19, diversity and equity are at the heart of every decisions,... Details

Governance in the New Decade: The Rise of Boardroom ESG

Preparing Boards to address trends and systemic risks such as Pandemics, Climate Change, Racism and other ESG topics impacting Boards and their organizations.

COVID-19, recognition of institutionalized racism and climate change are rapidly transforming organizations and board room dynamics. Boards and governance professionals need to equip themselves to understand the evolving expectations of boards as society hurtles through the... Details

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The GPC-EP delivers critical and relevant content for governance professionals in a condensed, rigorous program with key speakers from across Canada. It consists of three 2.5 day Course that are each at least offered twice a year, enabling busy professionals to complete the modules in a schedule that works for them.

It is designed for anyone operating in a governance role, whether in public, private, not-for-profit or governmental organizations. Individuals new to these... Details

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Innovations in Board and Director Evaluations for Sophisticated Boards

Board members are typically highly accomplished businesspeople who have a track record of jaw-dropping achievements. So how can boards empower their directors in terms of board and director evaluations? More sophisticated directors are increasingly demanding more from their board and individual director evaluation processes. Beverly Behan, who routinely works with boards in the S&P1500, Fortune... Details

Navigating Business Continuity and Recovery

GPC will be engaging with members of our GPC COVID-19 ADVISORY PANEL for their insights on how boards will need to shift their conversations, and where organizations have to focus their attention, as the next few months will bring more changes as recovery begins.

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The GPC Not-for-Profit Governance Boot Camp is designed to tackle the issues that have the greatest impact on overall board effectiveness and good governance for not-for-profit organizations. Providing you with tools to deal with shifting priorities, new risks and increased complexity in this sector, in order to help you keep pace with the speed of resulting governance changes.

Rethinking your governance model to have your Board focus on its contribution is critical. In ... Details

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This full-day interactive event provides a comprehensive overview of project management processes and brings all participants up to a general skill level and language. The session focuses on critical paths, key success factors, managing the unexpected, overcoming challenges, managing teams and stakeholder expectations, and post-project completion tasks, for all-around effective planning and successful execution of projects.

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Global Governance Advisors (“GGA”) is partnering with the Governance Professionals of Canada (“GPC”) to publish the Report on Governance Professionals Responsibilities & Remuneration. This year’s report continued to examine governance professional roles, responsibilities and compensation among member organizations. This detailed report provides unique insights and in-depth data and analysis to assist in benchmarking organizations' governance professional remuneration practices,... Details

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In this session, we will explore all aspects of an efficient records management program for the corporate secretary's department. Starting with the reasons a robust records management program is an essential requirement; moving on to the legal requirements for records creation and retention; generally accepted standards and best practices in records management; risk management considerations; litigation and investigation holds; access controls and restrictions and managing rights... Details

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In the world of best practices and regulatory guidelines, we can easily lose sight of essential governance foundations — those touchstones we should use to construct our board, to design our governance practices and foster overall effectiveness in the boardroom.This session will equip participants with some essential concepts as well as some new perspectives that will provide needed boardroom focus and foster a more tangible contribution by directors. This session is a... Details

Subsidiary Governance: Creating an Effective Framework

Subsidiary governance has moved from an emerging area to one of increased global focus. Parent company boards must find the right balance between the parent company’s need to set group strategy and coordinate group oversight, while respecting the legal duties of subsidiary directors. As businesses become more complex, a thoughtful and effective subsidiary governance framework is critical.

Join some of the leading practitioners and academics from across the United States ... Details

The Art of Board Presentations

And the Governance Professional’s Role in Adding Value

Presenting to the Board can be intimidating and it is not like any other presentation an executive is likely to give. It is fraught with all the issues and fears around public speaking, but the purpose is less about teaching and persuading (the underlying purpose of most other presentations) and more about engagement and answering questions.

Complaints from directors are typically that presentations ... Details

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.