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Governance Essentials for the Corporate Secretary: Two-Day Seminar - Toronto

  • 03 Nov 2015
  • 8:30 AM
  • 04 Nov 2015
  • 4:30 PM
  • 20 Toronto Street Conferences and Events, 20 Toronto Street, 2nd Floor, Toronto, ON M5C 2B8
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  • ($750 + applicable Taxes)
  • ($850 + applicable Taxes)
  • ($950 + applicable taxes)
To register for the webinar please click here. Registration for the in-person seminar is now closed. If you're interested in attending please contact CSCS office at events@cscs.org or 416-921-5449.

The Seminar: 

This two-day seminar is a great way to get up to speed or to expand your corporate secretariat skill set. It will examine the responsibilities, roles and accountabilities of the corporate secretary's position, explore best practices and provide practical solutions to current governance challenges. This session will be of great benefit to you if you are new to the profession or provide a great refresher and updates to someone responsible for governance processes and/or compliance processes in your organization. 

Topics Will Include: 

  • Fundamentals of corporate governance
    • legal and regulatory framework for governance in Canada
    • director roles and responsibilities
    • board composition and board effectiveness
    • board and management relations
    • shareholder and stakeholder engagement
    • current governance issues and how to stay informed
  • The role and duties of the corporate secretary
    • managing meetings, schedules, agendas, materials and minutes
    • board logistics and communication
    • annual meeting planning and preparation
    • reporting channels and managing board and management expectations
    • providing advice on corporate governance issues
  • Managing and adding value to board processes
    • understanding ethics, risks and liabilities
    • independence, conflicts of interest and related personal transactions
    • directors' insurance and indemnification concerns
    • advice and resources for discharging corporate governance duties
    • board performance, evaluation and succession planning
    • board orientation and onboarding

Who Should Attend?

  • Newly appointed corporate secretaries, assistant secretaries and other staff dealing with governance
  • Experienced governance professionals seeking to refresh their skills and learn about the latest governance issues
  • Outside legal counsel, paralegals, etc. supporting corporate secretarial functions.


Sylvia Groves, FCIS
President and Creative Director, Governance Studio 
Adding Value to Every Seat at the Boardroom TableTM

Sylvia is a self-proclaimed “governance nerd” who believes in the power of transparency, ethics and continuous improvement to add value. She created Governance Studio from her award-winning work with one of Canada’s foremost governance leaders.

Directors and Corporate Secretaries from all sectors appreciate working with Sylvia to enhance organizational governance and benefit key stakeholders. Sylvia listens to each client’s unique needs and applies her decades of expertise to build the right program for each individual organization. “There is no one size fits all – to be effective, governance has to fit the company and its culture,” notes Sylvia.

Sylvia’s work includes professional speaking, facilitating and consulting. She is the author of the highly acclaimed book: AAA+ Minutes™  – The Three Must-Do Fundamentals And 100s Of Practice Tips For Writing Minutes That Protect Your Organization And Its Directors. She is the recipient of the 2014 Joyce Borden-Reed distinguished contribution award from the Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries.

Her latest initiative – Diversity One – is a one-step policy that boards can adopt to easily and painlessly improve diversity.

Visit www.GovernanceStudio.ca and www.DiversityOne.org to learn more.

Richard Leblanc, CMC, BSc, MBA, LLB, JD, LLM, PhD 
Associate Professor, Governance, Law and Ethics, York University

Professor Richard Leblanc (http://www.yorku.ca/rleblanc/) is an award-winning teacher and researcher, consultant, governance lawyer and specialist on governance, boards of directors and accountability. He is a former recipient of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40™award, received a teaching award as one of the top five university teachers in Ontario, and was named to Canadian Who’s Who.

Professor Leblanc’s applied research has been used by, and he has advised, financial and securities regulators, investors, hedge funds, and board and committee chairs. He has provided extensive service as an external advisor to boards that have won national awards and peer endorsement from institutional shareholders for their governance practices. He has been retained to advise on defective boards to implement governance and shareholder accountability reform. He has evaluated boards, board committees, committee chairs and CEOs, and has advised on CEO performance and both director and CEO succession planning and removal, consistent with shareholder value creation and accountability.

Janis Riven, LLB & BCL, MBA, PAdm, FCIS, Acc.Dir. 
Adjunct Professor, John Molson School of Business, Concordia University

Janis, based in Montréal, has a growing consulting practice on governance and compliance matters with clients encompassing publicly listed and closely held companies, not-for-profits and government organizations. She is currently Adjunct Professor at the John Molson School of Business, Concordia University, where she teaches corporate governance and was instrumental in developing an international sustainability certification program for investment professionals. She is a well-known speaker both in Canada and abroad at conferences on corporate governance, and has acted as a facilitator for boards and board committees of a number of different organizations seeking to improve their effectiveness. Janis' last corporate position was with RBC Financial Group where she served as Vice President, Compliance and Secretary for RBC Insurance.

Janis is Past President of Chartered Secretaries Canada, the Canadian division of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA). Ms. Riven is a member of the Quebec Bar and a Fellow of the ICSA, and holds a number of board positions.

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CPD Hours and CLE Credits: 

This workshop offers a total of 10.5 professional development hours plus significant time for both formal and informal Q&A with the presenters.

The Directors College allows 6 CPD hours per day and a total of 12 CPD hours for those attending the full program.  

This workshop can be applied towards the 9 substantive hours of continuing professional development (CPD) required by the Law Society of Upper Canada - please note that this program is not accredited for professionalism hours or for the new member requirement.

Hours approved by the Law Society of British Columbia are pending.

Cancellation and Refund Policy: 

Cancellations can be made up to October 28, 2015 for Toronto session. All cancellations must be received by email to events@cscs.org and are subject to a $100 administration fee. No credits or refunds will be given for cancellations received after that date. Attendee name substitutions are allowed at any time. Please email events@cscs.org with the replacement contact’s information.

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