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Best in Class Shareholder Engagement - A Chairman’s View - Toronto

  • 18 Sep 2017
  • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Manulife, 200 Bloor Street East, South Tower, Toronto, Ontario, Holmes Gooderham ABC (Entrance from St. Paul's square)


As the recipient of the 2016 GPC Excellence in Governance Awards (EGA) for Best Engagement by a Governance Team, Manulife has made it clear that shareholder engagement is a key area of focus for their organization and one that is best in class.

Manulife Chairman, Mr. Richard DeWolfe, will provide firsthand insight into the board's practices vis a vis shareholder engagement. Joining Mr. DeWolfe as moderator, Mr. Geoffery Creighton, who as the EGA Judging Panel Chair, will speak on what stood out the selection of Manulife as the winner of this award.

LSUC Accreditation: This program is eligible for up to 1.5 Substantive Hours.

We look forward to you joining us at this GPC Toronto Chapter inaugural event!

Session Agenda:

  • 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm Light lunch and networking reception
  • 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Session

Presenter:  Richard B. DeWolfe, Chairman of the Board, Manulife Financial Corporation & The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company

Richard DeWolfe has been Chairman since May 2, 2013, and is Managing Partner of DeWolfe & Company, LLC, a real estate management and investment consulting firm. He was Chairman and CEO of The DeWolfe Companies, Inc., the largest home ownership organization in New England, from 1992 to 2002. The DeWolfe Companies, Inc. was listed on the American Stock Exchange until it was acquired by Cendant Corporation in 2002.

He serves on the board of the following not-for-profit organizations: the American College of Corporate Directors, Massachusetts General Hospital (President’s Council), Boston University (Trustee Emeritus), The Boston Foundation (Director Emeritus), The Boston Center for Community and Justice (Honorary director), Wilson Center’s Canada Institute (Advisory Board) and Quissett Harbor Preservation Trust (Chairman) and Partners HealthCare System, Inc.

Mr. DeWolfe holds a Bachelor of Applied Science, Marketing and Finance from Boston University and an Executive Masters Professional Director Certification from the American College of Corporate Directors, a public company director education and credentialing organization.

Moderator:  Geoffrey D. Creighton, Past President and Chair, In-House Counsel Worldwide and CCCA

Geoffrey D. Creighton is Past-President and Chair of In-House Counsel Worldwide (ICW), the international network of in-house bar associations. A Chartered Director (C.Dir.) and Certified In-House Counsel (CIC.C), he is a member of the Independent Review Committee of BlackRock Canada, and a ‘public member’ of the Board of TFAAC (“Advocis”) the national body which represents financial advisors. Geoff was formerly SVP, General Counsel of IGM Financial Inc, a public financial institution in the Power Corporation group of companies. In that role, he was responsible for overseeing the legal, compliance and corporate secretarial functions of Investors Group and Mackenzie Investments. Prior to joining IGM in 2008, Geoff was a partner with Torys LLP, focused on M&A, complex corporate finance and corporate governance. Currently the Chair of the judging panel for the GPC’s Excellence in Governance Awards, he is a frequent speaker on governance and legal matters. Geoff is a Past-Chair of the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association, has chaired and served on several committees of the CBA, and its Council, and is the recipient of both the Douglas Miller Award and the Robert V.A. Jones Award, for his contributions to the CBA and CCCA respectively.

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