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Navigating Business Continuity and Recovery: What’s Next for Boards and Organizations?

  • 25 Aug 2020
  • 11:15 AM - 4:15 PM
  • Webinar


  • $80 + HST
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NEW DATE  -  August 25, 2020

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.

Join us for this half-day event featuring four panel discussions and leading expert opinions on the following top of mind issues:

Crisis and Risk Management for Boards – What’s Next?

  • Risk Management- what are the separate roles of Management and Board?
  • How do structured Enterprise Risk Management frameworks factor in crisis?
  • Business Continuity Planning- what is the boards role?
  • How should boards prepare for the next crisis? If not a pandemic, what else should boards prepare for?
  • Some key areas of board focus:
  • Systemic racism and a more equitable workplace?
  • Climate change
  • Data security and data use
  • Whistleblowing – Are your policies equipped for the rise in workplace activism?
  • D&O insurance and coverage in an age of pandemics and climate risk

Re-Aligning Your Workforce and Workplace as COVID-19 Restrictions Ease

  • Impact of continued physical distancing and health related considerations
  • Addressing employee and customer health and safety
  • Balancing employee wellbeing and business needs
  • Managing teams remotely – beyond the crisis and into the long term
  • Worker re-employment challenges
  • Compensation considerations for executives and employees for 2020 and beyond

Business strategy - How to Set Strategy in Uncertain Times

  • Oversight of strategy – how has the board’s role changed as a result of the pandemic?
  • What are the strategic planning priorities for boards looking post-COVID?
  • What role does Risk Management play in strategy?
  • How do we strategize when we have so much uncertainty?
  • Doing business in a changed world: new economic models, contingent suppliers, implications of transportation and logistics
  • Financing, lending and the new economic model – what are the liquidity implications for your business?
  • How should your organization’s strategy and business model respond to changes in customer/client needs and preferences?
  • How to re-engage with customers, clients, stakeholders

Virtual Board Meetings, Virtual AGMs and Business ‘Not’ As Usual

  • How has the COVID situation disrupted how board meetings are run?
  • What are the best practices for managing the new ‘normal’ in board meetings?
  • What will board agendas look like going forward?
  • How to restructure Board strategy refresh and retreats – What works? What models?
  • Engaging with customers, clients, stakeholders virtually
  • A recap on virtual AGMs - what are the successes and lessons learned?


Please click on the speaker's names to view their biography.

 Dr. Nita Chhinzer
Associate Professor of Human Resources and Business Consulting, Department of Management, University of Guelph
Andre Cinq-Mars
Managing Director, Lumi Canada
Judy Cotte LL.M
CEO, ESG Global Advisors Inc
Gigi Dawe
Director, Corporate Oversight & Governance, Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada)
Manager, David and Sharon Johnston Centre for Corporate Governance Innovation, Rotman School of Management
Joe German
Director, Strategic Partnerships, ClearView Strategic Partners Inc.



Andrew MacDougall
Partner, Corporate, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
Stephen J. Mallory, ICD.D, FCIP, CRM
President, Directors Global Risk Consulting Inc., Advisor Benson Kearley IFG
Shona McGlashan
Vice-President, Governance, Vancity


Margie Parikh, C.Dir. MBA, CFP Principal, On Governance Consulting, & Board Director Poonam Puri
Professor, Affiliated scholar, Osgoode Hall Law School, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP
Dottie Schindlinger
Vice President of Thought Leadership, Diligent


Michelle Tan
Partner, Hugessen Consulting
Jeremy Trickett
Senior Vice-President and Chief Governance Officer
Great-West Lifeco Inc.
Christa C. Wessel 

Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel ClearView Strategic Partners Inc. 


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