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  • 08 Nov 2019 11:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    TORONTO, November 8, 2019 - The Governance Professionals of Canada (“GPC”) celebrated their Seventh Annual Excellence in Governance Awards (“EGAs”) last night at their gala dinner and ceremony held at The Carlu in Toronto.

    GPC received over 70 nominations this year from organizations across all sectors. The winners, organized by category, are presented below:

    1 - Best Approach to Achieving Effective Board and Committee Operations

    • Meridian Credit Union

    2 - Best Compensation Disclosure and Communication 

    • Seven Generations Energy

    3 - Best Engagement by a Governance Team

    • Calgary West Central (Other Sectors)
    • Royal Bank of Canada (Publicly Listed)

    4 - Best Practices in Diversity and Inclusion

    • Vancouver Airport Authority

    5 - Best Practices in Enterprise Risk Management

    • Meridian Credit Union

    6 - Best Practices in Strategic Planning, Oversight and Value Creation by the Board

    • Elixir Technologies Inc.

    7 - Best Practices in Subsidiary Governance

    • BMO Financial Group

    8 - Best Practices in Sustainability and ESG Governance

    • Vancouver Airport Authority

    9 - Best Overall Corporate Governance

    • Canada Revenue Agency (Other Sectors)
    • Royal Bank of Canada (Publicly Listed)

    10 - Governance Professional of the Year

    • Stuart McKellar, General Counsel, SVP Corporate Operations & Corporate Secretary at ATB Financial

    11 - Peter Dey Governance Achievement Award

    • Linda Hohol, Chair of Institute of Corporate Directors 

     “The EG Awards represent an important recognition for the Canadian corporate governance professionals and their organizations. We are so pleased to recognize the winners who took home the trophies, along with those organizations who were shortlisted for this year’s awards. These trailblazers send a clear message to their stakeholders that they value governance excellence.” - Lynn Beauregard, President, Governance Professionals of Canada (GPC).

     The award winners were chosen out of nominations from across Canada in all sectors and markets by a jury panel composed of seasoned and well-respected governance experts. For more on the panel: http://gpcanada.org/EGA_judges.

    The awards highlight the critical role that good governance plays in enhancing the value of Canadian organizations and contributing to the competitiveness of Canada’s economy and its capital markets.

    As the principal advocate for those who work in corporate governance, GPC strives to enhance the importance of governance and those who work in the field, by advocating for, providing education on and recognizing good governance practices in Canada. 


    For further information:

    Lynn Beauregard, President
    802-21 St. Clair Avenue East, Toronto
    Phone: 416-921-5449, Ext 306

     

  • 21 Aug 2019 1:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    [August 20, 2019] The Governance Professionals of Canada (GPC) announced the shortlist for the 2019 Excellence in Governance Awards/Prix d'excellence en gouvernance (EGAs), at its 21st annual conference in Québec City, Québec.

    Lynn Beauregard, President, Governance Professionals of Canada says "The entire process building up to the annual Excellence in Governance Awards ceremony has become a labour of love for GPC. To see that our efforts to push governance to higher levels are reverberating and making a mark through these awards is truly rewarding. We want to express our gratitude to all of the organizations who have submitted nominations and are committed to their governance efforts. Each submission exemplifies what ‘next generation governance’ is all about, and each nominee is a trailblazer in resilience, agility and innovation, and I sincerely congratulate the 2019 shortlisted nominees.”

    Shortlisting judge Terri Ulrich also comments: “Having completed another year of shortlisting review for the GPC Excellence in Governance Awards, I was particularly struck by the quality of the submissions and the excellence in governance that companies are displaying.  To give credit where it is due, however, I think it should be recognized that this consistent excellence is largely generated by the work that GPC does.  The organization has provided a public lens to see the best governance practices, and organizations working towards good governance practices can only benefit from this lens.  Every year the judging gets harder and harder due to the high quality of the submissions, the candidates and the excellent work they are doing. “

    “I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge the role that GPC is playing in the constant improvement of submissions and in the corresponding governance of Canadian organizations.  You should be proud of the work you do.  Thank you again for allowing me to participate – I think I learn far more than I contribute.  I look forward to seeing the list of winners in November!”

    The winners will be announced at the EGAs gala dinner on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at The Carlu in Toronto.

    GPC received around 70 nominations this year from organizations across all sectors. The shortlisted nominees, organized by category, are presented below:

    1. Best Practice in Enterprise Risk Management
    • Meridian Credit Union
    • PSP Investments
    • Royal Bank of Canada
    2. Best Practice in Sustainability and ESG
    • Vancouver Airport Authority
    • BMO Financial Group
    • The Co-operators
    3. Best Approach to Achieving Effective Board and Committee Operations
    • Canada Revenue Agency
    • Ottawa Community Housing Corporation
    • Meridian Credit Union
    • HSBC Bank Canada
    4. Best Practices in Diversity and Inclusion
    • Royal Bank of Canada
    • BMO Financial Group
    • Vancouver Airport Authority
    • Manulife
    5.  Best Practices in Strategic Planning, Oversight and Value Creation by the Board
    • Farm Mutual Reinsurance Plan Inc.
    • Elixir Technology
    • Royal Bank of Canada
    6. Best Engagement by a Governance Team
    • Royal Bank of Canada
    • Calgary West Central Primary Care Network
    • Interac Corp.
    7. Best Compensation Disclosure and Communication
    • Manulife
    • Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp.
    • Seven Generations Energy Ltd.
    8. Best Practices in Subsidiary Governance
    • BMO  Financial Group
    • Royal Bank of Canada
    • HSBC Bank Canada
    9. Best Overall Corporate Governance
    • BMO Financial Group
    • Royal Bank of Canada
    • Canada Revenue Agency
    • Central 1 Credit Union

    GPC thanks the following individuals who volunteered a considerable amount of time and effort in reviewing all of the submissions for the shortlist:

    1. Leanne Hull, Senior Counsel, Bank of Montreal
    2. Wendy King, Vice President, Legal, Risk & Governance, Capstone Mining Corp.
    3. Denis Lavoie, Director, Risks, Insurance and Claims, VIA Rail Canada Inc.
    4. Jamie Patterson, Lawyer, SaskTel
    5. Neil Puddicombe, Associate General Counsel and Director of Subsidiary Governance, Legal, Corporate & Compliance Group, BMO Financial Group
    6. Stephen Rotstein, Vice-President, Policy & Regulatory Affairs & General Counsel, Financial Planning Standards Council (FPSC)
    7. Christie Stephenson, Executive Director, Peter P. Dhillon Centre for Business Ethics, UBC Sauder School of Business
    8. Alena Thouin, Deputy General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario
    9. Terri Uhrich, General Counsel, Legal Branch, Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority of Saskatchewan

    To attend the awards ceremony, you can purchase tickets on the GPC website: https://gpcanada.org/event-3485093.

    As the principal advocate for those who work in corporate governance, GPC strives to enhance the public's awareness of the importance of good governance. GPC is the voice of corporate governance professionals in Canada and participates with other stakeholders, including capital markets participants, government bodies and regulators, in fostering a governance environment that sets Canada apart in the world. GPC supports its membership with continuing education and networking opportunities that are second to none.

  • 06 Feb 2019 10:20 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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  • 21 Nov 2018 10:27 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CALL FOR SPEAKERS
    Are you interested in getting involved in GPC's professional development and conference content? 

     
    Submit your session idea today!
    The Governance Professionals of Canada is starting the planning for its annual programming for our 2019 professional development calendar and Annual Conference, and we are looking for new dynamic and engaging speakers and topics. 
     
    If you are interested in submitting a session proposal, please complete your submission by Wednesday, January 9, 2019. 
     
    Session submissions should be trending topics in the realm of governance. New perspectives on existing themes are also welcomed. Topics relevant for all levels and sectors of governance are welcome, and please highlight what makes your topic stand out! 
     
    Thank you in advance for your time in submitting a proposal. Please note that only proposals selected for session development will be contacted.
    Begin your speaker submission today by completing the survey in this link BEGIN SURVEY.

  • 26 Oct 2018 9:59 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    TORONTO, October 26, 2018 - The Governance Professionals of Canada (“GPC”) handed out the Sixth Annual Excellence in Governance Awards (“EGAs”) last night at their awards gala dinner and ceremony held at The Carlu in Toronto.

    GPC received over 80 nominations this year from organizations across all sectors. The winners, organized by category, are presented below:

    1 - Best Practices in Enterprise Risk Management

    • Algonquin Power and Utilities Corp.

    2 - Best Practices in Sustainability and ESG Governance   

    • Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

    3 - Best Approach to Achieving Effective Board and Committee Operations

    • Meridian Credit Union

    4 - Best Practices to Enhance Boardroom Diversity

    • Royal Bank of Canada

    5 - Best Practices in Strategic Planning, Oversight & Value Creation by the Board

    • Vancouver Airport Authority

    6 - Best Engagement by a Governance Team

    • Ontario Securities Commission (Other Sectors)
    • Barrick Gold(Publicly Listed)

    7 - Best Compensation Disclosure and Communication

    • BMO Financial Group

    8 - Best Practices in Subsidiary Governance

    • BMO Financial Group

    9 - Best Overall Corporate Governance

    • Royal Bank of Canada(Publicly Listed)
    • Gore Mutual(Other Sectors)

    10 - Governance Professional of the Year

    • Neil Puddicombe, Associate General Counsel, Director of Bank Board Governance, BMO Financial Group

    11 - Peter Dey Governance Achievement Award

    • Tom C. O’Neill, Chairman, Scotiabank


    “This has been yet another exciting year for the Excellence in Governance Awards. The overall caliber of the nominations we received this year was outstanding. The winners of these awards send a clear message to their stakeholders that they are organizations who value governance and are trailblazers.” - Lynn Beauregard, President, Governance Professionals of Canada (GPC).

    The final award winners were chosen out of nominations from across Canada in all sectors and markets by a jury panel composed of seasoned and well-respected governance experts. For more on the panel: http://gpcanada.org/EGA_judges/

    The awards highlight the critical role that good governance plays in enhancing the value of Canadian organizations and contributing to the competitiveness of Canada’s economy and its capital markets.”

    As the principal advocate for those who work in corporate governance, GPC strives to enhance the importance of governance and those who work in the field, by advocating for, providing education on and recognizing good governance practices in Canada.

     

    For further information:

    Lynn Beauregard, President
    802-21 St. Clair Avenue East, Toronto

    Phone: 416-921-5449 / 1-800-774-2850, Ext 306
    Email: awards@gpcanada.org

    Website: http://www.gpcanada.org/EGA

  • 04 Sep 2018 3:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    The Governance Professionals of Canada is pleased to announce the new GPC Board elected at its recent annual meeting held on August 19th at the 20th annual GPC Corporate Governance Conference in Victoria.

    Continuing board members, re-elected at the Annual Meeting, include:

    • Carmel Bellamy, Corporate Secretary and Sr. Director, Governance, Member & Co-operative Relations, The Co-operators Group Limited
    • Brigitte Catellier, VP Corporate Governance Meridian Credit Union
    • Misti Christensen*, Senior Manager, Corporate Governance and Assistant Secretary , Nexen Energy ULC - *Chair
    • Sally Maziarz*, Assistant Corporate Secretary, EPCOR Utilities Inc. - *Vice Chair
    • Janis McKenzie*, Independent Director - *Treasurer
    • Josée Turcotte, Senior Vice-President, Corporate Secretary and Head of Governance, HSBC Bank of Canada

    The addition of four new members this year, rounds out the board's skills set, expertise, sector and national representation. New directors include:

    • Kathleen Cauchon*, Senior Assistant Secretary, Bank of Canada – *Secretary
    • Arne Gulstene, Regional Head -TSX Company Services, TMX
    • Christine Thomas, Assistant Vice-President, Legal Services & Governance, Senior Legal Counsel and Corporate Secretary, MD Financial Management Inc.
    • Sheldon Stener, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary Strategy, Federated Co-operatives Limited

    Chair of the Board, Misti Christensen notes, "I am very pleased to welcome Kathleen, Arne, Christine, and Sheldon to our board. They each bring a tremendous wealth of experience to the organization. The new directors compliment the strong suite of directors currently serving and GPC will benefit from the combined expertise as we strategically advance GPC's ongoing growth and innovation.”

    President Lynn Beauregard adds: “As GPC continues to grow and forge ahead with key strategic initiatives such as: enhanced local engagement, the membership recruitment campaign, the GPC Education Program (GPC-EP), the annual EG Awards program, the re-vamping of our members’ resource library… just to name a few… the support and oversight from the GPC board and its committees will be substantial and I am delighted to have such an engaged and enthusiastic board”.

     GPC also wants to express its gratitude to Cyndie Kremyr (Past Secretary), Glenn Keeling and Bonnie Charron, as they step down, for their contributions to the board. As well as a very special note of thanks to David Masse as he also steps down, for the many years that he devoted to the organization as a board member and as Chair of the Board.
  • 24 Aug 2018 3:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Recruit a member and be entered into a draw to win a

    $500 credit towards a stay at a
    Fairmont Hotel!


    To qualify, be sure your member recruits register for a one-year
    GPC membership online at http://gpcanada.org/join

    2 prizes will be awarded. The draw will take place June 15, 2019 – just in time for
    the 2019 Annual Corporate Governance Conference in … Quebec City!!

    Here's how to participate:

    STEP 1: Identify someone who would benefit from being a GPC member and appreciate what we have to offer such as:

    Access to key governance resources and information • networking with professionals in governance in Canada the GPC education program (GPC-EP) • GPC Annual Governance Conference  GPC’s annual Excellence in Governance Awards program • GPC professional development opportunities  the GPC local chapter events activities…and MORE

    STEP 2: Share our website and membership page for them to learn more about GPC and how to join (http://gpcanada.org/join)

    STEP 3: Get credit!
    When someone joins, we will ask them to enter your name on their profile as their reference point.
    For each new member you will get one entry into the draw for the 2 prizes!
  • 21 Aug 2018 3:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Governance Professionals of Canada (GPC) announced the shortlist for the 2018 Excellence in Governance Awards/Prix d'excellence en gouvernance (EGAs) at its 20th annual conference in Victoria, British Columbia.

    The winners will be announced at the EG Awards gala dinner on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at the Carlu in Toronto.

    Lynn Beauregard, President, Governance Professionals of Canada said, "I am thrilled by how far we have come with this awards program.  From the nominations received and the introduction of our new category the Governance Professional of the Year Award, I can already see that this will be an event not to miss. I think that this underlines the growing importance of this program and the need for recognition for good governance practices. In this age of disruption and turbulence, organizations want the acknowledgment they deserve for what they are doing right and winners of these awards send a clear message to their stakeholders that they are organizations who value excellence in their governance."

    GPC received over 80 nominations this year from organizations across all sectors. The shortlisted nominees, organized by category, are presented below:

    1. Best Practice in Enterprise Risk Management
      • Algonquin Power and Utilities Corp
      • Aldergrove Credit Union
      • Cancer Care Ontario
    2. Best Practice in Sustainability and ESG
      • Vancouver Fraser Port Authority
      • MEC
      • Goldcorp
    3. Best Approach to Achieving Effective Board and Committee Operations
      • Meridian Credit Union
      • Royal Bank of Canada
      • Ottawa Community Housing
      • The Co-Operators
    4. Best Practices to Enhance Boardroom Diversity
      • Royal Bank
      • Medavie
    5. Best practices in strategic planning, oversight and value creation by the board
      • Vancouver Airport Authority
      • Tahoe
      • Gore Mutual Insurance
    6. Best Engagement by a Governance Team
      • Ontario Securities Commission
      • Tarion
      • Mountain Equipment Coop
      • Barrick Gold
    7. Best Compensation, Disclosure and Communication
      • Bank of Montreal
      • Manulife
      • ATB
    8. Best Practices in Subsidiary Governance
      • Bank of Montreal
      • Royal Bank of Canada
      • HSBC Canada
    9. Best Overall Corporate Governance
      • Bank of Montreal
      • Royal Bank of Canada
      • Goldcorp
      • Gore Mutual

    GPC thanks the following individuals who volunteered a considerable amount of time and effort in reviewing all of the submissions for the shortlist:

    1. Leanne Hull, Senior Counsel, Bank of Montreal
    2. Wendy King, Vice President, Legal, Risk & Governance, Capstone Mining Corp.
    3. Denis Lavoie, Director, Risks, Insurance and Claims, VIA Rail Canada Inc.
    4. Jamie Patterson, Lawyer, SaskTel
    5. Neil Puddicombe, Associate General Counsel and Director of Subsidiary Governance, Legal, Corporate & Compliance Group, BMO Financial Group
    6. Stephen Rotstein, Vice-President, Policy & Regulatory Affairs & General Counsel, Financial Planning Standards Council (FPSC)
    7. Coro Strandberg, President, Strandberg Consulting
    8. Alena Thouin, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary & Chief Compliance Officer, Alterna Savings and Bank
    9. Terri Uhrich, General Counsel, K+S Potash Canada

    The final judging panel is now in review of the shortlist companies. The panel is composed of seasoned and well-respected governance experts from across Canada and include:

    1. Geoffrey D. Creighton, CEO, In-House Counsel Worldwide, and member, BlackRock Canada IRC
    2. Gigi Dawe, Director, Corporate Oversight and Governance, CPA Canada
    3. Sylvia Groves, President and Creative Director, Governance Studio
    4. Catherine Gordon, President and Founder, SimpleLogic Inc.
    5. Paul Schneider, Head of Corporate Governance, Public Equities, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan
    6. Elizabeth Watson, Founder and President, Watson Inc.

    To attend the awards ceremony, you can purchase tickets on the GPC website, http://gpcanada.org/event-2967773. The Governance Professionals of Canada is recognized as the most important organization for corporate governance professionals in Canada.

    As the principal advocate for those who work in corporate governance, GPC strives to enhance the public's awareness of the importance of good governance. GPC is the voice of corporate governance professionals in Canada and participates with other stakeholders, including capital markets participants, government bodies and regulators, in fostering a governance environment that sets Canada apart in the world. GPC supports its membership with continuing education and networking opportunities that are second to none.


  • 28 May 2018 3:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The nominations for the Governance Professionals of Canada's 2018 Excellence in Governance Awards/Prix d'excellence en gouvernance (EGs) ) are now open! 

    The winners for the awards will be announced and celebrated at a gala dinner and ceremony on Thursday, October, 25th, 2018 in Toronto at The Carlu.

    The EGAs recognize the important contribution that organizations and governance professionals make in terms of best practices that build and sustain shareholder and stakeholder value in Canada. GPC encourages all organizations to take this opportunity to gain recognition for their governance practices and to be celebrated for their accomplishments.

    The deadline for nominations is June 15th, 2018, and the shortlist of finalists for the awards will be announced in August 2018. We encourage companies of all sizes, sectors and industries (listed, private, public, crown, not for profit, co-op, etc.) to take part, as the EGAs are designed to recognize excellence across all organizations.

    GPC will seek nominations in the following award categories:

    • Best Practices in Enterprise Risk Management
    • Best Practices in Sustainability and ESG Governance
    • Best Approach to Achieving Effective Board and Committee Operations
    • Best Practices to Enhance Boardroom Diversity
    • Best Practices in Strategic Planning, Oversight and Value Creation by the Board
    • Best Engagement by a Governance Team
    • Best Compensation Disclosure and Communication
    • Best Practices in Subsidiary Governance
    • Best Overall Corporate Governance
    • *NEW* Governance Professional of the Year
    • Peter Dey Governance Achievement Award

    These awards underscore the critical role that good governance plays in sustaining the value of Canada's public companies, crown corporations, government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations, and in contributing to the competitiveness of Canada's economy and its capital markets. 

    The recognition that the winners, nominees and their organizations gain from these awards raises more awareness for the key role played by governance professionals, furthers the reputation of their organizations and inspires others to follow their example.

    So submit your nomination this year and be recognized!

    For further information: 

    Lynn Beauregard, President, 802-21 St. Clair Avenue East, Toronto, Phone: 416-921-5449 / 1-800-774-2850, Ext 306, Email: egawards@gpcanada.org
  • 03 Apr 2018 11:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    The Governance Professionals of Canada hosted an educational panel as part of their professional development series on the role of the board in organizational culture. The three panelists were Heather Laxton (corporate secretary for Wesdome, Lloyd Segal, Chair of the board for MedReleaf, and Carol Faull from L&C Strategic Advisory Consultants, our organizational culture expert. Deborah Rosati from Women Get On Board was the moderator.

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