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2018 Excellence in Governance Awards Shortlisted Announcement

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, 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.

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