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    • 01 Jan 2019
    • 01 Jan 2021
    • Check Specific Module delivery location
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    The GPC-EP delivers critical and relevant content for governance professionals in a condensed, rigorous program with key speakers from across Canada. It consists of three 2.5 day Course that are each at least offered twice a year, enabling busy professionals to complete the modules in a schedule that works for them.

    It is designed for anyone operating in a governance role, whether in public, private, not-for-profit or governmental organizations. Individuals new to these roles as well as seasoned professionals will find benefit in the GPC.D as it will not only provide them with the latest best practices, skills and tools in governance, but will enhance standard of their profession.

    Registration Fee:

    • GPC member price: $7,550 + HST
    • Non Member price: $8,250 + HST (includes the cost of a ONE YEAR GPC membership and processing fee)

    Please note that GPC members will be given priority on first come, first served basis.

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    • 10 Sep 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • The Albany Club, 91 King St. E., Toronto, ON
    Register

    The GPC Not-for-Profit Governance Boot Camp is designed to tackle the issues that have the greatest impact on overall board effectiveness and good governance for not-for-profit organizations. Providing you with tools to deal with shifting priorities, new risks and increased complexity in this sector, in order to help you keep pace with the speed of resulting governance changes.

    Rethinking your governance model to have your Board focus on its contribution is critical. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to create a new platform from which you and your Board can deliver greater value.

    Each participant will have the opportunity to identify their own governance priorities and challenges prior to the Boot Camp, and will leave having the opportunity to identify opportunities to address their own issues in practical and impactful ways.

    Who Should Attend

    All sessions are designed for and open to NFP Board leaders, Board members and their governance professionals. The program is formatted to be conducive to acquiring knowledge and tips that are immediately applicable in any organization.

    Agenda

    Participants will learn how to view the role and contribution of their boards differently from traditional models. The workshop will challenge conventional governance thinking and how the Board can play a more integral role in organizational success.

    1.       Introduction

    2.       Board Structure

    • A new governance framework
    • From Governance Inputs to Outcomes
    • Common Governance Challenges (and Solutions!)
    • Board accountabilities
    • Individual director responsibilities
    • Board make-up
    • Committees
    • Board leadership

    3. Board Processes

    • Board member life-cycle
    • Board and Committee
    • Effectiveness Effective Meetings

    4. Board Culture / Dynamics

    • Teamwork, director independence and conduct
    • Board / Director relationship with Staff
    • Meeting effectiveness

    5. Healthcare Governance Case Study

    • Application of session learning

    6. Re-cap of Issues / Adjournment 

    About the Speaker

    John Dinner, President
    John T. Dinner Board Governance Services

    For the past 15 years, John Dinner has been consulting to boards of directors across sectors and across Canada.

    He provides valued counsel, guidance and support to boards who want to govern well.

    Prior to his highly successful career as a consultant, John provided management support to the board of directors of a leading Canadian financial institution. During this time, his work was recognized with the National Award in Governance.

    • 13 Sep 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 15 Sep 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • Ivey Donald K. Johnson Centre, 130 King Street West, Exchange Tower, Toronto, ON M5X 1A9
    Register

    Day 1

    Risk and the Governance Professional

    The purpose of the session is to provide the introductory basics, with selected corresponding tools, to introduce the Governance Professional to two key elements of Risk Management:

    • Enterprise Risk Management- An introduction to the “Mechanics of ERM”
    • Commercial Insurance to protect the Organization and its Directors & Officers

     The role of the Governance Professional in Board Strategy

    • Governing Principles
    • Best Practices
    • Practical Tools
    • Implementation Skills

    Day 2

    CSR, Sustainability and ESG and the role of the Board

    • Governing Principles
    • Best Practices
    • Practical Tools
    • Implementation Skill

    Advanced Financial Fundamentals

    • Governing Principles
    • Best Practices
    • Practical Tools
    • Implementation Skills 

    Day 3

    Ethics

    • Governing Principles
    • Best Practices
    • Practical Tools
    • Implementation Skills 

    Cancellation and Refund Policy:

    If canceling the program in its entirety outside of 2 months prior to taking your first course, the program fee will be refunded with a cancellation penalty of $500. If canceling the program within 3 weeks of taking your first course, the program fee will be refunded with a cancellation penalty of $1,000. If cancellation occurs during or after the first module has been started, there will be no further refunds. Companies or individuals may transfer their registration to another individual only if cancellation occurs prior to taking the first course only or individuals may be able to transfer their registration to another individual only if cancellation occurs prior to taking the first of the 3 courses only. All cancellations or transfer requests must be received by email to education@gpcanada.org.

    • 18 Sep 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM (MDT)
    • University of Alberta - Council Chamber, 116 St & 85 Ave, Edmonton, AB, T6G 2R3
    Register

    Has your organization recently undergone, or is currently contemplating a governance review?  And if not, should you be?  Governance reviews are unique to every organisation as they depend on factors such as the organisation’s ownership, legal structure, regulatory environment, culture and the outcomes sought in undertaking a review, however, the underpinnings of a governance framework are common to most organizations. 

    Please join us for a panel discussion with a diverse group of professionals from the Edmonton area as they talk about their insights and experiences participating in governance reviews. Discussion will include the theory behind why reviewing governance matters, types of review, culture and context, outcomes, and how to ensure that the governance structures and processes are fit for purpose.

    Following the panel discussion, please stay for a reception and take advantage of the opportunity to network with your governance peers.

    For further information on this event, or to provide input on future events in Edmonton, contact Tracey Bliss at tbliss@capitalpower.com or 780-392-5974

    Introductory Remarks: David Turpin, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Alberta

    Moderator:  Marion Haggarty-France, University Secretary, University of Alberta

    Panelists:  Joseph Doucet, Dean of the Alberta School of Business;
    Steve Patten, Professor in Political Science, Faculty of Arts;  Hon.  Anne McLellan, P.C, O.C., A.O.E, Senior Advisor Bennett Jones;  Liz Doughty, CEO, Special Forces Pension Plan

    • 19 Sep 2019
    • 8:15 AM - 4:10 PM
    • Marriott Calgary Downtown, Kensington Room, 110 9th Avenue SE, Calgary T2G 5A6
    Register

    Subsidiary governance has moved from an emerging area to one of increased global focus. Courts worldwide are demonstrating a willingness to entertain the idea of piercing the corporate veil for an evolving tort of human rights abuse.  Regulators are showing an increasing interest in parent company accountability and management liability for subsidiary oversight.  Parent company boards must find the right balance between the parent company’s need to set group strategy and coordinate group oversight, while respecting the legal duties of subsidiary directors. As businesses become more complex, a thoughtful and effective subsidiary governance framework is critical.

    Join some of the leading practitioners and academics for this important one day event, and learn more about how to build an effective subsidiary governance framework in your organization.

    Who should attend

    This one day conference will be of interest to you if you are a:

    • general counsel of a parent company  with subsidiaries
    • legal counsel to a subsidiary entity
    • compliance officer in a multi-entity organization
    • executive on the board of a subsidiary company
    • corporate secretary of a parent or subsidiary board
    • comptroller or CFO responsible for inter-company transfers
    • accountant responsible for tax planning
    • internal or external auditor reviewing the internal controls of a multi-layered enterprise
    click here for the event flyer.
    • 20 Sep 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 22 Sep 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • Lord Elgin Hotel, 100 Elgin Street, Ottawa, ON K1P 5K8
    Register

    The Foundations of Governance Course consists of two and a half days covering key areas of governance, which include: the role of the governance professional, director management, advising the board, board dynamics, effectiveness, culture, relationships and conflicts.

    Within each of these areas, practitioners in governance will take a thorough look at central elements of practice and how to navigate difficult situations, apply best practices and important tools in the day to day running of a governance office. This course is a comprehensive view of the key foundations and practice of governance, and essential for professionals both seasoned and new to the role. 

    Program:

    Day 1 - Core of Governance and the role of the governance professional

    This session sets out the expectations and growing role and responsibilities of the Governance Professional.  It will examine the legal commonalities and differences among various kinds of organizations and how they impact oversight, strategic and operational functions.

    Participants will explore the following topics in depth:

    • What is a Governance Professional – Job description
    • The legal, regulatory and public policy basis of governance for not-for-profits, state-owned organizations, private and public corporations;
    • How the principles of accountability, transparency and independence can be practiced effectively in different organizational contexts;
    • Practical tools for developing effective governance practices under different organizational cultures
    • Legal Entities/structures (differences and similarities)
    • Duty of the corporate secretary
    • Director responsibilities, Mandate and fiduciary duties
    • Regulators and Laws
    • NFPs, Crowns, Co-ops, partnerships
    • Officers (role of CEO, Directors, CO), D&O Liability and Integrity agreements
    • Ethics, confidentiality , privacy, Conflicts of Interest, up-the-ladder reporting duties
    • Accountability, Transparency, Independence
    • Policy Management
    • Monitoring governance best practices sponsored by stakeholders

    Day 2 – Director Management – Driving Board Effectiveness throughout the Director Life Cycle

    The purpose of the session is to provide the tools for developing critical processes to enhance Board effectiveness from before directors join the Board, through their tenure and until they leave – with the objective of improving the Board’s decision-making processes

    Participants will explore the following topics in depth:

    • The legal, regulatory and best practice requirements for key director processes
    • The role of the Governance Professional in supporting and encouraging good governance practices with regard to recruiting, orienting, education, evaluating and removing directors

    Day 3 – Soft Skills – Managing and Influencing Board Dynamics, Culture, Relationships & Conflicts

    Boardroom dynamics have a significant yet largely unrecognized impact on good governance.  The governance professional has a critical role in supporting their board in fostering a more conducive boardroom culture by mastering the required soft skills to do so.

    Faculty:

    • Janis Riven, BCL, LLB, MBA, FCIS, Acc.Dir (bio)
    • Heather Laxton, Chief Governance Officer & Corporate Secretary, Wesdome Gold Mines Ltd. (bio)

    • John Dinner, President, John T. Dinner Board Governance Services (bio)

    Important Note:

    This Event is one of three courses that make up the full GPC-EP education program and which leads to the GPC.D (Governance Professionals of Canada Designation). 

    You have the option to register and attend this event without committing to the full Education program, however, you will not be eligible to the professional designation (GPC.D), unless you complete all 3 modules as well as their individual exams and the final evaluation. 

    Participants who are registered for the Education program (GPC-EP) will be required to write an exam after the completion of this module. 

    If you wish to enroll in the entire designation program to obtain the GPC.D designation (and save on the cost of the entire program), you can change your registration here: Education program on this link.


    Cancellation and Refund Policy:

    If canceling the program in its entirety outside of 2 months prior to taking your first course, the program fee will be refunded with a cancellation penalty of $500. If canceling the program within 3 weeks of taking your first course, the program fee will be refunded with a cancellation penalty of $1,000. If cancellation occurs during or after the first module has been started, there will be no further refunds. Companies or individuals may transfer their registration to another individual only if cancellation occurs prior to taking the first course only or individuals may be able to transfer their registration to another individual only if cancellation occurs prior to taking the first of the 3 courses only. All cancellations or transfer requests must be received by email to education@gpcanada.org.

    • 25 Sep 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Manitoba Club - 194 Broadway, President's Room, Winnipeg, MB R3C 0R2
    Register

    Meetings, Minutes and Running Effective Board Meetings is brought to you by Diligent. This session outlines statutory and common law rules in relation to meetings of directors, members, managed investment schemes, class meetings and meetings of creditors. This workshop provides guidance on good governance practices for the notice, planning and conduct of meetings and examines legal and regulatory requirements for procedures in relation to minutes and running effective board meetings.

    This workshop is an interactive half-day gaining insight on both the practical and legal requirements you need to be aware of when holding meetings, taking minutes, recording procedures, guiding directors, preparing resolutions and managing circumstances such as conflicts of interest.

    Topic Covered:

    • Minutes Fundamentals
    • Briefing Materials
    • Legalities; Rules & Regulations
    • Actions & Resolutions
    • In-Camera Meetings
    • ... and more

    Session Agenda

    • 8:00 am - 8:30 am Registration & Breakfast
    • 8:30 am - 1:00 pm Presentation (working BREAK at 10:30 am)
    • 1:00 pm - Workshop Concludes

    Presenter: John Dinner, PresidentJohn T. Dinner Board Governance Services

    This session qualifies for 4.0 GECs.

    Event Sponsor:

    Please note this is a green event - presentation packages will not be handed out. Only electronic copies will be emailed prior to the event.

    • 26 Sep 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • The Saskatoon Club - 417 21st St E, Saskatoon, SK S7K 0C5
    Register

    Meetings, Minutes and Running Effective Board Meetings is brought to you by Diligent. This session outlines statutory and common law rules in relation to meetings of directors, members, managed investment schemes, class meetings and meetings of creditors. This workshop provides guidance on good governance practices for the notice, planning and conduct of meetings and examines legal and regulatory requirements for procedures in relation to minutes and running effective board meetings.

    This workshop is an interactive half-day gaining insight on both the practical and legal requirements you need to be aware of when holding meetings, taking minutes, recording procedures, guiding directors, preparing resolutions and managing circumstances such as conflicts of interest.

    Topic Covered:

    • Minutes Fundamentals
    • Briefing Materials
    • Legalities; Rules & Regulations
    • Actions & Resolutions
    • In-Camera Meetings
    • ... and more

    Session Agenda

    • 8:00 am - 8:30 am Registration & Breakfast
    • 8:30 am - 12:30 pm Presentation (working BREAK at 10:30 am)
    • 12:30 pm Workshop Concludes
    • 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm Networking Lunch with GPC Saskatchewan Local Chapter

    Presenter: John Dinner, PresidentJohn T. Dinner Board Governance Services

    This session qualifies for 4.0 GECs.

    Event Sponsor:

    Please note this is a green event - presentation packages will not be handed out. Only electronic copies will be emailed prior to the event.

    • 26 Sep 2019
    • 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
    • The Saskatoon Club - 417 21st St E, Saskatoon, SK S7K 0C5
    Register

    Join us for good food and stimulating conversation as we kickstart the GPC Saskatchewan Local Chapter.

    This local chapter is an opportunity for you to network with your peers in your governance community. At this original gathering, we would like to get to know and connect the local governance professionals, as well as discuss next activities for the local chapter.

    Throughout the year we plan to host more events and opportunities to connect you to like-minded individuals, but what is it that you want? Is it professional development sessions? Mentoring? Peer-to-peer networking? All of the above? Now is your opportunity to tailor the connections and obtain more from your network.

    Plan to join us for this mix and mingle – we hope to see you there!

    For more information regarding this event, or for other local chapter opportunities, please contact: Bronwynn Cutts.

    • 02 Oct 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Toronto, ON
    Register

    This session explores the essential links between cybersecurity and corporate governance, assesses the risks and linkages with performance and discuss what boards should do when a breach occurs, what incident response capabilities are there. This session will also explore theoretical and approaches to cyber threat management, as well as privacy breaches.

    • 04 Oct 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 06 Oct 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • TERMINAL CITY CLUB, 837 West Hastings Street , Vancouver, British Columbia, V6C 1B6
    Register

    Day 1

    Meeting Processes and AGMs

    The purpose of the session is to provide the tools for holding successful meetings – the ultimate decision-making process for all organizations including:

    • The legal and regulatory requirements for Board, committee and shareholder or member meetings
    • Tools and processes for organizing and holding successful and effective meetings
    • The special nature of shareholder and member meetings and best practices

    Financial Literacy for the Non-Financial Governance Professional

    The purpose of this module is to help give you an understanding of business finance, and the role of the Board, Audit Committee, Auditors and the Governance Professional in the preparation, presentation and analysis of financial information.

    Participants will develop an understanding with respect to:

    • Accounting terms and the significance and relevance of financial information
    • The budgeting process including the fundamentals of preparing and mastering budgets
    • Basic concepts underlying the preparation and presentation of financial statements
    • Controls and policies that help ensure accuracy and reliability of accounting systems

    Day 2

    Minutes and Minutes Management

    The purpose of the session is to provide the tools for preparing minutes that protect the organization and its directors – with the objective of evidencing the due-diligence of the Board in its decision-making processes.

    Participants will explore the following topics in depth:

    • The legal and regulatory requirements for minutes
    • Tools and processes for implementing and maintaining effective minutes
    • Best practice minute taking, preparation and maintenance procedures

    Records Management

    This course covers one of the governance professional’s key skills. The governance professional is often responsible for managing the organization’s collective memory, and certainly the core memory related to the Board of Directors and the subject matters most often entrusted to the governance professional, ranging from Board meeting records, to records pertaining to directors, subsidiaries, compliance, and ranging to insider reporting, securities compliance, acquisitions due diligence, ethics matters, and many, many other critical areas of responsibility. Unless there is a robust records management process, things can get messy fast.

    Participants will explore the following topics in depth:

    • Canada Business Corporations Act
    • Provincial business corporations, legislation
    • Confidentiality and longevity
    • Succession and seniority records
    • Board evaluation records

    Day 3

    Board Committees Framework

    The purpose of this session is to provide information on the tools and framework for the purpose of committees, relationship to the board, roles and responsibilities, board delegation along with committee rights and authority.

    Participants will explore the following topics in depth:

    Committee focus and work

    • Types of Committees
    • Committee mandate template
    • Committee reporting process and template
    • Structuring the Committee


    Cancellation and Refund Policy:

    If canceling the program in its entirety outside of 2 months prior to taking your first course, the program fee will be refunded with a cancellation penalty of $500. If canceling the program within 3 weeks of taking your first course, the program fee will be refunded with a cancellation penalty of $1,000. If cancellation occurs during or after the first module has been started, there will be no further refunds. Companies or individuals may transfer their registration to another individual only if cancellation occurs prior to taking the first course only or individuals may be able to transfer their registration to another individual only if cancellation occurs prior to taking the first of the 3 courses only. All cancellations or transfer requests must be received by email to education@gpcanada.org.
    • 22 Oct 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Toronto, ON
    Register

    This deep dive is designed to tackle the issues that have the greatest impact on overall governance effectiveness for Public Issuers. This session will take a critical look at essentials, regulatory overview, disclosure, compliance and risk related to listed company governance.

    • 01 Nov 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 03 Nov 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • Toronto, TBC
    Register

    The Foundations of Governance Course consists of two and a half days covering key areas of governance, which include: the role of the governance professional, director management, advising the board, board dynamics, effectiveness, culture, relationships and conflicts.

    Within each of these areas, practitioners in governance will take a thorough look at central elements of practice and how to navigate difficult situations, apply best practices and important tools in the day to day running of a governance office. This course is a comprehensive view of the key foundations and practice of governance, and essential for professionals both seasoned and new to the role. 

    Program:

    Day 1 - Core of Governance and the role of the governance professional

    This session sets out the expectations and growing role and responsibilities of the Governance Professional.  It will examine the legal commonalities and differences among various kinds of organizations and how they impact oversight, strategic and operational functions.

    Participants will explore the following topics in depth:

    • What is a Governance Professional – Job description
    • The legal, regulatory and public policy basis of governance for not-for-profits, state-owned organizations, private and public corporations;
    • How the principles of accountability, transparency and independence can be practiced effectively in different organizational contexts;
    • Practical tools for developing effective governance practices under different organizational cultures
    • Legal Entities/structures (differences and similarities)
    • Duty of the corporate secretary
    • Director responsibilities, Mandate and fiduciary duties
    • Regulators and Laws
    • NFPs, Crowns, Co-ops, partnerships
    • Officers (role of CEO, Directors, CO), D&O Liability and Integrity agreements
    • Ethics, confidentiality , privacy, Conflicts of Interest, up-the-ladder reporting duties
    • Accountability, Transparency, Independence
    • Policy Management
    • Monitoring governance best practices sponsored by stakeholders

    Day 2 – Director Management – Driving Board Effectiveness throughout the Director Life Cycle

    The purpose of the session is to provide the tools for developing critical processes to enhance Board effectiveness from before directors join the Board, through their tenure and until they leave – with the objective of improving the Board’s decision-making processes

    Participants will explore the following topics in depth:

    • The legal, regulatory and best practice requirements for key director processes
    • The role of the Governance Professional in supporting and encouraging good governance practices with regard to recruiting, orienting, education, evaluating and removing directors

    Day 3 – Soft Skills – Managing and Influencing Board Dynamics, Culture, Relationships & Conflicts

    Boardroom dynamics have a significant yet largely unrecognized impact on good governance.  The governance professional has a critical role in supporting their board in fostering a more conducive boardroom culture by mastering the required soft skills to do so.

    Faculty:

    • Janis Riven, BCL, LLB, MBA, FCIS, Acc.Dir (bio)
    • Heather Laxton, Chief Governance Officer & Corporate Secretary, Wesdome Gold Mines Ltd. (bio)

    • John Dinner, President, John T. Dinner Board Governance Services (bio)

    Important Note:

    This Event is one of three courses that make up the full GPC-EP education program and which leads to the GPC.D (Governance Professionals of Canada Designation). 

    You have the option to register and attend this event without committing to the full Education program, however, you will not be eligible to the professional designation (GPC.D), unless you complete all 3 modules as well as their individual exams and the final evaluation. 

    Participants who are registered for the Education program (GPC-EP) will be required to write an exam after the completion of this module. 

    If you wish to enroll in the entire designation program to obtain the GPC.D designation (and save on the cost of the entire program), you can change your registration here: Education program on this link.


    Cancellation and Refund Policy:

    If canceling the program in its entirety outside of 2 months prior to taking your first course, the program fee will be refunded with a cancellation penalty of $500. If canceling the program within 3 weeks of taking your first course, the program fee will be refunded with a cancellation penalty of $1,000. If cancellation occurs during or after the first module has been started, there will be no further refunds. Companies or individuals may transfer their registration to another individual only if cancellation occurs prior to taking the first course only or individuals may be able to transfer their registration to another individual only if cancellation occurs prior to taking the first of the 3 courses only. All cancellations or transfer requests must be received by email to education@gpcanada.org.

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    • 07 Nov 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Carlu, 444 Yonge St. 7th Fl, Toronto, ON M5B 2H4
    Register

    The Excellence in Governance Awards (EGAs) recognize the role that good governance plays in increasing the value and success of Canada’s public companies, crown corporations, government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations, thus contributing to the competitiveness of Canada’s economy and its capital markets. The awards celebrate the accomplishments of governance professionals, their organizations and their boards, within categories that represent key strategies and processes that enhance and support good governance overall.

    GPC is committed to support and enhance the role of the corporate secretary and governance professionals in Canada. The Society’s members work on the front lines of governance and the organization is well positioned through reputation, influence and representation, to celebrate the practice of good governance in Canada.

    *Black Tie Optional

    Presenting Sponsor:




      • 19 Nov 2019
      • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
      • The Albany Club, 91 King St. E., Toronto, ON
      Register

      Practical Project Management

      This full-day interactive event provides a comprehensive overview of project management processes, and brings all participants up to a general skill level and language. The session focuses on critical paths, key success factors, managing the unexpected, overcoming challenges, managing teams and stakeholder expectations, and post-project completion tasks, for all around effective planning and successful execution of projects.

      Session topics include:

      1. Project management discipline
      2. Project management fundamentals for success
      3. Managing competing priorities of time, cost and scope
      4. People management: project stakeholders and the project team
      5. Initiating a project, project planning, tracking and deadline management
      6. Converting your plan into action
      7. The work breakdown structure and critical path setting
      8. Managing issues, conflicts and planning for the unexpected
      9. The fine art of killing a project
      10. Formal project close and post implementation review and reporting

        About the Speaker

        Peter Wright Peter Wright
        Association strategist, Association Hub,
        President, The Planning Group

        Peter Wright is a career strategist and President of The Planning Group. As a respected executive and in his current consulting practice, Peter has successfully developed and executed strategy with remarkable results.

        His practical approach to strategic and operational business planning ensures that plans are not only embraced by management and Boards, but also effectively implemented and measured for the tangible benefit.

        As the Director of Strategic Planning at Clarica, Peter led the company's overall operational and strategic planning process. In an environment of complex change, his skillful facilitation of planning sessions with the senior management team was instrumental in the determination of key strategic decisions. In his time at Sun Life Financial, Peter became Vice President of Corporate Accounts, before leaving to begin his consulting and training career.

        In his consulting practice, Peter advises boards and executives on all matters of strategy and planning across a broad spectrum of sectors and organizations. An accomplished facilitator and trainer, he works with boards and senior leadership teams to develop strategy, resolve operational issues, and overcome barriers to performance. By providing planning expertise, process advice and facilitation, Peter helps organizations overcome the planning gap. Linking strategy and action, he works with management to foster true stretch mentality focused on growth and value.

        In 17 years of developing business plans with organizations in more than 20 countries, Peter has created many successful tools, models, and practices that can be taught to clients and other consultants. Peter used his planning and training experience to develop The Business Planning Boot Camp and The Association Hub Strategy and Planning Toolkit.
        • 26 Nov 2019
        • 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
        • Club Saint-James, 1145 avenue Union, Montréal QC H3B 3C2
        Register

        Meetings, Minutes and Running Effective Board Meetings is brought to you by Diligent. This session outlines statutory and common law rules in relation to meetings of directors, members, managed investment schemes, class meetings and meetings of creditors. This workshop provides guidance on good governance practices for the notice, planning and conduct of meetings and examines legal and regulatory requirements for procedures in relation to minutes and running effective board meetings.

        This workshop is an interactive half-day
        gaining insight on both the practical and legal requirements you need to be aware of when holding meetings, taking minutes, recording procedures, guiding directors, preparing resolutions and managing circumstances such as conflicts of interest.

        Topics Covered:

        • Minutes Fundamentals
        • Briefing Materials
        • Legalities; Rules & Regulations
        • Actions & Resolutions
        • In-Camera Meetings
        • ... and more

        Session Agenda

        • 8:00 am - 8:30 am Registration & Breakfast
        • 8:30 am - 1:00 pm Presentation (working BREAK at 10:30 am)
        • 1:00 pm - Workshop Concludes

        Presenter: Janis Riven, BCL, LLB, MBA, FCIS, Acc.Dir, Principal, governance and compliance solutions, Adjunct Professor, John Molson School of Business

        This session qualifies for 4.0 GECs.

        Event Sponsor:

        Please note this is a green event - presentation packages will not be handed out. Only electronic copies will be emailed prior to event.

        • 28 Nov 2019
        • 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
        Register

        Meetings, Minutes and Running Effective Board Meetings is brought to you by Diligent. This session outlines statutory and common law rules in relation to meetings of directors, members, managed investment schemes, class meetings and meetings of creditors. This workshop provides guidance on good governance practices for the notice, planning and conduct of meetings and examines legal and regulatory requirements for procedures in relation to minutes and running effective board meetings.

        This workshop is an interactive half-day gaining insight on both the practical and legal requirements you need to be aware of when holding meetings, taking minutes, recording procedures, guiding directors, preparing resolutions and managing circumstances such as conflicts of interest.

        Topics Covered:

        • Minutes Fundamentals
        • Briefing Materials
        • Legalities; Rules & Regulations
        • Actions & Resolutions
        • In-Camera Meetings
        • ... and more

        Session Agenda

        • 8:00 am - 8:30 am Registration & Breakfast
        • 8:30 am - 1:00 pm Presentation (working BREAK at 10:30 am)
        • 1:00 pm - Workshop Concludes

        Presenter: Janis Riven, BCL, LLB, MBA, FCIS, Acc.Dir, Principal, governance and compliance solutions, Adjunct Professor, John Molson School of Business

        This session qualifies for 4.0 GECs.

        Event Sponsor:

        Please note this is a green event - presentation packages will not be handed out. Only electronic copies will be emailed prior to event.

        • 06 Mar 2020
        • 8:00 AM
        • 08 Mar 2020
        • 12:00 PM
        • Edmonton, TBC
        Register

        The Foundations of Governance Course consists of two and a half days covering key areas of governance, which include: the role of the governance professional, director management, advising the board, board dynamics, effectiveness, culture, relationships and conflicts.

        Within each of these areas, practitioners in governance will take a thorough look at central elements of practice and how to navigate difficult situations, apply best practices and important tools in the day to day running of a governance office. This course is a comprehensive view of the key foundations and practice of governance, and essential for professionals both seasoned and new to the role. 

        Program:

        Day 1 - Core of Governance and the role of the governance professional

        This session sets out the expectations and growing role and responsibilities of the Governance Professional.  It will examine the legal commonalities and differences among various kinds of organizations and how they impact oversight, strategic and operational functions.

        Participants will explore the following topics in depth:

        • What is a Governance Professional – Job description
        • The legal, regulatory and public policy basis of governance for not-for-profits, state-owned organizations, private and public corporations;
        • How the principles of accountability, transparency and independence can be practiced effectively in different organizational contexts;
        • Practical tools for developing effective governance practices under different organizational cultures
        • Legal Entities/structures (differences and similarities)
        • Duty of the corporate secretary
        • Director responsibilities, Mandate and fiduciary duties
        • Regulators and Laws
        • NFPs, Crowns, Co-ops, partnerships
        • Officers (role of CEO, Directors, CO), D&O Liability and Integrity agreements
        • Ethics, confidentiality , privacy, Conflicts of Interest, up-the-ladder reporting duties
        • Accountability, Transparency, Independence
        • Policy Management
        • Monitoring governance best practices sponsored by stakeholders

        Day 2 – Director Management – Driving Board Effectiveness throughout the Director Life Cycle

        The purpose of the session is to provide the tools for developing critical processes to enhance Board effectiveness from before directors join the Board, through their tenure and until they leave – with the objective of improving the Board’s decision-making processes

        Participants will explore the following topics in depth:

        • The legal, regulatory and best practice requirements for key director processes
        • The role of the Governance Professional in supporting and encouraging good governance practices with regard to recruiting, orienting, education, evaluating and removing directors

        Day 3 – Soft Skills – Managing and Influencing Board Dynamics, Culture, Relationships & Conflicts

        Boardroom dynamics have a significant yet largely unrecognized impact on good governance.  The governance professional has a critical role in supporting their board in fostering a more conducive boardroom culture by mastering the required soft skills to do so.

        Faculty:

        • Janis Riven, BCL, LLB, MBA, FCIS, Acc.Dir (bio)
        • Heather Laxton, Chief Governance Officer & Corporate Secretary, Wesdome Gold Mines Ltd. (bio)

        • John Dinner, President, John T. Dinner Board Governance Services (bio)

        Important Note:

        This Event is one of three courses that make up the full GPC-EP education program and which leads to the GPC.D (Governance Professionals of Canada Designation). 

        You have the option to register and attend this event without committing to the full Education program, however, you will not be eligible to the professional designation (GPC.D), unless you complete all 3 modules as well as their individual exams and the final evaluation. 

        Participants who are registered for the Education program (GPC-EP) will be required to write an exam after the completion of this module. 

        If you wish to enroll in the entire designation program to obtain the GPC.D designation (and save on the cost of the entire program), you can change your registration here: Education program on this link.


        Cancellation and Refund Policy:

        If canceling the program in its entirety outside of 2 months prior to taking your first course, the program fee will be refunded with a cancellation penalty of $500. If canceling the program within 3 weeks of taking your first course, the program fee will be refunded with a cancellation penalty of $1,000. If cancellation occurs during or after the first module has been started, there will be no further refunds. Companies or individuals may transfer their registration to another individual only if cancellation occurs prior to taking the first course only or individuals may be able to transfer their registration to another individual only if cancellation occurs prior to taking the first of the 3 courses only. All cancellations or transfer requests must be received by email to education@gpcanada.org.

        .

        • 06 Mar 2020
        • 8:00 AM
        • 08 Mar 2020
        • 12:00 PM
        • Vancouver, TBC
        Register

        Day 1

        Risk and the Governance Professional

        The purpose of the session is to provide the introductory basics, with selected corresponding tools, to introduce the Governance Professional to two key elements of Risk Management:

        • Enterprise Risk Management- An introduction to the “Mechanics of ERM”
        • Commercial Insurance to protect the Organization and its Directors & Officers

         The role of the Governance Professional in Board Strategy

        • Governing Principles
        • Best Practices
        • Practical Tools
        • Implementation Skills

        Day 2

        CSR, Sustainability and ESG and the role of the Board

        • Governing Principles
        • Best Practices
        • Practical Tools
        • Implementation Skill

        Advanced Financial Fundamentals

        • Governing Principles
        • Best Practices
        • Practical Tools
        • Implementation Skills 

        Day 3

        Ethics

        • Governing Principles
        • Best Practices
        • Practical Tools
        • Implementation Skills 

        Cancellation and Refund Policy:

        If canceling the program in its entirety outside of 2 months prior to taking your first course, the program fee will be refunded with a cancellation penalty of $500. If canceling the program within 3 weeks of taking your first course, the program fee will be refunded with a cancellation penalty of $1,000. If cancellation occurs during or after the first module has been started, there will be no further refunds. Companies or individuals may transfer their registration to another individual only if cancellation occurs prior to taking the first course only or individuals may be able to transfer their registration to another individual only if cancellation occurs prior to taking the first of the 3 courses only. All cancellations or transfer requests must be received by email to education@gpcanada.org.

        • 27 Mar 2020
        • 8:00 AM
        • 29 Mar 2020
        • 12:00 PM
        • TBC, Ottawa
        Register

        Day 1

        Meeting Processes and AGMs

        The purpose of the session is to provide the tools for holding successful meetings – the ultimate decision-making process for all organizations including:

        • The legal and regulatory requirements for Board, committee and shareholder or member meetings
        • Tools and processes for organizing and holding successful and effective meetings
        • The special nature of shareholder and member meetings and best practices

        Financial Literacy for the Non-Financial Governance Professional

        The purpose of this module is to help give you an understanding of business finance, and the role of the Board, Audit Committee, Auditors and the Governance Professional in the preparation, presentation and analysis of financial information.

        Participants will develop an understanding with respect to:

        • Accounting terms and the significance and relevance of financial information
        • The budgeting process including the fundamentals of preparing and mastering budgets
        • Basic concepts underlying the preparation and presentation of financial statements
        • Controls and policies that help ensure accuracy and reliability of accounting systems

        Day 2

        Minutes and Minutes Management

        The purpose of the session is to provide the tools for preparing minutes that protect the organization and its directors – with the objective of evidencing the due-diligence of the Board in its decision-making processes.

        Participants will explore the following topics in depth:

        • The legal and regulatory requirements for minutes
        • Tools and processes for implementing and maintaining effective minutes
        • Best practice minute taking, preparation and maintenance procedures

        Records Management

        This course covers one of the governance professional’s key skills. The governance professional is often responsible for managing the organization’s collective memory, and certainly the core memory related to the Board of Directors and the subject matters most often entrusted to the governance professional, ranging from Board meeting records, to records pertaining to directors, subsidiaries, compliance, and ranging to insider reporting, securities compliance, acquisitions due diligence, ethics matters, and many, many other critical areas of responsibility. Unless there is a robust records management process, things can get messy fast.

        Participants will explore the following topics in depth:

        • Canada Business Corporations Act
        • Provincial business corporations, legislation
        • Confidentiality and longevity
        • Succession and seniority records
        • Board evaluation records

        Day 3

        Board Committees Framework

        The purpose of this session is to provide information on the tools and framework for the purpose of committees, relationship to the board, roles and responsibilities, board delegation along with committee rights and authority.

        Participants will explore the following topics in depth:

        Committee focus and work

        • Types of Committees
        • Committee mandate template
        • Committee reporting process and template
        • Structuring the Committee


        Cancellation and Refund Policy:

        If canceling the program in its entirety outside of 2 months prior to taking your first course, the program fee will be refunded with a cancellation penalty of $500. If canceling the program within 3 weeks of taking your first course, the program fee will be refunded with a cancellation penalty of $1,000. If cancellation occurs during or after the first module has been started, there will be no further refunds. Companies or individuals may transfer their registration to another individual only if cancellation occurs prior to taking the first course only or individuals may be able to transfer their registration to another individual only if cancellation occurs prior to taking the first of the 3 courses only. All cancellations or transfer requests must be received by email to education@gpcanada.org.
        • 24 Apr 2020
        • 8:00 AM
        • 26 Apr 2020
        • 12:00 PM
        • Toronto, TBC
        Register

        The Foundations of Governance Course consists of two and a half days covering key areas of governance, which include: the role of the governance professional, director management, advising the board, board dynamics, effectiveness, culture, relationships and conflicts.

        Within each of these areas, practitioners in governance will take a thorough look at central elements of practice and how to navigate difficult situations, apply best practices and important tools in the day to day running of a governance office. This course is a comprehensive view of the key foundations and practice of governance, and essential for professionals both seasoned and new to the role. 

        Program:

        Day 1 - Core of Governance and the role of the governance professional

        This session sets out the expectations and growing role and responsibilities of the Governance Professional.  It will examine the legal commonalities and differences among various kinds of organizations and how they impact oversight, strategic and operational functions.

        Participants will explore the following topics in depth:

        • What is a Governance Professional – Job description
        • The legal, regulatory and public policy basis of governance for not-for-profits, state-owned organizations, private and public corporations;
        • How the principles of accountability, transparency and independence can be practiced effectively in different organizational contexts;
        • Practical tools for developing effective governance practices under different organizational cultures
        • Legal Entities/structures (differences and similarities)
        • Duty of the corporate secretary
        • Director responsibilities, Mandate and fiduciary duties
        • Regulators and Laws
        • NFPs, Crowns, Co-ops, partnerships
        • Officers (role of CEO, Directors, CO), D&O Liability and Integrity agreements
        • Ethics, confidentiality , privacy, Conflicts of Interest, up-the-ladder reporting duties
        • Accountability, Transparency, Independence
        • Policy Management
        • Monitoring governance best practices sponsored by stakeholders

        Day 2 – Director Management – Driving Board Effectiveness throughout the Director Life Cycle

        The purpose of the session is to provide the tools for developing critical processes to enhance Board effectiveness from before directors join the Board, through their tenure and until they leave – with the objective of improving the Board’s decision-making processes

        Participants will explore the following topics in depth:

        • The legal, regulatory and best practice requirements for key director processes
        • The role of the Governance Professional in supporting and encouraging good governance practices with regard to recruiting, orienting, education, evaluating and removing directors

        Day 3 – Soft Skills – Managing and Influencing Board Dynamics, Culture, Relationships & Conflicts

        Boardroom dynamics have a significant yet largely unrecognized impact on good governance.  The governance professional has a critical role in supporting their board in fostering a more conducive boardroom culture by mastering the required soft skills to do so.

        Faculty:

        • Janis Riven, BCL, LLB, MBA, FCIS, Acc.Dir (bio)
        • Heather Laxton, Chief Governance Officer & Corporate Secretary, Wesdome Gold Mines Ltd. (bio)

        • John Dinner, President, John T. Dinner Board Governance Services (bio)

        Important Note:

        This Event is one of three courses that make up the full GPC-EP education program and which leads to the GPC.D (Governance Professionals of Canada Designation). 

        You have the option to register and attend this event without committing to the full Education program, however, you will not be eligible to the professional designation (GPC.D), unless you complete all 3 modules as well as their individual exams and the final evaluation. 

        Participants who are registered for the Education program (GPC-EP) will be required to write an exam after the completion of this module. 

        If you wish to enroll in the entire designation program to obtain the GPC.D designation (and save on the cost of the entire program), you can change your registration here: Education program on this link.


        Cancellation and Refund Policy:

        If canceling the program in its entirety outside of 2 months prior to taking your first course, the program fee will be refunded with a cancellation penalty of $500. If canceling the program within 3 weeks of taking your first course, the program fee will be refunded with a cancellation penalty of $1,000. If cancellation occurs during or after the first module has been started, there will be no further refunds. Companies or individuals may transfer their registration to another individual only if cancellation occurs prior to taking the first course only or individuals may be able to transfer their registration to another individual only if cancellation occurs prior to taking the first of the 3 courses only. All cancellations or transfer requests must be received by email to education@gpcanada.org.

        .

        • 29 May 2020
        • 8:00 AM
        • 31 May 2020
        • 12:00 PM
        • Vancouver, TBC
        Register

        The Foundations of Governance Course consists of two and a half days covering key areas of governance, which include: the role of the governance professional, director management, advising the board, board dynamics, effectiveness, culture, relationships and conflicts.

        Within each of these areas, practitioners in governance will take a thorough look at central elements of practice and how to navigate difficult situations, apply best practices and important tools in the day to day running of a governance office. This course is a comprehensive view of the key foundations and practice of governance, and essential for professionals both seasoned and new to the role. 

        Program:

        Day 1 - Core of Governance and the role of the governance professional

        This session sets out the expectations and growing role and responsibilities of the Governance Professional.  It will examine the legal commonalities and differences among various kinds of organizations and how they impact oversight, strategic and operational functions.

        Participants will explore the following topics in depth:

        • What is a Governance Professional – Job description
        • The legal, regulatory and public policy basis of governance for not-for-profits, state-owned organizations, private and public corporations;
        • How the principles of accountability, transparency and independence can be practiced effectively in different organizational contexts;
        • Practical tools for developing effective governance practices under different organizational cultures
        • Legal Entities/structures (differences and similarities)
        • Duty of the corporate secretary
        • Director responsibilities, Mandate and fiduciary duties
        • Regulators and Laws
        • NFPs, Crowns, Co-ops, partnerships
        • Officers (role of CEO, Directors, CO), D&O Liability and Integrity agreements
        • Ethics, confidentiality , privacy, Conflicts of Interest, up-the-ladder reporting duties
        • Accountability, Transparency, Independence
        • Policy Management
        • Monitoring governance best practices sponsored by stakeholders

        Day 2 – Director Management – Driving Board Effectiveness throughout the Director Life Cycle

        The purpose of the session is to provide the tools for developing critical processes to enhance Board effectiveness from before directors join the Board, through their tenure and until they leave – with the objective of improving the Board’s decision-making processes

        Participants will explore the following topics in depth:

        • The legal, regulatory and best practice requirements for key director processes
        • The role of the Governance Professional in supporting and encouraging good governance practices with regard to recruiting, orienting, education, evaluating and removing directors

        Day 3 – Soft Skills – Managing and Influencing Board Dynamics, Culture, Relationships & Conflicts

        Boardroom dynamics have a significant yet largely unrecognized impact on good governance.  The governance professional has a critical role in supporting their board in fostering a more conducive boardroom culture by mastering the required soft skills to do so.

        Faculty:

        • Janis Riven, BCL, LLB, MBA, FCIS, Acc.Dir (bio)
        • Heather Laxton, Chief Governance Officer & Corporate Secretary, Wesdome Gold Mines Ltd. (bio)

        • John Dinner, President, John T. Dinner Board Governance Services (bio)

        Important Note:

        This Event is one of three courses that make up the full GPC-EP education program and which leads to the GPC.D (Governance Professionals of Canada Designation). 

        You have the option to register and attend this event without committing to the full Education program, however, you will not be eligible to the professional designation (GPC.D), unless you complete all 3 modules as well as their individual exams and the final evaluation. 

        Participants who are registered for the Education program (GPC-EP) will be required to write an exam after the completion of this module. 

        If you wish to enroll in the entire designation program to obtain the GPC.D designation (and save on the cost of the entire program), you can change your registration here: Education program on this link.


        Cancellation and Refund Policy:

        If canceling the program in its entirety outside of 2 months prior to taking your first course, the program fee will be refunded with a cancellation penalty of $500. If canceling the program within 3 weeks of taking your first course, the program fee will be refunded with a cancellation penalty of $1,000. If cancellation occurs during or after the first module has been started, there will be no further refunds. Companies or individuals may transfer their registration to another individual only if cancellation occurs prior to taking the first course only or individuals may be able to transfer their registration to another individual only if cancellation occurs prior to taking the first of the 3 courses only. All cancellations or transfer requests must be received by email to education@gpcanada.org.

        .

        • 12 Jun 2020
        • 8:00 AM
        • 14 Jun 2020
        • 12:00 PM
        • TBC, Toronto
        Register

        Day 1

        Meeting Processes and AGMs

        The purpose of the session is to provide the tools for holding successful meetings – the ultimate decision-making process for all organizations including:

        • The legal and regulatory requirements for Board, committee and shareholder or member meetings
        • Tools and processes for organizing and holding successful and effective meetings
        • The special nature of shareholder and member meetings and best practices

        Financial Literacy for the Non-Financial Governance Professional

        The purpose of this module is to help give you an understanding of business finance, and the role of the Board, Audit Committee, Auditors and the Governance Professional in the preparation, presentation and analysis of financial information.

        Participants will develop an understanding with respect to:

        • Accounting terms and the significance and relevance of financial information
        • The budgeting process including the fundamentals of preparing and mastering budgets
        • Basic concepts underlying the preparation and presentation of financial statements
        • Controls and policies that help ensure accuracy and reliability of accounting systems

        Day 2

        Minutes and Minutes Management

        The purpose of the session is to provide the tools for preparing minutes that protect the organization and its directors – with the objective of evidencing the due-diligence of the Board in its decision-making processes.

        Participants will explore the following topics in depth:

        • The legal and regulatory requirements for minutes
        • Tools and processes for implementing and maintaining effective minutes
        • Best practice minute taking, preparation and maintenance procedures

        Records Management

        This course covers one of the governance professional’s key skills. The governance professional is often responsible for managing the organization’s collective memory, and certainly the core memory related to the Board of Directors and the subject matters most often entrusted to the governance professional, ranging from Board meeting records, to records pertaining to directors, subsidiaries, compliance, and ranging to insider reporting, securities compliance, acquisitions due diligence, ethics matters, and many, many other critical areas of responsibility. Unless there is a robust records management process, things can get messy fast.

        Participants will explore the following topics in depth:

        • Canada Business Corporations Act
        • Provincial business corporations, legislation
        • Confidentiality and longevity
        • Succession and seniority records
        • Board evaluation records

        Day 3

        Board Committees Framework

        The purpose of this session is to provide information on the tools and framework for the purpose of committees, relationship to the board, roles and responsibilities, board delegation along with committee rights and authority.

        Participants will explore the following topics in depth:

        Committee focus and work

        • Types of Committees
        • Committee mandate template
        • Committee reporting process and template
        • Structuring the Committee


        Cancellation and Refund Policy:

        If canceling the program in its entirety outside of 2 months prior to taking your first course, the program fee will be refunded with a cancellation penalty of $500. If canceling the program within 3 weeks of taking your first course, the program fee will be refunded with a cancellation penalty of $1,000. If cancellation occurs during or after the first module has been started, there will be no further refunds. Companies or individuals may transfer their registration to another individual only if cancellation occurs prior to taking the first course only or individuals may be able to transfer their registration to another individual only if cancellation occurs prior to taking the first of the 3 courses only. All cancellations or transfer requests must be received by email to education@gpcanada.org.
        • 18 Sep 2020
        • 8:00 AM
        • 20 Sep 2020
        • 12:00 PM
        • TBC, Vancouver
        Register

        Day 1

        Meeting Processes and AGMs

        The purpose of the session is to provide the tools for holding successful meetings – the ultimate decision-making process for all organizations including:

        • The legal and regulatory requirements for Board, committee and shareholder or member meetings
        • Tools and processes for organizing and holding successful and effective meetings
        • The special nature of shareholder and member meetings and best practices

        Financial Literacy for the Non-Financial Governance Professional

        The purpose of this module is to help give you an understanding of business finance, and the role of the Board, Audit Committee, Auditors and the Governance Professional in the preparation, presentation and analysis of financial information.

        Participants will develop an understanding with respect to:

        • Accounting terms and the significance and relevance of financial information
        • The budgeting process including the fundamentals of preparing and mastering budgets
        • Basic concepts underlying the preparation and presentation of financial statements
        • Controls and policies that help ensure accuracy and reliability of accounting systems

        Day 2

        Minutes and Minutes Management

        The purpose of the session is to provide the tools for preparing minutes that protect the organization and its directors – with the objective of evidencing the due-diligence of the Board in its decision-making processes.

        Participants will explore the following topics in depth:

        • The legal and regulatory requirements for minutes
        • Tools and processes for implementing and maintaining effective minutes
        • Best practice minute taking, preparation and maintenance procedures

        Records Management

        This course covers one of the governance professional’s key skills. The governance professional is often responsible for managing the organization’s collective memory, and certainly the core memory related to the Board of Directors and the subject matters most often entrusted to the governance professional, ranging from Board meeting records, to records pertaining to directors, subsidiaries, compliance, and ranging to insider reporting, securities compliance, acquisitions due diligence, ethics matters, and many, many other critical areas of responsibility. Unless there is a robust records management process, things can get messy fast.

        Participants will explore the following topics in depth:

        • Canada Business Corporations Act
        • Provincial business corporations, legislation
        • Confidentiality and longevity
        • Succession and seniority records
        • Board evaluation records

        Day 3

        Board Committees Framework

        The purpose of this session is to provide information on the tools and framework for the purpose of committees, relationship to the board, roles and responsibilities, board delegation along with committee rights and authority.

        Participants will explore the following topics in depth:

        Committee focus and work

        • Types of Committees
        • Committee mandate template
        • Committee reporting process and template
        • Structuring the Committee


        Cancellation and Refund Policy:

        If canceling the program in its entirety outside of 2 months prior to taking your first course, the program fee will be refunded with a cancellation penalty of $500. If canceling the program within 3 weeks of taking your first course, the program fee will be refunded with a cancellation penalty of $1,000. If cancellation occurs during or after the first module has been started, there will be no further refunds. Companies or individuals may transfer their registration to another individual only if cancellation occurs prior to taking the first course only or individuals may be able to transfer their registration to another individual only if cancellation occurs prior to taking the first of the 3 courses only. All cancellations or transfer requests must be received by email to education@gpcanada.org.
        • 02 Oct 2020
        • 8:00 AM
        • 04 Oct 2020
        • 12:00 PM
        • TBC, Toronto
        Register

        Day 1

        Risk and the Governance Professional

        The purpose of the session is to provide the introductory basics, with selected corresponding tools, to introduce the Governance Professional to two key elements of Risk Management:

        • Enterprise Risk Management- An introduction to the “Mechanics of ERM”
        • Commercial Insurance to protect the Organization and its Directors & Officers

         The role of the Governance Professional in Board Strategy

        • Governing Principles
        • Best Practices
        • Practical Tools
        • Implementation Skills

        Day 2

        CSR, Sustainability and ESG and the role of the Board

        • Governing Principles
        • Best Practices
        • Practical Tools
        • Implementation Skill

        Advanced Financial Fundamentals

        • Governing Principles
        • Best Practices
        • Practical Tools
        • Implementation Skills 

        Day 3

        Ethics

        • Governing Principles
        • Best Practices
        • Practical Tools
        • Implementation Skills 

        Cancellation and Refund Policy:

        If canceling the program in its entirety outside of 2 months prior to taking your first course, the program fee will be refunded with a cancellation penalty of $500. If canceling the program within 3 weeks of taking your first course, the program fee will be refunded with a cancellation penalty of $1,000. If cancellation occurs during or after the first module has been started, there will be no further refunds. Companies or individuals may transfer their registration to another individual only if cancellation occurs prior to taking the first course only or individuals may be able to transfer their registration to another individual only if cancellation occurs prior to taking the first of the 3 courses only. All cancellations or transfer requests must be received by email to education@gpcanada.org.

        • 23 Oct 2020
        • 8:00 AM
        • 25 Oct 2020
        • 12:00 PM
        • TBC, Edmonton
        Register

        Day 1

        Meeting Processes and AGMs

        The purpose of the session is to provide the tools for holding successful meetings – the ultimate decision-making process for all organizations including:

        • The legal and regulatory requirements for Board, committee and shareholder or member meetings
        • Tools and processes for organizing and holding successful and effective meetings
        • The special nature of shareholder and member meetings and best practices

        Financial Literacy for the Non-Financial Governance Professional

        The purpose of this module is to help give you an understanding of business finance, and the role of the Board, Audit Committee, Auditors and the Governance Professional in the preparation, presentation and analysis of financial information.

        Participants will develop an understanding with respect to:

        • Accounting terms and the significance and relevance of financial information
        • The budgeting process including the fundamentals of preparing and mastering budgets
        • Basic concepts underlying the preparation and presentation of financial statements
        • Controls and policies that help ensure accuracy and reliability of accounting systems

        Day 2

        Minutes and Minutes Management

        The purpose of the session is to provide the tools for preparing minutes that protect the organization and its directors – with the objective of evidencing the due-diligence of the Board in its decision-making processes.

        Participants will explore the following topics in depth:

        • The legal and regulatory requirements for minutes
        • Tools and processes for implementing and maintaining effective minutes
        • Best practice minute taking, preparation and maintenance procedures

        Records Management

        This course covers one of the governance professional’s key skills. The governance professional is often responsible for managing the organization’s collective memory, and certainly the core memory related to the Board of Directors and the subject matters most often entrusted to the governance professional, ranging from Board meeting records, to records pertaining to directors, subsidiaries, compliance, and ranging to insider reporting, securities compliance, acquisitions due diligence, ethics matters, and many, many other critical areas of responsibility. Unless there is a robust records management process, things can get messy fast.

        Participants will explore the following topics in depth:

        • Canada Business Corporations Act
        • Provincial business corporations, legislation
        • Confidentiality and longevity
        • Succession and seniority records
        • Board evaluation records

        Day 3

        Board Committees Framework

        The purpose of this session is to provide information on the tools and framework for the purpose of committees, relationship to the board, roles and responsibilities, board delegation along with committee rights and authority.

        Participants will explore the following topics in depth:

        Committee focus and work

        • Types of Committees
        • Committee mandate template
        • Committee reporting process and template
        • Structuring the Committee


        Cancellation and Refund Policy:

        If canceling the program in its entirety outside of 2 months prior to taking your first course, the program fee will be refunded with a cancellation penalty of $500. If canceling the program within 3 weeks of taking your first course, the program fee will be refunded with a cancellation penalty of $1,000. If cancellation occurs during or after the first module has been started, there will be no further refunds. Companies or individuals may transfer their registration to another individual only if cancellation occurs prior to taking the first course only or individuals may be able to transfer their registration to another individual only if cancellation occurs prior to taking the first of the 3 courses only. All cancellations or transfer requests must be received by email to education@gpcanada.org.
        • 05 Mar 2021
        • 8:00 AM
        • 07 Mar 2021
        • 12:00 PM
        • TBC, Vancouver
        Register

        Day 1

        Risk and the Governance Professional

        The purpose of the session is to provide the introductory basics, with selected corresponding tools, to introduce the Governance Professional to two key elements of Risk Management:

        • Enterprise Risk Management- An introduction to the “Mechanics of ERM”
        • Commercial Insurance to protect the Organization and its Directors & Officers

         The role of the Governance Professional in Board Strategy

        • Governing Principles
        • Best Practices
        • Practical Tools
        • Implementation Skills

        Day 2

        CSR, Sustainability and ESG and the role of the Board

        • Governing Principles
        • Best Practices
        • Practical Tools
        • Implementation Skill

        Advanced Financial Fundamentals

        • Governing Principles
        • Best Practices
        • Practical Tools
        • Implementation Skills 

        Day 3

        Ethics

        • Governing Principles
        • Best Practices
        • Practical Tools
        • Implementation Skills 

        Cancellation and Refund Policy:

        If canceling the program in its entirety outside of 2 months prior to taking your first course, the program fee will be refunded with a cancellation penalty of $500. If canceling the program within 3 weeks of taking your first course, the program fee will be refunded with a cancellation penalty of $1,000. If cancellation occurs during or after the first module has been started, there will be no further refunds. Companies or individuals may transfer their registration to another individual only if cancellation occurs prior to taking the first course only or individuals may be able to transfer their registration to another individual only if cancellation occurs prior to taking the first of the 3 courses only. All cancellations or transfer requests must be received by email to education@gpcanada.org.

      Past events

      18 Aug 2019 Profiling Your Strengths to Bring Your Best Self to the Board (Half-day Workshop)
      13 Jun 2019 Board Diversity – Are You an Agent of Change?
      12 Jun 2019 Meetings, Minutes and Running Effective Board Meetings - Halifax
      07 Jun 2019 Foundations of Governance (Vancouver) - Two and Half day Course
      31 May 2019 GPC Ottawa Chapter: Conversation on Corporate D&O and Cyber Insurance
      31 May 2019 Applied Governance (Toronto) - Two and Half day Course
      27 May 2019 The Case for ESG Governance: Best Practices and Perspectives on the Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility Role of the Board and Governance Professional
      03 May 2019 Strategic Governance (Calgary) - Two and Half day Course
      23 Apr 2019 Edmonton Chapter Event: Artificial and Augmented Intelligence Implications - What Leaders, Governance Professionals, and Board Members Should Consider for the Future Ahead | Dinner & Round table discussion
      12 Apr 2019 Strategic Governance (Vancouver) - Two and Half day Course
      04 Apr 2019 Toronto Chapter Session - #MeTooChanges: The New Workplace Reality and the Role of the Board
      22 Mar 2019 Foundations of Governance (Toronto) - Two and Half day Course
      14 Mar 2019 Meetings, Minutes and Running Effective Board Meetings - Edmonton
      07 Mar 2019 Strategy & Business Planning Boot Camp for the Governance Professional
      01 Mar 2019 Applied Governance (Calgary) - Two and Half day Course
      21 Feb 2019 Meetings, Minutes and Running Effective Board Meetings - Toronto
      13 Feb 2019 Meetings, Minutes and Running Effective Board Meetings - Montreal
      06 Feb 2019 Meetings, Minutes and Running Effective Board Meetings - Vancouver
      05 Feb 2019 Meetings, Minutes and Running Effective Board Meetings - Calgary
      04 Feb 2019 Meetings, Minutes and Running Effective Board Meetings - Ottawa
      10 Jan 2019 GPC Edmonton Chapter Panel: Disclosure and Reporting for All Sectors & GPC Edmonton 2019 Kick-Off Reception
      06 Dec 2018 GPC - Annual Holiday Cocktail Reception
      29 Nov 2018 GPC Calgary Chapter Event - From Corporate Secretary to Director: Insights Across Both Sides of the Fence & Holiday Social Reception
      09 Nov 2018 Foundations of Governance (Calgary) - Two and Half day Course
      25 Oct 2018 2018 Excellence in Governance Awards
      12 Oct 2018 Strategic Governance (Toronto) - Two and Half day Course
      10 Oct 2018 Impacts of Cannabis in the Workplace: Are You Ready?
      28 Sep 2018 Applied Governance (Vancouver) - Two and Half day Course
      26 Sep 2018 BC Chapter event: TSX Venture Corporate Governance Best Practices
      12 Sep 2018 Edmonton Chapter Event: I grew up and became a Governance Professional... How did that happen?
      19 Jul 2018 20th Annual Conference: The Governance Professional... 20 Years On
      19 Jun 2018 Calgary Chapter Event - Post-AGM Round-up: Keeping Current on Recent Governance and Disclosure Developments
      15 Jun 2018 Applied Governance (Toronto) - Two and Half day Course
      14 Jun 2018 BC Chapter Event: Risk Governance
      25 May 2018 Strategic Governance (Vancouver) - Two and Half day Course
      25 May 2018 Foundations of Governance (Vancouver) - Two and Half day Course
      23 May 2018 Edmonton Chapter Event: What Lessons Have Boards Yet to Learn - A Dinner and Round-table Discussion
      04 May 2018 Meetings, Minutes and Running Effective Board Meetings - Vancouver
      27 Apr 2018 Foundations of Governance (Toronto) - Two and Half day Course
      26 Apr 2018 Edmonton Chapter Event: Increasing the Governance Professional’s Value to the Board: Insider Tips and Tricks from a Board Chair
      16 Apr 2018 BC Chapter Session: #MeToo and the Boardroom
      13 Apr 2018 Applied Governance (Vancouver) - Two and Half day Course
      09 Apr 2018 Toronto Chapter Event: Director Independence, Term Limits, Tenure and More - How Canadian Organizations Manage Board Renewal
      27 Mar 2018 Organizational Culture - what is the role of the board
      22 Mar 2018 Cybersecurity Preparedness
      20 Mar 2018 Meetings, Minutes and Running Effective Board Meetings - Ottawa
      13 Mar 2018 Meetings, Minutes and Running Effective Board Meetings - Edmonton
      12 Mar 2018 Meetings, Minutes and Running Effective Board Meetings - Calgary
      15 Feb 2018 Meetings, Minutes and Running Effective Board Meetings - Toronto
      29 Jan 2018 Board Renewal, Succession Planning and Diversity
      28 Nov 2017 Interpreting Financial Statements for the Non-Financial Governance Professional Seminar & GPC Holiday Networking Reception (Edmonton Chapter)
      27 Nov 2017 Interpreting Financial Statements for the Non-Financial Governance Professional Seminar & GPC Holiday Networking Reception (Calgary Chapter)
      21 Nov 2017 Executive Compensation Disclosure - Seminar for Governance Professionals
      17 Nov 2017 Foundations of Governance (Vancouver) - Two and Half day Course
      17 Nov 2017 GPC-EP: Module 1 - Vancouver
      03 Nov 2017 Foundations of Governance (Toronto) - Two and Half day Course
      03 Nov 2017 GPC-EP: Module 1 - Toronto
      27 Sep 2017 GPC Calgary Chapter’s fall social | Rumble in the Alley
      19 Sep 2017 Onboarding and Educating of New Directors - Edmonton
      18 Sep 2017 Best in Class Shareholder Engagement - A Chairman’s View - Toronto
      20 Aug 2017 19th Annual Corporate Governance Conference
      16 Jun 2017 Onboarding and Educating: The Care and Feeding of New Directors - Ottawa
      15 Jun 2017 Onboarding and Educating: The Care and Feeding of New Directors - Montreal
      12 Jun 2017 Governance Essentials for the Corporate Secretary: Two-Day Seminar - Calgary
      08 Jun 2017 Onboarding and Educating: The Care and Feeding of New Directors - Calgary
      17 May 2017 Subsidiary Governance: A Critical Tool for Risk Management
      29 Mar 2017 Meetings, Minutes and More - Ottawa
      24 Mar 2017 Vancouver - Achieving Excellence in Governance: Tips and Tricks, Presented by Aprio Inc.
      23 Mar 2017 Calgary - Achieving Excellence in Governance: Tips and Tricks
      22 Mar 2017 Edmonton - Achieving Excellence in Governance: Tips and Tricks
      01 Mar 2017 Webinar: Sustainability, ESG, and Corporate Social Responsibility and The Board: What Governance Professionals Should Know
      23 Feb 2017 Meetings, Minutes and More - Calgary
      21 Feb 2017 Meetings, Minutes and More - Vancouver
      31 Jan 2017 Meetings, Minutes and More - Toronto
      18 Jan 2017 Vancouver: Meet n' Greet Luncheon
      08 Dec 2016 Edmonton Holiday Cocktails
      08 Dec 2016 Toronto Holiday Cocktail Reception
      24 Nov 2016 Divulgation, gouvernance et communication: au coeur de la réputation des entreprises
      15 Nov 2016 EXCELLENCE IN GOVERNANCE AWARDS
      14 Nov 2016 Governance Essentials for the Corporate Secretary: Two-Day Seminar - Toronto
      28 Oct 2016 Trends in Governance Interactive Breakfast Seminar Presented by Donnelley Financial Solutions & GPC
      13 Oct 2016 Name Rebrand Celebration & Networking Luncheon - Edmonton, Presented by ATB Financial
      12 Oct 2016 Name Rebrand Celebration & Networking Reception - Calgary
      11 Oct 2016 Name Rebrand Celebration & Networking Reception - Vancouver
      11 Oct 2016 Governance Essentials for the Corporate Secretary: Two-Day Seminar - Vancouver
      04 Oct 2016 Executive Compensation Disclosure for Corporate Secretaries
      16 Jun 2016 CALGARY CHAPTER EVENT: The Corporate Secretary’s Perspective on Recent Calgary Takeover Transactions
      31 May 2016 The Role and Duties of the Corporate Secretary - CANCELLED
      18 May 2016 Toronto Corporate Governance Exchange
      10 May 2016 Tips & Tricks to Better Prepare Board Meeting Material
      21 Apr 2016 Excellence in Subsidiary Governance - Toronto
      15 Apr 2016 Meetings, Minutes and More - Vancouver
      14 Apr 2016 Excellence in Subsidiary Governance - Calgary
      05 Apr 2016 Meetings, Minutes and More - Calgary
      04 Apr 2016 Meetings, Minutes and More - Montreal
      22 Mar 2016 Meetings, Minutes and More - Toronto
      18 Feb 2016 Governance Boot Camp for Not-for-profit Organizations
      14 Jan 2016 Cost saving opportunities in the corporate secretary’s office & Post-holiday reception
      24 Nov 2015 The Year the Shareholders Spoke Up: A 2015 AGM Wrap Up And What to Expect in 2016
      03 Nov 2015 Governance Essentials for the Corporate Secretary: Two-Day Seminar - Webcast
      03 Nov 2015 Governance Essentials for the Corporate Secretary: Two-Day Seminar - Toronto
      26 Jun 2015 The Year the Shareholders Spoke Up: A 2015 AGM Wrap Up - Vancouver
      25 Jun 2015 The Year the Shareholders Spoke Up: A 2015 AGM Wrap Up - Calgary
      23 Jun 2015 The Year the Shareholders Spoke Up: A 2015 AGM Wrap Up - Toronto
      28 May 2015 Governance Essentials for the Corporate Secretary: Two-Day Seminar - Vancouver
      21 May 2015 Toronto Corporate Governance Exchange
      17 Apr 2015 Excellence in Subsidiary Governance - WEBCAST
      17 Apr 2015 Excellence in Subsidiary Governance - Toronto
      26 Jan 2015 Governance Boot Camp for Not-for-profit Organizations - WEBCAST
      26 Jan 2015 Governance Boot Camp for Not-for-profit Organizations - Toronto
      15 Jan 2015 Excellence in Subsidiary Governance
      04 Dec 2014 CSCS Excellence in Governance Award Winners' Panel
      27 Nov 2014 The Board's Emerging Oversight Role in Corporate Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility - Vancouver
      03 Nov 2014 Governance Essentials for the Corporate Secretary: Two-Day Seminar - Webcast
      03 Nov 2014 Governance Essentials for the Corporate Secretary: Two-Day Seminar - Toronto
      28 Oct 2014 The Board's Must Win: CEO Succession Planning - Toronto
      18 Sep 2014 CALGARY SOCIAL EVENT- LAWN BOWLING
      19 Jun 2014 CSCS Calgary Chapter Event: 2014 Annual Shareholder Meetings
      02 Jun 2014 Enterprise Risk Management for Corporate Secretaries
      29 May 2014 CSCS 20th Anniversary Reception - Calgary
      29 May 2014 Governance Essentials for the Corporate Secretary: Two-Day Seminar - Calgary
      28 Apr 2014 Orientation and Onboarding Workshop - Vancouver
      25 Apr 2014 CSCS 20th Anniversary Reception - Vancouver
      25 Apr 2014 Governance Boot Camp for Mining Organizations - Vancouver
      09 Apr 2014 Toronto Corporate Governance Exchange
      12 Mar 2014 Orientation and Onboarding Workshop - Calgary
      06 Mar 2014 Consultation on the Canada Business Corporations Act - Vancouver
      04 Mar 2014 Governance Boot Camp for Mining Organizations - Toronto
      04 Mar 2014 Consultation on the Canada Business Corporations Act - Calgary
      03 Mar 2014 Consultation on the Canada Business Corporations Act - Toronto
      04 Feb 2014 CSCS 20th Anniversary Reception - Toronto
      04 Feb 2014 Orientation and Onboarding Workshop - Toronto
      23 Jan 2014 "Round Table" Conference Call - Co-Ops
      23 Jan 2014 "Round Table" Conference Call - Privately Held Companies
      22 Jan 2014 "Round Table" Conference Call - Not-for-Profit Organizations
      22 Jan 2014 "Round Table" Conference Call - Crown Corporations
      04 Dec 2013 Board Portals and Paperless Boardrooms: A Toronto Power Breakfast
      03 Dec 2013 Board Portals and Paperless Boardrooms: A Calgary Power Breakfast - CANCELLED
      02 Dec 2013 CSCS Calgary Chapter Event: Option Trading, Dark Pools and more for Corporate Secretaries
      02 Dec 2013 Board Portals and Paperless Boardrooms: A Vancouver Power Breakfast
      21 Nov 2013 Corporate Governance and Accountability
      07 Nov 2013 Meet and Greet Toronto
      06 Nov 2013 "Round Table" Conference Call - Small- to Mid-cap Issuers
      30 Oct 2013 Directors' and Officers Liability: Toronto Breakfast Event
      29 Oct 2013 "Round Table" Conference Call - Large- to Mega-cap Issuers
      21 Oct 2013 Vancouver: Discussion on CSA consultation paper 54-401: Review of the Proxy Voting Infrastructure
      18 Oct 2013 Calgary: Discussion on CSA consultation paper 54-401: Review of the Proxy Voting Infrastructure
      17 Oct 2013 "Round Table" Conference Call - Co-Ops
      17 Oct 2013 "Round Table" Conference Call for Privately Held Companies
      16 Oct 2013 "Round Table" Conference Call - Not-for-Profit Organizations
      16 Oct 2013 "Round Table" Conference Call - Crown Corporations
      15 Oct 2013 Toronto: Discussion on CSA consultation paper 54-401: Review of the Proxy Voting Infrastructure
      10 Oct 2013 Montreal: Discussion on CSA consultation paper 54-401: Review of the Proxy Voting Infrastructure
      04 Oct 2013 Directors' and Officers Liability: Edmonton Breakfast Event
      03 Oct 2013 Directors and Officers Liability: Calgary Breakfast Event
      02 Oct 2013 Directors and Officers Liability: Vancouver Breakfast Event
      16 Sep 2013 Disclosure Requirements Regarding Women on Boards and in Senior Management
      18 Aug 2013 Excellence In Governance Awards Reception & Dinner
      18 Aug 2013 15th Annual Corporate Governance Conference
      20 Jun 2013 Board & Committee Minutes: A Hands-on Workshop - Toronto
      18 Jun 2013 CSCS Calgary Chapter Event: Shareholder Activism
      14 Jun 2013 Continuous Disclosure and Material Change Reporting - Toronto
      03 Jun 2013 Continuous Disclosure and Material Change Reporting - Calgary
      31 May 2013 Continuous Disclosure and Material Change Reporting - Vancouver
      23 May 2013 Governance Essentials for the Corporate Secretary - Vancouver
      23 May 2013 Meet and Greet Vancouver
      20 Mar 2013 Board & Committee Minutes: A Hands-on Workshop - Vancouver
      18 Mar 2013 Board & Committee Minutes: A Hands-on Workshop - Calgary
      14 Feb 2013 "Round Table" Conference Call - Large Issuers
      14 Feb 2013 "Round Table" Conference Call - Private Sector
      13 Feb 2013 "Round Table" Conference Call - Small & Medium Size Issuers
      13 Feb 2013 "Round Table" Conference Call - Not-for-Profit Organizations
      12 Feb 2013