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GPC's Education, Professional Development and Events are designed to expand your learning opportunities and enhance your skill set as governance professionals. Our sessions are cross-country, local, in-person and where possible, by webinar. We also offer sessions that range by sector, skill level and trend. All of our upcoming events, national and local, can be found below.

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    • 01 Jan 2021
    • 01 Jan 2023
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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.

    You may register for any of the courses as a standalone for professional development learning opportunity, or you can choose to explore the complete series to earn your Governance Professionals of Canada Designation: GPC.D.

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    • 17 Aug 2021
    • 9:00 AM
    • 31 Dec 2021
    • 5:00 PM
    • Virtual - Event
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    GPC’s 23rd Annual Corporate Governance Conference

    21st Century Governance: Forging the Path Ahead will take place ‘virtually’ on August 17-18, 2021

    Take a look at the Agenda and content you have to look forward to HERE

    Our event will once again be using an innovative and interactive virtual platform which simulates a physical event with stunning virtual interactive spaces! The unique and simple navigation will make you feel like you are practically there in the flesh and great networking options will help you connect with other participants.

    We will also be hosting our regular annual tradeshow within our virtual space with customized exhibitor booths, on-demand content and demos, and live chat forums for optimal sponsor engagement!

    Don’t miss all the action and content packed sessions!...

    Event Replay

    Back by popular demand: All registrants will have access to the conference portal for an entire month after the conference, to revisit and catch up with any of the sessions you missed.

    WHY ATTEND?

    • We have a first-class agenda with top issues and subject matter experts in governance
    • Our attendees will have the ability to connect at the event through rich interactive tools such as audio/video/chat rooms, polls, webinars, and videos in an immersive environment to get the conversation going!
    • Our event will simulate a physical environment with spectacular virtual & interactive spaces
    • We will enable you to navigate the venue with ease in a stimulating environment that is mobile friendly and highly interactive.
    • We will be able to reach a wider audience through our innovative virtual conference platform
    • Registrants have the option to not only attend in real-time, but also access all sessions and exhibitors after the fact, so you won’t miss any sessions and can watch when it is convenient for you.
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    • 06 Dec 2021
    • 5:50 PM - 7:40 PM (MST)
    • Online via Zoom
    Register

    The Holiday Season is Here!

    Let’s Celebrate Together!

    The GPC Calgary Chapter would like to invite you to a private virtual cooking class with chef instruction from the ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen.

    • Date: Monday, December 6, 2021

    • Time: 5:50PM-7:40PM MST
    • Location: Virtual - Zoom
    • Theme: Mexican Fiesta

    Cost: Free for GPC Calgary Members. A link to a grocery shopping list will be provided to you once you have registered so that you may purchase all the necessary ingredients in one easy trip! (vegetarian options available). 

    Yule be sorry if you miss this event!

    The GPC Calgary Chapter Planning Committee want to THANK YOU for supporting the chapter events throughout the year and making them successful. We look forward to bringing you exciting new chapter sessions in 2022. 


    Merry Christmas from the GPC Calgary Chapter Planning Committee.

    • 08 Dec 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM (MST)
    • Online via Weve
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    Hello GPC Edmonton Members!

    Your local GPC chapter would like to invite you to a virtual Christmas party like no other!   

    On December 8, come and join your local chapter as we play “Weve: The Virtual Game Show!” 

    Weve is unlike any other video conference platform out there (looking at you, Zoom fatigue!) This platform is serious…about having fun, driving connections, and including everyone in intentional, engaging ways!

    HOW IT WORKS:

    Simply register for the event and on December 8 at 4 pm grab some headphones, a beverage if needed, and your game face (yes-you will want to turn on your laptop video for this!) for an action-packed Happy Hour Game Show. Compete in live games such as: 

    -Trivia
    -Ice-Breakers
    -Pictionary
    -Brain Burners
    -Fact Match
    -Name that Movie/Tune
    -GIF Battles
    -Live Lip Sync Challenge

    **Fun prizes to be won!**

    Still not sure what to expect? Watch this short video to see what it is all about! 

    So, get ready to get your game on this December 8! 


    Please contact kyal.butler@gpcanada.org for more information. 

    • 09 Dec 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Webcast (EST)
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    Are you interested in bringing a group to attend this session? Contact events@gpcanada.org for details on group discounts.

    Becoming a Boardroom Star launched September 30, 2021 as Amazon’s #1 Hot New Release in corporate governance.  Author Beverly Behan is a global expert on board effectiveness, having worked with nearly 200 boards across North America and around the world over the past 25 years, primarily boards of public companies.  In her work, Bev’s interviewed thousands of directors about what distinguishes truly outstanding directors from their peers – and what can detract from director performance and board leadership.  Becoming a Boardroom Star was developed from these conversations.  

     

    Here's a summary of what the webcast will cover, with plenty of opportunity for Q&A with Bev: 

    • The Boardroom Landscape:  Different ways boards function in the third decade of the 21st century.  Why governance is a team sport – and how director expectations have advanced. 
    • Welcome to the Boardroom:  Making the most of your director orientation program.  From the executive suite to the boardroom: The single biggest challenge in this transition – and how to overcome it.  The New Director 360 – an 2019 innovation from the F100.
    • Hallmarks of a Boardroom Star:  Five key factors that set boardroom stars apart from their peers? And five pitfalls directors should be careful to avoid.
    • Board Leadership - Where a Boardroom Star becomes a Boardroom Champion:  What distinguishes a “boardroom champion” from a “preservationist”?  Stepping into a committee chair or Lead Director/Board Chair role. The biggest shortcoming of board leadership today. 


    March 2020 Cancellation Policy

    Speaker


    Bev Behan

    President, Board Advisor, LLC

    (Click on the speaker's name to see her biography.)

    • 11 Jan 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Webcast (EST)
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    Are you interested in bringing a group to attend this session? Contact events@gpcanada.org for details on group discounts.

    As a key driver in company metrics, intellectual property (IP) requires proactive care and a keen eye for detail to ensure that it is handled appropriately and managed cost effectively. However, despite its increasing importance as a company asset, effective IP management remains a challenge due to its complexity and the perceived cost of formal protective measures (Intellectual Property Awareness and Use Survey [2019] Stats Canada).

    Looking at it from the perspective of a board member, IP Strategist Natalie Giroux discusses 20 questions that you should ask/be prepared for at board meetings to ensure IP remains top of mind for executives. This includes ensuring that the company’s funds are spent optimally, the value is maximized, and that IP related risks are being managed appropriately.  Acknowledging the complexity of intellectual property with a holistic strategy is key to maximizing your portfolio. These 20 questions will provide insight into how you can harness the full potential of your IP portfolio.

    Learning Objectives

    • Understanding the impact of IP
    • Identify the risks related to IP and how to mitigate them
    •  How a company can build an IP portfolio to positively impact valuation while minimizing cost
    • Proactive care and management of IP

    Who should register?

    • CxOs
    • Board members


    March 2020 Cancellation Policy

    Speaker


    Natalie Giroux

    President, Statford Intellectual Property

    (Click on the speaker's name to see her biography.)

    • 11 Jan 2022
    • 1:00 PM
    • 08 Feb 2022
    • 4:30 PM
    • ONLINE
    • 16
    Register

    Foundations of Governance Course online will now be broken down over 5 weeks (every Tuesday) 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 Schedule:

    Day 1 - Core of Governance - January 11, 2022; 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm ET

    This session will examine the key principles of organizational governance, and 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 5 key pillars can be practiced effectively in different organizational of effective governance can be enhanced in various contexts;
    • Practical tools for developing effective governance practices under different organizational cultures
    • Legal Entities/structures (differences and similarities)
    • Director responsibilities and duties: the law and in practice
    • Day 2: The role of the governance professional - January 18, 2022; 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm ET
    • This session focuses in more detail on the role of boards and the expectations and growing role and responsibilities of the Governance Professional in supporting and enhancing board effectiveness.

    Participants will explore the following topics in depth:

    • Board composition – size and diversity
    • The issues and advantages of term limits for directors
    • Board-management relations: managing friction points
    • Shareholder/member relations and the importance of Accountability, Transparency, Independence, and Participation
    • Emerging Issues – the emergence of Purpose Governance

    Day 3 – Director Management – Driving Board Effectiveness throughout the Director Life Cycle - January 25, 2022; 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm ET

    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 4 - Board Committees Framework - February 1, 2022; 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm ET

    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

    Day 5 – Soft Skills – Managing and Influencing Board Dynamics, Culture, Relationships & Conflicts – February 8, 2022; 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm ET

    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.

    Participants will explore the following topics in depth:

           Boardroom dynamics significant impact on good governance.

           Corporate secretary has a critical role supporting the board in fostering a more conducive boardroom culture

    Faculty:

    ·         Janis RivenBCL, 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 series of events 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 must attend all 5 courses live and in full in order to receive a certificate of completion.

    You have the option to register and attend this event without committing to GPC.D designation, however you are committing to attending all 5 weeks in full. You will not be eligible to the professional designation GPC.D, unless you complete all  5 weeks/full weekend courses for all 3 modules as well as complete their individual exams and the final evaluation. 

    Participants who are registered for the GPC.D will be required to write an exam after the completion of this course. 

    If you wish to enroll 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.


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    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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    • 19 Jan 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Webinar (EST)
    Register

    THIS EVENT HAS BEING POST-PONED FROM NOVEMBER 10, 2021 TO JANUARY 19, 2022.

    Are you interested in bringing a group to attend this session? Contact events@gpcanada.org for details on group discounts.

    As media reports on public sector financial scandals makes it very clear, ethics need to be at the heart and soul of every governance and HR decision. With the speed at which information is delivered through social media, news can quickly proliferate and, as a result, judgement can make or break a reputation in a short period of time. In time where COVID-19, diversity and equity are at the heart of every decisions, the challenge for executives is being ethical in a world where guidelines for behaviors are being consistently blurred such that absolute right and wrong no longer seem to apply.

    This session will address how executives can be ethical in a corrupt environment, and how they should frame their ethical behavior, in a way that resonates with as wide a network of ethically sensitive stakeholders as possible.

    Marc Tassé 
    Corporate Ethics and Financial Crimes Expert

    (Click on the speaker's name to see his biography.)



    • 20 Jan 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Webinar (EST)
    Register

    Are you interested in bringing a group to attend this session? Contact events@gpcanada.org for details on group discounts.

    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

    • 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm Welcome
    • 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm Presentation (working BREAK at approximately 3:30 pm)
    • 4:30 pm - Workshop Concludes

    March 2020 Cancellation Policy

    Speaker

    John Dinner
    President, John T. Dinner Board Governance Services

    (Click on the speaker's name to see his biography.)

    Event Sponsor:


    • 27 Jan 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Webinar (EST)
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    Are you interested in bringing a group to attend this session? Contact events@gpcanada.org for details on group discounts.

    Introduction and Setting the Scene / Objectives /Agenda (1-1.10)

    Governance Professional – An evolving role and the Crucial impact of soft skills for success (1.10-1.20)

    • Going Beyond the technical in the role
    • How to effectively act as a bridge for Boards and management
    • Clarifying expectations and creating a roadmap for successful relationships
    • Navigating difficult situations

    Developing the role as an influencer and advisor (1.20-1.35)

    • Focusing on communication skills / ability to articulate ideas
    • Speaking the same language as senior management and the Board
    • Relationship building and developing your profile as a trusted advisor
    • Mediating confrontational situations or difficult people
    • Building resilience, assertiveness, and strength of character
    • Creating and fostering trust

    Breakout Session (1.35-1.50)

    • A time of 10 minutes will be allotted for discussion and 5 minutes for presenting ideas
    • In your breakout groups, consider some of the strategies you can employ in your workplace to develop your influence.

    Self-awareness and self-management (1.50 – 2.10)

    • Self-inventory – strengths and weaknesses
    • Exhibiting model behaviours
    • Growth and learning mindset
    • Organizational Awareness

    Conflict Resolution and Dealing with Difficult Board members (2.10 – 2.30)

    •  Assertiveness
    • Role as a mediator
    • Transparency and integrity

    Break for 5 minutes (2.30 – 2.35)

    • A time of 10 minutes will be allotted for discussion and 5 minutes for presenting ideas
    • In your breakout groups work on a Case Study of a difficult Board Chair – role play / discuss coping strategies

    Building Resilience (2.50 – 3.10)

    • Staying focused and motivated
    • Agility and flexibility
    • Dealing with conflicting demands in dual reporting situations

    Fostering Trust (3.10 – 3.30)

    • Ethics and difficult judgment calls
    • Confidentiality
    • Sensitivity and objectivity
    • Empowering the Board

    Group Discussion / Video (3.30 – 3.40)

    The Governance Professional as a Leader and Coach (3.40-3.55)

    • Importance of empathy and how to develop this skill
    • Active listening techniques
    • Creating a strong team through EQ
    • Role model for behaviour and values

    Summary, final thoughts and action steps (3.55-4.00)

    March 2020 Cancellation Policy

    Speaker


    Paul Dubal
    Founder, Perfect Balance Consulting

    (Please click on the name of the speaker to read his biography.)


    • 04 Feb 2022
    • 8:30 AM
    • 06 Feb 2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • ONLINE
    • 10
    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 (Full Day)

    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

    Day 3

    Carefully Crafting Bylaws to Enable Sound Governance

    In this session, the use of bylaws as an importance foundation of sound governance will be explained, including their sources of content and drafting considerations.

    Participants will explore the following topics in depth:

    • The direct role of bylaws in supporting many facets of governance
    • The typical topics found in bylaws and various approaches to deciding their content
    • How to research which sources of information when crafting bylaws


    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 prio

    r 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.

    • 17 Feb 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Webinar (EST)
    • 24
    Register

    Are you interested in bringing a group to attend this session? Contact events@gpcanada.org for details on group discounts.

    In addition to imposed legal and regulatory obligations, corporations typically set a variety of internal controls to implement compliance requirements and to create a sound corporate environment for all. At issue is where and how to optimally set these internal controls in the governance stack: in bylaws? policies? directives? procedures? In this practical workshop, we will dive into a modern corporate scenario and turn our mind to resolve a number of issues by updating the corporate governance stack.


    Prerequisite: the EP core module "Carefully Crafting Bylaws" is recommended but not mandatory

      SPEAKER:

        







      PATRICK CORMIER

      Chief Operations, Financial & Legal Officer

      Digital Identity Laboratory of Canada

      (Please click on the speaker's name to see his biography.)



      • 24 Feb 2022
      • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
      • Webcast (HNE)
      Register

      (This event will be presented in French.)

      Are you interested in bringing a group to attend this session? Contact events@gpcanada.org for details on group discounts.

      En plus des obligations légales et réglementaires imposées, les entreprises mettent généralement en place une variété de contrôles internes pour mettre en œuvre les exigences de conformité et créer un environnement d'entreprise sain pour tous. La question est de savoir où et comment définir de manière optimale ces contrôles internes en règles de gouvernance : dans les règlements administratifs ? politiques? directives ? procédures? Dans cet atelier pratique, nous plongerons dans un scénario d'entreprise moderne et nous réfléchirons à la résolution d'un certain nombre de problèmes en mettant à jour les règles de gouvernance d'entreprise.


      Patrick Cormier
      Conférencier

      (Cliquez sur le nom du onférencier pour lire sa biographie.)


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      • 04 Mar 2022
      • 8:30 AM
      • 06 Mar 2022
      • 12:00 PM
      • Toronto, TBD
      • 10
      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

      Sustainability, ESG, Corporate Purpose, 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 Mar 2022
      • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
      • Webinar (EST)
      Register

      Are you interested in bringing a group to attend this session? Contact events@gpcanada.org for details on group discounts.

      How do Netflix series makers manage to get people to watch their content for a long time? And why do governance professionals sometimes have the greatest difficulty in engaging their audience for good information and good documentation in decision-making processes?

      Bingegovernance offers a refreshing view on the future of governance and the special role of the corporate secretary. In these training sessions we take the governance professional to the place where content is the product and where they know how to build an audience and how to bind and captivate them: Hollywood.

      We teach the professional how to organize the regular meeting cycle like rock-solid television series, where every meeting is an episode for the board. With bingegovernance you ensure committed board members, optimal decision-making and transparency.

       

      During this course, you will discover the new role of the corporate secretary when binge governance is applied in the organization. As corporate secretary you are responsible for all governance content for the board. You manage a team of creators to create the governance content and you are responsible for the result and all efforts. The big difference is that we teach you to focus on what really matters: creating a committed and active board in managing and supervising and providing different perspectives for their decision-making processes.

       

      Learning Objectives: 

      • Assembling a governance writing team
      • Running of a writing room
      • Delivery of governance content production
      • Supervision of governance production
      • Supervision of governance post production
      • Personal skills

       

      Who Should Attend:

      • Governance Professionals
      • Individuals who are new to boards
      • Board consultants


      March 2020 Cancellation Policy

      Speaker

      Edo de Vette

      Founder, 24governance


      (Click on the speaker's name to see his biography.)



      • 25 Mar 2022
      • 8:30 AM (PDT)
      • 27 Mar 2022
      • 12:00 PM (PDT)
      • Vancouver, TBD
      • 18
      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

      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

      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.

      Sponsored by:


      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.

      .

      • 07 Apr 2022
      • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
      • Webinar (EDT)
      Register

      Are you interested in bringing a group to attend this session? Contact events@gpcanada.org for details on group discounts.

      Boardroom culture is increasingly understood as a critical aspect to good governance and board effectiveness. Yet unlike matters relating to board structure and process, boardroom culture has been given little attention. As such, directors often find themselves having to use limited time and energy to navigating power and personality challenges that an explicit boardroom culture would proactively anticipate and address.

      The focus of this session will be on providing relevant insights into how boards can instill a culture than enables more effective oversight and better decision-making.

      The session will equip participants with a keen understanding of the steps to be taken to improve the relationship dynamics among Board members and with Staff by effectively applying:

      • A process to determine the current boardroom culture;
      • The means of defining the preferred future-focused boardroom culture;
      • The process of instilling this new culture in ways that facilitate desired change; and
      • Options for fostering meaningful accountability that will ensure Board members fulfill their individual and collective responsibility for supporting and contributing to this new culture.

      Time will be committed for open discussion on the material presented and its application in the content of participants’ boards.

       

      About the Speaker

      John Dinner
      President, John T. Dinner Board Governance Services

      (Click on the speaker's name to see his biography.)

      • 21 Apr 2022
      • 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
      • Webinar (EST)
      Register

      Are you interested in bringing a group to attend this session? Contact events@gpcanada.org for details on group discounts.

      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

      • 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm Welcome
      • 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm Presentation (working BREAK at approximately 3:30 pm)
      • 4:30 pm - Workshop Concludes

      March 2020 Cancellation Policy

      Speaker


      Sylvia Groves
      President, Governance Studio 

      (Please click on the name of the speaker to read her biography.)


      Event Sponsor:


      • 22 Apr 2022
      • 8:30 AM (PDT)
      • 24 Apr 2022
      • 12:00 PM (PDT)
      • Vancouver, BC
      • 20
      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 (Full Day)

      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

      Day 3

      Carefully Crafting Bylaws to Enable Sound Governance

      In this session, the use of bylaws as an importance foundation of sound governance will be explained, including their sources of content and drafting considerations.

      Participants will explore the following topics in depth:

      • The direct role of bylaws in supporting many facets of governance
      • The typical topics found in bylaws and various approaches to deciding their content
      • How to research which sources of information when crafting bylaws


      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 prio

      r 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.

      • 11 Jun 2022
      • 8:30 AM
      • 12 Jun 2022
      • 12:00 PM
      • Toronto, TBD
      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

      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

      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.

      Sponsored by:


      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.

      .

      • 16 Sep 2022
      • 8:30 AM
      • 18 Sep 2022
      • 12:00 PM
      • Toronto, ON
      • 21
      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 (Full Day)

      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

      Day 3

      Carefully Crafting Bylaws to Enable Sound Governance

      In this session, the use of bylaws as an importance foundation of sound governance will be explained, including their sources of content and drafting considerations.

      Participants will explore the following topics in depth:

      • The direct role of bylaws in supporting many facets of governance
      • The typical topics found in bylaws and various approaches to deciding their content
      • How to research which sources of information when crafting bylaws


      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 prio

      r 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.

      • 30 Sep 2022
      • 8:30 AM
      • 02 Oct 2022
      • 12:00 PM
      • Toronto, ON
      • 20
      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

      Sustainability, ESG, Corporate Purpose, 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.

      • 21 Oct 2022
      • 8:30 AM (PDT)
      • 23 Oct 2022
      • 12:00 PM (PDT)
      • Vancouver, TBD
      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

      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

      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.

      Sponsored by:


      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 Nov 2022
      • 8:30 AM (PST)
      • 20 Nov 2022
      • 12:00 PM (PST)
      • Vancouver, BC
      • 21
      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 (Full Day)

      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

      Day 3

      Carefully Crafting Bylaws to Enable Sound Governance

      In this session, the use of bylaws as an importance foundation of sound governance will be explained, including their sources of content and drafting considerations.

      Participants will explore the following topics in depth:

      • The direct role of bylaws in supporting many facets of governance
      • The typical topics found in bylaws and various approaches to deciding their content
      • How to research which sources of information when crafting bylaws


      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 prio

      r 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.

      • 09 Dec 2022
      • 8:30 AM (PST)
      • 11 Dec 2022
      • 12:00 PM (PST)
      • Vancouver, BC
      • 20
      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

      Sustainability, ESG, Corporate Purpose, 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.

      • 24 Mar 2023
      • 8:30 AM
      • 26 Mar 2023
      • 12:00 PM
      • Toronto, TBD
      • 21
      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

      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

      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.

      Sponsored by:


      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

    03 Dec 2021 Strategic Governance (Toronto) - Two and Half day Course
    02 Dec 2021 Atlantic Canada Local Chapter: ISO 37000:2021 Lunch and Learn Roundtable
    02 Dec 2021 The NEW Ontario Non-Profit Corporations Act: What Ontario Non Profit and Charity Organizations need to know about the ONCA
    23 Nov 2021 CANCELLED - Communicating Bad News at Work, and Doing it Well
    22 Nov 2021 Setting the Stage for Boardroom Success
    17 Nov 2021 Governance 101: Boardroom and Governance Essentials (Winter Session)
    12 Nov 2021 Applied Governance - Two and Half day Course
    04 Nov 2021 2021 Excellence in Governance Awards
    03 Nov 2021 GPC Ontario Chapter: Meeting Minutes - Ask the Expert!
    02 Nov 2021 Rogers’ Board Drama: Who’s in Charge?
    29 Oct 2021 Foundations of Governance - Two and Half day Course
    26 Oct 2021 Compassionate Leadership: Why It Matters Now More Than Ever
    20 Oct 2021 GPC Edmonton Chapter: New Governance Guidelines Discussion Part 2
    20 Oct 2021 Top Tips for New CEOs to Engage Effectively With Their Board
    18 Oct 2021 Board, Committee and Director Assessments
    01 Oct 2021 Strategic Governance - Two and Half day Course
    23 Sep 2021 Meetings, Minutes and Running Effective Board Meetings
    10 Sep 2021 Applied Governance - Two and Half day Course
    25 Aug 2021 GPC Annual Meeting of Members
    25 Aug 2021 Brutal Prioritization in Times of Turbulence
    11 Aug 2021 GPC Calgary Chapter - "Anxiety, I Am Not Playing Your Game!"
    07 Jul 2021 Meetings, Minutes and Running Effective Board Meetings
    30 Jun 2021 The Art of Board Presentations and the Governance Professional’s Role in Adding Value - Session Three
    25 Jun 2021 Foundations of Governance - Two and Half day Course
    23 Jun 2021 GPC Edmonton Chapter: New Governance Guidelines Discussion
    09 Jun 2021 Secretariat Records Management - From Soup to Nuts
    26 May 2021 Practical Project Management for Governance Professionals 2.0
    19 May 2021 Governance 101: an introduction to organizational governance (Spring Session)
    14 May 2021 Strategic Governance - Two and Half day Course
    12 May 2021 The Hidden Cost of Compliance
    05 May 2021 Not-for-Profit Governance: Unique Challenges and Opportunities
    23 Apr 2021 Applied Governance - Two and Half day Course
    14 Apr 2021 Business Continuity Planning
    06 Apr 2021 Governance 101: An Introduction to Organizational Governance (Spring Session)
    01 Apr 2021 Carefully Crafting Bylaws: How to Proactively Simplify Governance
    26 Mar 2021 Foundations of Governance - Two and Half day Course
    24 Mar 2021 Excellence in Governance Special Edition Showcase: Celebrating Resiliency and Innovation in Times of Crisis
    17 Mar 2021 Meetings, Minutes and Running Effective Board Meetings
    05 Mar 2021 Strategic Governance - Two and Half day Course
    04 Mar 2021 GPC Calgary Chapter No Agenda Session
    04 Mar 2021 GOVERNANCE OF THE FUTURE: A NEW PARADIGM
    25 Feb 2021 Virtual Annual Meetings: Lessons Learned and How to Prepare for 2021
    24 Feb 2021 The Art of Board Presentations and the Governance Professional’s Role in Adding Value - Session Two
    11 Feb 2021 The Art of Board Presentations and the Governance Professional’s Role in Adding Value
    05 Feb 2021 Applied Governance - Two and Half day Course
    01 Feb 2021 The Second Annual Co-op and Credit Union Governance Summit
    27 Jan 2021 Emotional Intelligence for the Governance Professional
    21 Jan 2021 GPC Edmonton Chapter Event: Board Diversity
    15 Jan 2021 Foundations of Governance - Two and Half day Course
    08 Dec 2020 Governance 101: an introduction to organizational governance
    03 Dec 2020 Governance Ethics session: Ethics, When Absolute Right and Wrong Don’t Apply
    02 Dec 2020 GPC Calgary Chapter event: Virtual AGMs – What Happened in 2020 and What Will the Future Hold? Virtual Holiday Networking Social to Follow
    27 Nov 2020 Foundations of Governance (EDT) - Two and Half day Course
    13 Nov 2020 Strategic Governance - Two and Half day Course
    05 Nov 2020 Meetings, Minutes and Running Effective Board Meetings
    23 Oct 2020 Applied Governance - Two and Half day Course
    14 Oct 2020 Subsidiary Governance: Creating an Effective Framework
    02 Oct 2020 Strategic Governance - Two and Half day Course - CLASS FULL. Wait list Only
    24 Sep 2020 Élaboration soignée de règlements : comment simplifier de manière proactive la gouvernance
    17 Sep 2020 Annual Meeting of Members
    15 Sep 2020 GPC Ottawa Chapter Networking & Connecting Session
    14 Sep 2020 Governance in the New Decade: The Rise of Boardroom ESG
    10 Sep 2020 CEO Succession Planning: How Directors Can Raise their Game on the Board’s Single Most Important Governance Decision
    27 Aug 2020 Not-for-Profit Governance: Unique Challenges and Opportunities
    25 Aug 2020 Navigating Business Continuity and Recovery: What’s Next for Boards and Organizations?
    21 Aug 2020 Applied Governance - Two and Half day Course
    17 Aug 2020 GPC Ottawa Chapter Networking & Connecting Session
    13 Aug 2020 Business Planning Boot Camp
    29 Jul 2020 Risk Management for the Governance Professional
    14 Jul 2020 A Guide for New CEOs: Getting Off on the Right Foot with Your Board
    13 Jul 2020 GPC Ottawa Chapter Networking & Connecting Session
    07 Jul 2020 Brutal Prioritization in Times of Turbulence
    23 Jun 2020 GPC Edmonton Local Chapter: Virtual Coffee Chat
    12 Jun 2020 Applied Governance (Toronto) - Two and Half day Course
    11 Jun 2020 Secretariat Records Management - From Soup to Nuts
    09 Jun 2020 Setting the Stage for Boardroom Success
    08 Jun 2020 GPC Ottawa Chapter Kick start and Brainstorming Session
    29 May 2020 Foundations of Governance (PDT) - Two and Half day Course
    28 May 2020 Board, Committee and Director Assessments
    19 May 2020 Practical Project Management for Governance Professionals 2.0
    07 May 2020 Governance and HR Agility: Ensuring Continuity and Recovery During a Pandemic and Beyond
    06 May 2020 Understanding Business Continuity Planning
    24 Apr 2020 The ‘New Normal’ in Governance: Managing Shifting Board Priorities in Covid Times and Beyond
    24 Apr 2020 Foundations of Governance (EDT) - Two and Half day Course
    27 Mar 2020 Postponed! Applied Governance (Ottawa) - Two and Half day Course
    23 Mar 2020 Moving to Virtual AGMs in the age of COVID-19
    20 Mar 2020 Covid-19: Governance, Risk Implications, and the Role of the Board
    11 Mar 2020 Meetings, Minutes and Running Effective Board Meetings - Edmonton
    10 Mar 2020 Meetings, Minutes and Running Effective Board Meetings - Calgary
    06 Mar 2020 Strategic Governance (Vancouver) - Two and Half day Course
    06 Mar 2020 Foundations of Governance (Edmonton) - Two and Half day Course
    03 Mar 2020 Meetings, Minutes and Running Effective Board Meetings - Vancouver
    02 Mar 2020 Innovations in Board and Director Evaluations for Sophisticated Boards
    20 Feb 2020 Carefully Crafting Bylaws: How to Proactively Simplify Governance
    11 Feb 2020 Meetings, Minutes and Running Effective Board Meetings - Toronto
    27 Jan 2020 Co-op and Credit Union Governance Summit
    04 Dec 2019 GPC - BC local Chapter Holiday Mixer!
    03 Dec 2019 GPC Annual Holiday Cocktail Reception
    03 Dec 2019 Roles, Responsibilities and Remuneration: GPC Event Featuring GGA
    26 Nov 2019 Meetings, Minutes and Running Effective Board Meetings - Montreal
    21 Nov 2019 Governance Deep-Dive for Public Issuers in Canada
    19 Nov 2019 Practical Project Management for Governance Professionals
    07 Nov 2019 2019 Excellence in Governance Awards
    01 Nov 2019 Foundations of Governance (Toronto) - Two and Half day Course
    04 Oct 2019 Applied Governance (Vancouver) - Two and Half day Course
    26 Sep 2019 Mix and Mingle Luncheon: Saskatoon Chapter Launch
    26 Sep 2019 Meetings, Minutes and Running Effective Board Meetings - Saskatoon
    25 Sep 2019 Meetings, Minutes and Running Effective Board Meetings - Winnipeg
    24 Sep 2019 Calgary Chapter Event - AGM Round-up & Networking Reception
    20 Sep 2019 Foundations of Governance (Ottawa) - Two and Half day Course
    18 Sep 2019 GPC Edmonton Chapter Event: Governance Reviews: Why it Matters
    13 Sep 2019 Strategic Governance (Toronto) - Two and Half day Course
    10 Sep 2019 GPC Not-for-Profit Governance Boot Camp
    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