Sunday, August 18, 2019

All Day

Pre-conference Optional Tours

For tour options and descriptions, click here.

8:00 am

Registration Opens

9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Inclu le petit-déjeuner et l'évaluation "CliftonStrengths" (un lien d'accès en ligne sera envoyé aux inscrits environ deux semaines avant la conférence)

Séminaire de demi-journée optionnel: (Française)

ÉTABLISSEZ LE PROFIL DE VOS POINTS FORTS AFIN D’ÊTRE À VOTRE MEILLEUR AVEC VOTRE CONSEIL
Utilisez vos talents uniques pour renforcer votre influence, créer des relations plus solides et atteindre votre plus grand potentiel

Pour exceller, les professionnels de la gouvernance doivent maîtriser les aspects attendus et imprévisibles de leur travail. Il y a de nombreuses relations clés à établir, des éléments à coordonner, des résultats à atteindre et des personnes à influencer. Cet atelier permettra aux participants de découvrir leur combinaison unique de talents qui peuvent les rendre vraiment influents dans leur rôle de professionnels de la gouvernance. Les participants apprendront à mettre en pratique leurs talents naturels pour les aider à développer une présence confiante, quelles que soient les circonstances ou les conditions de travail.

Ce programme de psychologie positive est basé sur l’approche du Développement des points forts de Gallup. L’atelier sera divisé en deux composantes, premièrement comprendre les talents et la façon dont ils sont présents dans chaque participant. Ensuite, en mettant l’accent sur leur application pratique dans les divers rôles et responsabilités d’un professionnel de la gouvernance. Les participants auront l’occasion de voir comment leur Profil des points forts peut être appliqué à une variété de fonctions de secrétariat d’entreprise : conformité, maintien du cadre de gouvernance, communication et l’établissement de liens avec le conseil, l’équipe de gestion et les autres intervenants, l’éthique et la gestion du cycle annuel des réunions.

CE QUE VOUS POUVEZ ATTENDRE

Au cours de cet atelier, les participants auront l’occasion de découvrir un cheminement plus clair vers la réussite, apprendre à connaître leurs meilleurs talents et acquérir des stratégies et des techniques pour les développer. Le programme permettra aux participants de :
  • Raffiner leur conscience de soi positivement puisque les CliftonStrengths mise sur le potentiel
  • Comprendre leurs tendances naturelles (agir, penser, se comporter)
  • Découvrir comment ils filtrent leur monde (émotions, préférences, talents)
  • Développer leur influence
  • Augmenter leur rendement et leur productivité tout en naviguant dans les nombreuses demandes et l’horaire chargé d’un professionnel de la gouvernance; et
  • Se concentrer sur leurs plus grands talents, tout en apprenant à gérer les facteurs d’aveuglement dans leur profil global.

MATÉRIAUX D’APPRENTISSAGE

Chaque participant recevra ce qui suit :

  • Un code pour l’évaluation CliftonStrengths TOP 5 (anciennement connu sous le nom de StrengthsFinder)
  • Cahier d’exercices du Centre de la performance des points forts
  • Insertion d’un badge des points forts à partager/afficher pendant la session

Le programme a été créé pour la découverte individuelle et d’équipe. Des réflexions seront partagées sur la façon dont le programme peut être mis à profit pour le rendement personnel, de l’équipe de travail et même du conseil d’administration.

Joignez-vous à nous pour explorer votre profil de points forts personnels et développer votre pratique en tant que professionnel de la gouvernance!

Antoine Carrière, un coach bilingue des points forts certifié Gallup, est un champion des points forts depuis plus de 9 ans et participe activement à aider les individus et les équipes à découvrir leurs talents naturels et à exploiter leur potentiel. Ses thèmes Top5 Signature sont Relationnel | Stratégique | Maximisation | Réalisateur | Arrangeur.

Bonnie Oakes Charron est spécialiste de la gouvernance et active dans la profession en tant que membre d'un tribunal, administrateur de société et entrepreneur - travaillant souvent où la gouvernance rencontre l'administration.  Ses thèmes Top5 Signature sont Input / Réflexion / Prudent / Idéation / Individualisation

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Includes lunch and the "CliftonStrengths assessment" (on line access link will be sent to registrants about two weeks prior to the conference)

Optional half-day workshop: (English)

Profiling Your Strengths to Bring Your Best Self to the Board
Use your unique talents to build influence, create stronger relationships, and reach your highest potential

To excel, governance professionals need to master both the expected and unpredictable aspects of their work. There are many key relationships to build, moving parts to coordinate, deliverables to meet, and people to influence. This workshop will give participants the opportunity to discover their distinctive combination of talents that can make them truly powerful in their roles as governance professionals. Participants will learn how to apply their natural talents to help them develop a confident presence – regardless of circumstances or conditions that may arise in the workplace.    

The positive psychology program is based on Gallup’s Strengths-based Development. The workshop will be divided into two components, first understanding talents and how they are present in each participant. Then, focusing on their practical application in the various roles and responsibilities of a governance professional.

Participants will have the opportunity to see how an individual’s Strengths Profile can be applied to a variety of corporate secretarial functions: compliance, maintenance of governance framework, communicating and relationship-building with directors, executives, and other stakeholders, ethics, and managing the annual cycle of meetings.

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT

During this workshop, participants discover a clearer path to success, learn about their top talents and acquire strategies/techniques to develop them. The program will allow participants to:

  Sharpen their positive self-awareness as the CliftonStrengths focuses on potential
  Understand their natural tendencies (act, think, behave)
  Discover how they filter their world (emotions, preferences, talents)
  Develop their influence
  Increase performance and productivity while navigating the many demands and busy              schedule of a governance professional
  Focus on their areas of greatest talent, while learning to manage blind spots within their        overall profile.

LEARNING MATERIALS

Each participant will receive the following:

  A code for the CliftonStrengths TOP 5 assessment (formerly known as the StrengthsFinder)
  Strengths Performance Centre workshop workbook
  A Strengths name badge insert to be shared/displayed during the session

The program was created for both individual and team discovery. Thoughts will be shared around how the program can be leveraged for personal, work team, and even board performance.

Join us to explore your personal strengths profile and develop your practice as a governance professional! 

Workshop leaders:

Antoine Carrière, a bilingual Gallup-certified strengths coach and trainer, has been a strengths champion for over 9 years and is actively involved in helping individuals and teams discover their talents to unlock their potential. 
His Top 5 Signature themes are:
Relator | Strategic | Maximizer | Achiever | Arranger. 

Bonnie Oakes Charron is a governance specialist and active in the profession as a tribunal member, corporate director, and entrepreneur – often working in the space where governance meets administration. 
Her Top 5 Signature themes are:
Input | Intellection | Deliberative | Ideation | Individualization.
 

5:30 pm

First-timers Welcome Reception (Members only)

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Welcome Reception

Monday, August 19, 2019

7:30 am - 8:15 am

Breakfast in the Exhibitor Hall

8:15 am

GPC Annual General Meeting

8:45 am

Opening Remarks

Misti Christensen, Chair, Governance Professionals of Canada
Lynn Beauregard,
President, Governance Professionals of Canada

9:00 am - 10:30 am

Opening Keynote

Shifting Mindsets: Agility, Managing Change and Fostering Innovation - by Second City Works

This unique, fun and highly interactive keynote presentation by Second City Works features experiential improv-based activities designed around the conference theme to encourage more effective communication, increase preparedness for the unexpected and leverage collaboration to support greater innovation. 

The ability of any team to adapt to change with speed, agility, creativity, and empathy is the key to personal and professional success.  When managing change, we need to challenge our pre-conceptions (and the status quo) to move outside our comfort zones. Too often, change is pushed from the top down rather than managed through collaboration, thereby reducing buy-in and the willingness of individual team members to adapt. So how do you transition from a culture that is apprehensive and reactive to change, to one that is agile, open, and prepared for change?

Using a customized program of challenging interactive exercises, our facilitators from The Second City will show you how their improvisational philosophy and “Yes, And…” mindset create cultures that embrace change rather than fear it resulting in greater agility, risk-taking and heightened creative thinking. Through fun actionable techniques and tools you’ll discover practical ways to

  • Create a culture of gratitude, support, and accountability
  • “Listen to Understand” rather than “Listen to Respond”
  • Learn to play the scene you’re in – not the one you wish you were in
  • Embrace Change and create open dialogue with a “Yes And…” mindset
  • Collaborate and problem-solve by being “Others Focused”

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Networking Break in the Exhibitor Hall

11:0 am - 12:15 pm

Plenary Session: Board Panel Discussion

A Board's Perspective – The To-do List for Resilient Boards of Directors

Join a panel discussion on the to-do list and key characteristics for boards that want to remain resilient and agile in harnessing the opportunities and managing the risks of the current operating environment.

Moderator: Helle Bank Jorgensen- CEO and Founder of Competent Boards Inc.; Member of HRH Prince of Wales global A4S Expert Panel; Board Facilitator for UN Global Compact; Former Chair of Datamaran and Global Compact Network Canada.

Panel: Don Lowry, Chair of Capital Power, Director (Stantec, Hydrogenics and Melcor REIT)

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

Networking Lunch in the Exhibitor Hall

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

Roundtable Discussions

  1. Understanding Director Fiduciary Duties - ModeratorKevin West, Founder,  SkyLaw
  2. Defining and Monitoring Board Policies - ModeratorBrigitte Catellier, Vice President, Governance, Meridian Credit Union
  3. The Power of Networking - Moderator: Peter Wright, The Planning Group
  4. Crown and Public Sector Governance - Moderator: Laura Edgar, Vice President, Board and Organizational Governance, The Institute on Governance
  5. Regulatory Overview for Listed Entities - Moderator: Christopher Jones, Partner, Blakes
  6. Best Practices in Records Management  - Moderator: David Masse, Barrister and solicitor, Caravel Law
  7. Not for Profit Governance - Moderator: Anne Corbett, Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais
  8. IT in Governance - Moderator: Peter Landers, Partner, Global Governance Advisors

2:20 pm - 3:20 pm

Roundtable Discussions

(Repeated per above).

3:20 pm - 3:50 pm

Networking Break in the Exhibitor Hall

3:50 pm - 4:50 pm

Plenary Session

The Role of Governance Professionals in Mediating the Space Between the Board of Directors and Management

The growing importance of the governance professional – structuring your role, your vision and demonstrating your value within the organization
Massaging communication – being a champion for the organization ensuring voices are being heard and that there is accountability
Poking and prodding - telling executive management how to be prepared and what information is required
Becoming a coach for management to speak the language of the board
Maintaining neutrality and keeping the integrity of the processes and how to be influential and ensuring that you are part of the discussion

Moderator:
Tracey Riley, Global Assurance Leader and Governance Specialist, PWC

Panel:
Brigitte Catellier, VP Corporate Governance, Meridian Credit Union
Ivy Lumia, Corporate Secretary, Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety  / Government of Canada
William Sheffield, Chair Houston Wire & Cable Company; Director, Velan Inc., Burnbrae Farms Ltd., Longview Aviation Capital, Family Enterprise Xchange

Sponsored by: 


4:50 pm

End of Day One

Free evening for delegates. 

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

7:45 am - 8:20 am

Breakfast in the Exhibitor Hall

8:20 am

Opening Remarks

8:30 am - 9:30 am

Opening Keynote 

Becoming a ‘Next Generation’ Governance Organization - Balancing Risks and Ethics in an Age of Accountability and Transparency

Poonam Puri, Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, Affiliated scholar, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

9:40 am - 10:40 am

Track A: The Board and the Governance Professional

Session 1A: Pay Equity, Equal Pay, Pay Disparity, Gender Pay Gap – Transparency for All

In October of 2018, the Canadian Government announced proactive pay equity legislation that would be applicable to federally regulated employers. The Act to Establish a Proactive Pay Equity Regime within the Federal Public and Private Sectors (Pay Equity Act) is meant to ensure that more women are fairly compensated for their work.

How does this compare to the focus on equal pay in the U.S. or the U.K.’s new disclosure requirements for companies to report on their gender pay gap.

Where do pay disparity and pay transparency fit into the picture?

This panel will explain these new and evolving pay topics, and discuss what the implications for companies will be, as well the role of the board and of the governance professional in understanding how these topics impact internal and external stakeholders.

Speaker: 
Michelle Tan, Principal, Hugessen Consulting
Lynne Lacoursière, Partner Corporate, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Sponsored by:


Sponsored by: Hugessen Consulting

Track B: Critical Issues in Governance

Session 1B: The Corporate Whistleblower: Why whistleblowing should be top of mind for all Boards and GPs

The Corporate Whistleblower: Why Whistleblowing is (or should be) Top of Mind for all Boards and Governance Professionals. An effective internal system for handling reports of suspected wrongdoing and unethical conduct is an essential element of a strong corporate culture and has been shown to contribute to improved business performance. This session will explore the whistleblower programs at a various leading organizations and why increased whistleblowing is a positive indicator for the Board. The discussion will cover:

  • Elements of effective whistleblower programs
  • Benefits of increased reporting
  • Best practices for dealing with anonymous whistleblowers
  • Role of the Corporate Secretary or Board in whistleblower programs
  • Board reporting on whistleblower issues
  • Whistleblowing trends over the past few years

Moderator:

Christa Wessel, Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel, ClearView Strategic Partners Inc.

Speakers:

Karen Thrasher, Deputy Ombudsman & Director | Office of the Ombudsman, Bank of Montreal
Louise Bérubé, Director Internal Audit, Agropu
Carolyn M. Hadrovic, Vice President and Corporate Secretary, Air Canada

Sponsored by:

Track C: Key Trends in Governance

Session 1C: Key Insights that Help Improve Shareholder Engagement

Investor engagement is pivotal to the success of Canadian corporations. But how can corporations engage better with shareholders while keeping costs low. This panel of will discover some of the ways corporations can better engage their shareholders and understand the behaviours of their shareholders.

Topics discussed will be:

  • Data – where to access shareholder insights and how to action those insights
  • Regular communication – how to improve the regular communication vehicles to enhance and encourage engagement while ensuring compliance
  • Digital vs Print – what is the best way to improve engagement while keeping costs low
  • What lies ahead?


10:40 am - 11:10 am

Networking Break in the Exhibitor Hall

11:10 am - 12:10 pm

Track A: The Board and the Governance Professional

Session 2A: Board diversity 201: Moving from a diverse board to an inclusive board.

The arguments for increased board diversity are well-rehearsed – as are the tactics and strategies employed to increase representation at the board table, in terms of gender, race, and other identities.  But are you aware of the subtle and entrenched mechanisms that can prevent your diverse board from functioning well together? 

This session will discuss what an inclusive board looks like, and will give practical examples of work that can be done to ensure that all voices are heard.

Speakers: Shona McGlashan, Vice-President Governance and Corporate Secretary at Vancity Credit Union; Carol Liao, Assistant Professor, Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia

Track B: Critical Issues in Governance

Session 2B: Disclosure, Governance and Communication in Crisis Management and Special Situations

The decisions and actions of directors and executives are under constant scrutiny from the media and shareholders and they must exercise a high degree of care in conducting the affairs of the corporation. During special situations, such as moments of shareholder activism or hostile takeovers, the stakes are high and the pressure is on. With every decision under examination, it is critical that directors and executives have a game plan in place before a special situation arises. In this panel discussion you will hear about modern trends in special situations, identify key points for your board, and learn important principals of crisis management and strategy including setting up and running special committees.

  • Learn about the trends in special situations
  • Take away the first principals of a crisis reaction strategy
  • Understand the role of special committees
Speaker: Leigh-Anne Norris Associate, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada

Sponsored by:

Track C: Key Trends in Governance

Session 2C: Governance in the Digital Age: A Survival Guide for Governance Professionals and Boards

Digital technologies are impacting every part of business, however the majority of corporate directors are not technology literate. Yet, the companies that embrace a digital mindset in the boardroom are seeing exceptional results - and are quickly outpacing their peers and competitors. The question is: how can boards thrive in the digital age, and what should company secretaries do to help directors reach their potential? This panel will provide insights on:
    • How & why digital technology is disrupting traditional governance work
    • Changing role of board directors, corporate secretaries & what the future may bring
    • Tactics for educating directors on technology topics
    • How to help your board become more “digitally-minded” in its approach to strategy
    • Board "personality profiles" in the digital age and what this means for corporate secretaries
    • Strategies for governance professionals to stay current with the latest technology trends
    • How Good governance increases the odds of digital transformation success
    • How blockchain and tokenization may affect company ownership
    • Understanding the key governance challenges and opportunities in a tokenized securities blockchain world
    • What governance strategies for blockchains can teach us about corporate governance

    Speakers: Dottie Schindlinger, VP of Thought Leadership, Diligent; Christopher Jones, Partner, Blakes 

    Sponsored by:

    12:10 pm - 1:30 pm

    Lunch and Keynote Address

    1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

    Mini Workshop A:
    Best practices for NFP Annual Members Meetings

    This interactive session will cover:

    • Timeline and practical tips for advance preparation for the AGM
    • Skills for preparing the board chair
    • Clarity on what motions are required and how to manage unanticipated situations

    The session will be delivered in three main segments:

    1. The Essentials: Basic requirements for calling and holding an Annual Members meeting
    2. Ensuring Outcomes: Tips for panning to ensure success; dealing with special business
    3. Preparing for the Unexpected: How to prepare the Chair in advance, anticipating problems etc.
    Speakers: Anne Corbett, Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais

    Sponsored by:

    Mini Workshop B:
    Onboarding Your Directors: Adding Value to the Public Sector Board

    The days of welcoming a new director with a handshake, a parking pass and a manual are long gone. Just as governance and the expectations of directors continue to evolve, so too should onboarding practices.

    The care you invest in the design and delivery of your onboarding program can make a new director feel welcome. It also generates

    dividends in terms of directors’ capacity to hit the ground running. The session will cover:

    • Key elements of an effective onboarding program
    • How to pace your onboarding so you don’t overload a new director
    • Maximizing a board mentorship program through shared accountabilities
    • Adding value to the board

    Speaker: Shelagh Donnelly, Governance Consultant and Trainer

    Mini Workshop C:
    Board Director DNA Assessment: Trends and Implications in Credit Union Board Composition

    The Canadian Credit Union Association (CCUA) completed a research project with York University’s Schulich School of Business to identify the profile of a top performing credit union director. The results of the study developed the Credit Union Director “DNA”.

    In this session, Korinne Collins will share the components of the Directors DNA and discuss the implications. This session aims to stimulate a dialogue that should take place at every credit union board table and an opportunity for each volunteer to consider areas of personal development opportunity.

    • Stimulate thinking and dialogue about the best composition for your board
    • Consider renewal needs on your board and what is required with new board directors.
    • Introduce a similar discussion at your board table.
    Speaker: Korinne Collins, VP, Professional Development & Events, Canadian Credit Union Association

    Mini Workshop D:

    Fundamentals & Best Practices of Shareholder Meetings: Running a successful AGM

    This interactive session will provide insights on how to manage the complexities of planning for an AGM.  From the mailing of proxy packages to the importance of meeting regulatory deadlines, the session will go over:

    An A to Z overview of the regulatory requirements and industry best practices for running an AGM including: 

    • Filing Deadlines: What to know about being in compliance with National Instrument 54-101 (“NI 54-101”) & NI 51-102
    • Notice & Access vs. traditional Mailing.
    • Examples of other AGM alternatives from AST’s experience as Transfer Agent. (ie. Hybrid meetings)
    • A review of the proxy tabulation process which are key to understanding how your votes come in.

    Speakers: Charito de Vera, Vice President, Relationship Management, and Greg Ashby, Relationship Manager, AST Trust Company (Canada)

    Sponsored by: AST Trust Company (Canada)

    Mini Workshop E:

    Tackling the policy giant: A guide to Corporate Policy Development and Administration

    Policies set out high-level principles or rules that govern decisions or actions in relation to a specific matter of importance, including matters that are required by regulators. A corporate policy framework, done right, guides decision making, reflects an organization’s values, provides good governance and helps to reduce risk. Too often though, organizational policies are mismanaged. They lack a coordinated and consistent method for the development, approval and administration which can leave employees frustrated and confused and the organization offside its policies. This introduces risk to an organization.

    Increasingly, the role of policy management is becoming one of the Governance Professional’s. If this is a situation in which you find yourself, this 90 minute presentation is for you. Join two seasoned governance professionals who will share their trials and tribulations of tackling the policy giant. Throughout the presentation and round-table discussions you will have plenty of opportunities to share your policy concerns, get answers to your policy questions, and collaborate with colleagues facing similar challenges. Attendees will gain a broad understanding of effective policy development, approval and administration processes and walk away with a governance framework and useful templates which can be used in your own organizations.

    Speakers: Christine Thomas, Director, Legal, Subsidiary Investments, CMA; Sally Maziarz, Acc. Dir., GPC.D, Assistant Corporate Secretary, Epcor

    3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

    Networking Break in the Exhibitor Hall

    3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

    Track A: The Board and the Governance Professional

    Session 3A: The Role of Boards in Shaping, Overseeing and Monitoring Corporate Culture

    For many Boards and the Governance Professionals who support them, what it means to identify and then monitor and report on a desired culture within an organization, and whether or not the actual corporate culture aligns with that desired culture, are difficult and amorphous concepts to grasp, but failure to do so can lead to crises of trust that can significantly impact brand reputations and investor confidence. The presenters of this work suggest that there are effective and practical methods to engage in organization wide discourse to engender alignment between staff values, leadership values and desired organizational values. They will discuss:

    • Defining what a corporate culture is
    • What can happen when Boards fail to pay attention to a disconnect between the desired corporate culture/vision and the actual culture of the corporation
    • How culture can be assessed, measured and aligned with a corporate vision and then monitored through adoption of tangible and incremental desired behaviours
    • What kinds of questions could Boards be asking, and what kinds of systems could be implemented to provide insight into shifts in desired behaviours

    Speakers:

    Sarah Neville, Director of Policy Development, Canadian Coalition for Good Governance
    Heather Laxton, Chief Governance Officer and Corporate Secretary, Wesdome Gold Mines Ltd.

    Track B: Critical Issues in Governance

    Session 3B: Management Information and Board Decision-Making: What do boards need to know and how to keep them informed

    The criticality of a truly informed Board has never been more apparent. Join a panel of experts for a discussion on the new trends, data, and tools being used to influence Boards today.

    This session will explore:

    • What information are companies gathering and how are they using it to their advantage?
    • Using social media to navigate stakeholder sentiment and to stay ahead of the curve
    • Stakeholder engagement and the intricacies of proactive engagement
    • Listening to, understanding, and shaping market sentiment
    • Learn about new tools and trends that influence Boards today
    • Learn what Boards need to know and how to stay informed

    Speakers:

    Jeff Vanderby, Senior Manager, Product Marketing, Cision
    Laura Edgar, Vice President, Board and Organizational Governance, The Institute on Governance

    Sponsored by:

    Track C: Key Trends in Governance

    Session 3C: Emerging Strategies and Trends in the Field of Environmental and Social Disclosure in Canada

    • How ESG factors transform our corporate DNA
    • ESG Engagement: Practical Approach to Meet Investors’ and other stakeholder demands/Needs
    • Managing E&S as governance issues and oversight of risks that might impact long term financial value creation
    • Linking compensation to metrics related to E&S
    • Closing the gap between the ESG information companies are providing and what Investors want to know
    • social purpose investing

    Moderator: 

    John Truzzolino, Director, Donnelley Financial Solutions

    Speakers:

    Judy Cotte, CEO, ESG Global Advisors Inc.
    Catherine McCall, Executive Director, Canadian Coalition for Good Governance 
    Louise Champoux-Paillé, Board member and lecturer, Hôpital Ste-Justine and UQAM, 
    Daniel Oh, Senior Vice President, Governance, Barrick Gold

    Sponsored by:

    6:30 pm - 11:30 pm

    Reception, Dinner and Entertainment

    Theme: ‘Quebec Winter Carnival - Dîner en Blanc’

    Wednesday, August 21, 2019

    8:00 am

    Breakfast

    8:30 am - 9:45 am

    Opening Plenary

    Governance in the eye of the social media hurricane - How companies and boards need to be agile and prepare for crisis emerging in the new social media world

    Social media have overtaken traditional means of communication to customers, employees and shareholders, yet few Boards have the tools and processes to allow the agility to respond to emerging crisis, or to tap to the opportunity to build resilience and connect directly to stakeholders. In this energetic session,

    we will discuss questions that should be asked by the board, steps to get up to speed, and we will demystify why social media matter for governance professionals. We will explore the following based on real case studies and best practices.

    • Managing reputation risk for the company and responding to social media crises
    • Building resilience by building the ability to play in the same arena
    • Developing and supervising social media as an emerging official, but also unofficial, channel of communication to the public and to shareholders
    • How to react when social media disrupt your company strategy, compensation policies or succession planning
    • The particular agility to build in case of cybersecurity breaches gone viral
    • Dealing with a social CEO
    • Dissecting the digital activity of the activist shareholder or stakeholder
    • Understanding the impact of tough social media campaigns to build the resilience of your employees
    • Building pro-actively lines of defense
    • Structuring the board processes to allow rapid alignment and decision making

    Estelle Métayer, Founder and President, Competia & Corporate Director

    Sponsored by:


    9:45 am - 11:15 am

    Closing Plenary Session

    Getting the board’s buy-In: How to convey your message and prepare for the inevitable challenges of the Directors’ Q&A

    Governance professionals and their senior management team can learn how to make presentations to the board in a manner that is impactful, engaging and helpful. Learn firsthand how experienced board leaders want and need information presented to them and how you as a governance professional and your senior management can:

    ·        Influencing and guiding your board – how to handle difficult questions while getting your point across
    ·        Getting ready for your board presentation: lessons from the trenches
    ·        Preparing your board presentations for the best impact
    ·        Helping your management team and executives engage with the board effectively
    ·        Making clear, purposeful presentations that help boards make decisions
    ·        Get your point across effectively
    ·        Handling the rogue members and their hidden agenda
    ·        How to influence stakeholders while maintaining your calm during question time

    Gigi Dawe, Director, Corporate Oversight & Governance, Research, Guidance & Support Group / Division, CPA Canada

    Hugh Bolton, Director, WestJet Airlines Ltd., Past Non- Executive Chairman of the Board of EPCOR Utilities Inc. and Past Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Partner of Coopers & Lybrand, Past Board Member of Capital Power Corporation, Teck Metals Ltd. , TD Bank Financial Group, Canadian National Railway and Matrikon Inc. (Recipient of the 2017 GPC Peter Dey Governance Achievement Award)

    11:15 am

    Conference Recap

    11:30 am

    End of Conference.

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