GPC announced the shortlist for the 2017 Excellence in Governance Awards

23 Aug 2017 11:20 AM | GPC Webmaster (Administrator)

Governance Professionals of Canada (GPC) announced the shortlist for the 2017 Excellence in Governance Awards/Prix d'excellence en gouvernance (EGAs) at its 19th annual conference in St. John's, Newfoundland.

The winners will be announced at the EG Awards gala dinner on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at the Carlu in Toronto.

Lynn Beauregard, President, Governance Professionals of Canada said, "I was thrilled with the increase of nominations this year – I think that this underlines the growing importance of these awards and the need for recognition for good governance practices. In this age of disruption and turbulence, organizations want the acknowledgment they deserve for what they are doing right and winners of these awards send a clear message to their stakeholders that they are organizations who value excellence in their governance."

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

  1. Best Practices in Enterprise Risk Management
    • Concentra Bank
    • MD Financial Management Inc.
  2. Best Practices in Sustainability and ESG Governance
    • BC Housing
    • MEC (Mountain Equipment Co-op)
  3. Best Approach to Achieving Effective Board and Committee Operations
    • Green Shield Canada
    • MD Financial Management Inc.
    • Ottawa Community Housing
  4. Best Practices in Enhancing Boardroom Diversity
    • BCE Inc.
    • Cameco Corporation
    • Goldcorp Inc.
    • Vancouver Airport Authority (YVR)
  5. Best Practices in Strategic Planning, Oversight and Value Creation by the Board
    • ATB Financial
    • Canadian Freestyle Ski Association
    • Goldcorp Inc.
    • TELUS Corporation
  6. Best Engagement by a Governance Team
    • Concentra Bank
    • Federated Cooperatives Limited
  7. Best Compensation, Disclosure and Communication
    • Canadian Pacific Railway
    • Goldcorp Inc.
    • Manulife Financial Corporation
  8. Best Practices in Subsidiary Governance
    • Bank of Montreal
    • Royal Bank of Canada
    • TD Bank Group
  9. Best Overall Corporate Governance
    • Bank of Montreal
    • Royal Bank of Canada
    • TELUS Corporation
    • Vancouver Airport Authority (YVR)

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

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

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

  1. Geoffrey D. Creighton, President, In-house Counsel Worldwide
  2. Gigi Dawe, Principal, Research Guidance and Support Leader, Corporate Oversight and Governance, CPA Canada
  3. Sylvia Groves, President and Creative Director, Governance Studio
  4. Catherine Gordon, President and Founder, SimpleLogic Inc.
  5. Richard Leblanc, Associate Professor, Law, Governance & Ethics, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University
  6. Paul Schneider, Head of Corporate Governance, Public Equities, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan
  7. Elizabeth Watson, Founder and President, Watson Inc.

To attend the awards ceremony, you can purchase tickets on the GPC website, http://gpcanada.org/event-2607798. The Governance Professionals of Canada is recognized as the most important organization for corporate governance professionals in Canada.

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

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