Founder & Executive Partner, EQals
EQals is a unique provider of emotional intelligence informed consulting, assessment, learning and coaching, supporting the growth of leaders, teams and organisations. Liana’s vision is a world of courageous and emotionally intelligent leaders who inspire learning, sharing and growing by the way they show up. Her mission is to help create opportunities for greatness by supporting the courageous journey to stand up and stand out.
Liana is proud to be a partner and facilitator in the world's first government mandated emotional intelligence development for lawyers, with The Government of Dubai Legal Affairs Department, Continuing Legal Professional Development Programme. She is also a Dare To Lead™ certified Facilitator, an advanced EQ practitioner, certified in a variety of Emotional Intelligence assessment and measurement tools, and is an on-going student of the neuroscience of behavior and performance and its applications. Her latest achievement is Certified Applied Neuroscience Practitioner, (London, UK). Liana has worked with start-ups, and mid and large organisations across many vertical markets in the Middle East, North America and Africa, and was part of a neuroscience research and development organisation in Toronto, Canada.
Naturally curious, Liana is a committed life-long student of learning, sharing and growing, globally. She is a sports and travel enthusiast, and combines her passions together with her love of connecting with her clients and partners, and the world.
She holds designations as a certified Coach (U.S.A) and Leading Change agent (Rotman School of Business, Toronto, Canada), Her 16 year Human Resources career was supported by the Certified Human Resources Practitioner status (Rotman School of Business, Toronto, Canada), She is the Former President of the Board of Directors of the International Coach Federation , Toronto Chapter.
Renowned global sustainability, climate change, and ESG advisor with close to 30 years of experience helping companies and investors turn sustainability into strong financial results. Helle has worked with hundreds of world-leading companies, including IKEA, Nike, Levi's, Pfizer, Shell, Orsted, Unilever, Maersk, Novozymes, Novo Nordisk, Vestas, as well as SMEs and investors.
Competent Boards Certificate Program is a professional development program for boards, executives, investors and their advisors on how to identify, articulate and confidently act upon the most material environmental, social and governance (ESG) aspects of their business. Over 70 of the greatest board stewards from around the world train participants in 12 online sessions related to ESG, Climate and Sustainability oversight and reporting. The program has engaged several world-class business leaders like Paul Polman, former Unilever CEO, who calls it an “Incredible initiative.”
Besides being a board member and running Competent Boards, she serves on His Royal Highness Prince of Wales A4S Global Expert Panel, the Cornerstone Capital Global Advisory Council, the WBCSD Governance & Internal Oversight High-Level Advisory Group, The Ethical Corporation Global Responsible Business Awards 2020 Expert Judge team and the Future-Fit Business Benchmark Release Council. Helle is a Board Facilitator for the UN Global Compact Board Program and a regular keynote speaker and author of many thought-leading articles and books.
Helle was the creator of the world's first Green Account based on lifecycle assessment, as well as the world's first Integrated Report, the first holistic supply chain program, and was the principal organizer for the CEO/Investor-network for Business Ethics and Non-Financial Reporting. She led the improvement of DJSI and CDP ranking and investor communication for global companies and has worked on Natural Capital Accounting for IFC/World Bank.
Helle was a Partner with PwC for 11 years, building and leading sustainability and climate change practices in Europe and the US. She has extensive experience providing strategic and operational guidance to all functions within an organization, including advising at the C-suite and board level.
Helle is a Business Lawyer, and State Authorized Public Accountant by training and holds a Master's degree in Business Administration and Auditing.
Jeremy Barretto is a partner in the Business Law Group at Cassels. Jeremy offers extensive regulatory, environmental, and Aboriginal law experience in obtaining approvals and negotiating agreements for resource development projects. He also has expertise in renewable energy, oil and gas, and infrastructure development. Jeremy frequently represents project proponents in hearings before courts and regulators across Canada. He has presented at national conferences and published articles, including in the Alberta Law Review, Globe and Mail and CBC. Jeremy is an expert with the Canada Climate Law Initiative, which advances knowledge on effective climate governance practices for corporate directors.
Brian Brown possesses a unique combination of senior-level private, public, and non-profit sector experience in governance, internal audit, risk management, fraud, and internal controls.
Brian is a recognized leader in the internal audit profession with over 30 years of experience collaborating with and supporting Boards of Directors and Audit Committees. Now retired and providing independent consulting and education services, he previously he led internal audit activities with The Canadian Grain Commission, The Great-West Life Assurance Company, Agricore United and its predecessor, UGG, and with Sears Canada Inc.
He has served on numerous not-for-profit and association Boards, currently serving on three.
Brian has been providing education services for many years and is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars. He is a founding faculty member of The Directors College and a Distinguished Faculty Member for the Institute of Internal Auditors. He also serves as faculty for the Institute of Corporate Directors, the Caribbean Governance Training Institute, and the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association.
Brian is a graduate of the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and holds the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified Management Accountant (CPA,CMA), Chartered Director (C.Dir.), and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) designations.
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