As the COVID-19 situation continues to unfold, we are looking for the best ways to not only weather the storm, but to help governance professionals support your board and organization succeed during troubled times.
Are you searching for answers specific to your situation? This governance assistance page will serve as a resource and support centre on our website. Here, you can find all of our recent COVID-related webcasts, relevant articles, links and useful resources.
Webcast Video Recordings
Since the beginning of the crisis, Governance Professionals of Canada has been organizing webinars with top subject matter experts to share ideas and opinions on the challenges governance professionals are facing during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
In addition to our resources and free webcasts offered on this page, GPC is pleased to provide access to a unique gathering of key experts and practitioners in various governance-related subjects, to help you with your key questions and challenges. PGC has gathered a panel of subject matter experts who can speak to issues like governance, legal issues, board management, risk and crisis management, HR challenges, ESG, Continuity Planning, and much more.
In our exclusive COVID-19 ADVISORY PANEL Q&A forum, we offer you an opportunity to connect with these experts on your specific COVID-19 and/or governance-related questions.
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In January 2018, Brigitte joined Meridian Credit Union as Vice-President, Corporate Governance. With Meridian’s launch of a federal digital bank in April 2019, Brigitte was appointed Corporate Secretary of Motus Bank. In January 2019, Brigitte joined York University as Adjunct Professor of Osgoode Hall Law School.
Prior to Meridian, Brigitte held positions at Sun Life Financial as Vice-President, Associate General Counsel and Corporate Secretary as well as Corporate Secretary and Head of Governance of HSBC Bank Canada. Prior thereto, Brigitte spent close to a decade as Vice-President, Legal and Corporate Secretary of Astral Media Inc. and prior thereto, she was Associate General Counsel and Associate Secretary of Canadian National Railway Company.
Brigitte obtained her BCL/LLB degrees from McGill University (National Program) in 1988 and was admitted to the Quebec Bar in 1989. She began her legal career at Norton Rose Fulbright where she was named Partner in Business Law. She also obtained the designation of Certified In-House Counsel –Canada (CIC.C). She is a Fellow of the Chartered Governance Institute of Canada and acts as subject matter expert in Board Dynamics.
Dr. Nita Chhinzeris Associate Professor of Human Resources and Business Consulting at the Department of Management, University of Guelph.Her research is concentrated on Strategic Human Resources Management, with a strong focus on downsizing practices, procedures, employment law and ethics. She is the co-author of Canada’s best-selling post-secondary Human Resource Management textbook.
Dr. Chhinzer serves on the Advisory Board for the Canadian HR Reporter. She is a member of the Board of Directors at both the Toronto Centre for Learning and Development and Hospice Toronto. Dr. Chhinzer was the recipient of the 2019 Outstanding Paper Emerald Literati Award (Education +Training) and the University of Guelph Fellowship in Leadership, HRM and Work (2012-2017). In 2016, she was recognized as one of the top 25 HR Professionals in Canada.
Judy Cotte is CEO of ESG Global Advisors, Inc., a new firm she has formed to assist boards of directors to understand: how shareholders view the ESG-related business risks and opportunities; their management for superior long-term value, and better communicating approaches to shareholders through disclosure and engagement.
Previously, Judy was V.P. & Head of Corporate Governance & Responsible Investment for RBC Global Asset Management (“RBC GAM”) and was a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Previously, she was the Director of Policy Development & Chief Operating Officer for the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance (“CCGG”), a coalition of most of Canada’s largest institutional investors. Judy has a Master’s Degree in securities law and practiced law in various capacities, including as enforcement counsel with the OSC, litigation counsel with a large broker/dealer and as a partner in a Bay Street law firm.
Judy is a member of the TSX Listings Advisory Committee and the UN PRI’s Global Policy Reference Group. She has been the designated Canadian Correspondent for by the International Corporate Governance Network and the Council of Institutional Investors respectively. She is a past member of the CCGG’s Public Policy Committee, the OSC’s Securities Advisory Committee, Continuous Disclosure Advisory Committee, Environmental Reporting Advisory Committee and Enforcement Committee.
Andrew MacDougall is a recognized expert in corporate governance, executive compensation and shareholder activist matters. He leads the Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP’s corporate governance practice and co-Chairs the Osler executive compensation practice.
Andrew is ranked in Best Lawyers in Canada for his Corporate Governance Practice. He is a fellow of the American College of Governance Counsel. He is an ICD.D member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and serves on the Ontario Chapter Executive of the Institute of Corporate Directors. He also serves on the Toronto Chapter Executive of the Global Equity Organization. Previously, he served on the Risk Oversight and Governance Board of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and he was a staff member of the Dey Committee (the Toronto Stock Exchange Report on Corporate Governance).
A frequent writer and commentator on new developments, Andrew co-authored leading Canadian publications on stakeholder engagement and shareholder engagement released by CPA Canada in 2018 and 2012, respectively, as well as the Osler’s leading annual reports on diversity disclosure practices in Canada from 2015 to 2019 and Osler’s publication on the Board’s role in crisis management in 2016.
Steve has close to 10 years of experience on two Federal Crown Corporation boards. He served from 2012-2017 on the Board of VIA Rail Canada, including as Chair of the Governance, Risk and Strategy Committee, and was a member of the Pension Investment Committee. Previously he served from 2008-2012 as a director with the Standards Council of Canada and served on the Audit Committee. On both boards he led board risk oversight.
He and previously served as CEO and Region Head within two of Canada’s largest insurance brokerages, and in 2007 started his own brokerage which he sold in 2018. He currently leads Directors Global Risk Consulting Inc., and is a senior advisor at Benson Kearley IFG.
Since 2011 he has served as a member of the CSA Canadian Risk Management Mirror Committee TC 262 which provides input on ISO risk and safety and other standards for Canadians.
He has completed Directors training at the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D) and at the Government of Canada (CSPS-Canada School of Public Service). He holds the CRM (Canadian Risk Management) and FCIP (Fellow, Chartered Insurance Professional) designations, and a BA from the University of Western Ontario.
Steve is an instructor teaching Board Risk Oversight to participants of the Institute of Corporate Directors, DEP/ICD.D program held at Rotman School of Management in Toronto and at other participating universities across Canada. He also instructs on risk to students across Canada enrolled in the Governance Professionals Canada (GPC) accredited education program, and to students participating in the Masters, Financial Accountability (MFAc) program at York University in Toronto.
He is quoted in Canadian business and risk publications, and in 2016 authored a chapter in “The Handbook of Board Governance” (2016), by Richard A. Leblanc.
In 2015 and 2018, Steve led “Team Change the World” and “Team Aqua”, two humanitarian projects involving over 30 business people, volunteers and musicians who have raised funds to drill fifteen water wells in Africa, supplying 15,000 people with fresh, clean water.
Domenic is the leader of PwC’s Canadian Forensics, Disputes and Crisis practice. Based in Toronto, Domenic has 20 years of experience helping clients prepare for, respond to and emerge stronger from unplanned events. His specialties include assisting corporate boards and management, law firms and non-for-profit entities in the areas of crisis preparedness, financial crime, and forensic accounting/investigations.
He has served as partner-in-charge and conducted some of PwC's largest and most complex international and domestic forensic accounting assignments. Domenic has been the main point partner on various large crisis response mandates including assisting clients with ransomware viruses which have completely halted operations and required developing a governance structure and crisis plan to bring operations back online. He also recently assisted a client in the financial services sector that was forced to shut down operations due to the nefarious actions of an employee where PII was stolen. The mandate which spanned approximately two months involved creating a crisis response plan to work with key stakeholders and bring the organization back online.
Shona McGlashan is Vancity credit union’s Vice-President of Governance. Originally from Scotland, Shona began her career in the UK’s House of Commons, providing professional and procedural support to parliamentary committees and the Speaker. Since then she has held senior governance and policy roles on both sides of the Atlantic, including working as Chief Governance Officer at Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC), and Executive Director of the Vancouver Police Board. Over the course of her career she has led governance, corporate affairs/ issues management, privacy, and diversity and inclusion functions.
An inspiring and passionate leader and mentor, Shona sits on the boards of Bard on the Beach and the Vancity Community Foundation. She is always delighted to talk about governance, Shakespeare, supporting mental health, and feminism. A voracious reader, she would love to know your favourite novel(s). Shona lives in Vancouver with her husband and two awesome kids.
Margie brings international, retail, finance, capital projects, and risk governance experience to the board room. By being curious, independent, and bold, she fosters good governance, driving value and results.
Margie serves on the boards of Camosun College, BC Oil and Gas Commission, and Oikocredit Canada. She is the former Chair of CISV International, and of MEC, Canada's beloved outdoor equipment retailer.
A Chartered Director, Margie’s qualifications also include an MBA from Columbia University, the Certified Financial Planner designation, and NFP and Crown governance certifications from the Institute of Corporate Directors. At home in a global setting, she helps boards and senior executives develop resilience to navigate and capitalize on opportunity in an increasingly fast-changing environment.
Margie is a Regional Ambassador for Women Get on Board, a coach for G(irls)20 Girls on Boards, and a member of the 30% Club, all of which strive for greater representation of women in governance.
Boards, the great outdoors, and dark chocolate keep her days filled on the beautiful coast of Vancouver Island.
One of Canada’s leading experts in corporate governance, corporate law, and securities law, Poonam has twenty years of experience as a professor of law at Osgoode Hall Law School. She also practices corporate law at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP. Boards and senior management of public and private companies consult Poonam for guidance on a wide range of issues. She regularly appears as an expert witness in significant corporate and securities law matters and securities class actions.
Poonam is also a seasoned corporate director with board experience in mining, engineering, transportation, infrastructure and healthcare. Poonam is recognized for her expertise in strategic planning, capital-raising and restructuring, financial oversight, risk management, executive compensation and complex governance challenges facing public and private companies. She is experienced in serving on audit, risk and compensation committees and chairing governance committees. She currently serves as a director of Arizona Mining (AZ:TSX), the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) and Cole Engineering (CEL). A past director of Women’s College Hospital, she now sits on the Board of Governors of St. Clements School and on the Board of Trustees of Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in Toronto.
In 2015, Poonam was recognized as one of the top 25 most influential lawyers in Canada by Canadian Lawyer Magazine and featured in Leading the Way: Canadian Women in Law documenting the contributions of 50 selected women lawyers in Canadian history. She was named one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada by the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) in 2011 and she is a recipient of Canada’s Top 40 under 40™ award.
Poonam has an LL.B from the University of Toronto, an LL.M from Harvard Law School and is an ICD.D.
Kris Tierney, CHRL
Vice-President Human Resource and Learning
Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA)
Kris’s approach as an executive leader is to achieve results by creating outstanding workplaces where people & culture are strategic priorities. She is a passionate and skilled business executive with 15 years’ experience leading HR in hi tech, high growth companies across the automotive and financial services verticals where she served as a trusted people and culture strategist, advisor and business partner to the C-Suite.
Kris started her career in hospitality where she held various leadership and management positions. From there, she developed her passion for business and human resources in progressive HR and leadership positions at TD Bank Financial Group and TD Canada Trust, and as an independent Training Consultant. As a member of executive leadership teams, her skills in leadership, strategy, and culture were honed during her tenures at Questrade, Inc. based in Toronto and at Dealer-FX, Inc. headquartered in Markham, Ontario.
Kris earned her Business Administration Diploma, Human Resources (with Distinction) from St. Lawrence College in Kingston, Ontario and the Human Resources Post Graduate Certificate from Humber College in Toronto. She has achieved the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) and Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designations.
President, The Planning Group
Peter Wright is a career strategist and President of The Planning Group. As a respected executive and in his current consulting practice, Peter has successfully developed and executed strategy with remarkable results.
His practical approach to strategic and operational business planning ensures that plans are not only embraced by management and Boards, but also effectively implemented and measured for the tangible benefit.
As the Director of Strategic Planning at Clarica, Peter led the company's overall operational and strategic planning process. In an environment of complex change, his skillful facilitation of planning sessions with the senior management team was instrumental in the determination of key strategic decisions. In his time at Sun Life Financial, Peter became Vice President of Corporate Accounts, before leaving to begin his consulting and training career.
In his consulting practice, Peter advises boards and executives on all matters of strategy and planning across a broad spectrum of sectors and organizations. An accomplished facilitator and trainer, he works with boards and senior leadership teams to develop strategy, resolve operational issues, and overcome barriers to performance. By providing planning expertise, process advice and facilitation, Peter helps organizations overcome the planning gap. Linking strategy and action, he works with management to foster true stretch mentality focused on growth and value.
In 18 years of developing business plans with organizations in more than 20 countries, Peter has created many successful tools, models, and practices that can be taught to clients and other consultants. Peter used his planning and training experience to develop The Business Planning Boot Campand The Association Hub Strategy and Planning Toolkit.