Chairing Effective Meetings


Chairing a Board or Committee meeting requires a unique set of skills. The role of the Chair is important and, if done right, can lead to better meetings, improved decision making and a more inclusive and productive Board culture.   

This is a new GPC ½ day (3 hours) online course designed to help board members be prepared to chair committees or the board itself.



  1. Introductions

  2. Let’s talk about meetings
    • The importance of meetings
    • How decisions get made
    • Effective meetings lead to more effective decisions

  3. Meeting leader: the Chair
    • The chair as a Leader
    • The Chair as a Conductor
    • The Chair as a Negotiator

  4. Qualities to build on: From good to great
    • 2 ears – one mouth
    • Empathy
    • Inclusion
    • Discipline
    • Independence

  5. Breakout Session: Group exercise in difficult meeting management

  6. Wrap up


Current or new Board Chairs, Committee Chairs, Vice–Chairs, governance professionals who would like to guide their chairs, consultants who work with boards, those wanting to become board-ready with an interest in chairing meetings, Board members looking to improve their board’s performance and those with an interest in board leadership 

Suitable for all organizations including non-profits. 

Registration Fee:

  • GPC Members:   $399 + HST
  • Non-Members:   $499 + HST


Janis Riven, BCL, LLB, MBA, FCIS,
Acc. Dir., Principal
Governance & Compliance Solutions

Ms. Riven, based in Montreal, has an established consulting practice on governance and compliance matters with clients encompassing publicly listed and closely held companies, as well as various types of not-for-profits, and is currently Adjunct Professor at the John Molson School of Business, Concordia University, where she teaches Corporate Governance. She is a well- known speaker both in Canada and abroad at conferences on corporate governance and has acted as a facilitator for boards and board committees of a number of different organizations seeking to improve their governance effectiveness.

As well, she is an experienced board member, having participated on dozens of boards, including most recently, the Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments (OBSI) the Facility Association and the McGill University Health Centre. Ms. Riven was formerly Vice President, Compliance and Secretary for the Canadian and global operations of RBC Insurance. She is a member of the Quebec Bar, a Fellow of the ICSA, and currently serves on the boards of Elixir Technology Inc. and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries (ICSA) Quebec.;

4/17/2024 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Eastern Daylight Time
Online Online CANADA
Online registration not available.

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