The Governance Professionals of Canada (GPC) was created in 1994, shortly after the Dey Report was published by the TSX on ‘Where Are the Directors’.

GPC‘s mandate is to be the voice of governance professionals in Canada. Its members deal with all matters affecting corporate governance, from board and committee processes, management and structure, disclosure, stakeholder engagement, legal and corporate compliance, as well as issues crucial to boards, their accountability and oversight. As such, GPC strives to provide valuable and timely information on recent changes and developments which affect our members – in all industries and sectors (listed, private, public, crown, not for profit, etc).

Our members include professionals with positions such as Corporate Secretary, Corporate and General Counsel, Manager Corporate Governance, VP/Director/Officer Compliance, Risk, Legal or Regulatory Affairs, Associate/Assistant Corporate Secretary and Board Administrator, CEO, CFO, Board Chair, Director, Committee Chairs.


GPC aspires to:

  • Influence and promote leading governance practices
  • Be a catalyst for establishing the highest standards in corporate governance in Canada
  • Promote the recognition and success of Canadian governance professionals


  • A unified voice which supports and promotes the role of governance professionals and corporate secretaries in Canada

  • A member-only forum for exchanging ideas, questions and best practices with other members, through our Request for Assistance

  • Connecting with fellow members through our online member directory

  • Learning firsthand about new job postings in your profession

  • Exclusive access to annual surveys on top governance best practices as well as compensation trends for corporate secretaries and governance professionals

  • Attending valuable professional development sessions on key governance topics at a member discount

  • Priority and discounted access to the practical GPC education certification program (the GPC-EP), which offers the GPC.D designation for governance professionals

  • The GPC annual conference with over 300 of your colleagues and industry service providers, which focuses on the unique issues, challenges, and latest trends in governance

  • The annual Excellence in Governance Awards (EGAs) program, which recognizes and celebrates the best governance practices in Canada

  • Staying informed and up to date with GPC's monthly e-newsletter: Governance Matters, with full access to the latest news and developments on governance in Canada and internationally

  • Taking part in your local area GPC chapter activities and networking events

  • Getting notices of important resources and events through our strategic partnerships with like-minded organizations


GPC answered the call of governance professionals across Canada and created a program FOR governance professionals, developed BY governance professionals and subject matter experts intimately familiar with the role.

GPC's designation program (GPC.D) , Governance Professionals of Canada Education Program (GPC-EP) - 'Governance in Practice' provides the key missing piece for both new and seasoned professionals in governance, to gain and/or refine the skillset they need to take their organization's governance to new levels of excellence.

The GPC-D delivers critical and relevant content in a condensed, rigorous program with key speakers from across Canada. The program consists of three modules, each 2 ½ days. It is designed to enhance the skillset of governance professionals of all levels operating in a governance role, whether in public, private, not-for-profit or governmental organizations such as in: legal, compliance, ethics, stakeholder relations, board and committee support, and more.


GPC is committed to enhancing the skillset and tools available to its members and those navigating the waters of governance in Canada for their organizations.

In addition to its designation program, GPC has a robust professional development program for those interested in keeping up with the latest issues, challenges and best practices in governance. Our sessions vary from short (breakfast/lunch) presentations, to half-day sessions, to full or multi-day deeper dives in specific areas of governance.

Members and non-members of GPC are invited to register for our CPD sessions, to learn and network with one another and learn from top subject matters and experts in governance or relevant topics.


GPC will be hosting its 24th Annual Corporate Governance Conference in August 2022. This event brings together participants from all across Canada and is a unique opportunity to network with clients and colleagues. It provides invaluable opportunities to exchange ideas, discuss current challenges and share best practices. We provide relevant up to-date information about the changing face of corporate governance nationally and internationally. The conference will feature three days of expert panels, workshops and breakout sessions on top of mind issues and the evolving corporate governance landscape in Canada and internationally. Each year this conference attracts over 350 governance professionals from leading Canadian corporations across all sectors and industries.

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GPC members are involved in addressing a wide spectrum of corporate governance concerns, encompassing board and committee operations, organizational management and structure, disclosure practices, stakeholder engagement, legal and corporate compliance, and matters pivotal to board accountability and oversight. Our membership is diverse and includes professionals holding various positions.

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