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    • 01 Jan 2021
    • (EST)
    • 01 Jan 2023
    • (EST)
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    The GPC-EP delivers critical and relevant content for governance professionals in a condensed, rigorous program with key speakers from across Canada. It consists of three 2.5 day Course that are each at least offered twice a year, enabling busy professionals to complete the modules in a schedule that works for them.

    It is designed for anyone operating in a governance role, whether in public, private, not-for-profit or governmental organizations. Individuals new to these roles as well as seasoned professionals will find benefit in the GPC.D as it will not only provide them with the latest best practices, skills and tools in governance, but will enhance standard of their profession.

    Registration Fee:

    • GPC member price: $7,550 + HST
    • Non Member price: $8,250 + HST (includes the cost of a ONE YEAR GPC membership and processing fee)

    Please note that GPC members will be given priority on first come, first served basis.

    You may register for any of the courses as a standalone for professional development learning opportunity, or you can choose to explore the complete series to earn your Governance Professionals of Canada Designation: GPC.D.

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    • 25 Feb 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EST)
    • Virtual Event
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    What corporate governance professionals need to know to prepare for the upcoming annual meeting season, including lessons learned, new developments and evolving regulations

    Almost everything changed in 2020 and annual meetings were no exception. Companies around the world adopted virtual shareholder meeting technology, often on short notice and with little precedent to follow. As a result, there are many lessons learned by various stakeholders, new recommendations and predictions for what to expect this year. Yet as we approach the 2021 AGM season, regulatory changes and the current state of the pandemic have created additional uncertainty, and issuers across Canada are preparing their annual meeting plans carefully.

    You’ll hear:

    • Experiences from across the 2020 Canadian AGM season
    • Virtual meeting lessons learned and trends
    • Considerations for planning a virtual AGM, including a look at CSA regulations and other provisions
    • New industry-informed recommended practices for 2021 virtual shareholder meetings, including updated expectations from investors and stakeholders
    • Virtual shareholder meeting technology developments


    Panel:

    Chris Main, Associate General Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary, TELUS

    Chris leads the Corporate Governance team within TELUS Legal Services. In this role he supports Board meetings and decision-making, subsidiary governance, and continuous disclosure under securities laws. Prior to joining TELUS, he was a partner in the Corporate group of a leading law firm in Canada where his practice focused on public mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions. Called to the bar in Quebec and British Columbia, he is a member of the board of directors of the TELUS Friendly Future Foundation and a member of the BC Securities Commission’s Corporate Finance Stakeholder Forum.


    Wouter Beerman, Issuer Services Head, Computershare Canada

    A senior leader with 30+ years of B2B and B2C experience accumulated within the financial services, investment securities and wealth management industries with a focus in strategic planning, business & team leadership, operational processing, change management, client servicing & relationship management, business development, sales enablement and marketing.

    Wouter joined Computershare in 2004.  He has held various senior level positions while enjoying the challenges of learning about industry dynamics and client business issues, proposing solutions, and delivering measurable value upon the successful implementation of the Computershare suite of offerings.


    Tara Israelson, General Manager – Western Region, Computershare






    Amanda Castellano, General Manager – Central and Eastern Region, Computershare

    As General Manager of Client Relations for Computershare’s Toronto and Montreal locations, Amanda oversees and guides the team relationships with more than 850 clients. With over 30 years in the securities industry, she provides a wealth of knowledge and experience in many aspects of the industry with a specific focus on securityholder meetings.

    Amanda started her securities career at a young age and has progressed through a series of increasingly senior roles. Starting as an administrator, she then moved into the role of Team Lead for the Proxy Tabulation team, subsequently she taking responsibility of AGM Product Ownership for North America. Amanda now leads a team of 35 financial professionals.

    Amanda is a strong believer in team work and continuously engages with all internal teams to ensure that all ventures end in success.



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    • 04 Mar 2021
    • 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM (EST)
    • Webcast
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    GPC is pleased to speak with Peter Dey, Chair, Paradigm Capital, Former Chair, Ontario Securities Commission, and Sarah Kaplan, Distinguished Professor of Gender & the Economy, Professor of Strategic Management and a Fellow of the Lee-Chin Institute at Rotman.

    Peter and Sarah are co-authors of the new report which launches today, February 22, 2021: 360 Degree Governance: Where Are the Directors in a World in Crisis?

    25 years ago, Peter Dey authored a report which established the standard guidelines for Canadian boards of directors: The TSE Dey Report: Where Were the Directors? In this webcast, moderated by Ekta Mendhi, Vice President - Technology, Infrastructure & Innovation for CIBC, we will unpack the 13 guidelines and recommendations of this new report from the lens of the Governance Professional, and discuss what the impact of these recommendations will be on organizations and their Boards in Canada.


    Moderator:


    Ekta Mendhi

    Vice President - Technology, Infrastructure & Innovation, CIBC

    (Please click on the speaker's name to see their biography.)


    Speakers:


    Peter Day

    Chair, Paradigm Capital, Former Chair, Ontario Securities Commission

    (Please click on the speaker's name to see their biography.)




    Sarah Kaplan

    Distinguished Professor of Gender & the Economy,

    Professor of Strategic Management and a Fellow of the

    Lee-Chin Institute, Rotman

    (Please click on the speaker's name to see their biography.)

    • 04 Mar 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (MST)
    • GPC Zoom session Room
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    Join us for a virtual No Agenda Session with local GPC members.

    This time is set aside for open discussion on any topic, to share experiences and to create and build on ideas with your governance professional colleagues. 

    See you there!


    • 05 Mar 2021
    • 10:30 AM (EST)
    • 07 Mar 2021
    • 2:00 PM (EST)
    • ONLINE
    • 0
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    Day 1

    Risk and the Governance Professional

    The purpose of the session is to provide the introductory basics, with selected corresponding tools, to introduce the Governance Professional to two key elements of Risk Management:

    • Enterprise Risk Management- An introduction to the “Mechanics of ERM”
    • Commercial Insurance to protect the Organization and its Directors & Officers

     The role of the Governance Professional in Board Strategy

    • Governing Principles
    • Best Practices
    • Practical Tools
    • Implementation Skills

    Day 2

    Sustainability, ESG, Corporate Purpose, and the Role of the Board

    • Governing Principles
    • Best Practices
    • Practical Tools
    • Implementation Skill

    Advanced Financial Fundamentals

    • Governing Principles
    • Best Practices
    • Practical Tools
    • Implementation Skills 

    Day 3

    Ethics

    • Governing Principles
    • Best Practices
    • Practical Tools
    • Implementation Skills 

    Cancellation and Refund Policy:

    If canceling the program in its entirety outside of 2 months prior to taking your first course, the program fee will be refunded with a cancellation penalty of $500. If canceling the program within 3 weeks of taking your first course, the program fee will be refunded with a cancellation penalty of $1,000. If cancellation occurs during or after the first module has been started, there will be no further refunds. Companies or individuals may transfer their registration to another individual only if cancellation occurs prior to taking the first course only or individuals may be able to transfer their registration to another individual only if cancellation occurs prior to taking the first of the 3 courses only. All cancellations or transfer requests must be received by email to education@gpcanada.org.

    • 17 Mar 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM (EDT)
    • Webinar (EST)
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    Meetings, Minutes and Running Effective Board Meetings is brought to you by Diligent. This session outlines statutory and common law rules in relation to meetings of directors, members, managed investment schemes, class meetings and meetings of creditors. This workshop provides guidance on good governance practices for the notice, planning and conduct of meetings and examines legal and regulatory requirements for procedures in relation to minutes and running effective board meetings.

    This workshop is an interactive half-day gaining insight on both the practical and legal requirements you need to be aware of when holding meetings, taking minutes, recording procedures, guiding directors, preparing resolutions and managing circumstances such as conflicts of interest.

    Topic Covered:

    • Minutes Fundamentals
    • Briefing Materials
    • Legalities; Rules & Regulations
    • Actions & Resolutions
    • In-Camera Meetings
    • ... and more

    Session Agenda

    • 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm Welcome
    • 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm Presentation (working BREAK at approximately 3:30 pm)
    • 4:30 pm - Workshop Concludes

    March 2020 Cancellation Policy

    Speaker


    Janis RivenBCL, LLB, MBA, FCIS,

    Acc. Dir., Principal

    governance & compliance solutions


    (Click on the speaker's name to see her biography.)

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    • 24 Mar 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 4:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online
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    Governance Professionals of Canada (GPC) presents:

    The Excellence in Governance Special Edition Showcase:

    Resiliency and Innovation in Times of Crisis

    GPC will be taking a different approach for its Excellence in Governance (EG Awards) program in 2020. As we cannot gather for our usual Awards Gala and Ceremony, GPC is instead hosting an  ‘Excellence in Governance Special Edition Showcase’ to display stories of resilience and innovation.

    The past few months have taken their toll on many organizations, and though there are still many unknowns, the one thing that we would like to remain is the celebration of practices that serve as a source of inspiration to our governance community. 

    This Special Edition Showcase will shine a light on the key role of Boards and governance professionals, as well as leading practices in good governance in times of crisis. The showcase will feature 5 panel discussions on key topics:

    • Enterprise Risk and Crisis Management
    • Strategic Planning, Oversight and Value Creation by the Board
    • Diversity and Inclusion
    • ESG and Sustainability Governance
    • Innovation and Resilience in Governance

    Join us as we share and celebrate stories of resilience through a half-day discussion panel for the Special Edition Showcase event on March 24, 2021!

    View the showcase agenda HERE!

    View the speaker bios HERE!

    FREE TO REGISTER!

    Sponsored by: 




    • 26 Mar 2021
    • 7:30 AM (EDT)
    • 28 Mar 2021
    • 11:00 AM (EDT)
    • ONLINE, EDT
    • 6
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    The Foundations of Governance Course consists of two and a half days covering key areas of governance, which include: the role of the governance professional, director management, advising the board, board dynamics, effectiveness, culture, relationships and conflicts.

    Within each of these areas, practitioners in governance will take a thorough look at central elements of practice and how to navigate difficult situations, apply best practices and important tools in the day to day running of a governance office. This course is a comprehensive view of the key foundations and practice of governance, and essential for professionals both seasoned and new to the role. 

    Program:

    Day 1 - Core of Governance and the role of the governance professional

    This session sets out the expectations and growing role and responsibilities of the Governance Professional.  It will examine the legal commonalities and differences among various kinds of organizations and how they impact oversight, strategic and operational functions.

    Participants will explore the following topics in depth:

    • What is a Governance Professional – Job description
    • The legal, regulatory and public policy basis of governance for not-for-profits, state-owned organizations, private and public corporations;
    • How the principles of accountability, transparency and independence can be practiced effectively in different organizational contexts;
    • Practical tools for developing effective governance practices under different organizational cultures
    • Legal Entities/structures (differences and similarities)
    • Duty of the corporate secretary
    • Director responsibilities, Mandate and fiduciary duties
    • Regulators and Laws
    • NFPs, Crowns, Co-ops, partnerships
    • Officers (role of CEO, Directors, CO), D&O Liability and Integrity agreements
    • Ethics, confidentiality , privacy, Conflicts of Interest, up-the-ladder reporting duties
    • Accountability, Transparency, Independence
    • Policy Management
    • Monitoring governance best practices sponsored by stakeholders

    Day 2 – Director Management – Driving Board Effectiveness throughout the Director Life Cycle

    The purpose of the session is to provide the tools for developing critical processes to enhance Board effectiveness from before directors join the Board, through their tenure and until they leave – with the objective of improving the Board’s decision-making processes

    Participants will explore the following topics in depth:

    • The legal, regulatory and best practice requirements for key director processes
    • The role of the Governance Professional in supporting and encouraging good governance practices with regard to recruiting, orienting, education, evaluating and removing directors

    Board Committees Framework

    The purpose of this session is to provide information on the tools and framework for the purpose of committees, relationship to the board, roles and responsibilities, board delegation along with committee rights and authority.

    Participants will explore the following topics in depth:

    Committee focus and work

    • Types of Committees
    • Committee mandate template
    • Committee reporting process and template
    • Structuring the Committee

    Day 3 – Soft Skills – Managing and Influencing Board Dynamics, Culture, Relationships & Conflicts

    Boardroom dynamics have a significant yet largely unrecognized impact on good governance.  The governance professional has a critical role in supporting their board in fostering a more conducive boardroom culture by mastering the required soft skills to do so.

    Faculty:

    • Janis Riven, BCL, LLB, MBA, FCIS, Acc.Dir (bio)
    • Heather Laxton, Chief Governance Officer & Corporate Secretary, Wesdome Gold Mines Ltd. (bio)

    • John Dinner, President, John T. Dinner Board Governance Services (bio)

    Important Note:

    This Event is one of three courses that make up the full GPC-EP education program and which leads to the GPC.D (Governance Professionals of Canada Designation). 

    You have the option to register and attend this event without committing to the full Education program, however, you will not be eligible to the professional designation (GPC.D), unless you complete all 3 modules as well as their individual exams and the final evaluation. 

    Participants who are registered for the Education program (GPC-EP) will be required to write an exam after the completion of this module. 

    If you wish to enroll in the entire designation program to obtain the GPC.D designation (and save on the cost of the entire program), you can change your registration here: Education program on this link.


    Cancellation and Refund Policy:

    If canceling the program in its entirety outside of 2 months prior to taking your first course, the program fee will be refunded with a cancellation penalty of $500. If canceling the program within 3 weeks of taking your first course, the program fee will be refunded with a cancellation penalty of $1,000. If cancellation occurs during or after the first module has been started, there will be no further refunds. Companies or individuals may transfer their registration to another individual only if cancellation occurs prior to taking the first course only or individuals may be able to transfer their registration to another individual only if cancellation occurs prior to taking the first of the 3 courses only. All cancellations or transfer requests must be received by email to education@gpcanada.org.

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    • 01 Apr 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM (EDT)
    • Webinar
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    Please note that the event date has changed. The session will be held on April 1st, instead of March 31st, from 1:00 to 4:30 pm EST. 

    If governance is seen as the sum of processes and structures put in place to maximize the success of an organization, while ensuring compliance with its legislative and regulatory obligations, then Bylaws should be the first place where to carefully embed sound governance practices.
    When optimized on a continuous basis, bylaws can help an organization thrive and prevent problems from becoming unmanageable. In this session, participants will review how custom bylaws are crafted to help an organization operating in a complex context to grow and thrive.

    OBJECTIVES / KEY DELIVERABLES

    1. Know what is the key content of bylaws
    2. Assess the merits of being specific v. general when drafting bylaws
    3. Understand the Bylaws content in relation to Directors, Officers, Meetings and more

    SPEAKER:

      







    PATRICK CORMIER

    Chief Operations, Financial & Legal Officer

    Digital Identity Laboratory of Canada

    (Please click on the speaker's name to see his biography.)



    • 06 Apr 2021
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 07 Apr 2021
    • 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Webinar
    • 0
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    COURSE  OVERVIEW

    This 2-day intensive workshop will be launched as a virtual course, as a pre-cursor to our GPC Education program. In this course, participants will gain basic exposure to the subject matter of governance.

    The ideal audience for this course includes the following:

    ·       Individuals who are new to their role

    ·       People with junior positions in their organizations with some governance functions

    ·       Individuals in administrative positions attending to governance processes

    ·       Boards or more senior governance professionals may also not have had a proper introduction to the subject matter

    COURSE OBJECTIVES

    The objectives of the course are as follows:

    1.      Focus on individuals who have little or no knowledge of governance but could be:  

    ·       Joining a NFP board for the first time

    ·       Executive assistant being asked to take notes at board or management meetings

    ·       In process of accepting or moving into a position related to organizational governance

    ·       Individuals wanting to position themselves for a position related to governance

    2.     Provide access to a training program that is financially accessible

    3.     Provide an intensive 2-day session that fulfills knowledge requirements in a brief time.

    4.      To be a critical component of a planned ‘Governance in a Box’ concept which will consist of the 2-day workshop, a Glossary of Terms, and an on-line tool to provide access to the documents, forms, templates and best practices needed for establishing an effective governance framework for various kinds of organizations.


    LEARNING OBJECTIVES

    1.     Understand what governance means, and how it looks the same and different for various kinds of organizations

    2.     Understand the key principles of governance: accountability, transparency, independence, participation and predictability

    3.     Learn about the different structures that underpin the governance of an organization: by-laws, board of directors, committees,

    4.     Learn about the decision-making process for organizations through meetings, resolutions, minutes, board/management relationships

    5.     Understand the nature of the organization’s relationships with various stakeholders: the difference between shareholders and members; why understanding stakeholder needs is a key governance function.


    WORKSHOP OUTLINE

    Day 1  - Understanding Governance Basics

    Morning Session

    ·       What is governance: essential terms and definitions

    ·       We ‘build’ the governance structure based on the organization’s purpose;

    ·       Structure consists of the legal entity choice – essential ‘plumbing’ in by-laws – board – committee –

    ·       5 key Governance Principles described

    ·       Breakout exercises to understand how principles get put into practice


    Afternoon Session

    ·       Strengthening structure for better decisions

    ·       By-laws

    ·       Boards

    ·       Committees

    ·       Dividing the work/responsibilities – Board and management

    ·       What do directors really do? Their duties and responsibilities

    ·       Breakout sessions: 

    1.     What are the advantages and disadvantages of a ‘big’ board? 

    2.     Why do people join boards of directors?  

    3.     Should employees always have a seat in the boardroom?


    Day 2  - The Key Tools for good governance

    Morning Session

           The role of the corporate secretary/governance professional

           Effective meetings: what, why, who and how

           AGMs Special meetings, board and committee meetings

           Key tools 

           Getting the right board: composition, terms, orientation

           And keeping it effective: training and evaluations


    Afternoon Session

    •   Meeting minutes

    ·       What are corporations are worrying about:

    ·       CSR/ESG/Triple Bottom Line/Sustainability – all explained

    ·       CEO compensation – what is the issue?

    ·       Diversity and inclusion – what is the issue?

    ·       Breakout session:  What is your organization worrying about?



    Janis RivenBCL, LLB, MBA, FCIS,

    Acc. Dir., Principal

    governance & compliance solutions


    (Click on the speaker's name to see her biography.)


    • 14 Apr 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Webinar (EDT)
    Register

    Move beyond risk analysis to understanding how to plan for the worst. Whether you call it risk management, contingency planning or disaster recovery, we all need a “Plan B. From a simple risk assessment all the way through to envisioning enterprise failure and the “spiral of death,” we will walk participants through a thoughtful and respectful process to help you plan for the worst.

    While most contingency planning focuses on what to do when something goes wrong, this session will help you go beyond to help your management and board define a range of scenarios, financial implications, reputational implications, tripwires and most importantly, recovery. We will help you look at the entire organization and depending on your unique situation define plans to:

    • Understand, confirm and initiate appropriate insurance coverages
    • Mitigate revenue impact, preserve revenue and recover revenue as quickly as possible
    • Suspend, delay and reduce expenses
    • Manage cashflow
    • Communicate with employees, customers and other stakeholders
    • Mitigate supply chain issues
    • Understand the impact of force majeure and other contractual features that may work for and against you
    • Create mitigating strategies and business models in the face of disaster

    March 2020 Cancellation Policy

    Speaker

    Peter Wright
    President, The Planning Group

    (Click on the speaker's name to see his biography.)

    • 23 Apr 2021
    • 8:00 AM (EDT)
    • 25 Apr 2021
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • ONLINE, EDT
    • 6
    Register

    Day 1

    Meeting Processes and AGMs

    The purpose of the session is to provide the tools for holding successful meetings – the ultimate decision-making process for all organizations including:

    • The legal and regulatory requirements for Board, committee and shareholder or member meetings
    • Tools and processes for organizing and holding successful and effective meetings
    • The special nature of shareholder and member meetings and best practices

    Financial Literacy for the Non-Financial Governance Professional

    The purpose of this module is to help give you an understanding of business finance, and the role of the Board, Audit Committee, Auditors and the Governance Professional in the preparation, presentation and analysis of financial information.

    Participants will develop an understanding with respect to:

    • Accounting terms and the significance and relevance of financial information
    • The budgeting process including the fundamentals of preparing and mastering budgets
    • Basic concepts underlying the preparation and presentation of financial statements
    • Controls and policies that help ensure accuracy and reliability of accounting systems

    Day 2 (Full Day)

    Minutes and Minutes Management

    The purpose of the session is to provide the tools for preparing minutes that protect the organization and its directors – with the objective of evidencing the due-diligence of the Board in its decision-making processes.

    Participants will explore the following topics in depth:

    • The legal and regulatory requirements for minutes
    • Tools and processes for implementing and maintaining effective minutes
    • Best practice minute taking, preparation and maintenance procedures
    • Records Management

    Day 3

    Carefully Crafting Bylaws to Enable Sound Governance

    In this session, the use of bylaws as an importance foundation of sound governance will be explained, including their sources of content and drafting considerations.

    Participants will explore the following topics in depth:

    • The direct role of bylaws in supporting many facets of governance
    • The typical topics found in bylaws and various approaches to deciding their content
    • How to research which sources of information when crafting bylaws


    Cancellation and Refund Policy:

    If canceling the program in its entirety outside of 2 months prior to taking your first course, the program fee will be refunded with a cancellation penalty of $500. If canceling the program within 3 weeks of taking your first course, the program fee will be refunded with a cancellation penalty of $1,000. If cancellation occurs during or after the first module has been started, there will be no further refunds. Companies or individuals may transfer their registration to another individual only if cancellation occurs prio

    r to taking the first course only or individuals may be able to transfer their registration to another individual only if cancellation occurs prior to taking the first of the 3 courses only. All cancellations or transfer requests must be received by email to education@gpcanada.org.

    • 05 May 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Webinar
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    This GPC Not-for-Profit Governance seminar is designed to tackle the issues that have the greatest impact on overall board effectiveness and good governance for not-for-profit organizations. Providing you with tools to deal with shifting priorities, new risks and increased complexity in this sector, in order to help you keep pace with the speed of resulting governance changes.

    Rethinking your governance model to have your Board focus on its contribution is critical. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to create a new platform from which you and your Board can deliver greater value.

    Each participant will have the opportunity to identify their own governance priorities and challenges prior to the Boot Camp, and will leave having the opportunity to identify opportunities to address their own issues in practical and impactful ways.

    Who Should Attend

    All sessions are designed for and open to NFP Board leaders, Board members and their governance professionals. The program is formatted to be conducive to acquiring knowledge and tips that are immediately applicable in any organization.

    Agenda

    Participants will learn how to view the role and contribution of their boards differently from traditional models. The workshop will challenge conventional governance thinking and how the Board can play a more integral role in organizational success.

    1.       Introduction

    2.       Board Structure

    • A new governance framework
    • From Governance Inputs to Outcomes
    • Common Governance Challenges (and Solutions!)
    • Board accountabilities
    • Individual director responsibilities
    • Board make-up
    • Committees
    • Board leadership

    3. Board Processes

    • Board member life-cycle
    • Board and Committee
    • Effectiveness Effective Meetings

    4. Board Culture / Dynamics

    • Teamwork, director independence and conduct
    • Board / Director relationship with Staff
    • Meeting effectiveness

    5. Healthcare Governance Case Study

    • Application of session learning

    6. Re-cap of Issues / Adjournment 

    About the Speaker

    John Dinner
    President, John T. Dinner Board Governance Services

    (Click on the speaker's name to see his biography.)

    • 14 May 2021
    • 8:00 AM (EDT)
    • 17 May 2021
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • ONLINE, EDT
    • 2
    Register

    Day 1

    Risk and the Governance Professional

    The purpose of the session is to provide the introductory basics, with selected corresponding tools, to introduce the Governance Professional to two key elements of Risk Management:

    • Enterprise Risk Management- An introduction to the “Mechanics of ERM”
    • Commercial Insurance to protect the Organization and its Directors & Officers

     The role of the Governance Professional in Board Strategy

    • Governing Principles
    • Best Practices
    • Practical Tools
    • Implementation Skills

    Day 2

    Sustainability, ESG, Corporate Purpose, and the Role of the Board

    • Governing Principles
    • Best Practices
    • Practical Tools
    • Implementation Skill

    Advanced Financial Fundamentals

    • Governing Principles
    • Best Practices
    • Practical Tools
    • Implementation Skills 

    Day 3

    Ethics

    • Governing Principles
    • Best Practices
    • Practical Tools
    • Implementation Skills 

    Cancellation and Refund Policy:

    If canceling the program in its entirety outside of 2 months prior to taking your first course, the program fee will be refunded with a cancellation penalty of $500. If canceling the program within 3 weeks of taking your first course, the program fee will be refunded with a cancellation penalty of $1,000. If cancellation occurs during or after the first module has been started, there will be no further refunds. Companies or individuals may transfer their registration to another individual only if cancellation occurs prior to taking the first course only or individuals may be able to transfer their registration to another individual only if cancellation occurs prior to taking the first of the 3 courses only. All cancellations or transfer requests must be received by email to education@gpcanada.org.

    • 26 May 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Webinar
    Register
    This full-day interactive event provides a comprehensive overview of project management processes, and brings all participants up to a general skill level and language. The session focuses on critical paths, key success factors, managing the unexpected, overcoming challenges, managing teams and stakeholder expectations, and post-project completion tasks, for all around effective planning and successful execution of projects.

    Session topics include:

    1. Project management discipline
    2. Project management fundamentals for success
    3. Managing competing priorities of time, cost and scope
    4. People management: project stakeholders and the project team
    5. Initiating a project, project planning, tracking and deadline management
    6. Converting your plan into action
    7. The work breakdown structure and critical path setting
    8. Managing issues, conflicts and planning for the unexpected
    9. The fine art of killing a project
    10. Formal project close and post implementation review and reporting

      March 2020 Cancellation Policy

      About the Speaker


      Peter Wright
      President, The Planning Group

      (Click on the speaker's name to see his biography.)

      • 25 Jun 2021
      • 8:00 AM (PDT)
      • 27 Jun 2021
      • 12:30 PM (PDT)
      • Vancouver, TBD
      • 20
      Register

      The Foundations of Governance Course consists of two and a half days covering key areas of governance, which include: the role of the governance professional, director management, advising the board, board dynamics, effectiveness, culture, relationships and conflicts.

      Within each of these areas, practitioners in governance will take a thorough look at central elements of practice and how to navigate difficult situations, apply best practices and important tools in the day to day running of a governance office. This course is a comprehensive view of the key foundations and practice of governance, and essential for professionals both seasoned and new to the role. 

      Program:

      Day 1 - Core of Governance and the role of the governance professional

      This session sets out the expectations and growing role and responsibilities of the Governance Professional.  It will examine the legal commonalities and differences among various kinds of organizations and how they impact oversight, strategic and operational functions.

      Participants will explore the following topics in depth:

      • What is a Governance Professional – Job description
      • The legal, regulatory and public policy basis of governance for not-for-profits, state-owned organizations, private and public corporations;
      • How the principles of accountability, transparency and independence can be practiced effectively in different organizational contexts;
      • Practical tools for developing effective governance practices under different organizational cultures
      • Legal Entities/structures (differences and similarities)
      • Duty of the corporate secretary
      • Director responsibilities, Mandate and fiduciary duties
      • Regulators and Laws
      • NFPs, Crowns, Co-ops, partnerships
      • Officers (role of CEO, Directors, CO), D&O Liability and Integrity agreements
      • Ethics, confidentiality , privacy, Conflicts of Interest, up-the-ladder reporting duties
      • Accountability, Transparency, Independence
      • Policy Management
      • Monitoring governance best practices sponsored by stakeholders

      Day 2 – Director Management – Driving Board Effectiveness throughout the Director Life Cycle

      The purpose of the session is to provide the tools for developing critical processes to enhance Board effectiveness from before directors join the Board, through their tenure and until they leave – with the objective of improving the Board’s decision-making processes

      Participants will explore the following topics in depth:

      • The legal, regulatory and best practice requirements for key director processes
      • The role of the Governance Professional in supporting and encouraging good governance practices with regard to recruiting, orienting, education, evaluating and removing directors

      Board Committees Framework

      The purpose of this session is to provide information on the tools and framework for the purpose of committees, relationship to the board, roles and responsibilities, board delegation along with committee rights and authority.

      Participants will explore the following topics in depth:

      Committee focus and work

      • Types of Committees
      • Committee mandate template
      • Committee reporting process and template
      • Structuring the Committee

      Day 3 – Soft Skills – Managing and Influencing Board Dynamics, Culture, Relationships & Conflicts

      Boardroom dynamics have a significant yet largely unrecognized impact on good governance.  The governance professional has a critical role in supporting their board in fostering a more conducive boardroom culture by mastering the required soft skills to do so.

      Faculty:

      • Janis Riven, BCL, LLB, MBA, FCIS, Acc.Dir (bio)
      • Heather Laxton, Chief Governance Officer & Corporate Secretary, Wesdome Gold Mines Ltd. (bio)

      • John Dinner, President, John T. Dinner Board Governance Services (bio)

      Important Note:

      This Event is one of three courses that make up the full GPC-EP education program and which leads to the GPC.D (Governance Professionals of Canada Designation). 

      You have the option to register and attend this event without committing to the full Education program, however, you will not be eligible to the professional designation (GPC.D), unless you complete all 3 modules as well as their individual exams and the final evaluation. 

      Participants who are registered for the Education program (GPC-EP) will be required to write an exam after the completion of this module. 

      If you wish to enroll in the entire designation program to obtain the GPC.D designation (and save on the cost of the entire program), you can change your registration here: Education program on this link.


      Cancellation and Refund Policy:

      If canceling the program in its entirety outside of 2 months prior to taking your first course, the program fee will be refunded with a cancellation penalty of $500. If canceling the program within 3 weeks of taking your first course, the program fee will be refunded with a cancellation penalty of $1,000. If cancellation occurs during or after the first module has been started, there will be no further refunds. Companies or individuals may transfer their registration to another individual only if cancellation occurs prior to taking the first course only or individuals may be able to transfer their registration to another individual only if cancellation occurs prior to taking the first of the 3 courses only. All cancellations or transfer requests must be received by email to education@gpcanada.org.

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      • 30 Jun 2021
      • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
      • Webinar
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      In the world of best practices and regulatory guidelines, we can easily lose sight of essential governance foundations — those touchstones we should use to construct our board, to design our governance practices and foster overall effectiveness in the boardroom.

      This session will equip participants with some essential concepts as well as some new perspectives that will provide needed boardroom focus and foster a more tangible contribution by directors.

      You will gain valuable insights and answers if you are:
      • Questioning your current board practices,
      • Concerned about how decisions are made about structural or process change,
      • Wondering how to help enhance your board’s performance and contribution
      • And/or wishing to increase your Board framework effectiveness

      March 2020 Cancellation Policy

      Speaker

      John Dinner
      President, John T. Dinner Board Governance Services

      (Click on the speaker's name to see his biography.)

      • 07 Jul 2021
      • 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM (EDT)
      • Webinar (EST)
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      Meetings, Minutes and Running Effective Board Meetings is brought to you by Diligent. This session outlines statutory and common law rules in relation to meetings of directors, members, managed investment schemes, class meetings and meetings of creditors. This workshop provides guidance on good governance practices for the notice, planning and conduct of meetings and examines legal and regulatory requirements for procedures in relation to minutes and running effective board meetings.

      This workshop is an interactive half-day gaining insight on both the practical and legal requirements you need to be aware of when holding meetings, taking minutes, recording procedures, guiding directors, preparing resolutions and managing circumstances such as conflicts of interest.

      Topic Covered:

      • Minutes Fundamentals
      • Briefing Materials
      • Legalities; Rules & Regulations
      • Actions & Resolutions
      • In-Camera Meetings
      • ... and more

      Session Agenda

      • 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm Welcome
      • 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm Presentation (working BREAK at approximately 3:30 pm)
      • 4:30 pm - Workshop Concludes

      March 2020 Cancellation Policy

      Speaker


      Janis RivenBCL, LLB, MBA, FCIS,

      Acc. Dir., Principal

      governance & compliance solutions


      (Click on the speaker's name to see her biography.)

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      • 18 Aug 2021
      • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)