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    • 01 Jan 2021
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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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    • 14 May 2021
    • 8:30 AM (EDT)
    • 16 May 2021
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • ONLINE, EDT
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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.

    • 19 May 2021
    • 10:00 AM (EDT)
    • 20 May 2021
    • 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Webinar (EDT)
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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.

    Governance 101 is a certificate course. In registering for this program, you agree to be present for the full session of the course. Your active participation is required for you to gain a certificate. Please be ready to be on-camera for the entire session, so you will be available to be called upon by our speaker, network with others, participate in relevant discussions and practically apply the lessons learned to relevant case studies.

    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.)


    • 26 May 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Webinar (EDT)
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    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.)

      • 09 Jun 2021
      • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
      • Webinar (EDT)
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      In this session we will explore all aspects of an efficient records management program for the corporate secretary's department. Starting with the reasons a robust records management program is an essential requirement; moving on to the legal requirements for records creation and retention; generally accepted standards and best practices in records management; risk management considerations; litigation and investigation holds; access controls and restrictions and managing rights of access for directors, officers, auditors and others; solicitor-client privilege; the lifecycle for records; tracking, storing, retrieving and destroying records; integrating paper and paperless techniques into a seamless process; business continuity and disaster recovery considerations; and creating and managing a bottom-up system that allows each member of the corporate secretary's staff to manage the records for their area of expertise and responsibility while providing access for all team members.


      March 2020 Cancellation Policy

      Speaker

      David Masse
      Barrister and Solicitor, Caravel Law LLC. 

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

      • 25 Jun 2021
      • 10:30 AM (EDT)
      • 27 Jun 2021
      • 2:00 PM (EDT)
      • ONLINE
      • 9
      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 - 4:30 PM (EDT)
      • Webinar (EDT)
      • 27
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      Presenting to the Board can be intimidating and it is not like any other presentation an executive is likely to give. It is fraught with all the issues and fears around public speaking, but the purpose is less about teaching and persuading (the underlying purpose of most other presentations) and more about engagement and answering questions.

      Complaints from directors are typically that presentations take up too much time and there is too little room left for the board to do its most important jobs – have a discussion, seek answers and make an informed decision.

      As a governance professional, you are in the perfect position to add value for the board and the management team by improving the quality of board presentations.

      In this ½ day interactive workshop, you will learn:

      • exactly what makes a good board presentation
      • how to get getting buy in for the project and participation from management
      • how to develop a presentation program that goes beyond today’s executive team
      • the specific rules to develop, including some you might not think of
      • how underlying documents and communication styles may be impacting presentations
      • the communication style to assume every board is, and how to best connect with that style
      • about resources to assist you along the way

      March 2020 Cancellation Policy

      Speaker


      Sylvia Groves
      President, Governance Studio 

      (Please click on the name of the speaker to read her biography.)


      • 07 Jul 2021
      • 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM (EDT)
      • Webinar (EDT)
      Register

      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.)

      Event Sponsor:


      • 17 Aug 2021
      • 9:00 AM (EDT)
      • 18 Aug 2021
      • 5:00 PM (EDT)
      • Virtual - Event
      Register

      GPC’s 23rd Annual Corporate Governance Conference will take place ‘virtually’ on August 17-18, 2021

      Here is a sneak peak at just some of the topics you have to look forward to:
      • How Boards Can Avoid Strategic Blind Spots – Framework for Integrating Future Risk in Planning
      • Change and Organizational Culture in Governance
      • 30 Years of Ethical Dilemmas: Lessons Learned on an Ethics Journey
      • The Essential Role of Boards to Achieve a Net-Zero Economy
      • Lessons Learned From TSX-60 DEI (Diversity Equity and Inclusion) Best Practices
      • How ESG is Reshaping Governance and Redefining the Role of the Board
      • Cyber Risk on the Rise: Understanding Business Risks and Mitigating Cyber Threats
      • The Board's role in leadership transitions
      • Enhancing Disclosure of Climate Related Risks: Key Governance and Risk Management Issues
      • Ethics and Artificial Intelligence: Business, Reputational and Legal risks
      • Board Orientation Best Practices
      • AGMs of the Future and the Rise of the Shareholder Voice
      • Early-Stage Boards - Evolution and Development
      • Listening to the Voices of Diversity: Understanding and Enhancing Diversity Through ‘listening channels’
      • Digital Technology as an Enabler for Future-Ready Governance

      Our event will once again be using an innovative and interactive virtual platform which simulates a physical event with stunning virtual interactive spaces! The unique and simple navigation will make you feel like you are practically there in the flesh and great networking options will help you connect with other participants.

      We will also be hosting our regular annual tradeshow within our virtual space with customized exhibitor booths, on-demand content and demos, and live chat forums for optimal sponsor engagement!

      Don’t miss all the action and content packed sessions!...

      Event Replay

      Back by popular demand: All registrants will have access to the conference portal for an entire month after the conference, to revisit and catch up with any of the sessions you missed.

      WHY ATTEND?

      • We have a first-class agenda with top issues and subject matter experts in governance
      • Our attendees will have the ability to connect at the event through rich interactive tools such as audio/video/chat rooms, polls, webinars, and videos in an immersive environment to get the conversation going!
      • Our event will simulate a physical environment with spectacular virtual & interactive spaces
      • We will enable you to navigate the venue with ease in a stimulating environment that is mobile friendly and highly interactive.
      • We will be able to reach a wider audience through our innovative virtual conference platform
      • Registrants have the option to not only attend in real-time, but also access all sessions and exhibitors after the fact, so you won’t miss any sessions and can watch when it is convenient for you.



      23rd Conference Presenting Sponsor and Official Partner of GPC:


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      • 25 Aug 2021
      • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
      • Webinar (EDT)
      Register

      Successfully doing more with less time and resources

      After all the strategizing and planning, no one really wants to stop doing anything. Too many priorities and too little focus is a menace for most organizations today. Yet, organizations with fewer priorities are much more effective and actually accomplish more. With hilarious anecdotes and tested and proven solutions, Peter Wright makes the case for brutal prioritization and maps out the steps for real change, real courage and the liberation that comes from doing less.


      Participants will learn:
      • Techniques for better prioritization
      • Where and how to make painful cuts to your strategy to be more focused
      • How you can get more done by doing less
      • How to clean out your to-do lists to make prioritization successful
      • How to distinguish between important and urgent

        March 2020 Cancellation Policy

        About the Speaker


        Peter Wright
        President, The Planning Group

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

        • 10 Sep 2021
        • 10:30 AM (PDT)
        • 12 Sep 2021
        • 2:00 PM (PDT)
        • ONLINE
        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.

        • 23 Sep 2021
        • 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM (EDT)
        • Webinar (EDT)
        Register

        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

        John Dinner
        President, John T. Dinner Board Governance Services

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

        Event Sponsor:


        • 01 Oct 2021
        • 10:30 AM (PDT)
        • 03 Oct 2021
        • 2:00 PM (PDT)
        • ONLINE
        • 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.

        • 18 Oct 2021
        • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
        • Webinar (EDT)
        Register
        Are your board and director evaluation processes a little tired and need a re-energized approach?

        This session is designed to give new life to this critical governance practice, in order to ensure that your governance processes and practices are effective. This session will get you off to the right start.
        Reflecting on decades of hands-on experience and success with clients across sectors, John Dinner will provide behind the scenes insights into how to generate real value from your board and director assessments in ways that have direct impact back in the boardroom.

        This session will cover:

        • evaluation process design options
        • how to best engage board members in the relatively safe exercise of full board assessments,
        • how to ensure your individual director assessment process is well received and produces constructive outcomes..

        March 2020 Cancellation Policy

        Speaker

        John Dinner
        President, John T. Dinner Board Governance Services

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

        • 29 Oct 2021
        • 8:30 AM (EDT)
        • 31 Oct 2021
        • 12:00 PM (EDT)
        • Toronto, TBD
        • 19
        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.

        .

        • 10 Nov 2021
        • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (EST)
        • Webinar (EST)
        Register

        As media reports on public sector financial scandals makes it very clear, ethics need to be at the heart and soul of every governance and HR decision. With the speed at which information is delivered through social media, news can quickly proliferate and, as a result, judgement can make or break a reputation in a short period of time. In time where COVID-19, diversity and equity are at the heart of every decisions, the challenge for executives is being ethical in a world where guidelines for behaviors are being consistently blurred such that absolute right and wrong no longer seem to apply.

        This session will address how executives can be ethical in a corrupt environment, and how they should frame their ethical behavior, in a way that resonates with as wide a network of ethically sensitive stakeholders as possible.

        Marc Tassé 
        Corporate Ethics and Financial Crimes Expert

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



        • 12 Nov 2021
        • 8:30 AM (EST)
        • 14 Nov 2021
        • 12:00 PM (EST)
        • Toronto, TBD
        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.

        • 17 Nov 2021
        • 10:00 AM (EST)
        • 18 Nov 2021
        • 4:00 PM (EST)
        • Webinar (EST)
        • 19
        Register

        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.)


        • 01 Dec 2021
        • 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM (EST)
        • Webinar (EST)
        Register

        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

        John Dinner
        President, John T. Dinner Board Governance Services

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

        Event Sponsor:


        • 03 Dec 2021
        • 8:30 AM (EST)
        • 05 Dec 2021
        • 12:00 PM (EST)
        • ONLINE
        • 17
        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.

        • 27 Jan 2022
        • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EST)
        • Webinar (EST)
        Register

        Introduction and Setting the Scene / Objectives /Agenda (1-1.10)

        Governance Professional – An evolving role and the Crucial impact of soft skills for success (1.10-1.20)

        • Going Beyond the technical in the role
        • How to effectively act as a bridge for Boards and management
        • Clarifying expectations and creating a roadmap for successful relationships
        • Navigating difficult situations

        Developing the role as an influencer and advisor (1.20-1.35)

        • Focusing on communication skills / ability to articulate ideas
        • Speaking the same language as senior management and the Board
        • Relationship building and developing your profile as a trusted advisor
        • Mediating confrontational situations or difficult people
        • Building resilience, assertiveness, and strength of character
        • Creating and fostering trust

        Breakout Session (1.35-1.50)

        • A time of 10 minutes will be allotted for discussion and 5 minutes for presenting ideas
        • In your breakout groups, consider some of the strategies you can employ in your workplace to develop your influence.

        Self-awareness and self-management (1.50 – 2.10)

        • Self-inventory – strengths and weaknesses
        • Exhibiting model behaviours
        • Growth and learning mindset
        • Organizational Awareness

        Conflict Resolution and Dealing with Difficult Board members (2.10 – 2.30)

        •  Assertiveness
        • Role as a mediator
        • Transparency and integrity

        Break for 5 minutes (2.30 – 2.35)

        • A time of 10 minutes will be allotted for discussion and 5 minutes for presenting ideas
        • In your breakout groups work on a Case Study of a difficult Board Chair – role play / discuss coping strategies

        Building Resilience (2.50 – 3.10)

        • Staying focused and motivated
        • Agility and flexibility
        • Dealing with conflicting demands in dual reporting situations

        Fostering Trust (3.10 – 3.30)

        • Ethics and difficult judgment calls
        • Confidentiality
        • Sensitivity and objectivity
        • Empowering the Board

        Group Discussion / Video (3.30 – 3.40)

        The Governance Professional as a Leader and Coach (3.40-3.55)

        • Importance of empathy and how to develop this skill
        • Active listening techniques
        • Creating a strong team through EQ
        • Role model for behaviour and values

        Summary, final thoughts and action steps (3.55-4.00)

        March 2020 Cancellation Policy

        Speaker


        Paul Dubal
        Founder, Perfect Balance Consulting

        (Please click on the name of the speaker to read his biography.)


        • 04 Feb 2022
        • 8:30 AM (EST)
        • 06 Feb 2022
        • 12:00 PM (EST)
        • ONLINE
        • 20
        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.

        • 24 Feb 2022
        • 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM (EST)
        • Webinar (EST)
        Register

        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


        Sylvia Groves
        President, Governance Studio 

        (Please click on the name of the speaker to read her biography.)


        Event Sponsor:


        • 04 Mar 2022
        • 8:00 AM (EST)
        • 06 Mar 2022
        • 12:00 PM (EST)
        • Toronto, TBD
        • 17
        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.

        • 25 Mar 2022
        • 8:00 AM (PDT)
        • 27 Mar 2022
        • 12:00 PM (PDT)
        • Vancouver, TBD
        • 21
        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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      Past events

      12 May 2021 The Hidden Cost of Compliance
      05 May 2021 Not-for-Profit Governance: Unique Challenges and Opportunities
      23 Apr 2021 Applied Governance - Two and Half day Course
      14 Apr 2021 Business Continuity Planning
      06 Apr 2021 Governance 101: An Introduction to Organizational Governance (Spring Session)
      01 Apr 2021 Carefully Crafting Bylaws: How to Proactively Simplify Governance
      26 Mar 2021 Foundations of Governance - Two and Half day Course
      24 Mar 2021 Excellence in Governance Special Edition Showcase: Celebrating Resiliency and Innovation in Times of Crisis
      17 Mar 2021 Meetings, Minutes and Running Effective Board Meetings
      05 Mar 2021 Strategic Governance - Two and Half day Course
      04 Mar 2021 GPC Calgary Chapter No Agenda Session
      04 Mar 2021 GOVERNANCE OF THE FUTURE: A NEW PARADIGM
      25 Feb 2021 Virtual Annual Meetings: Lessons Learned and How to Prepare for 2021
      24 Feb 2021 The Art of Board Presentations and the Governance Professional’s Role in Adding Value - Session Two
      11 Feb 2021 The Art of Board Presentations and the Governance Professional’s Role in Adding Value
      05 Feb 2021 Applied Governance - Two and Half day Course
      01 Feb 2021 The Second Annual Co-op and Credit Union Governance Summit
      27 Jan 2021 Emotional Intelligence for the Governance Professional
      21 Jan 2021 GPC Edmonton Chapter Event: Board Diversity
      15 Jan 2021 Foundations of Governance - Two and Half day Course
      08 Dec 2020 Governance 101: an introduction to organizational governance
      03 Dec 2020 Governance Ethics session: Ethics, When Absolute Right and Wrong Don’t Apply
      02 Dec 2020 GPC Calgary Chapter event: Virtual AGMs – What Happened in 2020 and What Will the Future Hold? Virtual Holiday Networking Social to Follow
      27 Nov 2020 Foundations of Governance (EDT) - Two and Half day Course
      13 Nov 2020 Strategic Governance - Two and Half day Course
      05 Nov 2020 Meetings, Minutes and Running Effective Board Meetings
      23 Oct 2020 Applied Governance - Two and Half day Course
      14 Oct 2020 Subsidiary Governance: Creating an Effective Framework
      02 Oct 2020 Strategic Governance - Two and Half day Course - CLASS FULL. Wait list Only
      24 Sep 2020 Élaboration soignée de règlements : comment simplifier de manière proactive la gouvernance
      17 Sep 2020 Annual Meeting of Members
      15 Sep 2020 GPC Ottawa Chapter Networking & Connecting Session
      14 Sep 2020 Governance in the New Decade: The Rise of Boardroom ESG
      10 Sep 2020 CEO Succession Planning: How Directors Can Raise their Game on the Board’s Single Most Important Governance Decision
      27 Aug 2020 Not-for-Profit Governance: Unique Challenges and Opportunities
      25 Aug 2020 Navigating Business Continuity and Recovery: What’s Next for Boards and Organizations?
      21 Aug 2020 Applied Governance - Two and Half day Course
      17 Aug 2020 GPC Ottawa Chapter Networking & Connecting Session
      13 Aug 2020 Business Planning Boot Camp
      29 Jul 2020 Risk Management for the Governance Professional
      14 Jul 2020 A Guide for New CEOs: Getting Off on the Right Foot with Your Board
      13 Jul 2020 GPC Ottawa Chapter Networking & Connecting Session
      07 Jul 2020 Brutal Prioritization in Times of Turbulence
      23 Jun 2020 GPC Edmonton Local Chapter: Virtual Coffee Chat
      12 Jun 2020 Applied Governance (Toronto) - Two and Half day Course
      11 Jun 2020 Secretariat Records Management - From Soup to Nuts
      09 Jun 2020 Setting the Stage for Boardroom Success
      08 Jun 2020 GPC Ottawa Chapter Kick start and Brainstorming Session
      29 May 2020 Foundations of Governance (PDT) - Two and Half day Course
      28 May 2020 Board, Committee and Director Assessments
      19 May 2020 Practical Project Management for Governance Professionals 2.0
      07 May 2020 Governance and HR Agility: Ensuring Continuity and Recovery During a Pandemic and Beyond
      06 May 2020 Understanding Business Continuity Planning
      24 Apr 2020 The ‘New Normal’ in Governance: Managing Shifting Board Priorities in Covid Times and Beyond
      24 Apr 2020 Foundations of Governance (EDT) - Two and Half day Course
      27 Mar 2020 Postponed! Applied Governance (Ottawa) - Two and Half day Course
      23 Mar 2020 Moving to Virtual AGMs in the age of COVID-19
      20 Mar 2020 Covid-19: Governance, Risk Implications, and the Role of the Board
      11 Mar 2020 Meetings, Minutes and Running Effective Board Meetings - Edmonton
      10 Mar 2020 Meetings, Minutes and Running Effective Board Meetings - Calgary
      06 Mar 2020 Strategic Governance (Vancouver) - Two and Half day Course
      06 Mar 2020 Foundations of Governance (Edmonton) - Two and Half day Course
      03 Mar 2020 Meetings, Minutes and Running Effective Board Meetings - Vancouver
      02 Mar 2020 Innovations in Board and Director Evaluations for Sophisticated Boards
      20 Feb 2020 Carefully Crafting Bylaws: How to Proactively Simplify Governance
      11 Feb 2020 Meetings, Minutes and Running Effective Board Meetings - Toronto
      27 Jan 2020 Co-op and Credit Union Governance Summit
      14 Jan 2020 Cybersecurity & Privacy Governance: The Role of the Board and Governance Professionals
      04 Dec 2019 GPC - BC local Chapter Holiday Mixer!
      03 Dec 2019 GPC Annual Holiday Cocktail Reception
      03 Dec 2019 Roles, Responsibilities and Remuneration: GPC Event Featuring GGA
      26 Nov 2019 Meetings, Minutes and Running Effective Board Meetings - Montreal
      21 Nov 2019 Governance Deep-Dive for Public Issuers in Canada
      19 Nov 2019 Practical Project Management for Governance Professionals
      07 Nov 2019 2019 Excellence in Governance Awards
      01 Nov 2019 Foundations of Governance (Toronto) - Two and Half day Course
      04 Oct 2019 Applied Governance (Vancouver) - Two and Half day Course
      26 Sep 2019 Mix and Mingle Luncheon: Saskatoon Chapter Launch
      26 Sep 2019 Meetings, Minutes and Running Effective Board Meetings - Saskatoon
      25 Sep 2019 Meetings, Minutes and Running Effective Board Meetings - Winnipeg
      24 Sep 2019 Calgary Chapter Event - AGM Round-up & Networking Reception
      20 Sep 2019 Foundations of Governance (Ottawa) - Two and Half day Course
      18 Sep 2019 GPC Edmonton Chapter Event: Governance Reviews: Why it Matters
      13 Sep 2019 Strategic Governance (Toronto) - Two and Half day Course
      10 Sep 2019 GPC Not-for-Profit Governance Boot Camp
      18 Aug 2019 Profiling Your Strengths to Bring Your Best Self to the Board (Half-day Workshop)
      13 Jun 2019 Board Diversity – Are You an Agent of Change?
      12 Jun 2019 Meetings, Minutes and Running Effective Board Meetings - Halifax
      07 Jun 2019 Foundations of Governance (Vancouver) - Two and Half day Course
      31 May 2019 GPC Ottawa Chapter: Conversation on Corporate D&O and Cyber Insurance
      31 May 2019 Applied Governance (Toronto) - Two and Half day Course
      27 May 2019 The Case for ESG Governance: Best Practices and Perspectives on the Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility Role of the Board and Governance Professional
      03 May 2019 Strategic Governance (Calgary) - Two and Half day Course
      23 Apr 2019 Edmonton Chapter Event: Artificial and Augmented Intelligence Implications - What Leaders, Governance Professionals, and Board Members Should Consider for the Future Ahead | Dinner & Round table discussion
      12 Apr 2019 Strategic Governance (Vancouver) - Two and Half day Course
      04 Apr 2019 Toronto Chapter Session - #MeTooChanges: The New Workplace Reality and the Role of the Board
      22 Mar 2019 Foundations of Governance (Toronto) - Two and Half day Course
      14 Mar 2019 Meetings, Minutes and Running Effective Board Meetings - Edmonton
      07 Mar 2019 Strategy & Business Planning Boot Camp for the Governance Professional
      01 Mar 2019 Applied Governance (Calgary) - Two and Half day Course
      21 Feb 2019 Meetings, Minutes and Running Effective Board Meetings - Toronto
      13 Feb 2019 Meetings, Minutes and Running Effective Board Meetings - Montreal
      06 Feb 2019 Meetings, Minutes and Running Effective Board Meetings - Vancouver
      05 Feb 2019 Meetings, Minutes and Running Effective Board Meetings - Calgary
      04 Feb 2019 Meetings, Minutes and Running Effective Board Meetings - Ottawa
      10 Jan 2019 GPC Edmonton Chapter Panel: Disclosure and Reporting for All Sectors & GPC Edmonton 2019 Kick-Off Reception
      06 Dec 2018 GPC - Annual Holiday Cocktail Reception
      29 Nov 2018 GPC Calgary Chapter Event - From Corporate Secretary to Director: Insights Across Both Sides of the Fence & Holiday Social Reception
      09 Nov 2018 Foundations of Governance (Calgary) - Two and Half day Course
      25 Oct 2018 2018 Excellence in Governance Awards
      12 Oct 2018 Strategic Governance (Toronto) - Two and Half day Course
      10 Oct 2018 Impacts of Cannabis in the Workplace: Are You Ready?
      28 Sep 2018 Applied Governance (Vancouver) - Two and Half day Course
      26 Sep 2018 BC Chapter event: TSX Venture Corporate Governance Best Practices
      12 Sep 2018 Edmonton Chapter Event: I grew up and became a Governance Professional... How did that happen?
      19 Jul 2018 20th Annual Conference: The Governance Professional... 20 Years On
      19 Jun 2018 Calgary Chapter Event - Post-AGM Round-up: Keeping Current on Recent Governance and Disclosure Developments
      15 Jun 2018 Applied Governance (Toronto) - Two and Half day Course
      14 Jun 2018 BC Chapter Event: Risk Governance
      25 May 2018 Strategic Governance (Vancouver) - Two and Half day Course
      25 May 2018 Foundations of Governance (Vancouver) - Two and Half day Course
      23 May 2018 Edmonton Chapter Event: What Lessons Have Boards Yet to Learn - A Dinner and Round-table Discussion
      04 May 2018 Meetings, Minutes and Running Effective Board Meetings - Vancouver
      27 Apr 2018 Foundations of Governance (Toronto) - Two and Half day Course
      26 Apr 2018 Edmonton Chapter Event: Increasing the Governance Professional’s Value to the Board: Insider Tips and Tricks from a Board Chair
      16 Apr 2018 BC Chapter Session: #MeToo and the Boardroom
      13 Apr 2018 Applied Governance (Vancouver) - Two and Half day Course
      09 Apr 2018 Toronto Chapter Event: Director Independence, Term Limits, Tenure and More - How Canadian Organizations Manage Board Renewal
      27 Mar 2018 Organizational Culture - what is the role of the board
      22 Mar 2018 Cybersecurity Preparedness
      20 Mar 2018 Meetings, Minutes and Running Effective Board Meetings - Ottawa
      13 Mar 2018 Meetings, Minutes and Running Effective Board Meetings - Edmonton
      12 Mar 2018 Meetings, Minutes and Running Effective Board Meetings - Calgary
      15 Feb 2018 Meetings, Minutes and Running Effective Board Meetings - Toronto
      29 Jan 2018 Board Renewal, Succession Planning and Diversity
      28 Nov 2017 Interpreting Financial Statements for the Non-Financial Governance Professional Seminar & GPC Holiday Networking Reception (Edmonton Chapter)
      27 Nov 2017 Interpreting Financial Statements for the Non-Financial Governance Professional Seminar & GPC Holiday Networking Reception (Calgary Chapter)
      21 Nov 2017 Executive Compensation Disclosure - Seminar for Governance Professionals
      17 Nov 2017 Foundations of Governance (Vancouver) - Two and Half day Course
      17 Nov 2017 GPC-EP: Module 1 - Vancouver
      03 Nov 2017 Foundations of Governance (Toronto) - Two and Half day Course
      03 Nov 2017 GPC-EP: Module 1 - Toronto
      27 Sep 2017 GPC Calgary Chapter’s fall social | Rumble in the Alley
      19 Sep 2017 Onboarding and Educating of New Directors - Edmonton
      18 Sep 2017 Best in Class Shareholder Engagement - A Chairman’s View - Toronto
      20 Aug 2017 19th Annual Corporate Governance Conference
      16 Jun 2017 Onboarding and Educating: The Care and Feeding of New Directors - Ottawa
      15 Jun 2017 Onboarding and Educating: The Care and Feeding of New Directors - Montreal
      12 Jun 2017 Governance Essentials for the Corporate Secretary: Two-Day Seminar - Calgary
      08 Jun 2017 Onboarding and Educating: The Care and Feeding of New Directors - Calgary
      17 May 2017 Subsidiary Governance: A Critical Tool for Risk Management
      29 Mar 2017 Meetings, Minutes and More - Ottawa
      24 Mar 2017 Vancouver - Achieving Excellence in Governance: Tips and Tricks, Presented by Aprio Inc.
      23 Mar 2017 Calgary - Achieving Excellence in Governance: Tips and Tricks
      22 Mar 2017 Edmonton - Achieving Excellence in Governance: Tips and Tricks
      01 Mar 2017 Webinar: Sustainability, ESG, and Corporate Social Responsibility and The Board: What Governance Professionals Should Know
      23 Feb 2017 Meetings, Minutes and More - Calgary
      21 Feb 2017 Meetings, Minutes and More - Vancouver
      31 Jan 2017 Meetings, Minutes and More - Toronto
      18 Jan 2017 Vancouver: Meet n' Greet Luncheon
      08 Dec 2016 Edmonton Holiday Cocktails
      08 Dec 2016 Toronto Holiday Cocktail Reception
      24 Nov 2016 Divulgation, gouvernance et communication: au coeur de la réputation des entreprises
      15 Nov 2016 EXCELLENCE IN GOVERNANCE AWARDS
      14 Nov 2016 Governance Essentials for the Corporate Secretary: Two-Day Seminar - Toronto
      28 Oct 2016 Trends in Governance Interactive Breakfast Seminar Presented by Donnelley Financial Solutions & GPC
      13 Oct 2016 Name Rebrand Celebration & Networking Luncheon - Edmonton, Presented by ATB Financial
      12 Oct 2016 Name Rebrand Celebration & Networking Reception - Calgary
      11 Oct 2016 Name Rebrand Celebration & Networking Reception - Vancouver
      11 Oct 2016 Governance Essentials for the Corporate Secretary: Two-Day Seminar - Vancouver
      04 Oct 2016 Executive Compensation Disclosure for Corporate Secretaries
      16 Jun 2016 CALGARY CHAPTER EVENT: The Corporate Secretary’s Perspective on Recent Calgary Takeover Transactions
      31 May 2016 The Role and Duties of the Corporate Secretary - CANCELLED
      18 May 2016 Toronto Corporate Governance Exchange
      10 May 2016 Tips & Tricks to Better Prepare Board Meeting Material
      21 Apr 2016 Excellence in Subsidiary Governance - Toronto
      15 Apr 2016 Meetings, Minutes and More - Vancouver
      14 Apr 2016 Excellence in Subsidiary Governance - Calgary
      05 Apr 2016 Meetings, Minutes and More - Calgary
      04 Apr 2016 Meetings, Minutes and More - Montreal
      22 Mar 2016 Meetings, Minutes and More - Toronto
      18 Feb 2016 Governance Boot Camp for Not-for-profit Organizations
      14 Jan 2016 Cost saving opportunities in the corporate secretary’s office & Post-holiday reception
      24 Nov 2015 The Year the Shareholders Spoke Up: A 2015 AGM Wrap Up And What to Expect in 2016
      03 Nov 2015 Governance Essentials for the Corporate Secretary: Two-Day Seminar - Webcast
      03 Nov 2015 Governance Essentials for the Corporate Secretary: Two-Day Seminar - Toronto
      26 Jun 2015 The Year the Shareholders Spoke Up: A 2015 AGM Wrap Up - Vancouver
      25 Jun 2015 The Year the Shareholders Spoke Up: A 2015 AGM Wrap Up - Calgary
      23 Jun 2015 The Year the Shareholders Spoke Up: A 2015 AGM Wrap Up - Toronto
      28 May 2015 Governance Essentials for the Corporate Secretary: Two-Day Seminar - Vancouver
      21 May 2015 Toronto Corporate Governance Exchange
      17 Apr 2015 Excellence in Subsidiary Governance - WEBCAST
      17 Apr 2015 Excellence in Subsidiary Governance - Toronto
      26 Jan 2015 Governance Boot Camp for Not-for-profit Organizations - Toronto
      26 Jan 2015 Governance Boot Camp for Not-for-profit Organizations - WEBCAST
      15 Jan 2015 Excellence in Subsidiary Governance
      04 Dec 2014 CSCS Excellence in Governance Award Winners' Panel
      27 Nov 2014 The Board's Emerging Oversight Role in Corporate Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility - Vancouver
      03 Nov 2014 Governance Essentials for the Corporate Secretary: Two-Day Seminar - Webcast
      03 Nov 2014 Governance Essentials for the Corporate Secretary: Two-Day Seminar - Toronto
      28 Oct 2014 The Board's Must Win: CEO Succession Planning - Toronto
      18 Sep 2014 CALGARY SOCIAL EVENT- LAWN BOWLING
      19 Jun 2014 CSCS Calgary Chapter Event: 2014 Annual Shareholder Meetings
      02 Jun 2014 Enterprise Risk Management for Corporate Secretaries
      29 May 2014 CSCS 20th Anniversary Reception - Calgary
      29 May 2014 Governance Essentials for the Corporate Secretary: Two-Day Seminar - Calgary
      28 Apr 2014 Orientation and Onboarding Workshop - Vancouver
      25 Apr 2014 CSCS 20th Anniversary Reception - Vancouver
      25 Apr 2014 Governance Boot Camp for Mining Organizations - Vancouver
      09 Apr 2014 Toronto Corporate Governance Exchange
      12 Mar 2014 Orientation and Onboarding Workshop - Calgary
      06 Mar 2014 Consultation on the Canada Business Corporations Act - Vancouver
      04 Mar 2014 Governance Boot Camp for Mining Organizations - Toronto
      04 Mar 2014 Consultation on the Canada Business Corporations Act - Calgary
      03 Mar 2014 Consultation on the Canada Business Corporations Act - Toronto
      04 Feb 2014 CSCS 20th Anniversary Reception - Toronto
      04 Feb 2014 Orientation and Onboarding Workshop - Toronto
      23 Jan 2014 "Round Table" Conference Call - Co-Ops
      23 Jan 2014 "Round Table" Conference Call - Privately Held Companies
      22 Jan 2014 "Round Table" Conference Call - Not-for-Profit Organizations
      22 Jan 2014 "Round Table" Conference Call - Crown Corporations
      04 Dec 2013 Board Portals and Paperless Boardrooms: A Toronto Power Breakfast
      03 Dec 2013 Board Portals and Paperless Boardrooms: A Calgary Power Breakfast - CANCELLED
      02 Dec 2013 CSCS Calgary Chapter Event: Option Trading, Dark Pools and more for Corporate Secretaries
      02 Dec 2013 Board Portals and Paperless Boardrooms: A Vancouver Power Breakfast
      21 Nov 2013 Corporate Governance and Accountability
      07 Nov 2013 Meet and Greet Toronto
      06 Nov 2013 "Round Table" Conference Call - Small- to Mid-cap Issuers
      30 Oct 2013 Directors' and Officers Liability: Toronto Breakfast Event
      29 Oct 2013 "Round Table" Conference Call - Large- to Mega-cap Issuers
      21 Oct 2013 Vancouver: Discussion on CSA consultation paper 54-401: Review of the Proxy Voting Infrastructure
      18 Oct 2013 Calgary: Discussion on CSA consultation paper 54-401: Review of the Proxy Voting Infrastructure
      17 Oct 2013 "Round Table" Conference Call - Co-Ops
      17 Oct 2013 "Round Table" Conference Call for Privately Held Companies
      16 Oct 2013 "Round Table" Conference Call - Not-for-Profit Organizations
      16 Oct 2013 "Round Table" Conference Call - Crown Corporations
      15 Oct 2013 Toronto: Discussion on CSA consultation paper 54-401: Review of the Proxy Voting Infrastructure
      10 Oct 2013 Montreal: Discussion on CSA consultation paper 54-401: Review of the Proxy Voting Infrastructure
      04 Oct 2013 Directors' and Officers Liability: Edmonton Breakfast Event
      03 Oct 2013 Directors and Officers Liability: Calgary Breakfast Event
      02 Oct 2013 Directors and Officers Liability: Vancouver Breakfast Event
      16 Sep 2013 Disclosure Requirements Regarding Women on Boards and in Senior Management
      18 Aug 2013 Excellence In Governance Awards Reception & Dinner
      18 Aug 2013 15th Annual Corporate Governance Conference
      20 Jun 2013 Board & Committee Minutes: A Hands-on Workshop - Toronto
      18 Jun 2013 CSCS Calgary Chapter Event: Shareholder Activism
      14 Jun 2013 Continuous Disclosure and Material Change Reporting - Toronto
      03 Jun 2013 Continuous Disclosure and Material Change Reporting - Calgary
      31 May 2013 Continuous Disclosure and Material Change Reporting - Vancouver
      23 May 2013 Governance Essentials for the Corporate Secretary - Vancouver
      23 May 2013 Meet and Greet Vancouver
      20 Mar 2013 Board & Committee Minutes: A Hands-on Workshop - Vancouver
      18 Mar 2013 Board & Committee Minutes: A Hands-on W