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Winners of the 1st annual Excellence in Governance Awards were announced last night by the Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries ("CSCS") at the inaugural awards ceremony held at the Westin in Halifax. Peter Dey, Chairman of Paradigm Capital, considered Canada's 'Godfather of corporate governance' for the 1994 'Dey Report' was also honoured for his contribution to corporate governance in Canada.

The awards ceremony was attended by close to 300 of Canada's top governance practitioners and leaders from the corporate, non-profit, crown and public sectors. "In this first inaugural year, we received an impressive 80 nominations across all industry sectors," says Lynn Beauregard, CSCS President. "We couldn't have been more pleased with this outcome and I believe that this validates that these awards are indeed a very important and welcome program for the Canadian governance community."

The evening's winners, recognized in 8 categories, were:

  1. Best overall governance
    BCE inc. 
  2. Best approach to board and committee support  
    Tarion Warranty Corporation 
  3. Best sustainability, ethics and environmental governance program  
    TELUS 
  4. Best practices in managing boardroom diversity  
    Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation
  5. Best use of technology in governance, risk and compliance  
    BMO Financial Group
  6. Best shareholder/stakeholder engagement  
    Canada Council for the Arts
  7. Joyce Borden-Reed CSCS distinguished contribution award  
    Joan Wilson, MBA
  8. CSCS Peter Dey Governance Achievement  
    Anna Tudela, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs & Corporate Secretary, Goldcorp Inc. 
Category - Honourable Mentions
  1. Best overall governance
    MTS Allstream - Pierre Blouin, Chief Executive Officer & Paul Beauregard,  Chief Administrative Officer & Corporate Secretary
  2. Best approach to board and committee support 
    Mountain Equipment Co-operative - Accepting on behalf of MEC: Renee Walton, Director of Marketing at The Cross Border Group
  3. Best sustainability, ethics and environmental governance program   
    Port Metro Vancouver - Dean Readman, Director, Legal Services & Corporate Secretary, Goldcorp Inc.

CSCS also honoured Peter Dey, Chairman of Paradigm Capital, considered Canada's 'Godfather of corporate governance' for the 1994 'Dey Report' for his contribution to corporate governance in Canada, which served as the inspiration for the creation of the CSCS. 

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