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    • 01 Jan 2018
    • 03 Nov 2019
    • Check Specific Module delivery location
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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 modules that are each 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.

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    • 19 Jul 2018
    • 22 Aug 2018
    • Fairmont Empress Hotel, 721 Government St, Victoria, BC V8W 1W5

    Join us in Victoria, BC, August 19 - 22, 2018!

    We have a great line-up of sessions and topics confirmed, such as:

    • Board Panel Discussion - Hear from seasoned chairs and board directors on top governance issues
    • The Chief Governance Officer - Elevating and enhancing the influence of the governance professional 
    • Managing leadership transitions - Equipping the board for change 
    • What role should the board play in organizational culture? 
    • Best practices in managing AGM's 
    • The role of the board and Governance Professional in ESG / Sustainability / CSR
    • Governance Creating a governance framework for new or emerging entities
    • Governance best practises for the Not for Profit Corporation
    • The role of the Governance Professional in strategic planning
    • #MeToo...Moving workplace sexual harassment up the risk register and board agenda 

     ...and more! For a sneak peek at the developing program agenda click here

    Who should attend?

    Chief Governance Officer, Corporate Secretary, Manager Corporate Governance, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, VP Regulatory Affairs, Legal, Risk, Compliance, Director, Associate Corporate Secretary, Board Administrator.

    If you are looking to:

    • gain the most up to date insights and best practices on governance
    • learn about key risk management strategies to serve your board and organization
    • benchmark your practices with other governance professionals and subject matter experts
    • Gain new skills and practical tools for your role and your board
    • network with your peers from across Canada

    ...then this conference is for you. The GPC Annual Conference attracts governance professionals from all sectors and industries, and functions including: 

    Plus! - Get the most out of your professional development! The 2018 Annual Corporate Governance Conference program will offer Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and Continuing Legal Education (CLE). Full credit details will be announced once the final conference program has been confirmed.

    For additional conference details, including travel and accommodation information click here

    • 12 Sep 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM (MDT)
    • University of Alberta - Council Chamber, Edmonton
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    Join us for a panel discussion with leading practitioners in the Edmonton area as they talk about their path to becoming governance professionals, including how they fell into the roll, the training they sought and the toughest and most rewarding parts of their rolls.

    Panel Members:  

    • Margo Baptista (retired University Secretary, MacEwan)
    • Stuart McKellar (ATB), General Counsel, SVP Corporate Operations & Corporate Secretary
    • Anita Lunden (retired, Agency Governance Secretariat, Province of Alberta)
    • Sally Maziarz (EPCOR), Assistant Corporate Secretary

    For further information or to provide input on future events in Edmonton, contact Toby Chan, ATB Financial.   

    • 28 Sep 2018
    • 30 Sep 2018
    • Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront Hotel, 1133 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, V6E 3T3
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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 modules that are each 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 GPC membership and processing fee

     Schedule:

     Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
     (Includes breakfast, breaks, and lunch)

     

     Saturday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
     (Includes breakfast, breaks, and lunch)

     

     Sunday,8:30 am – 12:00 pm
     (Includes breakfast only)

     

    Note: Before you reserve your seat for this event, you need to register and pay for the complete GPC-EP  program

    • 28 Sep 2018
    • 7:00 AM
    • 30 Sep 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront Hotel, City Side Room, 1133 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, V6E 3T3
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    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

    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

    This course covers one of the governance professional’s key skills. The governance professional is often responsible for managing the organization’s collective memory, and certainly the core memory related to the Board of Directors and the subject matters most often entrusted to the governance professional, ranging from Board meeting records, to records pertaining to directors, subsidiaries, compliance, and ranging to insider reporting, securities compliance, acquisitions due diligence, ethics matters, and many, many other critical areas of responsibility. Unless there is a robust records management process, things can get messy fast.

    Participants will explore the following topics in depth:

    • Canada Business Corporations Act
    • Provincial business corporations, legislation
    • Confidentiality and longevity
    • Succession and seniority records
    • Board evaluation records

    Day 3

    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


    Cancellation and Refund Policy:

    Cancellations can be made up to March 30, 2018 for Vancouver session. All cancellations must be received by email to events@gpcanada.org and are subject to a $100 administration fee. No credits or refunds will be given for cancellations received after that date. Attendee name substitutions are allowed at any time. Please email events@gpcanada.org with the replacement contact’s information.

    • 10 Oct 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 9:45 AM
    • The National Club Main Dining Room, 303 Bay Street Toronto, Ontario M5H 2R1
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    Canadians will be able to legally buy and grow cannabis for recreational use by October 17th, 2018. Is your Board ready for the impact?

    The legalization of cannabis will open up a whole new market to Canadians and with it, the need to understand how this will affect our workforce. Employers and their Boards will need to understand the implications and ensure workplace strategies and policies are a priority.

    This event will explore cannabis in the workforce from a legal, scientific, medical, and occupational health and safety perspective.

    Moderator

    Janice Detta Colli, C.Dir., Founder of Board Flight Paths

    Janice Detta Colli has been a well-regarded leader and expert in the executive search industry for over 20 years. She began her career in the research side of the business and then moved into top management roles at some of the world’s best known firms, culminating in her role creating and leading the Toronto office for the oldest global search firm in the world.

    In the fall of 2014, Janice created her own business leveraging both her long executive search career and her early career as a Sociology Instructor at the University of Western Ontario. She established Board Flight Paths out of her passion for working with Boards of Directors. Janice is focused on working more closely with senior executives who want to sit on Boards of Directors or who want to find a new, more challenging Directorship role. She also helps Boards effectively assess the talents they possess and recruit the skilled directors they need to grow their business.

    Due to her deep relationships with senior executives, Janice has also established a small, elite, highly confidential team of experts across a variety of disciplines who will assist Boards with their most sensitive issues. Janice works one on one and facilitates groups to support executives while they build and hone the pragmatic skills required to build their careers on Boards across Canada and Internationally.

    Currently, as a Chartered Director (C.Dir.) Janice sits on the Board of the national foundation, Women in Leadership, is on the Advisory Board for a Strategic Consulting start-up, is on faculty with The Directors College and is building upon her own not for profit Directorship experience as she expands her own Board career.

    Panel:

    Dr. Mitchell Levine, MD, MSc, FRCPC, FACP, FISPE

    Professor, Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact (HEI), McMaster University
    Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Clinical Pharmacology, McMaster University
    Assistant Dean, Health Research Methodology Program, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University Chair, Patented Medicine Prices Review Board (PMPRB)
    Director, Centre for Evaluation of Medicines, Father Sean O'Sullivan Research Centre, St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton
    Active Staff, St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton

    Dr. Mitchell Levine is a professor in McMaster University’s Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact (HEI) and is the assistant dean for the graduate school program in Health Research Methodology in the Faculty of Health Sciences. He is also a professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Clinical Pharmacology, and is a consultant physician at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. He is the director of the Centre for Evaluation of Medicines, Father Sean O'Sullivan Research Centre, at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton. In February 2018 he was appointed chair of Canada’s Patented Medicine Prices Review Board (PMPRB) by her Excellency, the Governor General in Council, having served as the vice-chair since 2011.

    Dr. Levine received his medical degree from the University of Calgary, which was followed by postgraduate training in Internal Medicine (FRCPC) and Clinical Pharmacology at the University of Toronto. He received an MSc degree in Clinical Pharmacology at the University of Toronto and an MSc degree in Clinical Epidemiology from McMaster University.

    Tracy Kay, Partner, Employment and Labour Law Group, Minden Gross LLP

    Tracy is a Partner in the Employment and Labour Law Group. Her practice focuses on assisting employers with such issues as hiring, discipline, promotions, termination, human rights, employee loyalty, workplace investigations regarding harassment and bullying, unions, and workplace safety. She represents clients at mediations, hearings, and trials.

    Tracy takes a proactive approach to the law and works to find solutions to her clients' concerns. Her hands-on approach enables clients to navigate employment issues without losing sight of their business. Tracy becomes involved in her client’s business by looking at the long term plan, understanding the culture of the organization, and how that impacts the client’s employee issues. With this approach, Tracy understands the background of her client’s requests and can assist with creative solutions that the client may have not considered. She also regularly conducts in-house training seminars on proactive employment issues so her clients are aware of and stay ahead of statutory requirements.

    In Tracy’s area of practice, facts do not always unfold as originally told. She has the ability to react to new information quickly and develop the right next step for the desired outcome. Tracy’s down-to-earth and compassionate nature make her a trusted advisor to her clients.


    Jan Chappel, Senior Technical Specialist- Occupational Health and Safety, Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety

    • 12 Oct 2018
    • 14 Oct 2018
    • The Albany Club, 91 King St E, Toronto, ON M5C 1G3
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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 modules that are each 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 GPC membership and processing fee)

    Note: Before you reserve your seat for this event, you need to register and pay for the complete GPC-EP  program

    • 12 Oct 2018
    • 7:00 AM
    • 14 Oct 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • The Albany Club, 91 King St E, Toronto, ON M5C 1G3
    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

    CSR, Sustainability and ESG and the role of the Board

    Day 3

    Ethics


    Cancellation and Refund Policy:

    Cancellations can be made up to September 28, 2018 for Toronto session. All cancellations must be received by email to events@gpcanada.org and are subject to a $100 administration fee. No credits or refunds will be given for cancellations received after that date. Attendee name substitutions are allowed at any time. Please email events@gpcanada.org with the replacement contact’s information.

    • 25 Oct 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Carlu, 444 Yonge St. 7th Fl, Toronto, ON M5B 2H4
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    The EG Awards recognize the important contribution governance professionals make in terms of best practices that build and sustain shareholder and stakeholder value.  These awards underscore the critical role that good governance plays in sustaining the value of Canada’s public companies, crown corporations, government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations, contributing to the competitiveness of Canada’s economy and its capital markets.

    GPC is committed to support and enhance the role of the corporate secretary and governance professionals in Canada. The Society’s members work on the front lines of governance and the organization is well positioned through reputation, influence and representation, to celebrate the practice of good governance in Canada.

    TMX Market Close Ceremony

    GPC, alongside governance professionals attending the 2018 Excellence in Governance Awards (EGAs) will close the market this afternoon at 4:00 p.m. To register for the market close, please click here.

    Event Details:

    • 3:30 pm TMX Market Close Ceremony (Registration for this event is separate, and can be accessed here
    • 6:00 pm Cocktail & Networking Reception
    • 7:00 pm Dinner & Awards Ceremony
    • 9:30 pm Post Award Cocktails

    *Black Tie Optional

    Presenting Sponsor:


    • 09 Nov 2018
    • 11 Nov 2018
    • Sheraton Suites Calgary Eau Claire, 255 Barclay Parade SW, Calgary AB, T2P 5C2
    Register

    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 modules that are each 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 GPC membership and processing fee)

    Schedule

     Friday: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
     (Includes breakfast, breaks, and lunch)

     Saturday: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
     (Includes breakfast, breaks, and lunch)

     Sunday: 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
     (Includes breakfast only)

       

    Note: Before you reserve your seat for this event, you need to register and pay for the complete GPC-EP  program

    • 09 Nov 2018
    • 7:00 AM
    • 11 Nov 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • Sheraton Suites Calgary Eau Claire, 255 Barclay Parade SW, Calgary AB, T2P 5C2
    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

    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.

    Schedule

     Friday: 7:30 am – 4:30 pm
     (Includes breakfast, breaks, and lunch)

     Saturday: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
     (Includes breakfast, breaks, and lunch)

     Sunday: 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
     (Includes breakfast only)

     
    Cancellation and Refund Policy:

    Cancellations can be made up to October 26, 2018 for Calgary session. All cancellations must be received by email to events@gpcanada.org and are subject to a $100 administration fee. No credits or refunds will be given for cancellations received after that date. Attendee name substitutions are allowed at any time. Please email events@gpcanada.org with the replacement contact’s information.

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