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    • 03 Nov 2017
    • 03 Nov 2019
    • Check Specific Module delivery location
    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 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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    • 12 Mar 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM (MDT)
    • Ranchmen's Club, 710-13th Avenue S.W., Harford A Room, Calgary, AB T2P 0S7
    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.

    Topics Covered:

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

    Session Agenda

    • 7:30 am - 8:30 am Registration & Breakfast
    • 8:30 am - 1:00 pm Presentation (working lunch at 11:30 am)
    • 1:00 pm - Workshop Concludes

    Presenter:  John Dinner, President, John T. Dinner Board Governance Services

    Event Sponsor:

    Please note this is a green event - presentation packages will not be handed out. Only electronic copies will be emailed prior to event.

    This training activity has been approved by The Law Society of Saskatchewan and The Law Society of British Columbia for 4 hours of continuing professional development.

    • 13 Mar 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM (MDT)
    • ATB Place, 2100-10020 100 Street NW, Room 21-B, Edmonton, AB T5J 0N3
    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.

    Topics Covered:

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

    Session Agenda

    • 7:30 am - 8:30 am Registration & Breakfast
    • 8:30 am - 1:00 pm Presentation (working lunch at 11:30 am)
    • 1:00 pm - Workshop Concludes

    Presenter:  John Dinner, President, John T. Dinner Board Governance Services

    Event Sponsor:

    Please note this is a green event - presentation packages will not be handed out. Only electronic copies will be emailed prior to event.

    This training activity has been approved by The Law Society of Saskatchewan and The Law Society of British Columbia for 4 hours of continuing professional development.

    • 20 Mar 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Ottawa, ON
    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.

    Topics Covered:

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

    Session Agenda

    • 7:30 am - 8:30 am Registration & Breakfast
    • 8:30 am - 1:00 pm Presentation (working lunch at 11:30 am)
    • 1:00 pm - Workshop Concludes

    Presenter:  Janis Riven, LLB & BCL, MBA, PAdm, FCIS, Acc.Dir., Corporate Governance Consultant, Governance & Compliance Solutions, John Molson School of Business, Concordia University.

    Event Sponsor:

    Please note this is a green event - presentation packages will not be handed out. Only electronic copies will be emailed prior to event.

    This training activity has been approved by The Law Society of Saskatchewan. The Barreau du Quebec allows content that has been accredited by any other province to be applied towards a Quebec member's CPD requirement. 

    • 22 Mar 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Toronto, ON
    Register

    Webinar participants note: Due to the level of in-person interactivity required in this first half of this session, the webinar will only be available for the second half panel discussion of the session.

    You've been breached! Dealing with a cyber-attack: The role of the board and planning your organization's defense.

    Part I - 8:30 am to 10:00 am

    In the first half of this session, you will participate in a moderated mock exercise with PWC's Game of Threats™, a digital game that is designed to simulate the speed and complexity of an actual cyber breach.

    The game environment creates a realistic experience where two sides are required to make quick, high impact decisions with minimal information. You will experience firsthand a cyber threat and need to make fast-paced decisions, and see potential consequences of the selected actions in real-time. This exercise builds a keen awareness of the response scenarios that your organization needs to be prepared for, through real-time feedback on your selected actions, followed by a discussion about alternate responses and their potential outcomes.

    Part II - 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

    The second half of the session will then consist of an informal follow-up panel discussion with experts and practitioners familiar with cyber threats and breaches to discuss:

    • What should your organization do to prepare for a cyber attack
    • What is the role of the CEO, CIO and other key members of your organization in the case of a breach?
    • What is the board's role in the case of a cyber breach and its prevention?
    • Is the board prepared and equipped to make proper decisions on preparedness?
    • Key stakeholder communication plan - what measures need to be in place?
    • Creating a Cybersecurity Governance Framework to prepare for and deal with a cyber breach

    WHO SHOULD ATTEND:

    Governance Professionals and Corporate Secretaries | Legal Counsel

    Corporate Risk Managers | CISOs, CTOs, CSOs, CIOs, CROs | Internal Audit

    Board: Risk / Audit / Governance Committee Members


    Sponsored by:




    • 23 Mar 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Club Saint-James, 1145 avenue Union, Montréal QC H3B 3C2
    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.

    Topics Covered:

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

    Session Agenda

    • 7:30 am - 8:30 am Registration & Breakfast
    • 8:30 am - 1:00 pm Presentation (working lunch at 11:30 am)
    • 1:00 pm - Workshop Concludes

    Presenter:  Janis Riven, LLB & BCL, MBA, PAdm, FCIS, Acc.Dir., Corporate Governance Consultant, Governance & Compliance Solutions, John Molson School of Business, Concordia University.

    Event Sponsor:

    Please note this is a green event - presentation packages will not be handed out. Only electronic copies will be emailed prior to event.

    This training activity has been approved by The Law Society of Saskatchewan. The Barreau du Quebec allows content that has been accredited by any other province to be applied towards a Quebec member's CPD requirement. 

    • 27 Mar 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • The Spoke Club, 600 King St W, Portland Room, Toronto, ON M5V 1M3
    Register

    In person and webinar registration available for this session.

    Join GPC and our panel of experts discussing Organizational Culture and the role of the board. This session will delve into frameworks for organizational culture and how directors can lead by example, including:  
    • How can boards ensure that there is a framework in place for understanding and influencing organizational culture
    • Where on the board agenda should culture questions should be asked
    • Tone at the top, how can directors lead by example to contribute to culture
    • Where does the question of culture sit in the context of board responsibilities?
    • How to get culture on the board agenda…and why is this often a challenge?
    • Where does it belong in the conversation as it relates to strategy, as it relates to risk, as a standalone item etc.?
    • What is the role of the governance professional in contributing to board and organizational culture?
    Moderator: Deborah Rosati, Founder & CEO, Women Get on Board

    Panelists: Carol Faull, Culture Transformation Consultant, Facilitator and Executive Coach, L&C Strategic Advisory Consultants; Lloyd M. Segal, Chair, MedReleaf; Heather Laxton, Chief Governance Officer & Corporate Secretary, Wesdome

    Sponsored by: 

    L&C Strategic Advisory Consultants

    Women Get on Board

    • 13 Apr 2018
    • 15 Apr 2018
    • Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront Hotel, 1133 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, V6E 3T3
    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)

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

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

    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.

    • 16 Apr 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (PDT)
    • TMX Group, Suite 2700 - 650 West Georgia Street, The Whistler Boardroom, Vancouver, BC V6B 4N7
    Register

    #Time’sUp. We’re changing how we talk about sexual assault and harassment in the workplace. What does this mean for governance professionals and boards? Some issues we’ll explore in this session:

    • Board responsibilities for leadership in workplace culture
    • The board’s role in crisis response to allegations of harassment
    • What if your board is the problem? How to deal with individuals who are “untouchable”
    Join us for lunch and a conversation with Shona McGlashan, MEC’s Chief Governance Officer and lifelong feminist, on how we ensure that boards react and respond to this pivotal moment.

    Sponsored by: TMX


    • 27 Apr 2018
    • 29 Apr 2018
    • The Albany Club, 91 King Street East, Sir John A Macdonald Room, Toronto, ON, M5C 1G3
    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)

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

    • 27 Apr 2018
    • 7:00 AM
    • 29 Apr 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • The Albany Club, 91 King St E, Toronto, ON M5C 1G3
    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.


    Cancellation and Refund Policy:

    Cancellations can be made up to April 13, 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 May 2018
    • 27 May 2018
    • Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront Hotel, 1133 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, V6E 3T3
    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)

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

    • 25 May 2018
    • 27 May 2018
    • Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront Hotel, 1133 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, V6E 3T3
    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)

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


    • 25 May 2018
    • 7:00 AM
    • 27 May 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront Hotel, 1133 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, V6E 3T3
    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.


    Cancellation and Refund Policy:

    Cancellations can be made up to May 11, 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.

    • 25 May 2018
    • 7:00 AM
    • 27 May 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront Hotel, 1133 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, V6E 3T3
    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 May 11, 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.

    • 15 Jun 2018
    • 17 Jun 2018
    • TBD, Toronto
    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)

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

    • 15 Jun 2018
    • 7:00 AM
    • 17 Jun 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • Toronto, Location to be confirmed
    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

    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 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.

    • 12 Oct 2018
    • 14 Oct 2018
    • The Albany Club, 91 King St E, Toronto, ON M5C 1G3
    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)

    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.

    • 09 Nov 2018
    • 11 Nov 2018
    • Calgary
    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)

    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
    • Calgary
    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.


    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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