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  • 14 Dec 2016 3:13 PM | GPC Webmaster (Administrator)

    If you’re interested in suggesting a topic for our Professional Development Calendar or for the Corporate Governance Conference, then this is your opportunity!

    We are currently seeking speaker, session and sponsor proposals for the following:

    • Annual Corporate Governance Conference – workshops, breakout sessions, and keynote addresses (St. John’s, Newfoundland – August 20-23, 2017)
    • Professional Development – workshops or webinars (various locations across Canada in 2017)

    All responses must be received by January 13, 2017.

    All speakers must be prepared to present their information and content in an educational manner with no reference to commercial endeavors or self-promotion.

    To begin your submission, please click here.


  • 17 Nov 2016 9:55 AM | GPC Webmaster (Administrator)

    TORONTO, Nov. 16, 2016 – Governance Professionals of Canada (“GPC”) handed out the fourth Annual Excellence in Governance Awards (“EGAs”) last night at their dinner and ceremony held at The Carlu in Toronto, attended by over 300 people.

    The winners in each category are as follows:

    1. Best Practices in Enterprise Risk Management: Vancouver Airport Authority (YVR)
    2. Best Practices in Sustainability and Environmental, Social and Governance: The Co-operators
    3. Best Approach to Achieving Effective Board and Committee Operations: RBC
    4. Best Practices to Enhance Boardroom Diversity: Goldcorp Inc.
    5. Best Practices in Strategic Planning, Oversight and Value Creation by the Board: TransCanada Corp.
    6. Best Engagement by a Governance Team: Manulife Financial Corp. and Gore Mutual Insurance Co.
    7. Best Pay for Performance: MEG Energy Corp.
    8. Best Overall Governance: the Canadian National Railway Co. (CN Rail) and ATB Financial
    9. Peter Dey Governance Achievement Award: Kathleen (Katie) Taylor, Chair of the Board, RBC

    The Excellence in Governance Winners at last night's ceremony and dinner.

    Top L to R: Grant Borbridge, MEG Energy; Cristina Circelli, CN Rail; Karen McCarthy, RBC; Kathleen Taylor, RBC; Sonya Stark, Gore Mutual; Rejean Laflamme, The Co-operators; Meghan Lindsay, TransCanada; Antonella Deo, Manulife Financial.

    Bottom L to R: Stuart McKellar, ATB; Glenn McCoy, YVR; Phil Baudin,The Co-operators; and John Mullally, Goldcorp.


    The final award winners were chosen out of nominations from across Canada in all sectors and markets by a jury panel composed of seasoned and well-respected governance experts. For more on the panel: http://gpcanada.org/EGA_judges/.

    GPC President Lynn Beauregard states, “The Excellence in Governance Award winners deserve to be celebrated for promoting and practicing good governance in their organizations. The EGAs recognize excellence across all organizations from public to private, not for profit, crown and others, to reinforce that transparency, accountability and strong governance frameworks should be a priority for all Canadian organizations”.

    GPC is recognized as the most important organization for corporate governance professionals in Canada. As the principal advocate for those who work in corporate governance, GPC strives to enhance the public's awareness of the importance of good governance. GPC is the voice of corporate governance professionals in Canada and participates with other stakeholders, including capital markets participants, government bodies and regulators, in fostering a governance environment that sets Canada apart from the world. GPC supports its membership with continuing education and networking opportunities that are second to none.

    For further information:

    Lynn Beauregard, President
    lynn.beauregard@gpcanada.org
    416-921-5449 ext. 306


  • 25 Aug 2016 11:50 AM | GPC Webmaster (Administrator)

    Governance Professionals of Canada ("GPC") is pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2016 Excellence in Governance Awards/Prix d'excellence en gouvernance (EGs).

    We received over 60 nominations this year from organizations across all sectors and the shortlisted nominees, organized by category, are presented below:

    1. Best Practice in Enterprise Risk Management

      • Royal Bank

      • Gore Mutual

      • Vancouver Airport Authority

    2. Best Practice in Sustainability and ESG

      • Goldcorp Inc.

      • Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC)

      • The Co-operators

    3. Best Approach to Achieving Effective Board and Committee Operations

      • BMO Financial Group

      • Royal Bank of Canada

      • Aldergrove Credit Union

    4. Best Practices to Enhance Boardroom Diversity

      • Goldcorp Inc.

      • BMO Financial Group

      • Manulife Financial Corporation

    5. Best practices in strategic planning, oversight and value creation by the board

      • Veridian Corporation

      • TransCanada Corporation

      • Goldcorp Inc.

      • Manulife Financial Corporation

    6. Engagement by a Governance Team

      • Tarion Warranty

      • Manulife Financial Corporation

      • Gore Mutual Insurance

      • Canada Council Arts

    7. Best Pay for Performance

      • MEG Energy Corp.

      • Tahoe Resources inc.

    8. Best Overall Corporate Governance

      • BC Housing Commission

      • Canadian National Railway Company

      • ATB Financial

    We thank the following individuals who volunteered a considerable amount of time and effort in reviewing all of the submissions for the shortlist: Wendy King, Vice President, Legal, Risk & Governance, Capstone Mining Corp.; Christine Staley, Director of Professional Development, Canadian Corporate Counsel Association; Sheldon Stener, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Federated Co-operatives Limited; Terri Uhrich, Vice President, Legal Affairs, K+S Potash Canada.

    The Excellence in Governance Awards final jury panel is composed of seasoned and well-respected governance experts from across Canada and include: 

    1. Geoffrey D. Creighton, President, In-house Counsel Worldwide
    2. Gigi Dawe, Principal, Research Guidance and Support Leader, Corporate Oversight and Governance, CPA Canada
    3. Sylvia Groves, President and Creative Director, Governance Studio
    4. Richard Leblanc, Associate Professor, Law, Governance & Ethics, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University
    5. Carrie Mandel, Lawyer and Consultant, North American Legal, Compliance and Regulatory Practice, Spencer Stuart
    6. Paul Schneider, Manager, Corporate Governance, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan (OTPP)
    7. Elizabeth Watson, QC, Founder and President, Watson Inc.
    8. Brendan Sheehan, Managing Director, Rivel Research Group
    The final award winners will be announced and celebrated on November 15, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario at The Carlu.

    The Governance Professionals of Canada-formally known as Society of Corporate Secretaries is recognized as the most important organization for corporate governance professionals in Canada.

    As the principal advocate for those who work in corporate governance, GPC strives to enhance the public's awareness of the importance of good governance. GPC is the voice of corporate governance professionals in Canada and participates with other stakeholders, including capital markets participants, government bodies and regulators, in fostering a governance environment that sets Canada apart in the world. GPC supports its membership with continuing education and networking opportunities that are second to none.

    For further information:
     Lynn Beauregard, President
     802-21 St. Clair Avenue East, Toronto
     Phone: 416-921-5449 / 1-800-774-2850, Ext 306
     Email: lynn.beauregard@gpcanada.org
     Website: http://www.gpcanada.org/EGA

  • 22 Aug 2016 12:47 PM | GPC Webmaster (Administrator)

    TORONTO, August 22, 2016  - The Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries ("CSCS") announces that its Board of Directors and their members have voted to change their name to Governance Professionals of Canada (“GPC”). The much anticipated name change was approved this morning at the society’s 18th Annual Corporate Governance Conference in Whistler, BC. The Board of Directors of GPC will join Julia Yan, VP, Regional Sales, TSX Trust Company to close the market on Monday, August 22, 2016 from the exhibitor floor of the Corporate Governance Conference beginning at 12:59:45 pm.

    The GPC membership comes from a range of expertise, backgrounds and occupy various roles related to supporting the governance function in their organizations, across all industries and sectors. This important shift over the past few years has led to the organization making the decision that a change in name would make it more inclusive and more representative for its current members and environment.

    “Our membership has grown, our activities have expanded and our influence as the leading Canadian voice of governance is now firmly established,” says President Lynn Beauregard. “The proposed change in our name to ‘Governance Professionals of Canada,’ reflects that growth and acknowledges governance as the defining principle that encompasses all that we do and all that our members do”.  

    “While our name may change, the corporate secretary remains the keystone member of this organization,” says Beauregard. GPC will remain focused on offering quality information, education sessions and trusted dialogues with its network and among top experts, regulators and academics regarding key corporate governance issues and best practices. It will also remain focused on developing new resources for the profession, such as a Canadian certification for governance professionals in the near future and a network of local chapters across Canada.

    The members of GPC represent some of Canada’s largest commercial companies including Royal Bank of Canada, National Bank of Canada, Imperial Oil, Goldcorp Inc., Canadian National Railway, and Bell Canada Enterprises Inc. GPC members also represent a variety of not-for-profit organizations including the Canadian Red Cross, OPTrust, Alberta Pensions Services Corporation and Canada Council for the Arts.

    About the Organization

    Governance Professionals of Canada is recognized as the most important organization for corporate governance professionals in Canada.

    As the principal advocate for those who work in corporate governance, GPC strives to enhance the public's awareness of the importance of good governance. GPC is the voice of corporate governance professionals in Canada and participates with other stakeholders, including capital market participants, government bodies and regulators, in fostering a governance environment that sets Canada apart in the world. GPC supports its membership with continuing education and networking opportunities that are second to none.

    SOURCE: Governance Professionals of Canada

    For further information contact:
    Lynn Beauregard, President
    21 St. Clair Avenue East, Suite 802
    Phone: 1-800-774-2850 / 416-921-5449, ext. 306
    Email: lynn.beauregard@gpcanada.org
    Web: www.gpcanada.org


  • 06 Jul 2016 10:23 AM | GPC Webmaster (Administrator)

    NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT an Annual and Special Meeting (“Meeting”) of the Members of CSCS will be held at The Fairmont Chateau Whistler, 4599 Chateau Blvd., Whistler, BC V0N 1B4 on Monday, August 22, 2016 at 8:15 a.m. PDT to conduct the following business:

    1. Receive the report of the Board of Directors;
    2. Receive the annual audited financial statements for the year ended March 31, 2016 and the report of the Public Accountant;
    3. Appoint the Public Accountant for CSCS for the 2016-17 financial year and authorize the directors to fix the remuneration;
    4. Approve the Special Resolution of the members concerning changing the name of The Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries (CSCS) / Société Canadienne des Secrétaires Corporatifs (SCSC) to Governance Professionals of Canada (GPC) / Professionels en gouvernance du Canada (PGC).
    5. Elect the Board of Directors of CSCS for a term ending at the close of the next Meeting; and
    6. Transact further and other business as may properly be brought before the Meeting.

    The documents that relate to this meeting are now available in the "members only" area of the website by clicking here.

    CSCS has retained D.F. King Canada as our Proxy Solicitation Agent. Any questions and requests for assistance may be directed to D.F. King Canada by calling:

    North American Toll Free Phone:
    1-800-301-9629
    Outside North America, call collect:
    201-806-7301

    Sincerely,

    Sally Maziarz
    Interim Board Secretary


  • 05 Jul 2016 10:22 AM | GPC Webmaster (Administrator)

    I am writing to share some very exciting news regarding the Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries.

    Over the recent years, we have had many dialogues with our members about how CSCS could better serve them and how it should evolve to better represent them and their professional needs. One of the key takeaways from these dialogues was the relevance of our name and brand to our members, stakeholders and to the public. 

    Today's CSCS membership includes more than the Corporate Secretary. Our members come from a range of expertise, backgrounds and occupy various roles related to supporting the governance function in their organizations, across all industries and sectors. This important shift over the past few years has prompted an important discussion at the CSCS board and has led to the decision that a change in our name would make our organization more inclusive and more representative for our current membership and environment.

    The CSCS Board has therefore approved to put to the members' vote a new name: Governance Professionals of Canada (GPC)/Professionnels en gouvernance du Canada (PGC), to better reflect the various governance professionals we represent.

    While we are changing our name, our core values and our mission will remain the same:  The promotion and advancement of the governance function in organizations in the private, public, not-for-profit and other sectors in Canada, through education, advocacy, networking and the continued development and application of governance best practices.

    This new name will help us to be more successful in achieving our mission and in serving the needs and voice of the governance profession in Canada. We remain dedicated to offering quality information, education sessions, and trusted dialogues with our network and among top experts, regulators and academics regarding key corporate governance issues. We also remain focused on developing new resources for the profession, such as a Canadian certification for Professionals in Governance in the near future and a network of local chapters across Canada. 

    The name, "Governance Professionals of Canada" will be voted on at the Annual and Special Meeting on Monday, August 22nd at the upcoming 2016 Annual Governance Conference (2016 Annual Governance Conference) in Whistler, British Columbia (August 21st to 24th). We hope to see you there!

    Best Regards, 

    Lynn Beauregard
    President, CSCS

  • 09 Jun 2016 11:20 AM | GPC Webmaster (Administrator)
    Participate in the 2016 CSCS Compensation Survey today! 
    Find out about the latest Compensation and role trends for Governance Professionals in Canada

    Do you wish you could have more insight into how the compensation packages of your colleagues in other organizations are structured? Would you benefit from comparing your role and responsibilities to those of your counterparts around the country? 

    Building a case for competitive compensation is challenging at the best of times. To ensure our members have access to current Canadian compensation data, the Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries (CSCS) is once again partnering with Global Governance Advisors to bring you this important corporate secretary compensation survey. This year, we also expanded the survey to track trends around the role and the responsibilities of governance professionals and Corporate Secretaries in Canada.

    We ask you to please take a few minutes to complete the survey. The more responses received, the more relevant the information will be to our members. Please be assured that your information will be entirely confidential - all responses will be anonymous and will be reported only in aggregate.

    Only a short time commitment is required to participating in this survey and your participation will be kept confidential. In thanks, you will be provided with leading insight on compensation trends of the evolving role of the corporate secretary and legal role,  as well as with a second survey of director remuneration trends, so that you may discuss with your board the evolution surrounding governance and its impact on remuneration.

    The report on the survey results will be made available to participants in the survey, CSCS members and attendees at the 18th Annual CSCS Corporate Governance Conference, this coming August (21st-24th) in Whistler, BC. For more information on how to register for the conference, click HERE.

    We thank you in advance for your participation in this important survey,

    Lynn Beauregard
    President, CSCS

  • 30 Mar 2016 11:26 AM | GPC Webmaster (Administrator)

    The CSCS Board of Directors makes important decisions that shape the future of the organization and provides critical guidance and oversight by determining and monitoring the strategic direction of the organization.

    The Governance and Nominations Committee has been working hard to make sure the Board has the right mix of business skills, knowledge and experience to advance the organization. The Committee is specifically seeking assistance in identifying engaged, collaborative and motivated candidates with a passion for our mission, which is "The promotion and advancement of effective governance and corporate secretarial practice in organizations in the private, public, not-for-profit and other sectors through the continued development and application of governance and corporate secretaryship best practices"

    Ideally, successful candidates will possess strong skills in the key areas of leadership, finance, advocacy, communications and marketing skills. All candidates will be considered by the Governance and Nominations Committee taking into account their relevant mix of skills and experience.

    Directors are elected by members for a one-year term and may stand for re-election by members on an annual basis. The Board meets approximately once a quarter by teleconference and at least once a year in person, generally at the annual conference.

    We need your knowledge, experience and passion to help with the promotion and advancement of CSCS! If you, as a CSCS member in good standing, are interested - or know another CSCS member who would be an ideal candidate - we encourage you to submit a nomination. To do so, please provide a few short paragraphs that cover:

    • the proposed nominee's skills and experience
    • the proposed nominee's present or past involvement in CSCS, if applicable
    • how the nominee might best contribute to CSCS.

    If you have any questions or have nominations to submit, please contact Pamela Smith by email or phone (416-921-5449 x 303 • 1-800-774-2850 x 303).

    Nominations for the 2016 - 2017 CSCS Board of Directors must be received by April 15, 2016.  Elections will be held at the CSCS Annual General Meeting on Monday, August 22, 2016 at The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Resort, 4599 Chateau Blvd, Whistler, BC.

  • 01 Mar 2016 9:35 AM | GPC Webmaster (Administrator)

    TORONTO, March 1, 2016 - The Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries ("CSCS") announces that the nominations are now open for the 2016 Excellence in Governance Awards/Prix d'excellence en gouvernance (EGs). The winners for the awards will be announced and celebrated at a dinner and ceremony on November 15, 2016 at the Arcadian Court in Toronto, Ontario.

    The CSCS EG Awards recognize the important contribution that governance professionals make in terms of best practices that build and sustain shareholder and stakeholder value in Canada. The awards also 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, and in contributing to the competitiveness of Canada's economy and its capital markets.

    The Excellence in Governance Awards jury panel is composed of seasoned and well-respected governance thought leaders from across Canada. CSCS has carefully selected the judges to ensure representation from all aspects of the governance community including shareholder representatives, regulatory experts, leading academics and practitioners.

    Candidates eligible for nomination include individuals and/or teams of individuals who play a role in the governance of their organizations. The deadline for nominations is May 31, 2016, and the shortlist of finalists for the awards will be announced in June 2015.

    CSCS will seek nominations in the following award categories:

    Best Practices in Sustainability and ESG

    Best Practices in Pay for Performance

    Best Practices in Enterprise Risk Management

    Best Engagement by a Governance Team

    Best Practices to Enhance Boardroom Diversity

    Best Approach to Achieving Effective Board and Committee Operations

    Best Practices in Strategic Planning, Oversight and Value Creation by the Board

    Best Overall Corporate Governance

    CSCS Joyce Borden-Reed distinguished contribution award

    CSCS Peter Dey governance achievement award

    CSCS expects that the recognition that the winners, nominees and their organizations will gain from these awards will raise more awareness for the key role played by governance professionals, further the reputation of their organizations, and inspire others to follow their example.


  • 01 Oct 2015 3:09 PM | Anonymous

    CSCS is inviting fresh and innovative contributions to the governance dialogue!

    Subject matter experts with a strong grasp of emerging issues are encouraged to submit session proposals for both the 2016 Annual Corporate Governance Conference and for the CSCS 2016 professional development program. 

    We are looking for dynamic presentations that provide practical content, best practices and thought-provoking ideas - all with a focus on how to reach new levels of performance and motivate the pursuit of excellence in governance, across all sectors and organizations.

    Submit your proposal NOW! Deadline for submissions is Monday, November 30th, 2015.

    Your submission will be reviewed by the CSCS' conference and education committees and selected based on varying criteria, including:

    • Originality and timeliness
    • Relevance to the industry
    • Speaker experience and diversity
    • How the particular topic submissions blend with the rest of the conference or professional development program

    PLEASE NOTE: Sessions should not promote marketed products, programs or services in any way. All vendor proposals that are selected for program inclusion will be subject to a sponsorship fee as outlined in the sponsorship package. For the complete session sponsorship details please review the CSCS Sponsorship Package.

    For any questions please contact:

    Olga Kasjanova
    Manager, Professional Development & Special Projects
    E: events@cscs.org
    T: 416-921-5449 x 313 | 1-800-774-2850 x 313

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