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  • 03 Apr 2018 11:39 AM | GPC Webmaster (Administrator)


    The Governance Professionals of Canada hosted an educational panel as part of their professional development series on the role of the board in organizational culture. The three panelists were Heather Laxton (corporate secretary for Wesdome, Lloyd Segal, Chair of the board for MedReleaf, and Carol Faull from L&C Strategic Advisory Consultants, our organizational culture expert. Deborah Rosati from Women Get On Board was the moderator.

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  • 19 Mar 2018 11:50 AM | GPC Webmaster (Administrator)

    The 2018 GPC conference is just over five months away and we are excited pleased to announce the launch of the early-EARLY-bird registration so that you can register TODAY! 

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

    Experience a bit of British Columbia now by watching this video.

    Why register now?

    Early-EARLY-bird rate offers further reduced registration fees for you to take advantage of - an average savings of $300 on your registration!

    We are also giving you immediate access to our very special room block rate at the Fairmont Empress Hotel, an iconic hotel, and honoured recipient of Forbes Travel Guide's Four Star rating, and Condé Nast's Readers' Choice and Gold List awards.

    We already 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. 

    We hope you're planning to join us in Victoria. Take advantage of the registration savings and  begin your conference registration now.

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

    See you in Victoria, BC
     
     Allegra Christie
     Manager, Conference & Sponsorship
     Governance Professionals of Canada
     416-921-5449 ext. 315 | 1-800-774-2850 ext 315
     Allegra.Christie@gpcanada.org

  • 01 Mar 2018 9:02 AM | GPC Webmaster (Administrator)

    Governance Professionals of Canada, in partnership with Korn Ferry Hay Group, has launched the 2018 Corporate Governance Practices Survey. 

    If you are the Corporate Secretary or you are involved in managing the governance responsibilities for your organization, your input is essential! The survey assists us in obtaining valuable insight into the current corporate governance landscape in Canada and will provide a comprehensive analysis of corporate governance practices, trends and issues. The deadline to participate is Friday, April 13, 2018.

    Take a few minutes to complete this survey: Click here to access the survey

    The survey responses also assist in creating a short-list of companies for each of the categories in the GPC's Excellence in Governance Awards. Your participation may result in a nomination of your organization in these awards. The winners of the EG Awards will be celebrated at a gala dinner and ceremony on October 25, 2018 at the Carlu in Toronto. For more information on the EG Awards, Click here

    The 2018 Corporate Governance Practices Survey Report results will be presented at the GPC Annual Corporate Governance Conference in Victoria, BC, August 19-22, 2018. For more information on the conference, Click here

    We thank you in advance for taking the time to complete this survey.  


  • 01 Dec 2017 3:13 PM | GPC Webmaster (Administrator)

    Looking to get more involved in GPC's professional development and conference content? 

    Are You a good speaker?

    Governance Professionals of Canada is starting the planning for its professional development calendar and annual conference programming for 2018, and we are looking for new dynamic and engaging speakers.

    If you are interested in submitting a session proposal, please complete your submission by Friday January 12, 2018.

    Session submissions should be trending topics in the realm of governance. New perspectives on existing themes are welcomed. Topics relevant for all levels of experience and sectors of industry are welcome, and please highlight what makes your topic stand out!

    Thank you in advance for your time in submitting a proposal. Please note that only proposals selected for session development will be contacted.

    To begin your submission, please click here.


  • 03 Nov 2017 4:13 PM | GPC Webmaster (Administrator)
    TORONTO, November 3, 2017 /CNW/ - The Governance Professionals of Canada (“GPC”) handed out the Fifth Annual Excellence in Governance Awards (“EGAs”) last night at their awards gala dinner and ceremony held at The Carlu in Toronto.


    GPC received over 80 nominations this year from organizations across all sectors. The winners, organized by category, are presented below:

    1. Best Practices in Enterprise Risk Management
      • MD Financial Management Inc.
    2. Best Practices in Sustainability and ESG Governance
      • MEC (Mountain Equipment Co-op)
    3. Best Approach to Achieving Effective Board and Committee Operations
      • Green Shield Canada
    4. Best Practices to Enhance Boardroom Diversity
      • Vancouver Airport Authority (YVR)
      • Cameco Corporation (Honourable Mention)
    5. Best Practices in Strategic Planning, Oversight and Value Creation by the Board
      • ATB Financial
    6. Best Engagement by a Governance Team
      • Concentra Bank
    7. Best Compensation, Disclosure and Communication
      • Manulife Financial Corporation
    8. Best Practices in Subsidiary Governance
      • Bank of Montreal
    9. Best Overall Corporate Governance
      • Listed winner: Royal Bank of Canada and 
      • Non-listed winner: Vancouver Airport Authority
    10.  Peter Dey Governance Achievement Award
      •  Hugh Bolton, Chairman, EPCOR Utilities 

    “The overall caliber of the nominations we received this year was excellent – In this age of disruption and turbulence, organizations want the acknowledgment for what they are doing right and the winners of these awards can send a clear message to their stakeholders that they are organizations who value excellence in their governance.” -  Lynn Beauregard, President, Governance Professionals of Canada (GPC).

    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 Awards 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”.

    As the principal advocate for those who work in corporate governance, GPC strives to enhance the importance of governance and those who work in the field, by advocating for, providing education on and recognizing good governance practices in Canada. 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: awards@gpcanada.org
    Website: http://www.gpcanada.org/EGA


  • 02 Oct 2017 9:42 AM | GPC Webmaster (Administrator)

    As a Governance Professional, it is important that you are equipped with the latest and most important tools and best practices in governance. Your effectiveness and your success is directly related to the effectiveness of your board and your organization. New regulations, stakeholder and market pressures continue to evolve relentlessly, so it is critical that you can invest in your professional development and stay on top of key changes, new trends and best practices. 

    It is with this in mind that we would encourage you to apply for the GPC Education Program (GPC-EP) - Governance in Practice, and to obtain your designation as a GPC.D. GPC-EP is the only practical certification course available for governance professionals in Canada.

    "While formal education abounds for directors in Canada, there are no programs that focus on the unique and practical education needs of the professionals who support boards and governance processes in Canadian organizations. This is long overdue. "  says Lynn Beauregard, President, Governance Professionals of Canada.

    The GPC-EP, is a formal education program tailored to governance professionals and is based on providing the highest standard in practical governance. Launched in August of this year, enrollment is now open. Module 1 will be delivered in November of 2017 and modules 2 and 3 in the spring of 2018.

    The Governance Professionals of Canada Education Program (GPC-EP) is designed to:

    • Respond to the demand to provide education tailored to the unique needs of professionals working in governance
    • Set a standard and new bar for the practice and the profession of governance in Canada
    • Create good governance practices across all sectors and industries

    The GPC-EP is designed to enhance the existing skills of governance professionals of all levels, and operating in a governance role, whether in public, private, not-for-profit or governmental organizations such as in: legal, compliance, ethics, stakeholder relations, board and committee support, and more.  

    Individuals new to these roles, as well as seasoned professionals, will find benefit in the GPC-EP as it will not only provide them with the latest best practices, skills and tools in governance, but will also enhance the standard of their profession and further their career.

    Upon completion of the program, and passing the final examination, program participants will receive the Governance Professionals of Canada Designation: GPC.D.

    Where and When

     

    Module 1 (2017)

    • Toronto, November 3-5, 2017
    • Vancouver, November 17-19, 2017
       
     

    Module 2 (2018)

    • Vancouver, April 13-15, 2018
    • Toronto, June 15-17, 2018
       
     

    Module 3 (2018)

    • Vancouver, May 25-27, 2018
    • Toronto, October 12-14, 2018
       
     

    Module 1 (2018)

    • Vancouver, May 25-27, 2018
    • Toronto, Nov 9-11, 2018


  • 29 Aug 2017 3:58 PM | GPC Webmaster (Administrator)

    Governance Professionals of Canada (GPC) has officially launched its new Education Program at its annual conference this past Monday, August 21, 2017. The GPC-EP, is a formal education program tailored to governance professionals and the registration is now open.

    "While formal education abounds for directors in Canada, there are no programs that focus on the unique and practical education needs of the professionals who support boards and governance processes in Canadian organizations. This is long overdue. " says Lynn Beauregard, President, Governance Professionals of Canada.

    The Governance Professionals of Canada Education Program (GPC-EP) is designed to:

    • Respond to the demand to provide education tailored to the unique needs of professionals working in governance
    • Set a standard and new bar for the practice and the profession of governance in Canada
    • Create good governance practices across all sectors and industries

    The GPC-EP is designed to enhance the existing skills of governance professionals of all levels, and operating in a governance role, whether in public, private, not-for-profit or governmental organizations such as in: legal, compliance, ethics, stakeholder relations, board and committee support, and more.  

    Individuals new to these roles, as well as seasoned professionals, will find benefit in the GPC-EP as it will not only provide them with the latest best practices, skills and tools in governance, but will also enhance the standard of their profession and further their career.

    Upon completion of the program, and passing the final examination, program participants will receive the Governance Professionals of Canada Designation: GPC.D.

    Registration officially launched at the 2017 GPC Annual Conference in St. John's Newfoundland on August 21st. To register click here http://gpcanada.org/event-2640770. The program`s modules will take place east and west and once registered you are able to choose the city each time you sign up for the module. To find more information about the program, visit the website.

  • 23 Aug 2017 11:20 AM | GPC Webmaster (Administrator)

    Governance Professionals of Canada (GPC) announced the shortlist for the 2017 Excellence in Governance Awards/Prix d'excellence en gouvernance (EGAs) at its 19th annual conference in St. John's, Newfoundland.

    The winners will be announced at the EG Awards gala dinner on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at the Carlu in Toronto.

    Lynn Beauregard, President, Governance Professionals of Canada said, "I was thrilled with the increase of nominations this year – I think that this underlines the growing importance of these awards and the need for recognition for good governance practices. In this age of disruption and turbulence, organizations want the acknowledgment they deserve for what they are doing right and winners of these awards send a clear message to their stakeholders that they are organizations who value excellence in their governance."

    GPC received over 80 nominations this year from organizations across all sectors. The shortlisted nominees, organized by category, are presented below:

    1. Best Practices in Enterprise Risk Management
      • Concentra Bank
      • MD Financial Management Inc.
    2. Best Practices in Sustainability and ESG Governance
      • BC Housing
      • MEC (Mountain Equipment Co-op)
    3. Best Approach to Achieving Effective Board and Committee Operations
      • Green Shield Canada
      • MD Financial Management Inc.
      • Ottawa Community Housing
    4. Best Practices in Enhancing Boardroom Diversity
      • BCE Inc.
      • Cameco Corporation
      • Goldcorp Inc.
      • Vancouver Airport Authority (YVR)
    5. Best Practices in Strategic Planning, Oversight and Value Creation by the Board
      • ATB Financial
      • Canadian Freestyle Ski Association
      • Goldcorp Inc.
      • TELUS Corporation
    6. Best Engagement by a Governance Team
      • Concentra Bank
      • Federated Cooperatives Limited
    7. Best Compensation, Disclosure and Communication
      • Canadian Pacific Railway
      • Goldcorp Inc.
      • Manulife Financial Corporation
    8. Best Practices in Subsidiary Governance
      • Bank of Montreal
      • Royal Bank of Canada
      • TD Bank Group
    9. Best Overall Corporate Governance
      • Bank of Montreal
      • Royal Bank of Canada
      • TELUS Corporation
      • Vancouver Airport Authority (YVR)

    GPC thanks the following individuals who volunteered a considerable amount of time and effort in reviewing all of the submissions for the shortlist:

    1. Daniel Bourque, Senior Corporate Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer, Xerox Canada
    2. Cathy Cummings, Executive Director, Canadian Corporate Counsel Association (CCCA)
    3. Wendy King, Vice President, Legal, Risk & Governance, Capstone Mining Corp.
    4. Denis Lavoie, Director, Risks, Insurance and Claims, VIA Rail Canada Inc.
    5. Jamie Patterson, Lawyer, SaskTel
    6. Neil Puddicombe, Associate General Counsel and Director of Subsidiary Governance, Legal, Corporate & Compliance Group, BMO Financial Group
    7. Stephen Rotstein, Vice-President, Policy & Regulatory Affairs & General Counsel, Financial Planning Standards Council (FPSC)
    8. Coro Strandberg, President, Strandberg Consulting
    9. Alena Thouin, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary & Chief Compliance Officer, Alterna Savings and Bank
    10. Terri Uhrich, General Counsel, K+S Potash Canada

    The final judging panel is now in review of the shortlist companies. The 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. Catherine Gordon, President and Founder, SimpleLogic Inc.
    5. Richard Leblanc, Associate Professor, Law, Governance & Ethics, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University
    6. Paul Schneider, Head of Corporate Governance, Public Equities, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan
    7. Elizabeth Watson, Founder and President, Watson Inc.

    To attend the awards ceremony, you can purchase tickets on the GPC website, http://gpcanada.org/event-2607798. The 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 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.

  • 21 Aug 2017 5:00 AM | GPC Webmaster (Administrator)

    We are pleased to present our 2017 Report on Governance Professionals Remuneration, in partnership with the Governance Professionals of Canada (“GPC”). GGA teamed up with GPC for the fourth consecutive year to conduct the Compensation Survey which surveyed governance professionals roles, responsibilities and compensation among member organizations.

    This study includes results from members of the Society at 124 Canadian organizations and summarizes the surveyed compensation information including Base Salary, Short-Term Incentive (STIP), Long-Term Incentive (LTIP), and Total Direct Compensation for each of the following roles: Corporate Secretary, Internal General Counsel, Internal Legal Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Internal General Counsel, Paralegal Assistant Secretary, Board Administrator, Chief Governance Officer and External Counsel. It also includes compensation structure information and information on the importance and satisfaction of certain career aspects valued most by members. As an addition in 2017, GGA has also surveyed participants on their reporting relationships and how they manage any conflicts that may arise. Additional information was obtained on educational opportunities provided to participants that will be used to shape future GPC programming. We will continue to examine these areas in future years to provide participants with a sense of the evolving nature of the governance professional role. This detailed report provides unique insights and in-depth data and analysis to assist you in benchmarking your organization’s governance professional remuneration practices, roles and responsibilities against your peers.

    Global Governance Advisors (GGA) is an independent advisory firm that provides counsel to Boards of Directors in collaboration with senior management. GGA is internationally recognized, servicing clients from offices in Toronto, Calgary, New York and Miami, providing expert advice in the areas of executive compensation, board effectiveness, CEO succession planning, and corporate governance. We hope you will find this year’s report valuable and please call us with any comments or suggestions.

    Paul Gryglewicz
    Senior Partner
    Global Governance Advisors


  • 01 Aug 2017 11:00 AM | GPC Webmaster (Administrator)

    This report outlines the prevalent corporate governance policies and practices among organizations in Canada. There were 106 participants for the survey this year, compared to 81 participants in 2016.

    Corporate governance overview

    The most significant corporate governance issue continues to be risk management and oversight. Operational, reputational and cyber risk are the risks most commonly perceived as most critical by organizations. Strategic planning, risk management and succession planning are ranked as the top three board matters in 2017.

    Corporate sustainability governance

    The number of organizations with formal sustainability policies has decreased from 2016. Currently, less than half of respondents have a formal sustainability policy. However, over three quarters of organizations have implemented several sustainability initiatives, with improving energy efficiency being the most common initiative.

    Compensation communication

    Approximately three quarters of the participants discuss executive compensation in their disclosure material. The responsibility for the executive compensation disclosure document is most commonly delegated to the human resources / compensation committee. The compensation disclosure document is most commonly available to the board of directors, executive management team and general public.

    Enterprise risk management oversight and governance

    61% of organizations have a fully implemented formal risk policy in place, a drop from 72% in 2016. In the majority of organizations, accountability for enterprise risk oversight and governance is shared between the board and standing committees. The top barrier to risk oversight is a gap in risk reporting, where there is a barrier in methodology, data and / or the tracking system.

    Engagement by a governance team

    The number of boards who schedule a structured meeting or call with shareholders at least once per year has increased to 53% from 47% in 2016. Media and regulators continue to be the most common stakeholder groups that interact with organizations.

    Boardroom diversity

    The number of organizations with a formal board diversity policy has decreased from 2016. Currently, 32% of organizations have a fully implemented formal board diversity policy in place, half of which are publicly traded organizations. 91% of the organizations report having at least one female director on the board.

    Subsidiary governance

    84% of organizations report having a separate board of directors for the organization’s significant subsidiaries. 35% of organizations have a written subsidiary governance framework in place and 38% of the organizations adopt formal board mandates and position descriptions at the subsidiary level.

    Effective board and committee operations

    When comparing the past four years, 2017 has the second highest prevalence of organizations with a formal policy for board performance evaluation. The most common board performance evaluation methodology is conducting an individual peer-evaluation survey led by the corporate secretary or other in-house personnel. Almost half of respondents reported that the majority of their directors attended an education program in the past year. The most common education topics include industry specific topics, risk oversight and organization policies.


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