• 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 member (Administrator)

    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

  • 19 Aug 2015 9:53 AM | GPC Webmaster (Administrator)

    The Globe and Mail Inc

    An architect of one of the biggest corporate frauds in history offered a blunt mea culpa and dished out advice to Canadian governance experts on Tuesday, urging company boards to make decisions as though the business was family owned.

    Andrew Fastow, the former chief financial officer of Enron Corp., admitted to the Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries that he was “always a little surprised” to be invited to speak about ethics to business groups.

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/international-business/us-business/former-enron-cfo-speaks-of-convictions-offers-business-advice/article26009702/ 


  • 17 Aug 2015 3:07 PM | GPC Webmaster (Administrator)

    MONTRÉAL, Aug. 17, 2015 - The Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries ("CSCS") handed out the third annual Excellence in Governance Awards/Prix d'excellence en gouvernance at the opening gala of the CSCS' 17th Annual Corporate Governance Conference held at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montréal, Québec, on August 16, 2015.
    The following winners were selected in these categories:

    • Best sustainability, ethics and environmental governance program:
      • Large-cap winner: Cameco Corporation
      • Mid-cap winner: Tahoe Resources
      • Honorable mention: Greater Toronto Airports Authority
    • Best use of technology in governance, risk and compliance – Royal Bank of Canada
    • Best approach to board and committee support:
      • Winner: First West Credit Union
      • Honorable Mention: University of Calgary
    • Best stakeholder engagement by a governance team – Canadian Blood Services
    • Best practices to enhance boardroom diversity:
      • Winner: HSBC Bank Canada
      • Honorable Mention: Greater Toronto Airports Authority
    • Best practices in strategic planning, oversight and value creation by the board – ATB Financial
    • Best overall corporate governance – Royal Bank of Canada
    • CSCS Joyce Borden-Reed distinguished contribution award – Glenn G. Keeling
    • CSCS Peter Dey governance achievement award – David R. Beatty, Conway Chair, Clarkson Centre for Board Effectiveness, Rotman School of Management.

    The CSCS EG Awards recognize the important contribution governance professionals make in terms of best practices that build and sustain shareholder and stakeholder value. The awards underscore the critical role that good governance plays in sustaining the value of Canada's public companies, crown corporations, government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations, contributing to the competitiveness of Canada's economy and its capital markets.

    The final award winners were selected by a jury panel composed of seasoned and well-respected governance experts from across Canada and include: 

    Geoffrey D. Creighton, President, In-House Counsel Worldwide
    Gigi Dawe, Principal, Research Guidance and Support Leader, Corporate Oversight and Governance, Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada
    Sylvia Groves, President and Creative Director, Governance Studio
    Dr. Richard Leblanc, Associate Professor, Law, Governance and Ethics, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University
    Carrie Mandel, Partner, Legal, Compliance and Regulatory Practice, Spencer Stuart
    Paul Schneider, Head of Corporate Governance, Public Equities, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan
    Elizabeth Watson, QC, Founder and President, Watson Inc.
    Brendan Sheehan, Managing Director, Corporate Governance, Rivel Research Group
    Honorary judge, Peter Dey, Chairman, Paradigm Capital Inc.

  • 17 Aug 2015 11:06 AM | GPC Webmaster (Administrator)

    The Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries (CSCS) is pleased to announce that, at its annual meeting earlier today, five new directors were elected to its board of directors. With the board being represented by top corporate secretaries and governance professionals, the addition of these new members rounds CSCS’ expertise and national representation. New directors include:

    • Carmel Bellamy, Associate Secretary and Sr. Director, Corporate Governance & Co-operative Relations, The Co-operators Group Limited, Guelph ON
    • Brigitte Catellier, Corporate Secretary and Head of Governance, HSBC Bank Canada, Vancouver BC
    • Alain Dussault, Lawyer, CN Rail, Montreal QC
    • Glenn Keeling, Independent Director, Cobourg ON
    • Sally Maziarz, Assistant Corporate Secretary, EPCOR Utilities Inc., Edmonton AB

    As the organization continues with implementation of its Strategic Plan, the new directors compliment the strong suite of directors currently servicing the board. Continuing directors, re-elected at the annual meeting, include:

    • Mary Batoff, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Torex Gold Resources Inc., Toronto ON 
    • Madeleine Bertrand, Director, Corporate  Affairs & ATIP Coordinator, Royal Canadian Mint, Ottawa ON
    • Misti Christensen, Manager, Governance and Assistant Secretary, Nexen Energy ULC, Calgary AB
    • Meg Comiskey, Manager, Policy and Research and Assistant Corporate Secretary, Vancouver Airport Authority, Richmond BC
    • David Masse, Independent Director, Beaconsfild QC
    • Janis McKenzie, Independent Director, Brampton ON

    Board member bios are available on the CSCS website at http://www.cscs.org

    Chairman of the Board, David Masse, paid special thanks to the outgoing directors, Laurel Savoy, who joined the Board in 2002 and Leah Fitzgerald, who joined the board in 2010. Their valued contributions to the organization have been greatly appreciated.


  • 22 Jul 2015 11:04 AM | GPC Webmaster (Administrator)

    NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT an annual meeting (“Meeting”) of members of the Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries (CSCS) will be held at The Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel, 900 René Lévesque Blvd. West, Montreal, Quebec on Monday, August 17, 2015 at 8:30 a.m. EDT. to conduct the following business:

    1. Receive the report of the Board of Directors;
    2. Receive the 2014-15 annual audited financial statements and the report of the Public Accountant;

    3. Appoint the Public Accountant for CSCS for the 2015-16 financial year and authorize the directors to fix the remuneration;

    4. Elect the Board of Directors of CSCS for a term ending at the close of the next Meeting; and

    5. 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 and CST Trust Company as our Tabulator and Scrutineer. 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,

    Madeleine Bertrand
    Board Secretary

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