Upcoming events

    • 24 Mar 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (PDT)
    • Terminal City Club, 837 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6C 1B6

    Achieving Excellence in Governance:
    Tips & Tricks on Best Governance Practices
    in Vancouver

    The Excellence in Governance Awards (EGAs) program, produced by Governance Professionals of Canada (GPC), brings public awareness to the work that governance professionals do in order to sustain the value of Canada's organizations, and allow the governance community to benchmark their practices against the best in class.


    In partnership with Aprio Inc., please join us for this unique session and opportunity to hear directly from EG Award winners, judges and GPC representatives, to gain key insights on:

    • best practices in enterprise risk management (ERM),
    • embedding sustainability and ESG into policy,
    • best approaches to achieving effective board and committee operations, 
    • the judges expectations for best governance, and 
    • more on the EGAs program and how you can nominate your organization.
    Special guests include:
    • John Bell, Chief Advisor, Strategic Planning, Governance and Sustainability, BC Housing Commission (2016 Nominee, Best Overall Corporate Governance)
    • Anita JensenCorporate Affairs and Governance Manager, Aldergrove Credit Union (2016 Nominee, Best Approach to Achieving Effective Board and Committee Operations)
    • Meg Comiskey, Assistant Corporate Secretary, Vancouver Airport Authority (2016 Winner, Best Practices in Enterprise Risk Management)
    • Shona McGlashan, Chief Governance Officer, Mountain Equipment Co-op (2016 Nominee, Best Practices in Sustainability and ESG)
    • Elizabeth Watson, QC, Founder and President, Watson Inc. (Judging Panel)
    • Wendy King, Vice President, Legal, Risk and Governance, Capstone Mining Corporation (Shortlisted Judging Panel)


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    For event inquiries, please contact Amberly Strauss, (416) 921-5449 ext. 314.

    • 29 Mar 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Lord Elgin - Macdonald Room, 100 Elgin Street, Ottawa, ON K1P 5K8

    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.

    Topic 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. 

    • 17 May 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • 1 First Canadian Place, 68th Floor, York Room, Toronto, Ontario

    Among the many hard lessons of Worldcom, Enron and the global financial crisis of 2008 was that, as businesses become more complex, a thoughtful and effective subsidiary governance framework is critical. 

    Parent company boards must finds ways to exercise effective oversight over the company’s subsidiaries.  Subsidiary networks can be composed of a few domestic companies or thousands of entities in dozens of jurisdictions. Subsidiaries themselves can be as simple as a special purpose financing vehicle or as complex as regulated, client facing entities with multiple revenue streams. Unlike their public company parents that are subject to stringent continuous disclosure requirements, subsidiaries are opaque and do not lend themselves easily to scrutiny.  In addition, companies must find the right balance between the parent company’s need to set group strategy and coordinate group oversight, while respecting the legal duties of subsidiary directors.

    Subsidiary governance has moved from an emerging area to one of increased global focus. Courts worldwide are demonstrating a willingness to entertain the idea of piercing the corporate veil for an evolving tort of human rights abuse.  Regulators are showing an increasing interest in parent company accountability and management liability for subsidiary oversight.  Companies must find ways to ingrain ethical standards and an environmental and social governance conscience throughout multi-faceted enterprises.

    Join some of the leading practitioners and academics from across Canada and the United States for this important one day event, and learn more about how to build an effective subsidiary governance framework in your organization.

    Presenters will include:

    Professor Poonam Puri, Osgoode Hall Law School;

    Charles Canfield, Principal Corporate Governance Officer, International Finance Corporation;

    Bindu Dhaliwal, Director, Environmental and Social Governance, BMO Financial Group;

    Brigitte Catellier, Vice-President and Corporate Secretary, Sunlife Financial;

    Neil Puddicombe, Director of Subsidiary Governance (Canada and International), BMO Financial Group;

    Jennifer Bennett, Managing Director & Associate General Counsel, Office of the Corporate Secretary, Bank of America Corporation

    Barry Cooper, Chairman, BMO Global Asset Management

    Dana Easthope, Former Corporate Secretary, Barrick Gold

    David Masse, Independent Director, Former Senior Legal Counsel and Deputy Corporate Secretary, CGI Group

    Anna Tudela, Acc. Dir., VP, Diversity, Regulatory Affairs & Corporate Secretary, Goldcorp Inc.

    And more….

    Who should attend: This one day conference will be of interest to you if you are a:

    • general counsel of a parent company  with subsidiaries
    • legal counsel to a subsidiary entity,
    • compliance officer in a multi-entity organization,
    • executive on the board of a subsidiary company,
    • corporate secretary of a parent or subsidiary board,
    • comptroller or CFO responsible for inter-company transfers,
    • accountant responsible for tax planning, or
    • internal or external auditor reviewing the internal controls of a multi-layered enterprise.
    • 12 Jun 2017
    • 8:30 AM
    • 13 Jun 2017
    • 4:30 PM
    • The Ranchmen’s Club, 710 13 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0K9

    The Seminar: 

    This two-day seminar is a great way to get up to speed or to expand your corporate secretariat skill set. It will examine the responsibilities, roles and accountabilities of the corporate secretary's position, explore best practices and provide practical solutions to current governance challenges. This session will be of great benefit to you if you are new to the profession or provide a great refresher and updates to someone responsible for governance processes and/or compliance processes in your organization. 

    Topics Will Include: 

    • Fundamentals of corporate governance
      • legal and regulatory framework for governance in Canada
      • director roles and responsibilities
      • board composition and board effectiveness
      • board and management relations
      • shareholder and stakeholder engagement
      • current governance issues and how to stay informed
    • The role and duties of the corporate secretary
      • managing meetings, schedules, agendas, materials and minutes
      • board logistics and communication
      • annual meeting planning and preparation
      • reporting channels and managing board and management expectations
      • providing advice on corporate governance issues
    • Managing and adding value to board processes
      • understanding ethics, risks and liabilities
      • independence, conflicts of interest and related personal transactions
      • directors' insurance and indemnification concerns
      • advice and resources for discharging corporate governance duties
      • board performance, evaluation and succession planning
      • board orientation and onboarding

    Who Should Attend?

    • Newly appointed corporate secretaries, assistant secretaries and other staff dealing with governance
    • Experienced governance professionals seeking to refresh their skills and learn about the latest governance issues
    • Outside legal counsel, paralegals, etc. supporting corporate secretarial functions.

    Presenters: 

    Sylvia Groves, FCIS
    President and Creative Director, Governance Studio 
    Adding Value to Every Seat at the Boardroom TableTM

    Sylvia is a self-proclaimed “governance nerd” who believes in the power of transparency, ethics and continuous improvement to add value. She created Governance Studio from her award-winning work with one of Canada’s foremost governance leaders.

    Directors and Corporate Secretaries from all sectors appreciate working with Sylvia to enhance organizational governance and benefit key stakeholders. Sylvia listens to each client’s unique needs and applies her decades of expertise to build the right program for each individual organization. “There is no one size fits all – to be effective, governance has to fit the company and its culture,” notes Sylvia.

    Sylvia’s work includes professional speaking, facilitating and consulting. She is the author of the highly acclaimed book: AAA+ Minutes™  – The Three Must-Do Fundamentals And 100s Of Practice Tips For Writing Minutes That Protect Your Organization And Its Directors. She is the recipient of the 2014 Joyce Borden-Reed distinguished contribution award from the Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries.

    Her latest initiative – Diversity One – is a one-step policy that boards can adopt to easily and painlessly improve diversity.

    Visit www.GovernanceStudio.ca and www.DiversityOne.org to learn more.


    Dr. Richard Leblanc, CMC, BSc, MBA, LLB, JD, LLM, PhD 
    Associate Professor, Governance, Law and Ethics, York University

    Professor Richard Leblanc (http://www.yorku.ca/rleblanc/) is an award-winning teacher and researcher, consultant, governance lawyer and specialist on governance, boards of directors and accountability. He is a former recipient of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40™award, received a teaching award as one of the top five university teachers in Ontario, and was named to Canadian Who’s Who.

    Professor Leblanc’s applied research has been used by, and he has advised, financial and securities regulators, investors, hedge funds, and board and committee chairs. He has provided extensive service as an external advisor to boards that have won national awards and peer endorsement from institutional shareholders for their governance practices. He has been retained to advise on defective boards to implement governance and shareholder accountability reform. He has evaluated boards, board committees, committee chairs and CEOs, and has advised on CEO performance and both director and CEO succession planning and removal, consistent with shareholder value creation and accountability.


    Janis Riven, LLB & BCL, MBA, PAdm, FCIS, Acc.Dir. 
    Adjunct Professor, John Molson School of Business, Concordia University

    Janis, based in Montréal, has a growing consulting practice on governance and compliance matters with clients encompassing publicly listed and closely held companies, not-for-profits and government organizations. She is currently Adjunct Professor at the John Molson School of Business, Concordia University, where she teaches corporate governance and was instrumental in developing an international sustainability certification program for investment professionals. She is a well-known speaker both in Canada and abroad at conferences on corporate governance, and has acted as a facilitator for boards and board committees of a number of different organizations seeking to improve their effectiveness. Janis' last corporate position was with RBC Financial Group where she served as Vice President, Compliance and Secretary for RBC Insurance.

    Janis is Past President of Chartered Secretaries Canada, the Canadian division of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA). Ms. Riven is a member of the Quebec Bar and a Fellow of the ICSA, and holds a number of board positions.

    CPD Hours and CLE Credits: 

    To be confirmed.

    Cancellation and Refund Policy: 

    Cancellations can be made up to June 5th for the 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 those dates. Attendee name substitutions are allowed at any time. Please email events@gpcanada.org with the replacement contact’s information.

    • 20 Aug 2017
    • 4:00 PM (UTC-02:30)
    • 23 Aug 2017
    • 12:30 PM (UTC-02:30)
    • Delta St. John's Hotel and Conference Centre, St. Johns, Newfoundland and Labrador A1C 6K4

    GPC will be hosting its 19th Annual Corporate Governance Conference this year in the beautiful city of St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. 


    We invite all governance professionals and governance service providers to join us in welcoming over 300 of your peers to St. John's for this premier event. 

    More information click here

    Please send any comments, ideas, suggestions or questions to Albert Orellana.

Past events

23 Mar 2017 Calgary - Achieving Excellence in Governance: Tips and Tricks
22 Mar 2017 Edmonton - Achieving Excellence in Governance: Tips and Tricks
23 Feb 2017 Meetings, Minutes and More - Calgary
21 Feb 2017 Meetings, Minutes and More - Vancouver
31 Jan 2017 Meetings, Minutes and More - Toronto
18 Jan 2017 Vancouver: Meet n' Greet Luncheon
08 Dec 2016 Edmonton Holiday Cocktails
08 Dec 2016 Toronto Holiday Cocktail Reception
24 Nov 2016 Divulgation, gouvernance et communication: au coeur de la réputation des entreprises
15 Nov 2016 EXCELLENCE IN GOVERNANCE AWARDS
14 Nov 2016 Governance Essentials for the Corporate Secretary: Two-Day Seminar - Toronto
28 Oct 2016 Trends in Governance Interactive Breakfast Seminar Presented by Donnelley Financial Solutions & GPC
13 Oct 2016 Name Rebrand Celebration & Networking Luncheon - Edmonton, Presented by ATB Financial
12 Oct 2016 Name Rebrand Celebration & Networking Reception - Calgary
11 Oct 2016 Name Rebrand Celebration & Networking Reception - Vancouver
11 Oct 2016 Governance Essentials for the Corporate Secretary: Two-Day Seminar - Vancouver
04 Oct 2016 Executive Compensation Disclosure for Corporate Secretaries
16 Jun 2016 CALGARY CHAPTER EVENT: The Corporate Secretary’s Perspective on Recent Calgary Takeover Transactions
31 May 2016 The Role and Duties of the Corporate Secretary - CANCELLED
18 May 2016 Toronto Corporate Governance Exchange
10 May 2016 Tips & Tricks to Better Prepare Board Meeting Material
21 Apr 2016 Excellence in Subsidiary Governance - Toronto
15 Apr 2016 Meetings, Minutes and More - Vancouver
14 Apr 2016 Excellence in Subsidiary Governance - Calgary
05 Apr 2016 Meetings, Minutes and More - Calgary
04 Apr 2016 Meetings, Minutes and More - Montreal
22 Mar 2016 Meetings, Minutes and More - Toronto
18 Feb 2016 Governance Boot Camp for Not-for-profit Organizations
14 Jan 2016 Cost saving opportunities in the corporate secretary’s office & Post-holiday reception
24 Nov 2015 The Year the Shareholders Spoke Up: A 2015 AGM Wrap Up And What to Expect in 2016
03 Nov 2015 Governance Essentials for the Corporate Secretary: Two-Day Seminar - Webcast
03 Nov 2015 Governance Essentials for the Corporate Secretary: Two-Day Seminar - Toronto
26 Jun 2015 The Year the Shareholders Spoke Up: A 2015 AGM Wrap Up - Vancouver
25 Jun 2015 The Year the Shareholders Spoke Up: A 2015 AGM Wrap Up - Calgary
23 Jun 2015 The Year the Shareholders Spoke Up: A 2015 AGM Wrap Up - Toronto
28 May 2015 Governance Essentials for the Corporate Secretary: Two-Day Seminar - Vancouver
21 May 2015 Toronto Corporate Governance Exchange
17 Apr 2015 Excellence in Subsidiary Governance - WEBCAST
17 Apr 2015 Excellence in Subsidiary Governance - Toronto
26 Jan 2015 Governance Boot Camp for Not-for-profit Organizations - WEBCAST
26 Jan 2015 Governance Boot Camp for Not-for-profit Organizations - Toronto
15 Jan 2015 Excellence in Subsidiary Governance
04 Dec 2014 CSCS Excellence in Governance Award Winners' Panel
27 Nov 2014 The Board's Emerging Oversight Role in Corporate Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility - Vancouver
03 Nov 2014 Governance Essentials for the Corporate Secretary: Two-Day Seminar - Webcast
03 Nov 2014 Governance Essentials for the Corporate Secretary: Two-Day Seminar - Toronto
28 Oct 2014 The Board's Must Win: CEO Succession Planning - Toronto
18 Sep 2014 CALGARY SOCIAL EVENT- LAWN BOWLING
19 Jun 2014 CSCS Calgary Chapter Event: 2014 Annual Shareholder Meetings
02 Jun 2014 Enterprise Risk Management for Corporate Secretaries
29 May 2014 CSCS 20th Anniversary Reception - Calgary
29 May 2014 Governance Essentials for the Corporate Secretary: Two-Day Seminar - Calgary
28 Apr 2014 Orientation and Onboarding Workshop - Vancouver
25 Apr 2014 CSCS 20th Anniversary Reception - Vancouver
25 Apr 2014 Governance Boot Camp for Mining Organizations - Vancouver
09 Apr 2014 Toronto Corporate Governance Exchange
12 Mar 2014 Orientation and Onboarding Workshop - Calgary
06 Mar 2014 Consultation on the Canada Business Corporations Act - Vancouver
04 Mar 2014 Governance Boot Camp for Mining Organizations - Toronto
04 Mar 2014 Consultation on the Canada Business Corporations Act - Calgary
03 Mar 2014 Consultation on the Canada Business Corporations Act - Toronto
04 Feb 2014 CSCS 20th Anniversary Reception - Toronto
04 Feb 2014 Orientation and Onboarding Workshop - Toronto
23 Jan 2014 "Round Table" Conference Call - Co-Ops
23 Jan 2014 "Round Table" Conference Call - Privately Held Companies
22 Jan 2014 "Round Table" Conference Call - Not-for-Profit Organizations
22 Jan 2014 "Round Table" Conference Call - Crown Corporations
04 Dec 2013 Board Portals and Paperless Boardrooms: A Toronto Power Breakfast
03 Dec 2013 Board Portals and Paperless Boardrooms: A Calgary Power Breakfast - CANCELLED
02 Dec 2013 CSCS Calgary Chapter Event: Option Trading, Dark Pools and more for Corporate Secretaries
02 Dec 2013 Board Portals and Paperless Boardrooms: A Vancouver Power Breakfast
21 Nov 2013 Corporate Governance and Accountability
07 Nov 2013 Meet and Greet Toronto
06 Nov 2013 "Round Table" Conference Call - Small- to Mid-cap Issuers
30 Oct 2013 Directors' and Officers Liability: Toronto Breakfast Event
29 Oct 2013 "Round Table" Conference Call - Large- to Mega-cap Issuers
21 Oct 2013 Vancouver: Discussion on CSA consultation paper 54-401: Review of the Proxy Voting Infrastructure
18 Oct 2013 Calgary: Discussion on CSA consultation paper 54-401: Review of the Proxy Voting Infrastructure
17 Oct 2013 "Round Table" Conference Call - Co-Ops
17 Oct 2013 "Round Table" Conference Call for Privately Held Companies
16 Oct 2013 "Round Table" Conference Call - Not-for-Profit Organizations
16 Oct 2013 "Round Table" Conference Call - Crown Corporations
15 Oct 2013 Toronto: Discussion on CSA consultation paper 54-401: Review of the Proxy Voting Infrastructure
10 Oct 2013 Montreal: Discussion on CSA consultation paper 54-401: Review of the Proxy Voting Infrastructure
04 Oct 2013 Directors' and Officers Liability: Edmonton Breakfast Event
03 Oct 2013 Directors and Officers Liability: Calgary Breakfast Event
02 Oct 2013 Directors and Officers Liability: Vancouver Breakfast Event
16 Sep 2013 Disclosure Requirements Regarding Women on Boards and in Senior Management
18 Aug 2013 Excellence In Governance Awards Reception & Dinner
18 Aug 2013 15th Annual Corporate Governance Conference
20 Jun 2013 Board & Committee Minutes: A Hands-on Workshop - Toronto
18 Jun 2013 CSCS Calgary Chapter Event: Shareholder Activism
14 Jun 2013 Continuous Disclosure and Material Change Reporting - Toronto
03 Jun 2013 Continuous Disclosure and Material Change Reporting - Calgary
31 May 2013 Continuous Disclosure and Material Change Reporting - Vancouver
23 May 2013 Governance Essentials for the Corporate Secretary - Vancouver
23 May 2013 Meet and Greet Vancouver
20 Mar 2013 Board & Committee Minutes: A Hands-on Workshop - Vancouver
18 Mar 2013 Board & Committee Minutes: A Hands-on Workshop - Calgary
14 Feb 2013 "Round Table" Conference Call - Large Issuers
14 Feb 2013 "Round Table" Conference Call - Private Sector
13 Feb 2013 "Round Table" Conference Call - Small & Medium Size Issuers
13 Feb 2013 "Round Table" Conference Call - Not-for-Profit Organizations
12 Feb 2013 "Round Table" Conference Call - Crown Corporation
06 Dec 2012 THE Executive Compensation Course for Corporate Secretaries: Calgary
05 Dec 2012 THE Executive Compensation Course for Corporate Secretaries: Vancouver
29 Nov 2012 THE Executive Compensation Course for Corporate Secretaries: Toronto
22 Nov 2012 "Round Table" Conference Call for Private Companies
20 Nov 2012 "Round Table" Conference Call for Small & Medium Size Issuers
20 Nov 2012 "Round Table" Conference Calls for Large Issuers
13 Nov 2012 "Round Table" Conference Call for Crown Corporations
13 Nov 2012 "Round Table" Conference Call for Not-for-Profit Organizations
19 Aug 2012 14th Annual Corporate Governance Conference
12 Jun 2012 Discussion on Governance in Times of Crisis | Discussion sur la gouvernance en temps de crise
29 May 2012 Meetings and Governance Best Practices - Edmonton
28 May 2012 Meetings and Governance Best Practices - Calgary
25 May 2012 Meetings and Governance Best Practices - Vancouver
23 May 2012 The Canadian Institute’s National Forum on Protecting and Defending the Board
14 May 2012 Meetings and Governance Best Practices - Toronto
05 Dec 2011 Alberta Chapter of CSCS: Annual Christmas Cocktail Reception and Update on Shareholder Democracy Issues
22 Nov 2011 THE Executive Compensation Course for Corporate Secretaries: Calgary
21 Nov 2011 THE Executive Compensation Course for Corporate Secretaries: Vancouver
25 Oct 2011 CSCS Alberta Chapter: Panel Discussion on the Proposed National Instrument 51-103
24 Oct 2011 CSCS 2011 SHAREHOLDER DEMOCRACY SUMMIT
13 Oct 2011 THE Executive Compensation Course for Corporate Secretaries: Toronto
08 Aug 2011 CSCS Webinar - Planning to Network
20 Jun 2011 CSCS Calgary Chapter: AGM Roundtable Discussion & 1st Annual CSCS Calgary Chapter Golf Classic
18 May 2011 The role of the Corporate Secretary in Recruiting, Orienting, Educating and Evaluating Directors: Edmonton
05 May 2011 CSCS Calgary Chapter: Discussion on Directors’ Compensation and Executive Compensation Trends & Policies
09 Mar 2011 The role of the Corporate Secretary in Recruiting, Orienting, Educating and Evaluating Directors: Ottawa
07 Mar 2011 The role of the Corporate Secretary in Recruiting, Orienting, Educating and Evaluating Directors: Toronto
03 Mar 2011 The role of the Corporate Secretary in Recruiting, Orienting, Educating and Evaluating Directors: Calgary
01 Mar 2011 The role of the Corporate Secretary in Recruiting, Orienting, Educating and Evaluating Directors: Vancouver
01 Jan 2011 CSCS 12th Annual Corporate Governance Conference - WEBINAR NOW AVAILABLE
26 Nov 2010 CSCS Practical Workshop / Toronto
24 Nov 2010 CSCS Practical Workshop / Ottawa

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