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The Competent Boards Certificate Program for Board Members

The program that’s praised for preparing leaders for accelerated change and increased resiliency

  • Be at the forefront of ESG, sustainability & climate risks and opportunities
  • Join board members, CEOs, investors and experts online and discuss how to overcome the COVID-19 crisis and the new realities corporate leaders are facing
  • Receive frameworks, tools and a roadmap with questions that will guide you and the management team through internal and external discussions
  • During the 90-minute bi-weekly sessions you will engage with and learn from global leaders – see the 95+ leaders involved in the program below
  • Gain the trust of shareholders and stakeholders by obtaining the Global Competent Boards Designation (GCB.D)
Strategic Session TopicsDates
New Risks and Expectations for Boards, Executives and InvestorsMay 13th, 2020 - 11 am - 12:30 pm ET
Dealing with Dilemmas and Turning Risks into OpportunitiesMay 27th, 2020 - 11 am - 12:30 pm ET
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Competent BoardsJune 10th, 2020 - 11 am - 12:30 pm ET
Climate Competent BoardsJune 24th, 2020 - 11 am - 12:30 pm ET
ESG Competent BoardsAugust 5th, 2020 - 11 am - 12:30 pm ET
Human Rights and Supply Chain Competent BoardsAugust 19th, 2020 - 11 am - 12:30 pm ET
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the Boardroom September 2nd, 2020 - 11 am - 12:30 pm ET
Anti-Corruption and TransparencySeptember 16th, 2020 - 11 am - 12:30 pm ET
Responsible Use of Data and CybersecuritySeptember 30th, 2020 - 11 am - 12:30 pm ET
Tax, Investment and Pay in an ESG focused worldOctober 14th, 2020 - 11 am - 12:30 pm ET
Shareholder and Stakeholder Engagement and DisclosureOctober 28th, 2020 - 11 am - 12:30 pm ET
The Future of Good Corporate GovernanceNovember 11th, 2020 - 11 am - 12:30 pm ET
Detailed Program

New Risks and Expectations for Boards, Executives and Investors

May 13th, 2020

11 am - 12:30 pm (EST)

Engage in a conversation with:

Paul Polman

Former CEO, Unilever, Chair, International Chamber of Commerce, Chair, The B-Team & Vice-Chair, United Nations Global Compact

You will also benchmark your views and benefit from the insight of the following leaders:

Paul Polman, Former CEO, Unilever; Annette Verschuren, Board Member, Liberty Mutual Insurance and Air Canada; Jim Hagemann Snabe, Chair, A.P Moller – Maersk and Siemens; Michael Treschow, Chair, Wallenberg Foundations Investment Committee; Bjarne Graven Larsen, Former CIO, Ontario Teacher’s Pension Plan; Kevin Coon, Partner, Baker McKenzie Toronto; Paul Dickinson, Co-Founder and Executive Chair, CDP; Thomas Thune Andersen, Chair, Ørsted ; Jessica Fries, Executive Chair, The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S); David Pitt-Watson, Former Chair, Hermes Focus Asset Management; Peter Dey, Chair, Paradigm Capital Inc.; Nancy Lockhart, Board Member, George Weston Limited; Richard Howitt, Former, CEO, International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC); Erika Karp, Founder & CEO, Cornerstone Capital Group; Andrew Winston, Founder, Winston Eco-Strategies; Robert G. Eccles, Founding Chair, Sustainability Accounting Standards Board; Tim Youmans, North American Lead, Hermes EOS; and Helle Bank Jorgensen, CEO, Competent Boards.

Engage in an online learning experience discussing the following:

  • Organizational purpose – does it add value?
  • Trust and integrity – The boards’ role in relation to shareholder and stakeholder communication
  • Mega-trends – How geopolitical and environmental concerns, and human values are changing expectations of businesses, investors and boards
  • How soft laws, regulations and frameworks are impacting a business’ license to operate
  • How new business models – circular economy, sharing economy, gig economy, the future of work, artificial intelligence – are disrupting business as usual
  • Different views and understandings of the fiduciary duty across regions

Dealing with Dilemmas and Turning Risks into Opportunities

May 27th, 2020

11 am - 12:30 pm (EST)

Engage in a conversation with:

Nik Gowing

Founder, Director, Co-author ‘Thinking the Unthinkable’; Main Presenter, BBC World News 1996-2014

Martin Wolf

Martin Wolf

Associate Editor and Chief Economics Commentator, Financial Times

You will also benchmark your views and benefit from the insight of the following leaders:

Paul Polman, Former CEO, Unilever; Annette Verschuren, Board Member, Liberty Mutual Insurance and Air Canada; Jim Hagemann Snabe, Chair, A.P Moller – Maersk and Siemens; Michael Treschow, Chair, Wallenberg Foundations Investment Committee; Bjarne Graven Larsen, Former CIO, Ontario Teacher’s Pension Plan; Kevin Coon, Partner, Baker McKenzie Toronto; Paul Dickinson, Co-Founder and Executive Chair, CDP; Thomas Thune Andersen, Chair, Ørsted ; Jessica Fries, Executive Chair, The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S); David Pitt-Watson, Former Chair, Hermes Focus Asset Management; Peter Dey, Chair, Paradigm Capital Inc.; Erika Karp, Founder & CEO, Cornerstone Capital Group; Matthew Arnold, Managing Director and Global Head of Sustainable Finance, JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Claus Stig Pedersen, Head of Global Sustainability & Public Affairs, EMEA, Novozymes; Torben Möger Pedersen, CEO, PensionDanmark; Peter Damgaard Jensen, Chair, Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC); Sarah Keohane Williamson, CEO, FCLTGlobal; Ariel Fromer Babcock, Research Director, FCLTGlobal; Amy Larkin, Author, Environmental Debt: The Hidden Costs of a Changing Global Economy, Nik Gowing, Founder, Director, Co-author ‘Thinking the Unthinkable’; Sam Palmisano, Former CEO and Chair, IBM; and Helle Bank Jorgensen, CEO, Competent Boards.

Engage in an online learning experience discussing the following:

  • Thinking the Unthinkable – How to plan for major disruptions to ensure resiliency and business continuity
  • The board of directors’ role in relation to strategy and setting the cultural tone from the top
  • Balancing short-term and long-term goals, objectives, compliance and accountability
  • Dealing with shareholder expectations – how to deal with ratings, rankings, shareholder letters and proposals, activist investors, and a growing number of disclosure expectations
  • Incentives – how incentives can drive wanted or unwanted behaviour

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Competent Boards

June 10th, 2020

11 am - 12:30 pm (EST)

Engage in a conversation with:

Herman Mulder - Cofounder and Chair, Impact Economy Foundation, Chair, SDG Charter Netherlands, Former Chair, Global Reporting Institute, and Former Director- General ABN AMRO Bank

Herman Mulder

Cofounder and Chair, Impact Economy Foundation, Chair, SDG Charter Netherlands, Former Chair, Global Reporting Institute, and Former Director- General ABN AMRO Bank

Annette Stube - Board Member, Fortum and Former Head of Sustainability, Maersk Group

Annette Stube

Board Member, Fortum and Former Head of Sustainability, Maersk Group

You will also benchmark your views and benefit from the insight of the following leaders:

Paul Polman, Former CEO, Unilever; Annette Verschuren, Board Member, Liberty Mutual Insurance and Air Canada; Jim Hagemann Snabe, Chair, A.P Moller – Maersk and Siemens; Michael Treschow, Chair, Wallenberg Foundations Investment Committee; Bjarne Graven Larsen, Former CIO, Ontario Teacher’s Pension Plan; Kevin Coon, Partner, Baker McKenzie Toronto; Paul Dickinson, Co-Founder and Executive Chair, CDP; Thomas Thune Andersen, Chair, Ørsted ; Jessica Fries, Executive Chair, The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S); Erika Karp, Founder & CEO, Cornerstone Capital Group; Claus Stig Pedersen, Head of Global Sustainability & Public Affairs, EMEA, Novozymes; Torben Möger Pedersen, CEO, PensionDanmark; Peter Damgaard Jensen, Chair, Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC); Nancy Lockhart, Board Member, George Weston Limited; Helene Li, CEO and Co-Founder, GoImpact Capital Partners; and Helle Bank Jorgensen, CEO, Competent Boards.

Engage in an online learning experience discussing the following:

  • What are the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) and how are they being addressed by regulatory trends?
  • Why and how are companies and investors embracing the SDGs and using them as a catalogue of innovation and investment opportunities? 
  • How to use the SDG-framework as a strategic tool to understand the world’s biggest pain points and determine risks and innovative opportunities
  • The link between purpose, the SDGs and a business’ license to operate and grow
  • Using the SDGs as a common language to communicate with stakeholders
  • Oversight – how to question the relevance of internally selected SDGs, targets and strategies

Climate Competent Boards

June 24th, 2020

11 am - 12:30 pm (EST)

Engage in a conversation with:

Curtis Ravenel - Special Advisor, FSB Task Force on Climate – related Financial Disclosures, Former Global Head, Sustainable Business & Finance at Bloomberg LP

Curtis Ravenel

Senior Advisor to Mark Carney (COP26 Finance Adviser and UN Special Envoy) Member of the Secretariat, FSB Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures Distinguished Fellow, Sustainable Finance, ClimateWorks Foundation

You will also benchmark your views and benefit from the insight of the following leaders:

Paul Polman, Former CEO, Unilever; Annette Verschuren, Board Member, Liberty Mutual Insurance and Air Canada; Jim Hagemann Snabe, Chair, A.P Moller – Maersk and Siemens; Bjarne Graven Larsen, Former CIO, Ontario Teacher’s Pension Plan; Kevin Coon, Partner, Baker McKenzie Toronto; Paul Dickinson, Co-Founder and Executive Chair, CDP; Claus Stig Pedersen, Head of Global Sustainability & Public Affairs, EMEA, Novozymes; Torben Möger Pedersen, CEO, PensionDanmark; Peter Damgaard Jensen, Chair, Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC); Nancy Lockhart, Board Member, George Weston Limited; Matthew Arnold, Managing Director and Global Head of Sustainable Finance, JPMorgan Chase & Co.; The Honourable John Manley, P.C., O.C., Chair, CIBC; Herman Mulder, Co-founder and Chair, Impact Economy Foundation; Albert Wong, Citizenship Judge, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada; Peter Dey, Chair, Paradigm Capital Inc.; Upkar Arora, CEO, Rally Assets Inc.; Christian Leitz, Head, Corporate Responsibility Management and Historical Archives, UBS; Philippe Zaouti, CEO, Mirova; Jules Kortenhorst, CEO, Rocky Mountain Institute; and Helle Bank Jorgensen, CEO, Competent Boards.

Engage in an online learning experience discussing the following:

  • Reducing risks and capitalizing on opportunities – How climate change is impacting businesses, supply chains, customers, employees and the societies they operate in
  • How to manage transitional and political risks including carbon tax vs. cap-and-trade programs
  • Growing expectations from investors – The Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), CDP, UNPRI, the Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative and other investor driven initiatives
  • How companies, investors and insurance companies are responding to growing demands for climate action
  • Scenario analysis, disclosure expectations, adaptation, mitigation, and transition strategies
  • Oversight – how to question the relevance of climate goals, targets and strategies

ESG Competent Boards

August 5th, 2020

11 am - 12:30 pm (EST)

Engage in a conversation with:

Torben Moger Pedersen

Torben Möger Pedersen

CEO, PensionDanmark, Global Agenda Council on Investments, World Economic Forum, Advisory Board, OECD’s Centre on Green Finance and Investment & Advisory Board, UN Global Compact’s Financial Innovation Action Platform

Erika Karp - Founder and CEO, Cornerstone Capital Group

Erika Karp

Founder and CEO, Cornerstone Capital Group

Anirban Ghosh - Chief Sustainability Officer, Mahindra Group

Anirban Ghosh

Chief Sustainability Officer, Mahindra Group

You will also benchmark your views and benefit from the insight of the following leaders:

Annette Verschuren, Board Member, Liberty Mutual Insurance and Air Canada; Bjarne Graven Larsen, Former CIO, Ontario Teacher’s Pension Plan; Kevin Coon, Partner, Baker McKenzie Toronto; Paul Dickinson, Co-Founder and Executive Chair, CDP; Thomas Thune Andersen, Chair, Ørsted ; Jessica Fries, Executive Chair, The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S); Erika Karp, Founder & CEO, Cornerstone Capital Group; Torben Möger Pedersen, CEO, PensionDanmark; Peter Damgaard Jensen, Chair, Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC); Nancy Lockhart, Board Member, George Weston Limited; Paul Druckman, Chair, World Benchmarking Alliance; David Pitt-Watson, Former Chair, Hermes Focus Asset Management; Matthew Arnold, Managing Director and Global Head of Sustainable Finance, JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Wes Hall ICD.D, Executive Chairman and Founder, Kingsdale Advisors; Hakan Lucius, Head of Corporate Responsibility and Civil Society, European Investment Bank; Richard Howitt, Former CEO, International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC); Robert H. Herz , Board Member, Morgan Stanley and Fannie Mae; Herman Mulder, Co-founder and Chair, Impact Economy Foundation; Upkar Arora, CEO, Rally Assets Inc; Aron Cramer, President and CEO, Business for Social Responsibility (BSR); Georg Kell, Chair, Arabesque and Founding Director, United Nations Global Compact; and Helle Bank Jorgensen, CEO, Competent Boards.

Engage in an online learning experience discussing the following:

  • Growing expectations of ESG (Environment, Social, Governance) disclosure – what are investors asking for and why does it matter?
  • How ESG disclosure issues are leading to securities class actions and civil litigation
  • Understanding the ESG ratings, rankings, indices, integration frameworks and materiality risk and opportunity assessments
  • How companies are responding to growing demands for ESG disclosure
  • How to integrate emerging risks into ERM-frameworks such as the COSO framework
  • Oversight – how to question the relevance of ESG goals, targets and strategies

Human Rights and Supply Chain Competent Boards

August 19th, 2020

11 am - 12:30 pm (EST)

Engage in a conversation with:

Jonathan Drimmer

Partner, Paul Hastings, LLP; Former, Deputy General Counsel, Barrick Gold, Adjunct Professor, Georgetown Univ. Law Center; Board Member, The Trace Foundation and Global Compact Network Canada; Former Board Member, Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights

Mike Barry - Director Mikebarryeco Limited, Former Director of Sustainable Business at Marks & Spencer

Mike Barry

Mike Barry – Director Mikebarryeco Limited, Former Director of Sustainable Business at Marks & Spencer

You will also benchmark your views and benefit from the insight of the following leaders:

Annette Verschuren, Board Member, Liberty Mutual Insurance and Air Canada; Kevin Coon, Partner, Baker McKenzie Toronto; Paul Dickinson, Co-Founder and Executive Chair, CDP; Jessica Fries, Executive Chair, The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S); Peter Damgaard Jensen, Chair, Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC); Nancy Lockhart, Board Member, George Weston Limited; Paul Druckman, Chair, World Benchmarking Alliance; Matthew Arnold, Managing Director and Global Head of Sustainable Finance, JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Herman Mulder, Co-founder and Chair, Impact Economy Foundation; Upkar Arora, CEO, Rally Assets Inc; Paul Polman, Former CEO, Unilever, Chair; Michael Treschow, Chair, Wallenberg Foundations Investment Committee; The Honourable John Manley, P.C., O.C., Chair, CIBC; Claus Stig Pedersen, Head of Global Sustainability & Public Affairs, EMEA, Novozymes; Jennifer Koury, Independent Director; Timothy Mohin, CEO, GRI; Gerry Tidd, Executive Vice President, Corporate, BlueScope; Harald Friedl, CEO, Circle Economy; Michael Kobori, Former Vice-President, Sustainability, Levi Strauss & Co.; Andrew Wallis OBE, CEO, Unseen and Modern Slavery Helpline; and Helle Bank Jorgensen, CEO, Competent Boards.

Engage in an online learning experience discussing the following:

  • Child labour, forced labour, modern slavery, etc. – Do you have human rights risks in your supply chain?
  • Identifying, assessing and managing salient risks
  • The impact of environmental and social disasters on your supply chain
  • Aligning the power of procurement with incentives
  • The responsibility of the corporation and the board with regards to regulatory demands and expectations from stakeholders including how to disclose support for major international norms and soft law initiatives
  • Oversight – how to question the relevance of human rights and supply chain goals, targets and strategies

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the Boardroom

September 2nd, 2020

11 am - 12:30 pm (EST)

Engage in a conversation with:

Caroline Casey

Founder, The Valuable 500, a TED speaker, Ashoka Fellow, Eisenhower Fellow, past Advisor Clinton Global Initiative, Counsellor, One Young World and Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum

Celina Caesar-Chavannes - Former Member of Parliament, and Parliamentary Secretary to Prime Minister Trudeau and to International Development

Celina Caesar-Chavannes

Former Member of Parliament, and Parliamentary Secretary to Prime Minister Trudeau and to International Development

Leslie Traub - Principal Consultant, Udarta Consulting LLC

Leslie Traub

Principal Consultant, Udarta Consulting LLC

You will also benchmark your views and benefit from the insight of the following leaders:

Anna Tudela, Former Vice-President, Diversity, Regulatory Affairs and Corporate Secretary, Goldcorp Inc.; Bjarne Graven Larsen, Chair, KIRK Capital; Paul Druckman, Chair, World Benchmarking Alliance; Torben Möger Pedersen, CEO, PensionDanmark; Jessica Fries, Executive Chair, The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S); Upkar Arora, CEO, Rally Assets Inc.; Carol Liao,  Assistant Professor and Director, Centre for Business Law, UBC Allard School of Law; Annette Verschuren O.C , Board Member, Liberty Mutual Insurance, and Air Canada; Paul Dickinson, Co-Founder and Executive Chair, CDP; Craig Kielburger, O.C, Co-founder, WE Movement – WE Charity; Erika Karp, Founder & CEO, Cornerstone Capital Group; Peter Damgaard Jensen,  Chair, Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC); Nancy Lockhart, Board Member, George Weston Limited; Paul Polman, Former CEO, Unilever; Wes Hall, Executive Chairman and Founder, Kingsdale Advisors; Robert H. Herz, Board Member, Morgan Stanley and Fannie Mae; Herman Mulder, Co-founder and Chair, Impact Economy Foundation; Peter Dey,  Chair, Paradigm Capital Inc.; Dottie Schindlinger, Vice President of Thought Leadership, Diligent; Catherine McCall, Executive Director, Canadian Coalition for Good Governance; Jane Diplock, AO, Chair, Regulatory Committee, Abu Dhabi Global Market; Kathleen Taylor, O.C., Chair, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC); Hans Koeleman, Chief Corporate Communication & Corporate Social Responsibility, KPN; Jens W. Moberg, Chair, Grundfos; Julie Gebauer, Global Head of Human Capital & Benefits, Willis Towers Watson; and Helle Bank Jorgensen, CEO, Competent Boards

Engage in an online learning experience discussing the following:

  • Diversity of thought – the many forms of diversity and the value they bring
  • Expectations from investors and society to foster a pipeline of diverse talent and proactively address employee misconduct and workplace culture issues (including the ‘Me Too’ movement)
  • Board composition, board structure and the role of the board nomination committee
  • Ability to manage complex issues and spot innovation potential
  • Performance evaluation, incentives and accountability
  • Oversight – how to question the relevance of diversity goals, targets and strategies

Anti-Corruption and Transparency

September 16th, 2020

11 am - 12:30 pm (EST)

Engage in a conversation with:

Huguette Labelle C.C., Ph.d., LL,D - Vice-Chair, International Senior Advisory Board of the International Anti-Corruption Academy, Member, Advisory Group to the OECD Secretary-General on Anti-Corruption and Integrity, Former Chancellor, University of Ottawa, former Chair, Transparency International and former Board Member, the UN Global Compact

Huguette Labelle

Vice-Chair, International Senior Advisory Board of the International Anti-Corruption Academy, Member, Advisory Group to the OECD Secretary-General on Anti-Corruption and Integrity, Former Chair, Transparency International and Former Board Member, the UN Global Compact

José R. Hernandez, PhD - CEO, Ortus Strategies, Author, Broken Business: Seven Steps to Reform Good Companies Gone Bad

José R. Hernandez, PhD

CEO, Ortus Strategies, Author, Broken Business: Seven Steps to Reform Good Companies Gone Bad

You will also benchmark your views and benefit from the insight of the following leaders:

Paul Polman, Former CEO, Unilever, Chair; Peter Damgaard Jensen , Chair, Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC); The Honourable John Manley, P.C., O.C., Chair, CIBC; Huguette Labelle C.C., Ph.d., LL,D, Former Chair, Transparency International; Gerry Tidd, Executive Vice President, Corporate, BlueScope; Hentie Dirker, Chief Integrity Officer, SNC-Lavalin; Nancy Lockhart, Board Member, George Weston Limited; Peter Dey, Chair, Paradigm Capital Inc; Craig Kielburger, O.C,  Co-founder, WE Movement – WE Charity; Ian Robertson, Vice President, Director and Portfolio Manager, Odlum Brown; Catherine McCall, Executive Director, Canadian Coalition for Good Governance; Jonathan Drimmer, Partner, Paul Hastings LLP; José R. Hernandez,  Author, Broken Business: Seven Steps to Reform Good Companies Gone Bad; and Helle Bank Jorgensen, CEO, Competent Boards

Engage in an online learning experience discussing the following:

  • Changing risks and expectations associated with anti-corruption and ethical business practices
  • Developing and testing the hallmarks of an effective anti-corruption compliance program
  • Steps companies can take to reduce fraud and corruption including facilitation payments
  • Public disclosure and self-disclosure – how much should company reputation matter in decision-making
  • Managing and overseeing investigations
  • Oversight – Questions to ask management to test the robustness and effectiveness of its anti-corruption approach

Responsible Use of Data and Cybersecurity

September 30th, 2020

11 am - 12:30 pm (EST)

Engage in a conversation with:

Nabeela Ixtabalan - EVP of People and Corporate Affairs, Walmart Canada 

Nabeela Ixtabalan

EVP of People and Corporate Affairs, Walmart Canada 

Christopher Crummey - Global Executive Director, IBM Security Command Centers

Christopher Crummey

Global Executive Director, IBM Security Command Centers

You will also benchmark your views and benefit from the insight of the following leaders:

Robert H. Herz, Board Member, Morgan Stanley and Fannie Mae; Josée Morin, ASC/C.Dir, P. Eng, Corporate Director; Tyson Johnson, Chief Operating Officer, CyberNB; Thomas Gann, Chief Public Policy Officer, McAfee; Dottie Schindlinger, Vice President of Thought Leadership; Nik Gowing, Founder, Director, Co-author ‘Thinking the Unthinkable’; Hans Koeleman, Chief Corporate Communication & Corporate Social Responsibility, KPN; Daniel Oh, Managing Director, Corporate Governance, Morrow Sodali; The Honourable John Manley, P.C., O.C., Chair, CIBC; Lisa Reshaur,  General Manager, Digital Security and Risk Engineering – Governance, Risk, Continuity and Compliance, Microsoft; Kersi Porbunderwala, President and CEO, Copenhagen Compliance; and Helle Bank Jorgensen, CEO, Competent Boards

Engage in an online learning experience discussing the following:

  • Ethical considerations of the use of data including big data and AI generated opportunities
  • How can cyber risks impact how responsibly a company’s reputation is perceived
  • Cyber propaganda and ‘Fake News’
  • Cybersecurity and how it links to the SDGs
  • Increased organizational and personal data-protection vs. the use of data for good
  • Data collection, stakeholder privacy concerns, and the ethical management of confidential information
  • Disaster containment, recovery and business continuity
  • Oversight – how to question the strategy for the use of data and the cybersecurity strategy

Tax, Investment and Pay in an ESG focused world

October 14th, 2020

11 am - 12:30 pm (EST)

Engage in a conversation with:

Birgit Noergaard - Non-Executive Director at Associated British Ports, WSP Global Inc.

Birgit Noergaard

Non-Executive Director at Associated British Ports, WSP Global Inc.

Shailesh Haribhakti - Chairman, Shailesh Haribhakti & Associates, Chartered Fashions Limited, NSDAccountants and Non-Executive Chairman, L&T Finance Holdings Limited, L&T Mutual Fund, Future Lifestyle, Fashions Limited, NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure Limited and Blue Star Limited

Shailesh Haribhakti

Chairman, Shailesh Haribhakti & Associates, Chartered Fashions Limited, NSDAccountants and Non-Executive Chairman, L&T Finance Holdings Limited, L&T Mutual Fund, Future Lifestyle, Fashions Limited, NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure Limited and Blue Star Limited

Barbara Oberleitner - Vice President, WSP Global Inc., CPA, CA

Barbara Oberleitner

Vice President, WSP Global Inc., CPA, CA

You will also benchmark your views and benefit from the insight of the following leaders:

Timothy Mohin, CEO, GRI; Paul Polman, Former CEO, Unilever; Catherine McCall, Executive Director, Canadian Coalition for Good Governance; Huguette Labelle C.C., Ph.d., LL,D, Former Chair, Transparency International; Hentie Dirker, Chief Integrity Officer, SNCLavalin; Daniel Oh, Managing Director, Corporate Governance, Morrow Sodali; Hakan Lucius, Head of Corporate Responsibility and Civil Society, European Investment Bank; Jane Diplock, AO, Chair, Regulatory Committee, Abu Dhabi Global Market; Mark Hawkins, President and Chief Financial Officer,  Salesforce; Mark Reid, Global Leader Rewards and Executive Compensation, Willis Towers Watson; and Helle Bank Jorgensen, CEO, Competent Boards

Engage in an online learning experience discussing the following:

  • When tax optimization is no longer responsible
  • The cost of ownership in a volatile world – dilemmas when investing for the long-term
  • How to question the socioeconomic impact of potential business decisions
  • What information is needed to make well-informed capital investment and capital expenditure (CapEx) decisions
  • When executive compensation is hurting the business
  • Oversight – how to question financial decisions and the impact on the business’ reputation and longevity

Shareholder and Stakeholder Engagement and Disclosure

October 28th, 2020

11 am - 12:30 pm (EST)

Engage in a conversation with:

Timothy Mohin – CEO, GRI, Former Senior Director Corporate Responsibility, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), Former Chairman, Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) and Former Member, Conflict Free Sourcing Initiative’s Steering Committee

Timothy Mohin

Former CEO, GRI; Former Senior Director Corporate Responsibility, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), Former Chairman, Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) and Former Member, Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative’s Steering Committee

Tim Youmans

North American Lead, Hermes EOS, Former Research Scholar, Harvard Business School and the MIT Sloan School’s Family Office Program

Paul Druckman

Paul Druckman

Chair, World Benchmarking Alliance, Corporate Reporting Council, and Clear Insurance Management, Board Member, Shift and UK Financial Reporting Council, Founding CEO, International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC); Former Executive Chair, Accounting for Sustainability; and Former President, Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales

You will also benchmark your views and benefit from the insight of the following leaders:

Matthew Arnold, Managing Director and Global Head of Sustainable Finance, JPMorgan Chase & Co; Catherine McCall, Executive Director, Canadian Coalition for Good Governance; Thomas Thune Andersen, Chair, Lloyd’s Register Group Limited and Ørsted; Nancy Lockhart,  Board Member, George Weston Limited; Peter Damgaard Jensen, Chair, Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC); Wes Hall ICD.D, Executive Chairman and Founder, Kingsdale Advisors; Daniel Oh, Managing Director, Corporate Governance, Morrow Sodali; Torben Möger Pedersen, CEO, PensionDanmark; Bjarne Graven Larsen, Chair, KIRK Capital; Kevin Coon, Partner, Baker McKenzie Toronto; Jane Diplock, AO, Chair, Regulatory Committee, Abu Dhabi Global Market; Erika Karp, Founder & CEO, Cornerstone Capital Group; Paul Dickinson, Co-Founder and Executive Chair, CDP; Robert H. Herz, Board Member, Morgan Stanley and Fannie Mae; Richard Howitt, Former CEO, International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC); Annette Verschuren O.C, Board Member, Liberty Mutual Insurance and Air Canada; Dr. Allen L. White, Co-founder, Global Reporting Initiative; William Jannace, Senior Counsel, Ross PLLC; and Helle Bank Jorgensen, CEO, Competent Boards.

Engage in an online learning experience discussing the following:

  • Determining the material issues to manage and communicate to shareholders and stakeholders
  • The rise in shareholder activism proposals and how the proxy season impacts companies and boards
  • Engagement strategies before the proxy season and beyond – consistent messaging
  • The most commonly-used standards and frameworks including Integrated Reporting (IIRC), Climate Reporting (CDP, CDSB), SASB, GRI, UN Global Compact, SDGs, etc.
  • SOX (Sarbanes-Oxley Act) and Stock-exchange requirements
  • What are the future trends in reporting?

The Future of Good Corporate Governance

November 11th, 2020

11 am - 12:30 pm (EST)

Engage in a conversation with:

Mervyn King - Chair Emeritus, King Committee on Corporate Governance in South Africa, Chair Emeritus, International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) and Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Former Chair, United Nations Committee on Governance and Oversight

Mervyn King

Chair Emeritus, King Committee on Corporate Governance in South Africa, Chair Emeritus, International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) and Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Former Chair, United Nations Committee on Governance and Oversight

David Pitt-Watson

David Pitt-Watson

Formerly: Chair, Hermes Focus Asset Management, Chair, UN Environment Programme’s Finance Initiative, Director, International Corporate Governance Network, Currently: Independent Non-Executive, KPMG, and Executive Fellow, Judge Business School, Cambridge University

Kathleen Taylor, O.C. - Chair, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), SickKids Foundation and Altas Partners; Vice Chair, The Adecco Group; Director, CPPIB and Air Canada

Kathleen Taylor, O.C.

Kathleen Taylor, O.C. – Chair, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), SickKids Foundation and Altas Partners; Vice-Chair, The Adecco Group; Director, CPPIB and Air Canada

You will also benchmark your views and benefit from the insight of the following leaders:

Claus Stig Pedersen, Head of Global Sustainability & Public Affairs, EMEA, Novozymes; Erika Karp, Founder & CEO, Cornerstone Capital Group; Paul Druckman, Chair, World Benchmarking Alliance; Jessica Fries, Executive Chair, The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S); David Pitt-Watson, Former Chair, Hermes Focus Asset Management; Paul Dickinson, Co-Founder and Executive Chair, CDP; Bjarne Graven Larsen, Chair, KIRK Capital; Peter Dey, Chair, Paradigm Capital Inc.; Christian Leitz, Head, Corporate Responsibility Management and Historical Archives, UBS; Matthew Arnold, Managing Director and Global Head of Sustainable Finance, JPMorgan Chase & Co.; The Honourable John Manley, P.C., O.C., Chair, CIBC; Catherine McCall,  Executive Director, Canadian Coalition for Good Governance; Paul Polman, Former CEO, Unilever; Hakan Lucius, Head of Corporate Responsibility and Civil Society, European Investment Bank; Dottie Schindlinger, Vice President of Thought Leadership, Diligent; Gerry Tidd, Executive Vice President, Corporate, BlueScope; Hans Koeleman, Chief Corporate Communication & Corporate Social Responsibility, KPN; Josée Morin, ASC/C.Dir, P. Eng, Corporate Director; Daniel Siciliano, Co-Founder & Fellow, Stanford’s Rock Center for Corporate Governance; Nik Gowing, Founder, Director, Co-author ‘Thinking the Unthinkable’; Craig Kielburger, O.C, Co-founder, WE Movement – WE Charity; Peter Damgaard Jensen, Chair, Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC); Nancy Lockhart, Board Member, George Weston Limited; Thomas Thune Andersen, Chair, Ørsted; Philippe Zaouti, CEO, Mirova; Kevin Coon, Partner, Baker McKenzie Toronto; Annette Verschuren O.C,  Board Member, Liberty Mutual Insurance and Air Canada; Herman Mulder, Co-founder and Chair, Impact Economy Foundation; Robert H. Herz, Board Member, Morgan Stanley and Fannie Mae; Michael Treschow, Chair, Wallenberg Foundations Investment Committee; Albert Wong, Citizenship Judge, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada; Upkar Arora, FCPA, FCA, ICD.D, CEO, Rally Assets Inc.; Harald Friedl, CEO, Circle Economy; Jim Hagemann Snabe, Chair, A.P Moller – Maersk and Siemens; Torben Möger Pedersen, CEO, PensionDanmark; Wes Hall ICD.D, Executive Chairman and Founder, Kingsdale Advisors; Jane Diplock, AO, Chair, Regulatory Committee, Abu Dhabi Global Market; Mervyn King, Chair Emeritus, King Committee on Corporate Governance in South Africa; Huguette Labelle C.C., Ph.d., LL,D, Former Chair, Transparency International; R. Gopalakrishnan, Author, Doodles on Leadership: Experiences within and Beyond Tata; and Helle Bank Jorgensen, CEO, Competent Boards.


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  • A summary of the previous topics and what they mean for the future of good governance

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