Interviews & Webinars

Join our upcoming webinars below and have a look at some of our past webinars and interviews to see some of the remarkable board members and experts we have connected with.

Hear more from these leaders and others in the interviews, webinars and guest speakers videos featured in the Competent Boards Certificate Program.


Canada and the SDGs: Sharing Insight from Canadian Executives and Leaders

Competent Boards, with the support of the Canadian Government’s SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) unit, has interviewed Canadian leaders to better understand how companies, boards, and executives are demonstrating leadership on the SDGs. Furthermore, these interviews provide insight into how the private sector and government can support progress towards the goals.

Competent Boards conducted 36 interviews in 6 Canadian cities. Leaders interviewed include Canada’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Marc-André Blanchard; Vice-President, External Affairs and Sustainability, Unilever Canada, John Coyne; Chair, CIBC and Board Member, Telus, The Honourable John Manley; Vice-President, Sustainability and Stakeholder Relations, Nutrien, Candace Laing; Former Vice-President, Diversity, Regulatory Affairs and Corporate Secretary, Goldcorp Inc., Anna Tudela; Former Chair, Transparency International, Huguette Labelle; and Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, OC, OOnt.

Competent Boards Certificate Program Guest Speaker Series Featuring Dov Baron

Guest Speaker Video - Dov Baron

In this 20-minute video, you will hear from Dov Baron, IncMag Top 100 leadership speakers to hire, #Speaker, #1 Fortune 500 Podcast Host, Master Storyteller, Dragonist.

During this video Dov answers the following questions: 1) From a leadership perspective, what are your thoughts on organizational purpose and how the COVID-19 pandemic impacts this? 2) What is your advice for leaders trying to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and other crises? 3) How can one become a leader people trust in a crisis? 4) How should leaders think about challenges impacting their businesses?

Delivering a ‘New Normal’: Financing a Sustainable Future – Hosted by Reuters Events

May 28th 2020 Ethical CorpWebinar

1-hour Webinar: Thursday, May 28th

9 am EDT – 10 am EDT

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Could the Covid-19 pandemic spur a green recovery? The push for business to help deliver a low carbon economy, adapt to the changing climate and understand the potential financial and social risks of climate change has never been greater. How do we “build back better” and succeed in delivering a sustainable future?

These are some of the business-critical discussions we’ll be covering in this webinar, hosted in partnership with the World Gold Council Speakers:

  • Rebecca Marmot, Chief Sustainability Officer, Unilever
  • Devina Rankin, Chief Financial Officer, Waste Management
  • Terry Heymann, Chief Financial Officer, World Gold Council
  • Claus Aagaard, Chief Financial Officer, Mars
  • Moderated by Helle Bank Jorgensen, CEO & Founder, Competent Boards

Recorded Webinars:

Is your Board Prepared for the Future?

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COVID-19 has put ESG in the spotlight. With shareholders and stakeholders judging businesses based on their perceived preparedness and resilience, it is clearer that boards play a crucial role in helping executive teams with long-term strategic planning and short-term crisis management. It has also sharpened perspective on the role of integrated understanding of risk and the use of foresight by boards. In this context, a new interdisciplinary, yet cohesive, Board practice appears necessary for a world facing numerous crises.

Odgers Berndtson invites you to a special online event exclusive to our clients and partners. It is designed to help Boards and Senior Executives strengthen their environmental, social, and governance competencies and enhance the quality of their risk oversight. We will cover:

  • Foresight and integrated advisory across functional boundaries
  • Emerging Board-level implications of COVID-19 on ESG including global risk and scenario planning


  • Mary Francia – Partner, Board Practice, Odgers Berndston
  • Sanjay Khanna – Director and Futurist of Whitespace Legal Collab, Baker McKenzie
  • Helle Bank Jorgensen – CEO & Founder, Competent Boards
ESG Oversight: Incorporating ESG Considerations Into Board Strategy

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Risk is not just about narrowly defined financial risk but environmental, social, and governance risk. The board oversight of Environmental, Social, and Governance, ESG risk is in the spotlight of corporate governance.

From the Business Roundtable’s Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation to the 2020 Davos Manifesto and BlackRock and State Street’s announcements to “turn up the heat,” the expectations from customers and investors are changing.

This session will enhance your ability to provide effective oversight of the most material factors of your business.


  • Mary Francia – Partner, Board Practice, Odgers Berndston
  • Helle Bank Jorgensen – CEO & Founder, Competent Boards
Becoming an Exceptional Board Director Candidate

1-hour Webinar: Wednesday, April 1st

11 am ET – 12 pm ET

Learn the proven and effective steps to plan and implement your Board Director strategy. Experience how these achievable & focused efforts help you convey the expertise and confidence needed for serious Board Director / Board Advisor consideration.

Many executives, business owners, and leaders have dreams of one day joining a Board, but they are often not considered due to lack of knowledge in the disciplines of Board Directorship. ‘Becoming an Exceptional Board Director Candidate’ shows potential candidates that a formula does indeed exist to increase your chances of Board selection and also raise your chances of success once appointed. Attendees will leave the presentation with newfound knowledge of how to create a viable Board Candidate Strategy and will feel empowered by the step-by-step roadmap to successfully get invited into the Boardroom.


  • Mark A. Pfister – CEO, M. A. Pfister Strategy Group, Non-Executive Director, Board Consultant, & Business Strategist
  • Helle Bank Jorgensen – CEO & Founder, Competent Boards

Webinar Slide Decks and Responses to Attendee Questions

Competent Board’s Slides

Mark A Pfister’s Slides

Questions & Answers


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Thinking the Unthinkable

1-hour Interactive Webinar on May 15, 2019

8 am PDT, 11 am EDT, 4 pm BST, 5 pm CEST, 7 pm GST & 8:30 pm IST

The disruption created by the UK’s deepening Brexit drama continues to confirm the scale of enormous new challenges facing leaders across the world. The impact on stability and confidence is profound and possibly irreversible. There is a fast changing ‘new normal’ of de-stabilisation and unpalatable global leadership challenges.

Why do leaders at the top in politics, C-suites and public service struggle to confront then embrace them? How can they handle new public pressures and expectations?

Our next Competent Boards webinar guest will be Nik Gowing. He is founder, director and co-author of Thinking the Unthinkable (TTU).

Thinking the Unthinkable is an independent research project into the human capacity of leaders to lead. For five years it has examined the new pressures on corporate and political leaders. Why do so many struggle as they find themselves increasingly out of touch with customers, consumers, shareholders and voters.

The latest stages of their ongoing analysis can be found on Twitter at #ThinkUnthink or the project’s web platform at

Their findings are summarized in the recent Thinking the Unthinkable book co-authored with Chris Langdon (available from Amazon).

The core finding of TTU is a new and disturbing reality. The conformity which qualifies leaders for the top, disqualifies them from understanding the new scale of disruption, the implications and how to handle it. What is widely called populism is in reality what TTU labels mass ‘push-backism’.

How far does this relate to the institutional pressures on you?

If you are from the NEXTGEN, how out of touch are leaders with your expectations and aspirations? Do you want to be a leader, and how do you want leadership change to meet those expectations?

This Competent Boards webinar will reveal latest evidence on why, and how leaders must be emboldened to thrive on change. Please join us to be one of them.


  • Nik Gowing – Founder, Director, Co-author, ‘Thinking the Unthinkable’; Main Presenter, BBC World News 1996-2014
  • Helle Bank Jorgensen, CEO, Competent Boards

Read Nik’s bio here.

Reinvention from a Position of Strength, Purpose, Trust and Long-Term Performance

1-hour Interactive Webinar on April 17, 2019

8 am PDT, 11 am EDT, 4 pm BST, 5 pm CEST, 7 pm GST & 8:30 pm IST

What kind of leadership is required to lead us through the most challenging dilemmas of the 21st century and the 4th industrial revolution?

Join Helle Bank Jorgensen alongside Jim Hagemann Snabe, a global chair, board member and author, in an interactive webinar to find out what kind of leadership they believe is required, as well as our new Competent Boards Program that offers professional development for boards and those that advise them.

During this webinar hear about:

  • The new type of leadership necessary to reinvent an organization from a position of strength, purpose, trust and long-term performance
  • Competent Boards’ newly released Certification Program – designed to help executives, board members, and chairs articulate and act upon the most material ESG aspects of their organization
  • The role boards play when it comes to ESG, climate, diversity, human rights, supply chain, SDGs, responsible data use and financial oversight
  • What inspired Jim to co-author Dreams and Details and why dreams have the power to inspire people to be a part of something meaningful


  • Jim Hagemann Snabe, Chair, A.P Moller – Maersk and Siemens, Vice-Chair, Allianz and Member of the Board of Trustees, World Economic Forum
  • Helle Bank Jorgensen, CEO, Competent Boards

Read Jim’s bio here.

How to Set Up Effective Climate Governance on Corporate Boards

Competent Boards has reached its five-month milestone and we will soon be launching our groundbreaking training program. To celebrate, we are offering this webinar for free!

1-hour Interactive Webinar on March 13, 2019
8 am PDT, 11 am EDT, 3 pm GMT, 4 pm CET, 7 pm GST & 8:30 pm IST

The World Economic Forum report, written in collaboration with PwC, provides guidance for boards to help them drive climate governance effectively and manage climate change by translating climate risks into business processes.

Helle Bank Jorgensen, CEO, Competent Boards will be joined by the authors of the report to share insight that can help boards, executives, management, investors and all those that are looking to assist companies in becoming climate competent.


  • Jon Williams, Partner Sustainability & Climate Change, PwC
  • Marisa Donnelly, Manager, Sustainability and Climate Change Consultant, PwC
  • Dominik Breitinger, Project Lead, Climate Governance & Finance & Global Leadership Fellow, World Economic Forum
  • Veena Ramani, Senior Program Director, Capital Market Systems, Ceres

PwC, WEF and Ceres

Read speaker bios here

Takeaways from Davos & Singapore: The Future of Good Corporate Governance

In this webinar, Helle Bank Jorgensen, CEO of Competent Boards, and Torben Möger Pedersen, CEO of PensionDanmark, shared insight from the World Economic Forum and the Singapore Hot Topics for Global Boards Conference. Mrs. Bank Jorgensen and Mr. Möger Pedersen discussed what the hot topics for the global board agenda are in 2019, how the outcomes of this year’s World Economic Forum will influence the future of corporate governance, and who seems to be leading the agenda.

Torbern Moger Pedersen and Helle Bank Jorgensen


Read Mr. Möger Pedersen’s bio here
Read about PensionDanmark here

Why are businesses and global investors paying attention to the outcomes of the COP24 Climate Change Negotiations?

Business and Climate Change

Join us for an interactive webinar to discuss the outcomes and what they will mean for businesses and global investors.

Hear from:

  • Peter Damgaard Jensen, CEO of PKA and Chair of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC), whose 150 members have over €21 / USD23+ trillion assets under management,
  • Andrew Steer, President and CEO, World Resources Institute, Global Trustee, World Economic Forum, Member, China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development, and Member, Sustainable Advisory Groups of IKEA and the Bank of America,
  • Helle Bank Jorgensen, CEO of Competent Boards

January 4th Webinar Profile Pictures

Read Mr. Damgaard Jensen’s bio here
Read about the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC) here
Read about PKA here

Read Mr. Steer’s bio here
Read about the World Resources Institute here

January 4th, 2019 at 7:30 am PST, 10:30 am EST, 3:30 pm GMT, 4:30 pm CET, 6:30 pm AST & 9:00 pm IST

Have You Successfully Engaged Your Board, Customers, and Investors on the SDGs, Climate, and ESG?

SDGs and ESG

40-minute Interactive Webinar on December 10th, 2018
8 am PST, 11 am EST, 4 pm GMT, 5 pm CET, 7 pm AST & 9:30 pm IST

Novozymes, the world leader in biological solutions, and Cornerstone Capital have successfully managed to engage boards, customers and investors on the SDGs, climate, and ESG resulting in value creation for both shareholders and stakeholders.

How did they do that? Claus Stig Pedersen, Head of Global Sustainability and Public Affairs, Novozymes, Erika Karp, Founder and CEO, Cornerstone Capital Inc., and Helle Bank Jorgensen, Founder and CEO, Competent Boards will share their insight on how to have a powerful and valuable engagement strategy with the board, customers, and investors on SDGs, climate, and ESG.

Erika Karp - Founder and CEO, Cornerstone Capital Inc.

Erika Karp is Founder and CEO of Cornerstone Capital Inc. Cornerstone was created to catalyze the flow of capital toward a more regenerative and inclusive global economy. The firm seeks to optimize investment performance together with social impact through rigorous research that systematically integrates Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors into portfolio design. In seeking positive societal impact at scale, Cornerstone offers investment advisory and capital markets advisory services, underpinned by rigorous research.

Prior to launching Cornerstone, Erika was Managing Director and Head of Global Sector Research at UBS Investment Bank, where she chaired the UBS Global Investment Review Committee and managed a global team of analysts and strategists. Erika served on the UBS Securities Research Executive Committee and the Environmental and Human Rights Committee of the UBS Group Executive Board. While at UBS, Erika created and drove key branded global investment research products including the UBS Q-Series®, the Global I/O®, Global Signals™ and the weekly “UBS Global Portfolio Manager’s Spotlight”.

Erika is a founding Board member of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), an Ambassador for the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC,), a member of CECP’s Strategic Investor Initiative Advisory Council, and an advisor to the Omidyar Network’s Know the Chain initiative. Erika was a member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Agenda Council on Financing and Capital and an advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Market-Based Approaches Track initiative. She also sat on the Program Design Advisory Council for Harvard Business School’s Executive Education Program on Innovating for Sustainability. Erika speaks at events including those of the OECD, the UN Global Compact and PRI, Oxford University, The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investing, Ceres, The Aspen Institute, and the White House. She holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia University and a BS in Economics from the Wharton School.

Erika presents and writes extensively on topics including sustainable investing and finance, corporate strategy and business models, transparency and excellence in the areas of Environmental, Social and Governance performance, and employee engagement/diversity in the workplace. Her work has been featured by Bloomberg Businessweek, Euromoney, the Financial Times, Investor Relations Magazine, The Guardian, and Forbes. For driving collaboration across the capital markets, she has been named among the nation’s “Top 50 Women in Wealth” by AdvisorOne; one of the “Purpose Economy 100,” the “Good 100” and one of 50 “Conscious Capitalists” who are “Transforming Wall Street”.

Claus Stig Pedersen – Head of Global Sustainability and Public Affairs, EMEA, Novozymes and UN SDG Pioneer

Throughout his career, Claus Stig Pedersen has been driven by the vision of combining “good for the world” with “good for business”. Through his employment at Novozymes, a global sustainability leader, he lives that vision every day.

As Head of Global Sustainability & Public Affairs, EMEA for Novozymes, Claus sets the company’s global strategic direction for its sustainability goals and engagements and ensures good relations with the company’s government, public and NGO stakeholders across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He also helps the company’s customers and partners understand how to make their businesses more sustainable through the use of Novozymes’ products.

Claus has been professionally engaged in sustainability for more than 25 years. In 2016 he was named as one of ten Sustainable Development Goals Pioneers by the United Nations. He also helped pioneer the development of lifecycle assessment (LCA) methodologies and sustainability concepts for business.

Claus is currently Liaison Delegate to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and he represents Novozymes in the UN Global Compact LEAD initiative. Claus serves on the boards of Global Compact Denmark, Worlds Best News, Chora Connection and the United States Council for International Business (USCIB) foundation. Claus serves on the Sustainability Council for Ingersoll Rand and the Advisory Board for Sustainable Brands. He previously served on sustainability boards and councils for Walmart and Procter & Gamble.

Before joining Novozymes, Claus was leading the Global Sustainability and Quality activities of the Hartmann Packaging Group.

Claus holds an M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Sustainability Management and he is appointed Honorary Professor at the University of Aalborg.

Helle Bank Jorgensen - Founder and CEO, Competent Boards

Helle is the creator of the world’s first Green Account as well as the world’s first Integrated Report, the first holistic supply chain program, and the principal organizer for the CEO/Investor-network for Business Ethics and Non-Financial Reporting. She has led the CDP-report of the S&P 500, the Improvement of DJSI ranking and investor communication for global companies and has worked on Natural Capital Accounting for IFC/World Bank. In 2015, Helle became the first in North America to have received the Certificate of Achievement and passed the GRI G4 Exam.

She serves on His Royal Highness Prince of Wales A4S Global Expert Panel, the Canadian W20 Delegation, the Cornerstone Capital Global Advisory Council, the Board of Danish Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the Future-Fit Business Benchmark Release Council.

She has worked with hundreds of world-leading companies and is a regular keynote speaker, and the author of many thought-leading articles and books about sustainability, climate change, the Sustainable Development Goals, gender equality, and the roles and responsibilities of board members and investors.

Until recently, she was the Chair of Datamaran, a UK based technology startup, and for several years she served on the Board of European Policy Centre (EPC), as Chair of European Sustainability Reporting Association (ESRA), at the Board of CSR Europe, Board of American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham), Sustainability Advisory Panel of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Sustainability Policy Group of Institute of European Accountants (FEE) International associate of the Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research (CSEAR), and as Member of the Council for International Development Cooperation (DANIDA). She is also a Board Facilitator for the UN Global Compact Board Program.

Competent Boards Certificate Program

Professional development programs for boards, executives and their advisors on how to identify, articulate and confidently act upon the most material environmental,
social and governance aspects of their business