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1008, 2020

How to Get Yourself on a Board: Get Board Interviews

By |August 10th, 2020|Deborah Rosati Blog|0 Comments

In recent years, businesses have begun to realize that gender diversity on boards makes a big difference. For example, one study of 6,000 boards found that gender-balanced boards are less likely to have financial irregularities because having different viewpoints and opinions leads to increased effectiveness. Women Get On Board’s mandate is to connect, promote, and empower women to corporate boards. We do this through an engaged community of women and men in Canada committed to advancing gender diversity in the boardroom. However, as I wrote in my blog post called “Are You Board-Ready”, “getting yourself board-ready is a journey where you need to be realistic in your skills, experience and value you bring to a board. You also need to be mindful that it is a very competitive marketplace. There is an over-supply of qualified corporate directors for a limited supply of available corporate board seats.” That’s why I am [...]

2707, 2020

How to Get Yourself on a Board: Position Your Board Offer

By |July 27th, 2020|Deborah Rosati Blog|0 Comments

According to an Osler research report called “2019 Diversity Disclosure Practices: Women in leadership roles at TSX-listed companies”, “Women now hold over 18.1% of board seats among companies disclosing the number of women on their boards, the highest proportion yet and a 50% increase compared to 2015 (when it was 12%).” That’s why Women Get on Board’s mandate it to connect, promote, and empower women to corporate boards. To help more women on their board journey, I have launched a 4-part blog series called How to Get Yourself on Board. If you read the first post of the series, you’ve mastered board basics. With this foundation, you’re ready for the next step in your board journey. The second blog in this series is all about how to position your board offer and it will provide practical insights on how to: 1. Assess your board readiness 2. Identify the right [...]

2407, 2020

Leanna Falkiner, Corporate Director

By |July 24th, 2020|Member Showcase|0 Comments

Leanna Falkiner, MSc, ICD.D, serves on the boards of Coast Capital Savings and the North York General Foundation. Her previous directorships include Greenock Resources, Inc. (TSX-V: GKR) and Crossroads International. Leanna is CEO of evoQ International, a strategy consultancy focused on helping financial services companies achieve top performance. What inspired you to pursue a board position? Boards are increasingly tasked with navigating through complex decisions. I'm motivated by the continual evolution of the board governance agenda and how my skill set can assist boards in tackling these issues. I'm a growth architect who specializes in helping businesses harness disruption to boost profitable growth. My passion and skills lie in expertly unlocking market opportunities, architecting large-scale growth and transformative strategies that build brand equity, and position firms to excel in the digital economy. Navigating complex environments energizes me. It’s a tremendous privilege to see a company [...]

1407, 2020

How to Get Yourself on a Board: Master the Foundations

By |July 14th, 2020|Deborah Rosati Blog|0 Comments

Serving on a board can be an incredibly rewarding experience—and it’s one of the best ways to advance your career. Board service has both personal and professional benefits, including opportunities to:Build your network and personal brandGive back to organizations with meaningful missionsLearn different perspectives that can be applied to your existing rolesGet sponsored for governance education programs (e.g., ICD.D, C.Dir or CDI.D)Develop governance leadership skillsGet access to new knowledge, skills, perspectives, management styles, corporate cultures, business models, mentors, and connectionsAs you can see, serving on a board is a meaningful way to build your career and enrich your network. However, securing a coveted board position is not an easy task. That’s why Women Get On Board’s mandate is to connect, promote, and empower women to corporate boards. It’s also why I’m launching a new 4-part blog series called How to Get Yourself on a Board.My first blog in this series [...]

1906, 2020

Managing the impact of COVID-19 at the Board Level

By |June 19th, 2020|Webinars|0 Comments

Pandemic-related pressures on board leadership have intensified as enterprises grapple with deploying crisis response plans, substantial hits to cash flow and re-evaluating strategic planning. MNP’s virtual roundtable discussion with board leaders of some of Canada’s top organizations including Via Rail, SaskEnergy, and Calgary Coop – sharing their experiences and evolving practices for governance in the new business climate. Listen to the full webinar here: Managing the impact of COVID-19 at the Board Level Whitepaper coming soon!

1906, 2020

ESG, Strategy & The Culture Imperative

By |June 19th, 2020|Webinars|0 Comments

A panel consisting of risk, investment, legal and business leaders will discuss the link between ESG, strategy and culture in our emerging new reality—and debunk the myth that culture is too soft to measure and shape. Listen to the full webinar here: ESG, Strategy & The Culture Imperative Whitepaper available here

1906, 2020

ESG and the Role of the Board

By |June 19th, 2020|Webinars|0 Comments

Hosted by Gowling WLG, our National Strategic Partner. Driving sustainable business practices in companies requires oversight, insight & foresight from the board of directors. Today there is an imperative that sustainability be added to the board's agenda as part of the board's critical role to consider Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) risks and opportunities. The Gowling WLG panel includes environmental law associate Liane Langstaff; environmental law partner Jennifer King; and business law partner Stephen Pike. Listen to the full webinar here: ESG and the Role of the Board

1906, 2020

Audit Committee Perspective on Cyber Issues

By |June 19th, 2020|Webinars|0 Comments

Hosted by KPMG LLP,  our National Strategic Partner. Cybersecurity is no longer just an IT problem – it's a significant business risk. In the age of disruption and mounting online risks, digital security is a responsibility all departments must bear. That includes audit committees who need to become more flexible in their approach, dynamic in their execution, and in-tune with today's cyber risk environment. Listen to the full webinar here: Audit Committee Perspective on Cyber Issues

1006, 2020

Corinne Boone, Board Chair

By |June 10th, 2020|Member Showcase|0 Comments

Corinne Boone, BA, MES, CDI.D, serves as Board Chair for the Canadian Energy Research Institute.  She recently joined the Board of EfficiencyOne and the Independent Review Committee member for the Waratah Alternative ESG Fund.   She is an environmental economist with a boutique consultancy focusing on carbon markets, sustainable finance and environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors.  Previously, Corinne held senior positions with Hatch, Cantor Fitzgerald, and Ontario Power Generation. How did your background inspire an interest in board work? I read Our Common Future in an undergrad environmental economics course. I was completely inspired by its vision of putting the environment and economy on equal standing. From the moment I read that book, it became my passion and I knew what I needed to do in my professional life. However, I also knew that I wanted to focus on integrating sustainability from a business [...]

805, 2020

The Future Of Events Post COVID-19

By |May 8th, 2020|Webinars|0 Comments

Every crisis has two sides - a challenge and an opportunity. As such, it's not just a matter of getting the event industry engine restarted. Event professionals need to look forward into the future, and ready themselves for a revival. Now more than ever, is a good time to take stock, and refresh your event strategies. Our Founder and CEO, Deborah Rosati, joins the panel with Eventbank to discuss the future of events post COVID-19. Listen to the full webinar here: The Future Of Events Post COVID-19

2104, 2020

Leslie Oman, IT Intrapreneur

By |April 21st, 2020|Member Showcase|0 Comments

Leslie Oman is a senior leader and innovative IT intrapreneur.  She proved her value on the post-merger integration of the Price Waterhouse and Coopers Lybrand Canadian IT teams, successfully leading the internal IT team to create innovative solutions that were rolled out to PwC Canada-wide and globally. From there she made the rare move from cost center to the revenue generation side of the business as a consultant.  She progressed through several roles and organizations, earning her MBA along the way and eventually landed at Deloitte in M&A consulting. Having built this impressive career, she decided to . . . stop.  After a period of reflection, she is focusing on board work and has been invited to join a new advisory board being created at the University of British Columbia (UBC) to guide their digital transformation. What inspired you to leave such a successful career [...]

904, 2020

KPMG Provides Guidance for Audit Committees During COVID-19

By |April 9th, 2020|Publications|0 Comments

Our National Strategic Partner KPMG provide guidance on key considerations that audit committees should navigate the pandemic. The  mandate of the audit committee includes critical items to be considered during the COVID-19 outbreak. These include: financial reporting, oversight of external audit, internal control over financial reporting, information technology including cyber risk, oversight of internal audit and oversight of taxation matters. Read the full guide here: How audit committees can respond to COVID-19

404, 2020

2020 Executive Compensation Amid Market Uncertainty

By |April 4th, 2020|Articles|0 Comments

Our Founding Corporate Partners at Global Governance Advisors share insights on Executive Compensation amid this global pandemic – as other market crises have shown corporate governance and executive retention are high on the list when navigating black-swan events. Blog written by our Regional Ambassador, Paul Gryglewicz Read More >>

304, 2020

ESG and the Role of the Board Part Two: Emerging Expectations for Boards in Environmental Issues

By |April 3rd, 2020|Event Blog|0 Comments

A group of more than 100 engaged corporate directors, executives and governance professionals gathered at a Women Get On Board (WGOB) Toronto event to consider emerging expectations for boards in respect of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues. This WGOB event on February 24, 2020 was hosted by Gowling WLG, a WGOB National Strategic Partner. The Gowling WLG panel included environmental law associate Liane Langstaff; environmental law partner Jennifer King; and business law partner Stephen Pike. The panel was moderated by Kathleen Ritchie, Co-Head of Gowling WLG’s Toronto Business Law Department. You can read more about Stephen Pike’s presentation on governance to address modern slavery concerns here.Broadening range of stakeholdersRecent amendments to the Canada Business Corporations Act (CBCA) codify as a matter of law that Canadian boards can consider a wider list of stakeholders beyond shareholders in making strategic business decisions. The list of interests specifically includes both the environment and the long-term interests [...]

2703, 2020

COVID-19: Governance, Risk Implications, and the Role of the Board

By |March 27th, 2020|Event Blog|0 Comments

Webinar: hosted by Governance Professionals of Canada A panel of governance and risk experts united to deliver well-timed insights and thought leadership on key questions and concerns encountered by businesses and their Boards as a result of the continuing COVID-19 situation. The speakers for this webinar were M.E. (Peggy) Gilmour – Chair, Institute of Internal Auditors, Andrew MacDougall – Partner, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, Stephen J. Mallory – President, Directors Global Risk Consulting Inc., Shona McGlashan – Vice-President Governance of Vancity and Andrew Poprawa – Former President and CEO, Deposit Insurance Corporation of Ontario. The panel provided practical insights and guidance for governance and risk professionals, executives and corporate directors. For length and clarity, the comments below blend together the views expressed by the panel. How is the current situation different from other crisis situations? Moderator Stephen Mallory opened the conversation by reflecting on the parallels between wartime situations and the COVID-19 situation. Participants were urged to read An [...]

2703, 2020

Peggie Pelosi, Corporate Director

By |March 27th, 2020|Member Showcase|0 Comments

Peggie Pelosi is a member of the board of USANA Health Sciences (NYSE: USNA); Executive Director of the Innovators Alliance and founder of Orenda – The Social Purpose Company.  She serves on numerous non-profit boards. What key factors helped you on your road to joining the publicly traded company board of USANA Health Sciences? I wasn’t looking for it, so I almost fell off my chair when I got the phone call. I’m not a traditional corporate board candidate. I haven’t held a C- suite position other than founding a consultancy as an entrepreneur, and I do not have a university degree. Industry experience was important. I had been the head of global sales at USANA Health Sciences before I moved back to Canada in 2004 to start a corporate social responsibility consultancy. USANA was looking for somebody who understood the business and also checked [...]

2203, 2020

ESG and the Role of the Board, Part One

By |March 22nd, 2020|Event Blog|0 Comments

Part One: The Board’s Role in Countering Modern Slavery A group of more than 100 engaged corporate directors, executives and governance professionals gathered at a Women Get On Board (WGOB) Toronto event to hear a riveting presentation by Gowling WLG business partner Stephen Pike focusing on evolving governance approaches to preventing modern slavery in corporate supply chains. The presentation was part of WGOB’s February 24, 2020 panel on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG), hosted by Gowling WLG, a WGOB National Strategic Partner. Other panelists at the event included Gowling WLG’s environmental associate Liane Langstaff and environmental law partner Jennifer King, who presented on emerging best practices in governance regarding climate change. Modern slavery is an umbrella term that refers to a group of exploitative and cruel labour practices, including forced labour, child labour, human trafficking, and debt bondage. “Modern slavery is squarely within the purview of the board's affirmative obligation [...]

1212, 2019

Audit Committee Effectiveness

By |December 12th, 2019|Event Blog|0 Comments

An engaged community of governance professionals gathered to discuss audit committee best practices with Women Get On Board (WGOB). The event delivered in partnership with KPMG, National Strategic Partner of WGOB, on November 5 featured insights from panelists Trish Volker, experienced corporate director, and Toronto Hydro’s CFO, Aida Cipolla. Moderated by Silvia Montefiore, Canadian Managing Partner, Business Enablement and Operations with KPMG, the panel provided tremendous insight into a wide range of issues affecting audit committees. 1. Optimizing Audit Committee Composition As a committee of the board, the first task is to optimize the overall board membership by developing a skills matrix. Look at the skills needed to deliver on the overall mandate of the board, and then separately for each committee. For publicly traded companies, the audit committee composition must comply with a range of regulatory requirements. These include ensuring that the audit committee is composed of independent [...]

1511, 2019

Lisa Swartzman, Corporate Director

By |November 15th, 2019|Member Showcase|0 Comments

Lisa Swartzman, ICD.D serves on the boards of TerrAscend Corp. [CSE: TER; OTCQX: TRSSF] and the Distress Centres of Greater Toronto. She is currently Vice-Chair of AirBoss of America Corp. [TSX: BOS], having previously served as their President since 2015. Prior to that, she provided treasury and M & A consulting to small and mid-market privately held companies after 15 years with the Weston/Loblaw group of companies, culminating as Vice President, Treasurer. How did your career prepare you for board work? The formative years of my career with the Weston/Loblaw group taught me a tremendous amount. Its an organization that’s always prided itself on its corporate governance and I was fortunate enough to be in a role that had exposure to the board, which gave me the opportunity to see how an effective board functioned at a relatively early stage in my career. When did [...]

2510, 2019

Evaluating Financing Solutions in the Boardroom

By |October 25th, 2019|Event Blog|0 Comments

During our sold out Women Get On Board Toronto event that BMO Bank of Montreal our National Strategic Partner hosted, an attentive audience listened to the engaging discussions on the topic of Evaluating Financing Solutions in the Boardroom.Panelists at this event included Steven Jensen, Head, Sales Enablement, BMO Canadian Commercial Bank, Hesham Abourahma, Regional Vice President, Real Estate Finance, Ontario and Julia Davidson, Managing Director, BMO Sponsor Finance.From board member responsibilities and financial risk consideration to capital structure, debt definition and company life cycles, the panelists provided an insightful discussion on the many ways the board can evaluate strategic financing solutions to make informed decisions.1. Overview of Board Responsibilities and Financial Risk ConsiderationSteven Jensen opened his discussion on this topic by first mentioning that he knows what strategies tend to work in the boardroom because he has been privy to seeing what happens to a company when its board members do not properly deal with [...]

1810, 2019

Emotional Intelligence in the Boardroom

By |October 18th, 2019|Deborah Rosati Blog|0 Comments

I am celebrating my 20th year of serving on corporate boards and have learned it is not so much what you know, but rather how you say it. I have had to train my sense of emotional intelligence (EI) at the boardroom table – including paying attention to everything from verbal communication, to body language, tone of voice, and social graces. I have been around some of the best and brightest board members that have inspired me to reach higher levels in the boardroom. I have also been around other board members that lacked in their EI, with their social graces lacking and boardroom presence very uninspiring. According to Daniel Goleman, an American psychologist who popularized the concept of EI, its definition is: “the ability to understand and manage your own emotions, and those of the people around you. People with a high degree of emotional intelligence know what [...]

2509, 2019

Natascha Kiernan, Corporate Director

By |September 25th, 2019|Member Showcase|0 Comments

Natascha Kiernan, J.D., CDI.D serves on the board of Canada WTX Inc. and Zenabis Global, Inc (TSX: ZENA). She was previously Counsel at Skadden, Arps and provides strategic financial advisory consulting services. You had a successful career as an M & A lawyer at a top tier firm in London. What led you to leave your practice and pursue board work? For a long time, I believed that I was on track to be an equity partner. Then, when my daughter was born, she was extremely unwell and needed multiple surgeries. We ended up moving from London to Boston to be near the children’s hospital there. We really had to make a decision that one of us was going to take a temporary step back. Then my husband got a very good offer in Vancouver, which is where we are from, and we decided that I [...]

1609, 2019

Cyber for the C-Suite – A New Reality

By |September 16th, 2019|Event Blog|0 Comments

Cyber risk is expanding in scale, scope, severity and source, landing near the top of most boards’ risk profiles. Catherine Evans, National Cyber Practice Leader, led a recent Women Get On Board session exploring the new realities of cyber risk for board members. Key learnings include: 1. The Internet of Things The astronomical rise in connectivity will fundamentally change the nature of cyber risk. By 2020, there will be an estimated 50 billion connected devices. That means 50 billion ways in. Centralized system controls can no longer provide the same degree of assurance that they have traditionally delivered. 2. The Rise of Nation States as Threat Actors 2017 saw a rise in the sophistication of cyber attacks, stemming from military-grade techniques developed by nation states. Russia, North Korea and China are most commonly cited as applying the full force of government funded technology with extreme capability far beyond the [...]

1609, 2019

The Role of the Board in M&A transactions: Creating Value and Minimizing Risk

By |September 16th, 2019|Event Blog|0 Comments

By Susan Rabkin, Corporate Director, and Karen Pugliese, Country Leader, Canada, CommScope February 11, 2019 Background On an icy February morning, in Toronto over 75 people turned out at the Women Get On Board breakfast event hosted by Gowling WLG for a panel discussion on the board’s role in creating value and minimizing risk in M&A transactions. Norma Beauchamp moderated the panel, board member and panelists included Kathleen Ritchie, Partner, Gowling WLG and Steven Latinovich, Managing Director, Corporate Finance BMO Financial Group. From metals, mining and energy to the latest trend of international expansion of cannabis, both the number of Canadian registered deals and their value, have increased exponentially in the last couple of years. The board’s role in M&A is more important than ever. The event panelists, all experts in various aspects of M&A, provided insights in response to thoughtful questions posed by the WGOB team. What follows are [...]

1609, 2019

CPA Canada Director Briefing: Stakeholder Engagement

By |September 16th, 2019|Publications|0 Comments

Stakeholder Engagement – What is it? How can it benefit your organization? And what role should the board plan in it?  The answers to these questions, plus a sample stakeholder engagement policy, can be found in the briefing. Authored by Andrew McDougall of Osler Hoskin & Harcourt and Josh Pekarsky of Longview Communications. Read the full briefing here: Stakeholder Engagement

1609, 2019

2018 Diversity Disclosure Practices

By |September 16th, 2019|Publications|0 Comments

Our Founding Corporate Partner, Osler Hoskin & Harcourt has issued their fourth annual report on diversity disclosure practices. Along with their survey results, this report highlights notable developments over the past year affecting gender diversity both in Canada and internationally, and offers some examples of best practices for improving gender diversity among boards and executive teams. Read the full report here: 2018 Diversity Disclosure Practices

1609, 2019

Planning Your Board Career

By |September 16th, 2019|Publications|0 Comments

Backgrounder: Women Get On Board partnered with Stikeman Elliott to develop this guide to provide you with a few tools to assist you in getting your first corporate board position. Getting yourself board-ready is a journey that requires you to identify your skills, experience and the value you bring to a board –  much like getting a job! We hope you find the tools in this guide helpful as you embark on your board journey. Read the updated guide here (June 2019): Planning Your Board Career

1609, 2019

Building Better Boards

By |September 16th, 2019|Publications|0 Comments

In partnership with Stikeman Elliott LLP and Global Governance Advisors, our Founder and CEO Deborah Rosati, developed this handbook as a tool to identify the characteristics of high-performing boards and insights to develop strategies for improving board stewardship and decision-making. Read the full guide here: Building Better Boards

1609, 2019

Ernst and Young’s report discusses the leading practices in gender diversity disclosure

By |September 16th, 2019|Articles|0 Comments

Ernst and Young’s report discusses the leading practices in gender diversity disclosure: While the new rules leave it to issuers to decide which corporate governance policies and practices relating to gender diversity are appropriate for their particular circumstances, it is clear that regulators in Canada and around the world are concerned by the under representation of women on the boards of publicly traded companies. For most jurisdictions in Canada, the rules came into force on 31 December 2014. Nevertheless, certain organizations have already made the decision to include most of the new disclosure requirements in their existing public filings. Read the full report here: Ernst and Young: Women on boards and in senior management

1609, 2019

Osler’s OSC Research Paper

By |September 16th, 2019|Articles|0 Comments

Osler’s OSC Research Paper Women in Leadership Roles at TSX-Listed Companies: Diversity Disclosure Practices Effective December 31, 2014, Canadian issuers in participating provinces, with the exception of TSX Venture Exchange issuers and investment funds, became subject to new disclosure requirements with respect to the representation of women on boards and in senior management positions. The overall picture is disappointing. Read the full study here: Osler Research Paper  

1609, 2019

KPMG Audit Trends 2016

By |September 16th, 2019|Articles|0 Comments

KPMG Audit Trends 2016 KPMG’s current Audit Trends Report focuses on the role of audit committees in overseeing risk in times of unprecedented global change and disruption. From transformative technology to complex regulation to unprecedented geopolitical risk, an increasing tide of disruptive trends are demanding substantive change to the global role of audit committees. Read the full report here: KPMG Audit Trends

1609, 2019

2016 Osler Report on Gender Diversity in TSX Companies

By |September 16th, 2019|Articles|0 Comments

2016 Osler Report on Gender Diversity in TSX Companies Diversity Disclosure Practices 2016: Women in leadership roles at TSX-listed companies Improving gender diversity in corporate leadership roles continues to be a key focus of legislators, regulators and the media in many parts of the world as well as in Canada. How do TSX companies stack up? A team of lawyers from Osler’s Corporate Group answers this question and finds little progress has been made in improving the representation of women in leadership positions compared to last year. Read the full report here: 2016 Osler Report

1609, 2019

Osler and ICD’s Board Diversity Template

By |September 16th, 2019|Articles|0 Comments

Osler and ICD’s Board Diversity Template The Institute of Corporate Directors and Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP have created a complimentary Board Diversity Policy. The template is designed to help companies meet gender diversity disclosure requirements and to provide a tool for boards to begin or further their process of diversification. Access the template here: Board Diversity Policy

1609, 2019

“The Top 20 Board Skills in the S&P 500” by Equilar Board Intelligence

By |September 16th, 2019|Articles|0 Comments

“The Top 20 Board Skills in the S&P 500” by Equilar Board Intelligence Are you qualified to be these companies’ next board member? As shareholders become more interested in the composition of their portfolio companies’ boards of directors, issuers are increasingly disclosing explicit information in their proxy statements about director skill sets. Read the full article here: The Top 20 Board Skills in the S&P 500

1609, 2019

Harvard Business School on “Charting a Path to the Boardroom”

By |September 16th, 2019|Articles|0 Comments

Harvard Business School on “Charting a Path to the Boardroom” Board positions are highly sought-after roles. How does one get there? Board directorships provide an intellectual challenge for directors and an opportunity to not only share expertise but to also gain new insights. For many high-potential executives, a board directorship marks the next frontier of career advancement and opens doors to new, valuable networks. Read the full article here: Charting a Path to the Boardroom

1609, 2019

Data Showcases Skills Composition of Board Directors

By |September 16th, 2019|Articles|0 Comments

Data Showcases Skills Composition of Board Directors Equilar examined the skills and expertise of board members from the proxy statements of over 300 public companies in the United States and Canada in a recent report. The top skills identified were finance, legal and governance, and HR and talent development. Experience in the C-Suite, service on corporate boards and general leadership were also predominant. Read the full article here: Hundreds of Companies Disclose Boards Skills Matrices 

1609, 2019

Some great insights on what first time directors should consider when joining a board:

By |September 16th, 2019|Articles|0 Comments

Some great insights on what first time directors should consider when joining a board: No matter how experienced they are as leaders or how much previous boardroom exposure they have had, most first-time directors will admit to having some trepidation before their first board meeting: What will the first board meeting be like? Read the full article here: The Five Most Common New Director Questions 

1609, 2019

“How to Improve Your Board’s Gender Balance” by George Horhota

By |September 16th, 2019|Articles|0 Comments

“How to Improve Your Board’s Gender Balance” by George Horhota, One of Our WGOB Supporting Partners We all recognize that there is a serious gender imbalance on most corporate boards. Among the 677 issuers listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, 45 percent have failed to appoint any female directors. The simplistic prescription for managing this chronic condition? Mandatory thresholds favoured by policymakers, regulators and some corporate boards. Read the full article here: How to Improve Your Board’s Gender Balance

1609, 2019

Read about the role audit committees can fulfill in developing a robust process

By |September 16th, 2019|Articles|0 Comments

Read about the role audit committees can fulfill in developing a robust process to effectively oversee KPIs presented in an issuer’s MD&A and earnings press releases Audience includes: members of public company audit committees, management and external auditors. CPA Canada’s recent publication-read here: Key performance indicators: A tool for audit committees

1609, 2019

Osler has just published their third Diversity Disclosure Practices

By |September 16th, 2019|Articles|0 Comments

Osler, one of our Founding Corporate Partners, has just published their third Diversity Disclosure Practices for the 2017 proxy season. See details below. As the corporate governance landscape in Canada continues to evolve and prioritize gender diversity, Osler has released its third annual 2017 Diversity Disclosure Practices Report [PDF] (the Diversity Disclosure Report) to provide an updated snapshot on the representation of women in leadership roles in corporate Canada. Download the PDF here: 2017 Diversity Disclosure Practices Report [PDF] Read the full article here: 2017 Diversity Disclosure Practices

1609, 2019

KPMG in Canada has identified five key trends that increase organizational risk

By |September 16th, 2019|Articles|0 Comments

KPMG in Canada has identified five key trends that increase organizational risk for companies in which inclusive leadership is the exception rather than the rule: Inclusion demands that we see beyond our differences to unlock the power of diversity and to drive innovation. Those who do will accelerate productivity, tap into new markets and create value for shareholders. Read the full article here: Five Trends to Worry About If Your Firm Has Ignored Inclusive Leadership 

1509, 2019

Osler report shows Canada’s publicly traded companies

By |September 15th, 2019|Publications|0 Comments

Osler report shows Canada’s publicly traded companies, including miners, making scant progress on appointing women to boards Canada’s publicly traded companies are making little progress on appointing more women to their boards of directors and C-Suites and are declining to implement formal diversity targets, according to a new Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt LLP report. Read the full article here: TSX companies lag on board diversity, will not adopt targets: report 

1509, 2019

Directors Must Understand The Value Of Cyber Insurance For Effective Cyber Risk Oversight

By |September 15th, 2019|Articles|1 Comment

Directors Must Understand The Value Of Cyber Insurance For Effective Cyber Risk Oversight Cyber Risk Management: Response and Recovery, a new report from the Global Risk Center and WomenCorporateDirectors, positions cyber insurance within a comprehensive risk management framework; provides an overview of evolving coverage options; and identifies key questions for directors to explore with management to mitigate exposure and provide effective cyber risk management oversight. Read the full report here: Cyber Risk Management: Response and Recovery

1509, 2019

Nose in, Fingers out: Insights from the Boardroom

By |September 15th, 2019|Articles|0 Comments

Our Founder & CEO, Deborah Rosati spoke with Luminari on their recent LumiQ podcast to discuss her time serving on several well-known boards going through times of massive change, and why she started her own social purpose company (Women Get On Board) to get more women in the boardroom. Listen here: Nose in, Fingers out: Insights from the Boardroom

809, 2019

Planning Your Board Career Publication

By |September 8th, 2019|Publications|0 Comments

Backgrounder: Women Get On Board partnered with Stikeman Elliott to develop this guide to provide you with a few tools to assist you in getting your first corporate board position. Getting yourself board-ready is a journey that requires you to identify your skills, experience and the value you bring to a board –  much like getting a job! We hope you find the tools in this guide helpful as you embark on your board journey. Read the updated guide here (June 2019): Planning Your Board Career

2507, 2019

Financial Intelligence in the Boardroom

By |July 25th, 2019|Deborah Rosati Blog|0 Comments

Every board member has a role in financial oversight. Even if you don’t have financial expertise, you are still expected to maintain an adequate level of financial intelligence. This means that you need to have an understanding of the fundamental concepts, conventions and principles underlying financial statements. Top 5 tips to help you boost your level of financial intelligence in the boardroom: 1. Develop a plan and begin the work. Start by reviewing the annual filings of TSX listed companies that you are interested in or work for. 2. Seek out a mentor or someone who has financial expertise. Ask someone you know that has financial expertise if you can spend time with them over the next 12 months, transferring knowledge and helping you understand core financial concepts. 3. Understand the basic financial concepts/principles and how to look at financial statements. CPA Canada has great document you can refer to: https://www.cpacanada.ca/en/business-and-accounting-resources/financial-and-non-financial-reporting/international-financial-reporting-standards-ifrs/publications/reading-financial-statements-what-do-i-need-to-know-faq 4. Do [...]

1907, 2019

Building Better Boards Publication

By |July 19th, 2019|Publications|0 Comments

Building Better Boards In partnership with Stikeman Elliott LLP and Global Governance Advisors, our Founder and CEO Deborah Rosati, developed this handbook as a tool to identify the characteristics of high-performing boards and insights to develop strategies for improving board stewardship and decision-making. Read the full guide here: Building Better Boards

207, 2019

Board Diversity: Are You an Agent of Change?

By |July 2nd, 2019|Event Blog|0 Comments

On an evening that saw Toronto flush with rain and Raptor’s pride, the Governance Professionals of Canada (GPC) partnered with Women Get On Board (WGOB) for engaging conversations on Board Diversity – Are You an Agent of Change? WGOB’s Founder & CEO Deborah Rosati moderated the conversation with panelists George Horhota, Co-founder, The Brockton and Director, Community Trust Company; Ekta Mendhi, Senior Director, Corporate Strategy, CIBC and Co-Chair of the Canadian Gender and Good Governance Alliance and Marian Walsh, Chair, Governance and Human Resources Committee, Board of Medavie. From defining diversity to championing its necessity, the panelists provided an insightful discussion on the many ways business leaders can advance their board diversity mandate. 1. What does board diversity mean to your company/organization in terms of commitment and needs? According to the Canadian Gender and Good Governance Alliance’s ‘Director’s Playbook’ (an organization which Mendhi co-chairs), “several studies demonstrate that organizations experience the greatest benefits of diversity when [...]

2506, 2019

Jane Kinney, Corporate Director

By |June 25th, 2019|Member Showcase|0 Comments

Jane Kinney is a member of the boards of Cenovus Energy Inc. – CEV (TSE) and Intact Financial Corporation – IFC (TSE). Previously, she was Vice Chair of Deloitte Canada, Deloitte Canada’s Managing Partner – Quality and Risk, and Chief Risk Officer for Deloitte globally. Does the accounting profession encourage people to think about boards as a next stage career? Yes, absolutely. Not everybody is interested in going that route. But the feeling was that with my background, experience and network that I would be successful. The firm sees a lot of advantages in having retired Deloitte partners active on boards across the country. At Deloitte in the US we actually have a board preparatory session for retiring partners. We don’t have a program like that in Canada, but I attended the US program. Directors came in to speak about their experiences and what boards [...]

805, 2019

Hot Topics in D & O Risk and Insurance:  Climate Change, Respectful Workplace, Cannabis and Blockchain & Cryptocurrency

By |May 8th, 2019|Event Blog|0 Comments

A panel of four experts provided information on top trending risks to a sell-out crowd in Toronto on April 10th. “Hot Topics in D & O Risk and Insurance Climate Change, Respectful Workplace (#MeToo), Cannabis and Blockchain & Cryptocurrency” hosted by our National Strategic partners, Marsh Canada. 1. Climate change presented by Karen Lockridge – Principal, Responsible Investment, Mercer Consulting Directors’ climate liability exposure may increase substantially due to a wide disparity between boards and the expectations of key stakeholders regarding climate risk. Failure to proactively manage environmental risks is becoming increasingly newsworthy. The 2019 World Economic Global Risk Report found that climate change and related environmental concerns are perceived as dominating the risk landscape. This is reflected in increased investor engagement on these topics. The Report is an annual survey of broad stakeholder groups including business, academia, investors and civil society. By contrast, the 2018 Global Network of Director Institutes [...]

705, 2019

Gail Harding, Corporate Director

By |May 7th, 2019|Member Showcase|0 Comments

Gail Harding has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Meridian Credit Union as well as the Alberta Securities Commission Board of Commissioners. She previously served as a member of the Alberta Electric System Operator and was Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer with Canadian Western Bank. Why did you decide to pursue board work? I had moved from a private law firm into a General Counsel role. It gave me the opportunity to be that trusted advisor to the key business people. It was a slow transition from being a technical advisor to developing a broader skillset and wanting to have more strategic input at the board level. Did your company have a policy about a senior executive serving on boards? We did not have a formal policy, but we did need approval to make sure there was no conflict of interest. [...]

1904, 2019

Ethical Intelligence in the Boardroom

By |April 19th, 2019|Deborah Rosati Blog|0 Comments

In the wake of countless business scandals and corporate collapses, there has been a call for a higher standard of business ethics. Ethics are at the heart and soul of every business decision; they form the basis of the underlying culture of every company. However, the culture and ethics of a company are set by the tone at the top: the boardroom. How can boards build a sound and sustainable culture as well as good ethical practices that will improve transparency, decrease the risk of fraud, and reduce the likelihood of reputation damage? The key focus should be to institute practices that outline the expectation of appropriate conduct, and to put in place controls that ensure these standards are being met. Five good governance practices to put in place to ensure good oversight: Code of Conduct A Code of Conduct drives the board and each director to focus on [...]

2102, 2019

Norma Beauchamp, Independent Board of Director – Acerus Pharma, Aurora and Eve Medical

By |February 21st, 2019|Member Showcase|0 Comments

Norma Beauchamp is a member of numerous boards, including Acerus Pharma and Aurora Cannabis. She Chairs the Governance Committee for both. Norma was previously Senior Vice President with Bayer Healthcare and the President & CEO of Cystic Fibrosis Canada. How did you get started as a board director? After I made the tough decision to leave the pharmaceutical sector, I talked to some women that I really respected. One of them was Annette Verschuren, who was President of Home Depot Canada. She suggested that with my background as a senior leader in a global pharmaceutical company, I could make a second career as a board member. That’s where my interest came from. To start developing my board career, I joined the board of the Breast Cancer Society of Canada, then Providence HealthCare and ST. Joseph’s Health Centre which were more fundraising boards. Those experiences led [...]

2102, 2019

Board Diversity – Are You an Agent of Change?

By |February 21st, 2019|Deborah Rosati Blog|0 Comments

It still surprises me that there has been little change in Corporate Canada in terms of adding more women to TSX listed boards. It has been four years since the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) implemented disclosure rules mandating that TSX-listed companies “comply or explain” as relates to their board diversity figures. The implementation was intended to lead to positive changes in how corporate boards recruit new board members, however, according to the recent Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt report 2018 Diversity Disclosure Practices, only 16.4% of directors sitting on corporate boards in 2018 were women. This change represents a slight increase in the average proportion of women on the board compared to prior years when the average percentage of female directors was relatively stagnant (12% in 2015, 13% in 2016 and 14.5% in 2017). So why is it that Canada’s boardrooms are not more diverse, when in fact, I often get asked [...]

702, 2019

Debora Bielecki, Global Executive, Board Member, Co-Chair & Board Advisor

By |February 7th, 2019|Member Showcase|0 Comments

You were a senior executive at HP. How did that experience help further your board aspirations? It was a combination of my desire to grow, but also my employer’s acknowledgement that I was top talent. This opened opportunities for stretch assignments, exposure to more senior executives and specialized training at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a Harvard-HP led program. These provided growth opportunities to feel like I was elevating myself so that I could actually contribute to a board in a more effective way. Did HP have a mentorship program? Yes, HP had a mentorship program. However, something that was really more important than mentorship throughout my career was sponsorship. Sometimes you don’t even know that there is somebody sponsoring you. To be sponsored means somebody’s putting your name forward and standing behind you and advocating for you. That’s huge. Sponsorship led to [...]

701, 2019

Exploring New Board Opportunities, Being Gracious in Saying “No”

By |January 7th, 2019|Deborah Rosati Blog|0 Comments

So, you are excited you received an email or phone call asking if you would consider a board opportunity. The steps you take to determine whether you are interested or not should be particularly strategic when exploring new board opportunities. The first step, do your due diligence in making sure you understand the company, culture, any conflicts that exist, and why you were considered for the board opportunity. Refer to my blog on building your board profile here: https://womengetonboard.ca/building-your-board-profile. Make sure you know the companies or industries that you are interested in. Review their values, mission and strategy. Do they align with your skills, experiences and values? Will you add value? I always evaluate Board opportunities in three ways: 1. How can I add value? 2. Do I have a personal statement of the attributes I can bring to the board? 3. How can I use my network to make [...]

2311, 2018

Disruption and Transformation – The Board’s Role in Overseeing Opportunities and Risk

By |November 23rd, 2018|Event Blog|0 Comments

Innovation and disruption are top of mind for every board.  Women Get On Board recently held a panel discussion to provide expert insight on the board’s role in guiding transformational change and learning to embrace risk. Hosted by KPMG, the panel was moderated by Lori O’Neill, board member and independent governance consultant.  Panelists included Craig O’Neill, CEO of VersaPay and Leslie Luk, audit partner in KPMG’s technology, media and telecommunications practice. Building Trust Boards are necessarily focused on risk management and compliance, particularly in a public company context.  Encouraging the board to consider risking truly transformational change requires the CEO to take deliberate steps to build trust between the board and management. Craig O’Neill took VersaPay through a transformational change which involved selling their main revenue-generating asset to create the bandwidth to focus on new directions.  Getting board approval for such a dramatic divestiture required focused trust-building. “When you [...]

2910, 2018

Julia Elvidge, Corporate Director

By |October 29th, 2018|Member Showcase|0 Comments

How did your role as the president of a tech company lead to your interest in board work? During the dot com bust of 2001, there was a significant amount of disruption in the tech sector. Our company needed to change who we were. Our advisor (who became my mentor) helped guide us back to first principles and establish our long-term vision, mission, values and strategic direction. I really thrived on that strategic planning. It helps you communicate well to the larger corporation. It helps you make decisions about what to do or what not to do, and it really bonds a group of people and helps develop a culture that people can understand and relate to and want to be part of. From a growth standpoint, I realized that team building, leadership and strategic planning are key parts of who I was, and also [...]

2210, 2018

Susan Taves, Corporate Director

By |October 22nd, 2018|Member Showcase|0 Comments

Susan Taves, CPA, ICD.D, currently serves on three boards, including the TSX Trust Company, the Skyline Group of Companies, and KINDRED Trust, where she is Chair of the Board. She is also a Director of Options for Homes, a not-for-profit home ownership developer and member of the Executive of the Southwest Ontario Chapter of the Institute of Corporate Directors. When did you decide to transition from senior partnership at a global accounting firm to corporate governance? When I hit the 30-year mark. I knew that I wanted a second career. Most accounting firms require the partners to leave not later than the age of 63. Partnership agreements require 100% dedication to the partnership. I wasn’t looking to do both. I consider corporate director work a dedicated focused career. How did you approach the transition? I started pondering a change at the 25-year mark. I read [...]

808, 2018

Finding Your Voice at the Boardroom Table

By |August 8th, 2018|Deborah Rosati Blog|0 Comments

What does it mean to find your voice at the boardroom table when you are a new board member appointed to a board that has longstanding relationships? Or a new Chair of the Board is appointed and you have never worked together? Or when you are the “token” woman at the boardroom table? How do you break in with credibility and build trust with your board colleagues? There are five tips I would like to share in helping you find your voice at the boardroom table: 1. Onboarding An onboarding process is set up to ensure that new board members familiarize themselves with the company, the industry it competes within, and the governance practices it’s ruled by. Its purpose is also to familiarize new board members, like yourself, with people you will be working with, such as other board members and members of the senior management team. It’s not [...]

708, 2018

Kim West, President of Halifax-based Royer Thompson Management & Human Resources Consulting

By |August 7th, 2018|Member Showcase|0 Comments

Kim West is the President of Halifax-based Royer Thompson Management & Human Resources Consulting. She made a deliberate decision to transition into talent management after a 25-year career in communications. Kim is a director of Medavie Inc., Verity International, Chair of Medavie Health Foundation and director of the Institute for Research and Public Policy. She has previously served as director of NATIONAL Public Relations and Vice Chair of the Board of Governors of St. Francis Xavier University. What led you to get into Board work? I began in my late 20’s. It was always an important part of my career interests. I started with professional and business associations, and then moved on to hospitals and universities. I’ve always felt it makes me a better practitioner because I have context of what boards are considering in growing organizations. It’s very easy to be siloed. Board work [...]

1207, 2018

Cybele Negris, CEO & Co-Founder, Board Director

By |July 12th, 2018|Member Showcase|0 Comments

Cybele Negris is CEO & Co-Founder of Webnames.ca, Canada’s original .CA Registrar. Cybele is appointed to the BC Premier’s Technology Council, is Vice-Chair of the Small Business Roundtable of BC, serves on the Chair’s council for Science World and on the SFU Innovation Advisory Board. She has previously served on numerous other boards and is a a four-time winner and Hall of Fame Inductee of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women. As the President of WebNames.ca, how do you view your core role in interacting with the Board of your company? I do a lot of preparation just to make sure that we’re keeping the Board informed. Financials and strategic direction are always important. We also ensure that the Board knows that we are very focused on security and compliance and that we have those issues covered. From the Board perspective, risk assessment and liability [...]

1505, 2018

A Strategic Approach to Filling Board Positions Is Critical — Regardless of Your Gender

By |May 15th, 2018|Deborah Rosati Blog|0 Comments

Written by: Debbie Stojanovic, CEO, Nealon Consulting & Deborah Rosati, Founder & CEO, Women Get On Board Diversity, and gender diversity in particular, is a top agenda item in boardrooms today — as it should be. It’s a priority not only because there are now legislative and regulatory changes that require it, but also because it’s just good business practice. Research shows that the right board composition can enhance decision-making processes and augment an organization’s performance and market reputation. 1  Can an improperly composed board pose a reputational risk for your organization? You bet. Today, we can’t open a newspaper, attend a meeting/event or have a general conversation without touching on some aspect of diversity. And that’s a good thing. From a board perspective, the conversation is shifting from why we need more women at the table to how we can accelerate progress. In light of this, it will be interesting to [...]

3004, 2018

Margie Parikh, Board Director

By |April 30th, 2018|Member Showcase|0 Comments

Margie Parikh moderated WGOB’s “Disruption and Transformation – The Board’s Role in Overseeing Opportunities and Risk” panel on April 16, 2018 in Vancouver. The event was hosted by WGOB’s National Strategic Partner, KPMG LLP. – bit.ly/EAPR162018 Tell me about your Board journey. Why did you start on the path towards governance? It wasn’t until I was in my 40s that I realized that I really loved doing board work. I’d worked in international strategy and marketing for a decade, and personal finance. It was an intentional move into governance, my “third career”. I am told I am good at listening, thinking strategically, summarizing and cutting to the chase. But it takes work…through education and board experience I believe that intentional leadership makes a difference. A good board can really impact the success of the organization. I’m told I’m good at bringing out the best in a [...]

1902, 2018

Josée Morin, Board Director

By |February 19th, 2018|Member Showcase|0 Comments

Many women are reluctant to talk about themselves. What are the keys to presenting yourself in networking? Organize yourself on paper and see what you’re good at. You should first do a SWOT [strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats] analysis. Target your strengths and find those that boards are really looking for. They have to be strengths that are true so you can believe in yourself. If not, you won’t be able to convince anybody else. You don’t have to be good at everything, but you have to find the few things that you believe you are good at. Have examples of situations where you have used those qualities and experience to accomplish something. How did you develop your elevator pitch? Start with your SWOT and your board business plan. Assemble your strengths and board goals in a one minute elevator pitch. And then, practice it with [...]

1201, 2018

Daniella Dimitrov, Board Director

By |January 12th, 2018|Member Showcase|0 Comments

Many women are reluctant to talk about themselves. What are the keys to presenting yourself in networking? Organize yourself on paper and see what you’re good at. You should first do a SWOT [strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats] analysis. Target your strengths and find those that boards are really looking for. They have to be strengths that are true so you can believe in yourself. If not, you won’t be able to convince anybody else. You don’t have to be good at everything, but you have to find the few things that you believe you are good at. Have examples of situations where you have used those qualities and experience to accomplish something. How did you develop your elevator pitch? Start with your SWOT and your board business plan. Assemble your strengths and board goals in a one minute elevator pitch. And then, practice it [...]

601, 2018

Network Mapping Your Way Onto a Board

By |January 6th, 2018|Deborah Rosati Blog|0 Comments

Joining a board is about fit and style. The Board wants to make sure that your style will fit in. To help them decide, think about your network and how you might be connected to any one of the Board members. This is what I call “network mapping.” Use your network to map how you might be connected to members of the Board. The more connections you have to the Board, the more comfort they can get on how you will fit in. Don’t be afraid to ask for introductions! To help you map your network, it is important to understand who can help connect you to a board opportunity. Your network can be broken into the following groups: Decision Makers: these are individuals that will make the final decision on who will join their board. These include: board members, in particular, the Chair of the Board and Chair of [...]

2109, 2017

Fariba Anderson, ICD.D, Board Director

By |September 21st, 2017|Member Showcase|0 Comments

Fariba Anderson, ICD.D, Board Director shares her views on the role of the Digital Director. How would you define the role of a Digital Director? The critical element of a Digital Director is an individual that knows the blind spot that the corporation is stepping through all the time. It’s someone who has that kind of integrative critical thinking. Somebody who has technology; somebody who is a woman — we are innately wired to think that way– those are the people that have the building blocks. I think that a Digital Director is a person that can help their other colleagues at the Board realize that the world of digital is not any different than the world of bricks and mortar. What are the key digital questions that Boards should be asking? The fundamental problem at the Board level is that the responsibility for digital [...]

809, 2017

Are You Diversifying Your Board Portfolio?

By |September 8th, 2017|Deborah Rosati Blog|0 Comments

I began my board journey without the thought of diversifying my board portfolio. In saying “board portfolio”, I am referring to the various boards you lead and serve on. These boards collectively make up your board portfolio. Analogous to your investment portfolio, you want to be strategic in developing your board portfolio to accurately reflect your risk profile and the stage/age of your career. Just like your investment portfolio, you should monitor and review your board portfolio on a regular basis to ensure you are getting a return on your board portfolio. When thinking of diversifying your board portfolio, here are three key areas for consideration: Consider the Evolution of Your Board Journey In evaluating the evolution of your board journey, you may think about the size and stage of the boards you serve on. For example, if you join the board of an emerging company, the director’s role is often [...]

2104, 2017

Tamara Paton, Corporate Director and Board Advisor

By |April 21st, 2017|Member Showcase|0 Comments

Tamara Paton, Corporate Director and Board Advisor, shares her experience of serving on member-based boards. Tell us about the nomination process of being elected to a member-based board? I have served on three member-based boards: the CAA, Mountain Equipment Co-op and Meridian Credit Union. The experience varies across organizations. Some appoint directors, in the same way that corporate boards do. Others use board recruiters to help. For co-operatives, there is some degree of democratic process by ballot. Some boards will approve whether a candidate is on the ballot or not. Others are more open – even if you are a member of the organization, you can be on the ballot and campaign to be a member of the board. If you are interested in serving on a corporate board, a role on a co-op board is a great step. Do you have term limits and can your [...]

1403, 2017

Are You Thinking of Creating an Advisory Board?

By |March 14th, 2017|Deborah Rosati Blog|0 Comments

I’m often asked about whether an emerging company should create an Advisory Board versus forming a governance fiduciary board. My response to entrepreneurs thinking of creating an Advisory Board is to be strategic in the formation of your Advisory Board. An Advisory Board is not a Board of Directors with legal and fiduciary responsibilities. In contrast, an Advisory Board does not have any formal legal responsibilities and liabilities. Rather, an Advisory Board is created by the CEO of the company to get advice and support. Over the years I have been invited to serve on Advisory Boards & Councils and have enjoyed providing strategic advice and guidance. More recently, I had the opportunity to create an Advisory Board for Women Get On Board, consisting of members with experience and connections in governance, law, investment banking, accounting, financial services, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, professional development, and media. Thank you all for your [...]

2802, 2017

Tips on How to Get Appointed to a Public Sector Board

By |February 28th, 2017|Event Blog|0 Comments

 Highlights from ‘The Public Board Appointment Process’, a Women Get On Board event co-hosted by Welch LLP, was held on February 8, 2017. The event featured Audrey Wubbenhorst of Build Toronto and Elke Rubach of Rubach Wealth as panellists and Paul Gryglewicz of Global Governance Advisors as moderator. Each of the panellists provided their own insights and perspective into the public sector board appointment process. A public sector board is a group of directors appointed to provide oversight and guidance to public sector organizations at the federal, provincial or municipal level. For example, these organizations include crown corporations agencies and committees. Serving on a public sector board allows you to contribute to your community, as well as provide meaningful professional growth in your career. It can also help you extend your personal network. As an aspiring public sector board member, the best thing to do is: go ahead and apply! One place to start is to visit the City [...]

2602, 2017

Janet Cloud, Corporate Director, Chief Operating Officer, Smashblock Corporation

By |February 26th, 2017|Member Showcase|0 Comments

Corporate Director, Janet Cloud speaks about her experience while obtaining her ICD.D. Why did you apply for the ICD-Directors Education Program (DEP)?   I have been on not-for-profit boards for many years, and I wanted to transition to a corporate board.  I always wanted to contribute and have an impact in the corporate world and I felt that a governance education would be a great starting point to prepare for being on a corporate board. What key take-aways from the DEP have helped you in being an effective director? During many of our classes we were given complex case studies and I was surprised at the number of times that each group came up with vastly different solutions for the same scenario. The course is good for broadening your awareness and learning what you don’t know. Also, we learn where to search for solutions when [...]

2601, 2017

Why a Diverse Board Makes Good Business Sense

By |January 26th, 2017|Deborah Rosati Blog|0 Comments

There is a lot of focus currently on the topic of diversity on boards. The underlying premise for diverse boards is no longer about good corporate citizenship but rather about contributing value to a business, and that makes good business sense. Top 5 Business Reasons for Diverse Boards Improve corporate financial performance. Studies have shown that companies with more diversity on their board have had higher financial performance in three important measures: Return on Equity, Return on Sales, and Return on Invested Capital. Enhance decision-making quality. Diversity of thought comes from, race, gender and ethnicity and extends to age, culture, personality, skills/expertise, educational background and life experiences. More diversity on boards helps avoid ‘group-think’ and increases independence, which can enhance the quality of decision making on the board. Broaden networks to tap into for board renewal. Board members should ask themselves: ~Does the composition of the board represent the employee base, the [...]

1411, 2016

How to be an Effective Director: The Role of Director Education

By |November 14th, 2016|Event Blog|0 Comments

Women Get On Board event presented by The Directors College on November 9, 2016 Many will agree that a board of directors is much more than the sum of its parts. One of the most impactful factors in overall board effectiveness is ensuring that skills, expertise and personal attributes of individuals on the board meet the needs identified in the board skills matrix. Dr. Michael Hartmann, Principal of The Directors College, noted this as he moderated an insightful conversation with our panel of governance professionals consisting of Lynn Beauregard and Anna Paluzzi, C.Dir. The panel explored how to be an effective director through the value of continued governance education, how to apply the lessons learned through formal education to real board experience and ultimately, how to evolve into an impactful and effective member of the board. Value of taking formal board education: “I can’t put a price on the [...]

311, 2016

Carol Darling, President, Darling & Daughters Ltd.

By |November 3rd, 2016|Member Showcase|0 Comments

Carol Darling speaks about her experience serving on an Arts board. Why did you join Canada’s National Ballet School’s (NBS) board? My daughter was a student at NBS, so I became familiar with the school as a parent. When my daughter graduated, I realized that I still had a passion for the institution. My career background is in TV broadcasting and I started thinking about how the ballet school could use media to extend their reach across the country. I approached the artistic director about using video and other media to gain exposure for the NBS. Ten years ago this was breaking new ground.  She too had embraced this vision and asked me to become a volunteer. I was brought in for an interview and subsequently invited to join as a board member. This was an exciting opportunity to contribute my own business skills to [...]

710, 2016

How to Prepare for Corporate Board Roles

By |October 7th, 2016|Deborah Rosati Blog|0 Comments

The first step in getting prepared to lead and serve on a corporate board is to make a plan. As, I’ve written about before, getting board-ready is a journey. A journey where you need to be realistic in your skills, experience and value that you bring to a corporate board while acknowledging that there are lots of qualified corporate directors looking for corporate board opportunities. I’m often asked how to begin a corporate board journey. And my best advice is to ask yourself these 10 questions to help you prepare yourself to lead and serve on a corporate board: 10 Board-Ready Questions Do you have a minimum of 10 to 15 years of experience in a senior executive role in the public, private, crown or not‐for‐profit sectors? Are you prepared to commit at least 200 to 300 hours per year to a corporate board role? Do you have the support [...]

610, 2016

Gigi Dawe, Principal, Corporate Oversight and Governance, CPA Canada

By |October 6th, 2016|Member Showcase|0 Comments

Gigi Dawe is a part-time faculty member at York University, for the Master’s of Financial Accountability Program. She teaches a course on Corporate Ethics. In this interview she speaks about some of the key issues to consider concerning ethics in Corporate Governance. In this interview, Gigi speaks about Corporate Ethics. How do you define Corporate Ethics and how can organizations create best practices in Ethics? There is really no narrow definition for Corporate Ethics.Companies need to balance doing good and making a profit and understand the two sides are not mutually exclusive. There is pressure, internally and externally for corporations to demonstrate responsible decision-making. Corporations must continually assess how their practices enhance their ability to make a profit, while being sensitive to ethical concerns for consumers and stakeholders. They also need to see that socially responsible decisions create value for companies. Who do you think [...]

2109, 2016

Paul Gryglewicz, Senior Partner at Global Governance Advisors

By |September 21st, 2016|Member Showcase|0 Comments

Paul Gryglewicz, Senior Partner at Global Governance Advisors, speaks about key elements of Compensation Governance. What are some of the current aspects of the Human Resource Compensation Committee’s (HRCC) governance process you think is critical for a newly appointed director? Any new director who has been appointed to the HRCC needs to get up to speed on the annual work plan the committee traditionally undertakes.  This may include a one-on-one talk with the compensation committee chair and other board members who are decision makers along with the head of HR and CEO. It’s important to understand how that particular board manages the compensation process in order to get a perspective about how the process works. The director should start by reviewing a typical employment agreement (at a minimum that of the CEO) to understand the legal terms of the contract and various severance arrangements that [...]

2708, 2016

Understanding Your Role on a Board

By |August 27th, 2016|Deborah Rosati Blog|0 Comments

Originally posted on September 15, 2015. There are two roles you must play on a Board, one is Oversight and the other is Value-add.  I will highlight both roles with an extract from a chapter that I co-authored with Donna Price in 2008’s Entrepreneurial Effect by James Bowen and Glenn Cheriton, titled Corporate Governance-Directors of Emerging Companies. (To promote understanding of a director’s role on a board and how to prepare for board opportunities, I am again co-facilitating Women Get On Board’s Getting Board-ready workshops from October to December 2016. Learn more about them here: http://womengetonboard.ca/workshops/.  Hope to see you there!) The Oversight role on a Board “The primary responsibility of directors is to oversee the management of the business and affairs of a corporation. This is referred to as an oversight duty. As a general matter, a business corporation’s objective in conducting business is to create and increase shareholder value. To this [...]

2806, 2016

Top 10 Tips to Help You in Your Journey to a Corporate Board

By |June 28th, 2016|Deborah Rosati Blog|0 Comments

Being a Corporate Director is much different than being an executive. A Corporate Director’s role is one of oversight whereas an executive’s role is to manage day-to-day operations. Getting yourself board-ready is a journey where you need to be realistic in your skills, experience and value you bring to a board. You also need to be mindful that it is a very competitive marketplace. There is an over-supply of qualified Corporate Directors for a limited supply of available corporate board seats. As a Corporate Director and co-founder of Women Get On Board, my goal is to help executives make that transition effectively. This is why I want to share my top 10 tips to help you in your journey to a corporate board. Be fearless — use your confidence to embrace change. ~Be independent minded and stand up for what you believe in. ~Do the right thing and be ethical [...]

706, 2016

How to Build Your Board Resume

By |June 7th, 2016|Deborah Rosati Blog|0 Comments

We would like to thank our Event Partner, Stanton Chase Toronto with Managing Partners Cathy Logue and Joanne  Elek for their support of  our April 6th Roundtable Event “How to Build Your Board Resume.” We also appreciate the participation of our moderator Kelly McDougald and our panellists Lisa Melchior and Tom Muir. Building a Board Resume is a journey that involves many stages. It’s a continuous process of showcasing yourself as a board candidate through documentation, networking and interviews. The concept of “wisdom trumps knowledge” and how this can add value to a Board Even those who have deep experience and functional knowledge don’t always have all the answers. Wisdom is a combination of knowledge, judgment, and experience — all important components that go into good decision-making. Some people feel that if they don’t have a CPA designation they don’t add value, but that’s not the case. Each board [...]

306, 2016

Patricia McLeod, Q.C., General Counsel, Ethics, Compliance and Corporate Governance, Corporate Director

By |June 3rd, 2016|Member Showcase|0 Comments

Patricia McLeod talks about how she found her current board opportunities and shares some key factors for getting prepared for those roles. How did you find out about your two most recent board appointments? I heard about the elections for Calgary Co-op through its member communications newsletter and then again on the ICD postings. The Co-opboard of directors had done a board skills gap analysis and was looking for candidates with commercial legal background, financial literacy and real estate development experience, all of which I have. I saw the posting in September 2015, began the applications process and was appointed to the board in April 2016. In respect of my recent appointment to the amalgamated Alberta Innovates board,January 2016, I was approached by a recruiting agency who was seeking names and interest for board candidates for the Alberta Innovates crown corporations. Someone in my network [...]

1505, 2016

Samantha Hurwitz, Chief Encouragement Officer, FliPskills

By |May 15th, 2016|Member Showcase|0 Comments

Samantha Hurwitz speaks about her experience of serving on a not-for-profit organization. Tell us about the due-diligence process you undertook before you joined the Not-for-Profit you currently are serving on? I am currently on the Canadian Association of Positive Psychology. Positive psychology is an emerging field all over the globe. CPPA’s mission is to strengthen the well-being of Canadians through education, research and events. I met the current President of CPPA at a weekend seminara few years ago before the association was formed. Then we reconnected and had lunch shortly after I moved to Toronto. I talked about building community and getting involved in board work. She told me that the CPPA board could really use a Treasurer. Months later, the CPPA board approached me, I expressed my interest, and was interviewed by the chair, vice-chair and most recent board addition. Essentially, they chose me [...]

1005, 2016

Are You Advancing Your Board Diversity Mandate?

By |May 10th, 2016|Deborah Rosati Blog|0 Comments

It still surprises me that in the 21st century Canada’s boardrooms are not more diverse. In fact, I often get asked to consider a board opportunity because the company is looking to add diversity to their board. As of January 2015, the Ontario Securities Commission’s (OSC) implemented disclosure rules for TSX-listed companies to “comply or explain” in regards to their board diversity. It is hopeful that this will lead to positive changes ahead in how corporate boards recruit new board members. Be an Agent of Change As a corporate director, I believe that the OSC “comply or explain” disclosure rules present an opportunity to build stronger boards through change. There is research to support that more women on boards brings better financial performance including higher return on sales and better stock growth. As well, non-financial performance, like bringing diverse viewpoints, skills and experience, can improve overall decision making, enhance [...]

505, 2016

Wendy Kei, Corporate Director, Enterprise Risk Management, M&A

By |May 5th, 2016|Member Showcase|0 Comments

Wendy Kei speaks about her transition from a Financial Executive in Mining to a Corporate Director. How did you prepare yourself to transition from being a Financial Executive in Mining to a Corporate Director? I began to prepare myself by gaining additional knowledge of what to expect when serving on a board, having sat on the other side. I did lots of online research into the different courses available, accessing different industries and sought out women role models to emulate. I had always wanted to serve as a Corporate Director post retirement, but the opportunity came much sooner. My transition happened very quickly because a board approached me for a directorship role and I was appointed last May.The timing of my transition was perfect, as this gave me greater flexibility to balance my work and family life. What was the biggest challenge(s) you faced? It [...]

3103, 2016

Top 5 Tips to Help You Become Financially Literate to Serve on a Corporate Board

By |March 31st, 2016|Deborah Rosati Blog|0 Comments

I am celebrating my 20th year of serving on corporate boards and have learned it is not so much what you know, but rather how you say it. I have had to train my sense of emotional intelligence (EI) at the boardroom table – including paying attention to everything from verbal communication, to body language, tone of voice, and social graces. I have been around some of the best and brightest board members that have inspired me to reach higher levels in the boardroom. I have also been around other board members that lacked in their EI, with their social graces lacking and boardroom presence very uninspiring. According to Daniel Goleman, an American psychologist who popularized the concept of EI, its definition is: “the ability to understand and manage your own emotions, and those of the people around you. People with a high degree of emotional intelligence know what [...]

1603, 2016

Top 3 Tips for Building Your Board Profile

By |March 16th, 2016|Deborah Rosati Blog|0 Comments

Getting started on your board journey includes building a board profile. So, how does one go about it?  It starts with asking yourself what your value proposition is, and what unique skills and experience you bring to a board. Here are my 3 tips for helping you build your board profile: 1. Define your unique value proposition Boards are made up of a diversity of thought with members bringing different culture, experience, gender, ethnicity, age and geographic representation. So, what is it that you can bring to an already diverse board? What is your unique board value proposition? Think of it like an “elevator pitch” where you have 10 seconds to tell someone what you bring to a board. In my case, I say that I have entrepreneurial and financial expertise with high growth and transformational companies in the technology, retail and consumer sectors. 2. Be true to what [...]

303, 2016

Laurel Murray, Corporate Director, President, Murray Management Consulting Inc.

By |March 3rd, 2016|Member Showcase|0 Comments

Laurel Murray shares her insights on what it is like to serve on a Crown Corporation Board. How did you get appointed to a Crown Corporation Board?   While I was consulting, I had an engagement doing work with financial management practice, working with Dalton McGinty.  They help with financial management and risk management. And they were looking for people with experience on Boards with good skills, and they also wanted to have diversity on their Board. I was invited to apply for this new role. They gave me an option of 3. I interviewed first with LCBO an got selected. What is unique about serving on a Crown Corporation Board versus a For-Profit Board?   With respect to the LCBO, there are more similarities than differences.  Commercial Crown has a very strong for profit focus.  The Board of Directors has a fiduciary responsibility for governing the organization and has [...]

203, 2016

Preparing for a Board Interview

By |March 2nd, 2016|Deborah Rosati Blog|0 Comments

You have been asked to a board interview. Congratulations!  Now that you have landed the interview what do you need to do to prepare? A board interview is similar to job interview in that you want to put your best foot forward. Where board interviews differ is the preparation from a governance point of view rather than from a management viewpoint. Top ten tips to help you prepare for a board interview Prepare, prepare, prepare. Like a job interview, you want to come prepared to your board interview. Make sure you know what members of the Board you will be meeting with. Know their background, experience and skills. Find out who the independent board members are and what the ratio of executive to non-executive members is. Gain a strategic understanding of the company. What are the opportunities and challenges that the company is facing? Is the company going through transformational [...]

502, 2016

Getting Involved in Your Community

By |February 5th, 2016|Event Blog|0 Comments

Giving back by serving on a Not-For-Profit (NFP) Board helps you to get involved in your community in a meaningful way. Not only can it be a very rewarding experience, it can help build your network by connecting you to new people and exposing you to new sectors and/or industries.  In addition, NFP Boards can be helpful in getting governance education. In November 2015 we held our Getting Involved in Your Community Roundtable Event with moderator Lori O’Neill, Corporate Director and Growth Company Advisor, and panellists Rebecca Mooney, Vice President and Head of Brand and Marketing at RBC Wealth Management, and Elaine Roper, Corporate Director and President of Think Company Inc. Here are some of their shared insights on serving on not-for-profit boards: From volunteer to not-for-profit board member Prepare by understanding what value you will bring. Then, let your network know that you’re interested in joining a NFP [...]

302, 2016

Violet Konkle, Corporate Director

By |February 3rd, 2016|Member Showcase|0 Comments

Interview with Violet Konkle, Corporate Director for Not-For-Profit and Corporate Boards. Can you speak to your experience on a not-for-profit board versus a public company board? Are there differences? Both types of boards take time, and are expected to provide thoughtful and insightful oversight, whether reviewing strategy or ensuring proper governance. It’s also important to understand that there will be a learning curve with both, so a proper orientation program is vital in both cases to ensure that the new Director ramps up as effectively and efficiently as possible. From a governance pointof view, a Director should not assume that there is a difference in terms of the duty of care expectations. As far as financial controls, risk management and payroll,good governance is always important. And ensuring sound strategy is imperative for both. And on both types of boards, ensuring strong CEO leadership and succession planning [...]

1801, 2016

Understanding Financials for Not-For-Profit Boards: Are You Financially Literate?

By |January 18th, 2016|Deborah Rosati Blog|0 Comments

Understanding financials for a non-finance person can be challenging and even overwhelming. A not-for-profit board role includes a financial oversight role, which means not-for-profit directors need to be financially literate. You do not need to be a financial expert, but you do need to have a fundamental understanding of the financial statements of the organization in order to determine its financial viability. 10 tips to help you become financially literate on a not-for-profit board Understand what it means to be financially literate. Maintain your objectivity by being independent minded, and if you don’t know, ask; ensure you fully understand the financial issues of the organization. Develop a plan to become financially literate and begin the work. Begin by reviewing the annual reports of organizations that you are interested in and/or are already serving on the board of. Look for a mentor or someone who has financial expertise. Ask someone you know [...]

112, 2015

Silvia Montefiore, Partner, KPMG in Canada

By |December 1st, 2015|Member Showcase|0 Comments

Silvia Montefiore shares her insights on serving on Hospital Boards. Tell us about your experience on serving on a hospital board and what committees do you serve on? I’ve been serving on the board of William Osler Health Systems for three years. This health system includes Etobicoke General Hospital, Brampton Civic Hospital and Peel Memorial Hospital (under construction). I currently serve as Chair of the Resources Committee, which is similar to an Audit Committee. Some of the responsibilities on this committee include reviewing the financial statements and related financial reports, including the capital and operating budgets, and recommending them for approval by the board, reviewing the capital projects such as building the new hospital and upgrading Etobicoke General, including reviewing the related financing arrangements and overseeing the work of the auditors. What type of due diligence did you do to determine if you had the [...]

2511, 2015

Preparing Your Board Resume

By |November 25th, 2015|Deborah Rosati Blog|0 Comments

A Board resume is an ongoing, dynamic document. When preparing your Board resume you need to keep it current and keep it fresh. To do this, you need to ask for honest and candid feedback from your own personal advisory board. Next, you need to decide on whether you will prepare your Board resume on your own or if you will engage a firm to help. Having an outsider’s input can help you hone in on your unique value proposition and help develop what skills you want to highlight. Putting together a Board resume is an important step in any Board journey, and that’s why at Women Get On Board we offer Board resume consultations to our members to help them showcase their Board skills and value proposition. Preparing your Board resume also requires creativity on your part to really think about what makes you unique and how you [...]

311, 2015

Lynn Beauregard, President, Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries

By |November 3rd, 2015|Member Showcase|0 Comments

It was a bittersweet day this past September 12th, as I sat in my last board meeting for CODE in a meeting room in Ottawa. CODE is Canada’s leading international development agency uniquely focused on advancing literacy and education in some of the world’s regions in greatest need. I was asked to join the board in 2007 as I brought a diverse skillset to the table including governance and not for profit experience. Being bilingual as well as a woman were two additional points in my favor. I felt honored to be a part of such a fascinating organization and such an impressive group of talented people. The work that CODE does is unique as a Canadian NGO and also as an international development agency. Its innovative approach: ‘Reading CODE’ is to work with local teachers, librarians, writers, and publishers to support and sustain the [...]

2310, 2015

Building Your Board Profile

By |October 23rd, 2015|Deborah Rosati Blog|0 Comments

Getting started on your board journey includes building a board profile. So, how does one go about it?  It starts with asking yourself what your value proposition is, and what unique skills and experience you bring to a board. (Learn more about How to prepare yourself for Board roles with Women Get On Board’s Getting Board-ready Programs!) What is your unique value proposition? Boards are made up of a diversity of thought with members bringing different culture, experience, gender, ethnicity, age and geographic representation. So, what is it that you can bring to an already diverse board? What is your unique board value proposition? Think of it like an “elevator pitch” where you have 10 seconds to tell someone what you bring to a board. In my case, I say that I have entrepreneurial and financial expertise with high growth and transformational companies in the technology, retail and consumer sectors. What are [...]

110, 2015

How to Prepare Yourself for Board Roles

By |October 1st, 2015|Deborah Rosati Blog|0 Comments

What is the best way to prepare yourself for Board roles? Executives who want to make the transition to corporate director often need advice on how best to set up and prepare for their board journey. The first step is to understand your role on a board, which I outlined in my previous post here. Once you have an understanding of your role, begin your Board journey by leading and serving on Not-for-Profit Boards. Getting Involved in Your Community by serving on a Not-for-Profit is a great way to give back and to meet other community business leaders. Lastly, there are different types of Not-for-Profit boards, so you must do your due diligence to make sure the Not-for-Profit Board is the right fit for you. Is the Not-For-Profit the Right Fit For You? Are you passionate about the cause/organization, how can you make a difference? Is it a fund-raising board? Are you expected [...]

110, 2015

Sharon Ranson, President, The Ranson Group

By |October 1st, 2015|Member Showcase|0 Comments

Sharon Ranson is one of our Corporate Director Members and President of The Ranson Group – Executive Coaching Boutique. Sharon shared advice and insight on how to transition smoothly into your role on a Board. What tips could you share with our members that helped make your transition from being an executive to leading and serving as a Corporate Director? It’s really about developing your network, meeting people, and hearing about opportunities. Try to think of the skills you have that are relevant to the board that you want to join. Then package those skills in a way that will allow boards to see your value. How do you mentor and support other women who are on Boards? I spend time developing relationships with other women board members and get to know them as individuals. Sometimes that means asking them out to lunch and [...]

1509, 2015

Understanding Your Role on a Board

By |September 15th, 2015|Deborah Rosati Blog|0 Comments

There are two roles you must play on a Board, one is Oversight and the other is Value-add.  I will highlight both roles with an extract from a chapter that I co-authored with Donna Price in 2008’s Entrepreneurial Effect by James Bowen and Glenn Cheriton, titled Corporate Governance-Directors of Emerging Companies. (To promote understanding of a director’s role on a board and how to prepare for board opportunities, and as a co-founder of Women Get On Board, I am co-facilitating a series of Getting Board-ready workshops from October to December 2015. Learn more about them here: http://womengetonboard.ca/programs.  Hope to see you there!) The Oversight role on a Board The primary responsibility of directors is to oversee the management of the business and affairs of a corporation. This is referred to as an oversight duty. As a general matter, a business corporation’s objective in conducting business is to create and increase shareholder value. To this [...]

1308, 2015

Are You Board-ready?

By |August 13th, 2015|Deborah Rosati Blog|0 Comments

Getting yourself board-ready is a journey where you need to be realistic in your skills, experience and value you bring to a board. You also need to be mindful that it is a very competitive marketplace. There is an over-supply of qualified corporate directors for a limited supply of available corporate board seats. So, how do you start your journey to get board-ready so you can compete for a corporate board seat?  The first step is to ask yourself these 10 questions to determine your readiness for leading and serving on a corporate board. 10 Board-Ready Questions Do you have a minimum of 10 to 15 years of experience in a senior executive role in the public, private, crown or not‐for‐profit sectors? Are you prepared to commit at least 200 to 300 hours per year to a corporate board role? Do you have the support of your own Board [...]

2406, 2015

Network, Network, Network

By |June 24th, 2015|Deborah Rosati Blog|0 Comments

Networking can be a challenge. We picture going to events where everyone stands around making awkward small talk. In reality networking doesn’t just happen at designated events, networking is done all the time, online, at work and in your social life. On June 10th we held our Network, Network, Network roundtable event with moderator Tamara Paton, Corporate Director and strategy consultant, and panellists Josée Morin, entrepreneur and bilingual Corporate Director, and Jennifer Bouyoukos, Vice President of Talent for ARGUS Software, who shared their insights on networking effectively. Networking Tips At events: Don’t be afraid to ask questions. In fact, ask the first question. Prepare and do some homework on the speakers and draft questions before you attend. You can also send a speaker an email in advance to introduce yourself and ask a question, which is always better than walking up cold.   Having a question prepared is also a great way [...]

206, 2015

Seeking Out Mentors and Sponsors

By |June 2nd, 2015|Deborah Rosati Blog|0 Comments

Mentors give you career advice and sponsors actively help you get to the next level. This distinctive difference and how to obtain mentors and sponsors was the topic at Women Get On Board’s April 8th roundtable event. The event was moderated by Gigi Dawe, the Principal of Corporate Oversight and Governance at CPA Canada, and powerful insights were offered by panellists Fariba Anderson, Chief Executive Officer at AcuteNet, and Laurel Murray, a member of the Board of Directors of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario. The consensus from these women after their years of experience on public and private boards in the consumer goods, health, education sectors is that every board wants confident, competent, critical thinkers. Tips On Getting Sponsors And Mentors There are formal mentoring and sponsorship programs out there to help advance you onto corporate boards, but they are selective based on the right qualifications. So how do [...]

2403, 2015

The Risks and Realities of Being on Boards: Advice from Beverly Topping

By |March 24th, 2015|Event Blog|0 Comments

Beverly Topping, founder of Today’s Parent magazine and former president of the Institute of Corporate Directors, gave a rousing and informative talk at Women Get On Board’s inaugural roundtable event on February 10th, 2015. Women in today’s business environment are standing up and speaking out but there’s still a long way to go towards achieving gender parity on corporate boards in Canada.  Beverly gave sound advice to the roundtable on how to get on corporate boards and how to be an effective board member. Here are the highlights from Beverly’s talk: Being Visible Canadian boards are becoming more diverse and data shows that companies with women on their boards are more effective. However, real work still needs to be done so that more women and minorities can become directors, as it’s easy for people not to notice when boards aren’t diverse. Speaking Up “Don’t underestimate what you already know” — that [...]