Corporate Governance 2017

Course Date: October 18, 2017

Total: 5h 27min

Welcome and Introduction 

Practical Tips: Board Nomination and Recruitment Process 

  • strategies and best practices for:
    • board recruitment
    • board nomination
    • succession planning

Teresa Budd — Independent Governance Consultant, Watson Advisors Inc., Vancouver
Darren Kozol — General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Peoples Trust Company, Vancouver


The Evolving Role of General Counsel and the Corporate Secretary

  • the changing expectations for good corporate governance
  • what the Board needs from the Corporate Secretary
  • interactions with outside counsel
  • managing conflicts of interest
  • practice points

Steven McKoen — Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, Vancouver and Bencher and Chair of Governance Committee, Law Society of BC, Vancouver
Mischa Zajtmann — Vice President and General Counsel, Red Eagle Mining Corporation, Vancouver

Current Trends In Corporate Governance 

  • diversity and board leadership
  • shareholder activism
  • say-on-pay and executive compensation
  • effects of Donald Trump presidency and additional trends

Paige L. Davis — Lane Powell PC, Seattle, WA
Susan Tomaine
— Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, Vancouver



  • alternatives to email for data sharing
  • collaborative software and web-based services
  • cloud computing issues and considerations
  • data security and privacy

Brian Mauch — CEO, BMC Networks Inc., Vancouver
Lucy H. Schilling — DuMoulin Black LLP, Vancouver


Implementing Corporate Policies That Work

  • identifying the purpose and targeting the right audience
  • ensuring cultural fit and stakeholder buy-in
  • balancing guidance and flexibility
  • roll-out and post-implementation considerations

Karim Amlani Corporate Counsel, Hootsuite, Vancouver

Crisis Management 

  • crisis communications — PR and legal basics
  • pre-crisis hygiene
  • conflict between PR and legal advice
  • what investigative reporters look for
  • no comment — Twitter abhors a vacuum
  • maintaining privilege over your investigation and communications plan
  • engaging your board

Jill Bennett — Reporter, Global News and Talk Show Host, Newstalk 980 CKNW, Vancouver
Erin Dermer —
Director, Media Relations and Social Media, TELUS, Vancouver
Jonathan O'Connor —
MLT Aikins LLP, Vancouver
David Wotherspoon
MLT Aikins LLP, Vancouver

Closing Questions and Comments