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Lynn Beauregard_ GPC President

Recognizing the Contributions of Governance Professionals & Organizations in Canada: the 2016 Excellence in Governance Awards | #GPCEGAs ...DO YOU HAVE YOUR TICKET YET?

Now that our annual conference is behind us, get ready to attend the most exciting event of the year! Hold the date for November 15th 2016, for an evening of celebration at The Carlu in Toronto! Come celebrate the best practices and successes in Governance by attending our FIRST EVER standalone event for these awards. Traditionally held at our annual conference, this year marks the inaugural gala and dinner in the honor of our winners as a separate event.

The EG Awards recognize the important contribution governance professionals make in terms of best practices that build and sustain shareholder and stakeholder value. The awards underscore the critical role that good governance plays in sustaining the value of Canada's public companies, crown corporations, government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations, contributing to the competitiveness of Canada's economy and its capital markets. GPC is committed to support and enhance the role of the corporate secretary and governance professionals in Canada. GPC well positioned through reputation, influence and representation, to celebrate the practice of good governance in Canada.

We hope you will join us at the EG Awards Ceremony and Dinner being held on November 15th at The Carlu in Toronto. To view the organizations who have been shortlisted for this year's awards, click here.

If you are interested in being a sponsor for this event, please contact us for more information!

Purchase your tickets or table today by clicking here.

We look forward to seeing you on November 15th!


Lynn Beauregard
President, Governance Professionals of Canada
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We invite you to become a sponsor and attend the first ever standalone gala dinner and Excellence in Governance Awards ceremony!

When: Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Where: The Carlu, Toronto | 444 Yonge Street, 7th Floor
Time: Cocktail and Networking Reception begins @ 6:00 pm | Dinner and Awards Ceremony begins @ 7:00 pm

The EGAs recognize the important contribution that governance professionals contribute in order to build and sustain shareholder and stakeholder value in Canada. The awards also underscore the critical role that good governance plays in sustaining the value of Canada's public companies, crown corporations, government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations, and in contributing to the competitiveness of Canada's economy and its capital markets.

As a sponsor, you would support and promote the continued efforts and achievements of those who are at the forefront of maintaining good governance.

GPC expects that the recognition that the winners, nominees and sponsors of this program will gain from these awards will raise more awareness for the key role played by governance professionals, further the reputation of their organizations, and inspire others to follow their example.

Sponsorship opportinues include award categories (only a few remain!), event sponsorship and table hosting. Complete opportunity details and the awards sponsorship package can be found here.

Thank you for your continued support of GPC and I hope to see you out at the EGA event on November 15!

Tina Hutchinson
Director, Conference & Sponsorship

Professional development

This could not ring more true for us right now, especially given the outpouring of member support and excitement we have received regarding the receptions, luncheons, and seminars that are happening in the upcoming months and even the next year. We have some incredible educational, networking, and strategic events in the following months. Not to mention the 2016 Excellence in Governance Awards! We are so excited to be bringing more relevant information and professional opportunities for our members and their colleagues to connect.

Continuing to be a Leading Resource: Upcoming Professional Development and Seminars

  • Executive Compensation Disclosure for Corporate Secretaries with Facilitator Paul Gryglewicz, Senior Partner, Global Governance Advisors - Oct 4, 2016

  • Governance Essentials for the Corporate Secretary: Two Day Seminar in Vancouver - Oct 11/12, 2016

  • Governance Essentials for the Corporate Secretary: Two Day Seminar in Toronto - Nov 14/15, 2016

  • Trends in Governance Interactive Breakfast in Montreal - Oct 28, 2016

Encouraging Local and National Connections: Upcoming Networking Events

  • Name Rebrand Celebration & Networking Receptions:

    • Vancouver Oct 11, 2016

    • Calgary Oct 12, 2016

  • Networking Luncheon with ATB Financial in Edmonton - Oct 13, 2016

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Director, GPC

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Director, GPC

Not represented? Contact Amberly Strauss to discuss local networks in your area.

We would like to welcome the following new and returning members to GPC
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    Application Services Inc. Guelph, ON
  • Suzana Furtado
    CCL Industries Inc. Toronto, ON
  • Kevin Harper
    Toronto Rehab Foundation Toronto, ON 
  • Cindy Hewson
    FortisAlberta Inc. Calgary, ON
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    University of Toronto Schools Toronto, ON
  • Linda Moulin 
    LSM Consulting Ltd. Saskatoon, SK
  • Leanne Ratzlaff
    Langley, BC
  • Amy Lonsberry
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  • Rhonda Stang
    Non-practicing Saskatoon, SK
  • Paul Wemyss

    OCAS Application Services Inc. Guelph, ON

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Manager, Membership and Marketing


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The Governance Professionals of Canada (GPC) is the voice of Corporate Secretaries and governance professionals in Canada. Its members deal with disclosure and matters affecting corporate governance, including the structure and meetings of the board of directors and its committees, the proxy process and annual meetings. As such GPC strives to provide valuable and timely information on recent changes and developments which affect our members - in all sectors. 


Specialties: Our members include professionals with positions such as Corporate Secretary, Manager Corporate Governance, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, VP Regulatory Affairs, Associate Corporate Secretary, and Board Administrator.


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