president's Message 

The Governance Professionals of Canada ("GPC") handed out the Fifth Annual Excellence in Governance Awards ("EGAs") on November 2nd  awards gala dinner and ceremony, held at The Carlu in Toronto.

The 2017 winners by category are:

  1. Best Practices in Enterprise Risk Management
    • MD Financial Management Inc.
  2. Best Practices in Sustainability and ESG Governance
    • MEC (Mountain Equipment Co-op)
  3. Best Approach to Achieving Effective Board and Committee Operations
    • Green Shield Canada
  4. Best Practices to Enhance Boardroom Diversity
    • Vancouver Airport Authority (YVR)
    • Cameco Corporation (Honourable Mention)
  5. Best Practices in Strategic Planning, Oversight and Value Creation by the Board
    • ATB Financial
  6. Best Engagement by a Governance Team
    • Concentra Bank
  7. Best Compensation Disclosure and Communication
    • Manulife Financial Corporation
  8. Best Practices in Subsidiary Governance
    • Bank of Montreal
  9. Best Overall Corporate Governance
    • Listed winner: Royal Bank of Canada and 
    • Non-listed winner: Vancouver Airport Authority
  10.  Peter Dey Governance Achievement Award
    •  Hugh Bolton, Chairman, EPCOR Utilities 

The final award winners were chosen out of nominations from across Canada in all sectors and markets, by a jury panel composed of seasoned and well-respected governance experts. For more on the EGA judging panel:


GPC extends its sincere congratulations to the winners of the 2017 EGAs and a huge thank you to our judges and sponsors for their invaluable time and support of our EG Award program. 


In this age of disruption and turbulence, organizations want the acknowledgment for what they are doing right and the winners of these awards, as well as the shortlisted companies, can send a clear message to their stakeholders that they are organizations who value excellence in governance. The EG Awards recognize excellence across all organizations from public to private, not for profit, crown and others, to reinforce that transparency, accountability and strong governance frameworks should be a priority for all Canadian organizations. 


I would encourage ALL organizations who value and strive for excellence in governance, to put forward a nomination in 2018. The Call for nominations will open in February 2018.


GPC extends its sincere congratulations to the winners of the 2017 EGAs and a huge thank you to our judges and sponsors for their invaluable time and support of our EG Award program.


Photos of the event are available here.


I would also like to acknowledge the amazing team behind GPC and the awards:  

From Left: Albert Orellana, Seare Araya, Jennifer Su, Mable Zheng, Caroline Bucksbaum, Emmanuelle Vaughan our event assistant, Letricia Fullerton and Monique de St. Croix our event photographer.


Lynn Beauregard
President, Governance Professionals of Canada


GPC would like to thank all our sponsors for taking part of the 5th Annual Excellence in Governance Awards gala at the Carlu on Thursday, November 2, 2017.

GPC was thrilled to be part of a special report on the Excellence in Governance Awards! 

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GPC Opens the Market open
Following its 2017 Excellence in Governance gala dinner and ceremony on November 2nd in Toronto, EGA finalists, sponsors, judges and GPC Board members were invited to ring the opening bell of the stock market at the TMX on Friday November 3rd, 2017.
GPC-EP Officially Kicks Off!

To top off this exciting week, GPC officially kicked off the Governance Professionals of Canada's Education Program (GPC-EP). The first module was held November 3rd to 5th in Toronto and the second offering of the first module will be in Vancouver on November 17th to 19th. For more details on the GPC-EP, click here: 
GPC-EP first cohort in Toronto
GPC Education program

As a Governance Professional, it is important that you are equipped with the latest and most important tools and best practices in governance. Your effectiveness and your success is directly related to the effectiveness of your board and your organization. New regulations, stakeholder and market pressures continue to evolve relentlessly, so it is critical that you can invest in your professional development and stay on top of key changes, new trends and best practices. 


It is with this in mind that we would encourage you to apply for the GPC Education Program (GPC-EP) - Governance in Practice, and to obtain your designation as a GPC.D. GPC-EP is the only practical certification course available for governance professionals in Canada.

The Governance Professionals of Canada Education Program (GPC-EP) is designed to:

  • Respond to the demand to provide education tailored to the unique needs of professionals working in governance
  • Set a standard and bar for the practice and profession of governance in Canada
  • Create good governance practices across all sectors and industries

The GPC-EP is designed to enhance the existing skills of governance professionals of all levels, and operating in a governance role, whether in public, private, not-for-profit or governmental organizations such as in: legal, compliance, ethics, stakeholder relations, board and committee support, and more. 


Individuals new to these roles, as well as seasoned professionals, will find benefit in the GPC-EP as it will not only provide them with the latest best practices, skills and tools in governance, but will also enhance the standard of their profession and further their career. 


Upon completion of the program, and passing the final examination, program participants will receive the Governance Professionals of Canada Designation: GPC.D.

Module 1 (2017)
  • Vancouver, November 17-19, 2017
Module 2 (2018)
  • Vancouver, April 13-15, 2018
  • Toronto, June 15-17, 2018
Module 3 (2018)
  • Vancouver, May 25-27, 2018
  • Toronto, October 12-14, 2018
Module 1 (2018)
  • Vancouver, May 25-25, 2018
  • Toronto, Nov 9-11, 2018

The Foundations of Governance Course consists of two and a half days covering key areas of governance, which include: the role of the governance professional, director management, advising the board, board dynamics, effectiveness, culture, relationships and conflicts.

Within each of these areas, practitioners in governance will take a thorough look at central elements of practice and how to navigate difficult situations, apply best practices and important tools in the day to day running of a governance office. This course is a comprehensive view of the key foundations and practice of governance, and essential for professionals both seasoned and new to the role.  

Janis Riven, BCL, LLB, MBA, FCIS, Acc.Dir
Heather Laxton,
Chief Governance Officer & Corporate Secretary, Wesdome Gold Mines Ltd.

John Dinner,
President, John T. Dinner Board Governance Services 

Sylvia Groves, FCIS, Acc.Dir.,
President and Creative Director, Governance Studio 

When and Where
November 17 -19, 2017
Terminal City Club
870 West Hastings Street  

Vancouver, BC, V6C 1B6

Nov 17th & 18th:
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. - (Breakfast & lunch included)
Nov. 19th:
8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. - (Breakfast included)



In today's environment executive compensation is on many boards' and shareholders' minds. Senior Executives want to be treated fairly, while shareholders want to ensure their invested capital is generating positive returns. Steering a board through the annual executive compensation cycle has continued to be an essential process within the general governance framework.

Join Global Governance Advisors on November 21st, to learn about the emerging trends boards are deciding on when it comes to executive compensation design, how top executives are being compensated amidst today's capital markets and shareholder voting guidelines. Whether you are a Governance Professional supporting a board within a publicly traded, private or non-profit organization, this session will discuss the emerging trends on executive and board compensation design, pay for performance, pay trends and why it's important to get the due diligence done before year end.
When and Where
November 21, 2017
The Albany Club, 91 King St E,
Toronto, ON M5C 1G3

This event is also available by Webinar

The session is designed for governance professionals who deal with financial reports without a business or financial background.

During this presentation you will receive a basic overview of the fundamental structure of the three main financial statements: the balance sheet, the income statement and the cash flow; how the statements are related to one another, and how they differ.
When and Where

November 27, 2017
Calgary Petroleum Club
319 5 Ave SW,
Calgary, AB T2P 0L6
November 28, 2017
Epcor Tower,
10423 101 St NW #2000,
Edmonton, AB T5H 0E8
  This event is also available by Webinar

GPC invites members and non-members to join us in Vancouver on November 17th, for a local networking reception. Please RSVP by email to 

Where and When
November 17, 2017 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Terminal City Club
837 W Hastings St,
Vancouver, BC V6C 1B6

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Almost two thirds of respondents satisfied with work-life balance

Canadian governance professionals are - on the whole - happy with the demands placed on them at work and with their pay, according to new research.

A study by Global Governance Advisors (GGA) in partnership with the Governance Professionals of Canada finds that almost two thirds (64 percent) of those polled describe themselves as satisfied with their work-life balance. Eighty-four percent say they are satisfied with their compensation package.

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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. 


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