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25 Truths about Joint Ventures

More and more, companies are looking to joint ventures: to help topline growth, allay local fears about loss of intellectual property to foreign competitors, and to help companies enter new international markets.

Report | 13 pages | April 2017 | The Conference Board, Inc.

30 Truths about Cybersecurity

There are two kinds of companies: those that have been hacked and those that don’t know it yet. Cyber risk is not just an IT concern, but a crucial business issue.

Report | 14 pages | April 2017 | The Conference Board, Inc.

The Transformation of the Health System: The Critical Role of Boards of Directors

This briefing examines the important role that governance plays in health care transformation by researching the governance systems in three provinces (Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario) that have taken distinct approaches to health care governance.

Briefing | 34 pages | March 2017 | Jenny Santos | The Conference Board of Canada

The Board’s Role in Creating a Sustainable Future

In reaction to shareholder and stakeholder shifting values, corporations now aim to develop and implement sustainability tactics that align with their business strategies. Despite organizations adopting the appropriate mindset, there is significant room for improvement in the effectiveness of the execution and accountability of their sustainability programs. So what role does the board play in ensuring that sustainability is embedded in the organization? What does this look like in practice? What pitfalls or oversight should the board be cognizant of? Join us as Dr. Yilmaz Argüden dives deeper into the board’s role in ensuring that a sustainability agenda is fully integrated throughout the organization.

Recorded Webinar | March 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

Diversity in the Boardroom: The Long Road Ahead

The Canadian Board Diversity Council's Annual Report Card provides a snapshot of corporate board diversity in Canada. This project, initially started in 2010, provides historical views and measures the pace of change for diversity on FP500 boards. Join the Conference Board’s lead researcher for the Annual Report Card, Amanda Daoust, for this 30-minute webinar as she provides a deep-dive into the latest results from the 2016 Annual Report Card.

Recorded Webinar | March 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

Is Universal Proxy in the Cards? Insights and Highlights from a Recent Roundtable

The Conference Board Governance Center hosted more than 30 corporate governance practitioners to discuss the viability of mandatory versus optional universal proxy cards in contested director elections.

Report | 13 pages | February 2017 | The Conference Board, Inc.

Looking Forward: Not-For-Profit Governance Challenges in an Ever-Changing Environment

Today’s operating environment for not-for-profit organizations is creating pressure on organizations and causing directors to think differently about how they govern their not-for-profit boards. Disruptive social, economic, political and environmental forces are driving up demand for services that not-for-profits provide and influencing the ways in which these organizations operate at a time of constrained, even shrinking, financial resources. Not-for-profit directors must provide meaningful direction and clear-eyed oversight to their organizations to help them navigate this challenging world. Join us for this discussion that will examine key challenges in not-for-profit governance. This one-hour webinar will provide directors, and the executives who work with them, with both frameworks for thinking about the challenges ahead and practical strategies to improve organizational readiness for the future. There will be a special emphasis on ensuring boards have the right directors around the table who are equipped and ready to take the steps in order to thrive in a fast-changing environment. This webinar is a must for currently serving not-for-profit board members, executives who work with not-for-profit boards as well as individuals who are looking to get their start in board service through a not-for-profit board.

Recorded Webinar | February 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

Smart is Not Enough—Why Board Health is the Crucial Competitive Advantage

A healthy board outshines other factors in board effectiveness and provides the greatest pathway for progress and competitive advantage. Join best-selling author, Jim Brown, as he distills 25 years of work with thousands of board members into the non-negotiables for governance and organizational excellence.

Recorded Webinar | February 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

Culture as Governance and the Link with Performance: The Evolving Role of the Corporate Board

Why have we been resistant to embracing culture as a strategic corporate priority? This article focuses on culture at the board level and the link with performance.

Briefing | 45 pages | February 2017 | Mac Van Wielingen | The Conference Board of Canada

25 Truths about Succession Management: Insights from the 12th Succession Management Conference

Companies have fewer candidates to take over the top spot today than they did five years ago. Boards should take key steps to insure a smooth transition at the top.

Briefing | 9 pages | January 2017 | The Conference Board, Inc.

Taking Cyber Security to the Board: Promising Practices for Improving Board Engagement and Performance in Cyber Security

Cyber security is a systemic risk to any business, but many board members lack the literacy in cyber security that they need to oversee this risk. This report provides a three-stage developmental approach to improving board competence in this area.

Briefing | 30 pages | December 2016 | Micah Clark | The Conference Board of Canada

Conseils d’administration et cybersécurité : Pratiques prometteuses pour améliorer leur engagement et leurs résultats en la matière

La cybersécurité représente pour toute entreprise un risque systémique, mais beaucoup de membres de conseil n’ont pas les connaissances voulues pour le surveiller. Ce rapport propose une approche structurée en trois étapes pour améliorer les compétences des conseils dans ce domaine.

Résumé | 33 pages | December 2016 | Micah Clark | Le Conference Board du Canada

CEO Succession Planning in the 21st Century

How confident are you in your board’s approach to CEO succession planning? In the past 5 years, the bar has been dramatically raised in terms of the comprehensive processes many boards are now adopting in addressing what is commonly viewed as “a board’s most important decision”, namely its choice of corporate leadership. When a board puts together a comprehensive process on CEO succession, not only does it typically lead to a better leadership decision – it also sets the right “tone at the top”. Join Beverly Behan, renowned board expert, as she outlines some of the best CEO succession practices she has seen boards adopt over the past 5 years, as well as common mistakes and pitfalls that your board will want to avoid. During this one-hour discussion, Bev will share a unique perspective on this critical issue -one which reflects the fact that most CEO appointments involve the promotion of internal candidates. This is your chance to get your most pressing questions about CEO succession planning in front of the expert.

Recorded Webinar | December 2016 | The Conference Board of Canada

Paradigm Paralysis in ERM and Internal Audit May be the Biggest Risk to Your Organization

Boards are increasingly being called on to ensure their organization has a sound risk culture and framework, while still fostering the strategies necessary to thrive in a rapidly changing world. In the UK, board Chairs must now make annual representations explaining in specific terms what the board has done to oversee the company’s risk culture, risk management framework, the internal audit department, and the external auditors. Boards and CEOs need to ask whether their risk and assurance processes fulfill their risk governance mandate. Tim Leech, a globally recognized authority on board risk oversight, argues that approaches being used by many organizations today are not up to the task of providing the assurance and insights that C-Suites and boards need. Join us and explore how traditional approaches to ERM and Internal Audit have a bad case of “paradigm paralysis”— a paralysis that represents a major barrier to well intending CEOs and boards that want to meet rapidly escalating board risk oversight expectations. In this webinar Tim Leech will explain what boards and CEOs should do to foster the necessary transformations to ensure that their organization’s risk management and assurance approaches are not themselves a risk.

Recorded Webinar | December 2016 | The Conference Board of Canada

10 Key Considerations to Improve Non-profit Board Operations

Non-profit boards face a unique set of challenges in the governance of their organization’s operations. These longstanding challenges include; difficulty recruiting individuals to the board, managing the interface between the board and management, and addressing long term strategic planning. Added to these traditional challenges are new issues that arise from a significantly constrained funding environment across the non-profit space. Boards must dedicate themselves to ensuring the sustainability of the organizations they serve. Shrinking funding pools are increasing the competition and putting pressure on boards to find the best talent to drive success. It’s time for non-profit boards to update their expectations around what their role should be in providing oversight and guidance. Failing to properly adapt to the current context is a serious risk to organizational viability. Join us as Dr. Eugene Fram provides a 10-step roadmap that will help ensure non-profit boards start moving in the right direction toward long-term sustainability.

Recorded Webinar | November 2016 | The Conference Board of Canada

Risk Watch: Thought Leadership in Risk—Autumn 2016

This triannual journal presents original articles by global thinkers and practitioners on risk management and related matters. Authors express opinions and insights about the world of risk and provide practical applications to address risk challenges.

Briefing | 24 pages | November 2016 | The Conference Board of Canada

Top Tips on Information Governance: Critical Processes for Proper Oversight

It seems like a director’s oversight responsibility is ever increasing and without an end in sight. From company history and policies to financial forecasting, boards are bombarded with information on the organization that they serve and the industry they are competing in. In this busy environment, can you be sure that your board is getting the information it must know to make sound decisions and justify them to shareholders and stakeholders? What can boards do in order to get the information they need to do their jobs properly? Boards are ethically and legally responsible for the oversight of the organization’s day-to-day operations. Directors are purposefully brought in as outsiders to provide a fresh perspective on the strategic direction of the organization. Given this outsider nature, directors are automatically subject to relative information poverty. It is critical for boards to have processes in place to allow directors to access the right information, at the right time that will serve specific instances. Advice on information-gathering is easy to come by; harder to find are principles that make sense of it all and that can help boards stay ahead of the game. Join us as Dr. Chris MacDonald provides a framework and outlines practical steps for directors to take to ensure that they’re getting and using the right information in the right ways. After this one-hour session, participants will walk away with a list of best-practices boards can adopt to ensure better use of information, and in turn, better governance.

Recorded Webinar | October 2016 | The Conference Board of Canada

CEO Succession Practices: 2016 Edition

CEO Succession Practices: 2016 Edition analyzes all CEO succession events at S&P 500 companies over the last 15 years with additional analysis based on 2016 survey findings.

Report | 117 pages | October 2016 | The Conference Board, Inc.

Key Dimensions of Effective CEO Succession

This strategic overview for the C-suite provides a road map to help CEOs and directors organize succession planning, integrate it with board responsibilities, and ultimately define it as an ongoing element of business strategy.

Report | 8 pages | October 2016 | The Conference Board, Inc.

Directors in Focus: The Six Key Areas of Oversight That Boards Need to Know

As a director, you are responsible for oversight on numerous fronts. You are required to be duly diligent and act in the best interest of your organization. But in an environment where boards are under intense scrutiny and organizations are under constant pressure from stakeholders, how can you ensure that you are the getting critical information you need to make sound, strategic decisions? Too often, information reported by management can be too little, too late, too much, or simply too difficult to access. Important items get buried in a landslide of information that may not make your tablet heavier, but does increase your burden, sometimes exponentially. And with less information and more work, unexpected issues can take the board and management fully by surprise, making it seem easier to operate in the weeds instead of above them. So what are the real key areas of oversight? Those that, if paid attention to, help ensure that you stay on top of current issues? Is there a simple way to put matters in context and make them easier to manage? What are today’s best-practice organizations doing to help directors to carry out their roles and keep the organization on track?

Recorded Webinar | September 2016 | The Conference Board of Canada

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