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Top Tips on Information Governance: Critical Processes for Proper Oversight

The Conference Board of Canada, October 26, 2016
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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.

Webinar Highlights

Join us for this 60-minute webinar where Chris will:

  • Share insights on the wide range of structural and procedural principles that boards ought to attend to
  • Explore common obstacles faced when directors seek information from the management team
  • Provide tips on how boards can be more diligent and effective in their pursuit and use of information
  • Help determine who to seek information from and what type of information is crucial for specific scenarios
  • Provide guidelines on setting appropriate policies and procedures to ensure that the right information is gathered and used correctly

About Chris

Photo of Chris MacDonaldChris MacDonald, Ph.D., is Director of the Ted Rogers Leadership Centre and Interim Director of the Ted Rogers MBA, at Ryerson University's Ted Rogers School of Management. He is also a Nonresident Senior Scholar at Duke University’s Kenan Institute for Ethics. He is a popular keynote speaker and makes frequent media appearances. He is the author of more than 30 peer-reviewed publications, and is author of a best-selling textbook on critical thinking. MacDonald is also author of the highly-regarded Business Ethics blog (businessethicsblog.com). He has several times been named as one of the “100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics,” by Ethisphere Magazine, in addition to being named as one of the “Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behaviour” By Trust Across America.

  • Stay current with Chris MacDonald’s work by subscribing to his blog at businessethicsblog.com
  • Follow Chris MacDonald on Twitter @ethicsblogger

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