Michael Bassett is the Associate Director, Governance, Compliance and Risk at The Conference Board of Canada where he leads the Conference Board's research and major events in these areas.
In addition to this role, Michael is the Director of the Centre for Family Enterprises in Canada, a major multi-year initiative to raise awareness of the role and contributions of family-owned businesses to Canada's economy and society; conduct research on issues of importance to the governance, strategic planning, and operations of these enterprises; and identify how governments' industrial policies, regulation, and taxation could strengthen both the family-business ecosystem and its economic and social benefits for Canada. He is overseeing the Centre's program of research and dialogue including a major quantitative study on the economic contributions of family-owned enterprises in Canada and a study investigating major issues faced by family enterprises in Canada to be published in 2018. Michael received his Family Enterprise Advisor (FEA) designation in May 2018.
Michael has contributed to numerous custom and public research projects in the areas of governance, ethics, risk management and Crown corporations. He has chaired the Conference Board's National ERM Conference (2017) and the National Corporate Ethics and Integrity Summit (2018).
Prior to joining the Conference Board, Michael worked at the Ottawa-based Institute on Governance. He has also worked in the non-profit sector and for the provincial government of British Columbia. Michael was a member of the Board of Directors of the Ethics Practitioners Association of Canada from 2013 to 2015.