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Marijuana and the Workplace: What Leaders and the Board Should Know

The legalization of the recreational use of marijuana in Canada is fast approaching. This important change will create new challenges for employers and the board of directors as it may expose many workplaces to new safety, legal, and culture risks.

Recorded Webinar | July 2018 | The Conference Board of Canada

23 Truths about Ethics Insights from the Ethics Conference Ethical Breakdowns: How Great Companies Close the Intention-Action Gap

Most leaders want to do the right thing and know that ethics aligns with success. But tensions between transparency and brand protection can make doing right difficult, especially in the #metoo era.

Conference KeyNotes | 10 pages | July 2018 | The Conference Board, Inc.

Just What Is the Corporate Director’s Job? Academia’s Perspectives on the Board Member’s Job Description

The latest installment of the Just What Is the Corporate Director's Job? series presents the perspective of academia. Among the findings: academia plays a role in shaping the board’s job by unveiling empirical evidence of distorted behaviors, conflicts of interests, and inefficiencies.

Report | 20 pages | July 2018 | The Conference Board, Inc.

25 Truths about Joint Ventures: Insights from the 2018 Joint Ventures Conference

Joint venture are complex, but they can work if you don’t rush the deal and take the time to develop trust and understand your partners.

Conference KeyNotes | 13 pages | June 2018 | The Conference Board, Inc.

Moving the Needle: Increasing Board Diversity in Canadian Organizations

Imagine if Canada’s boardrooms looked like Canada? In 2010, the Canadian Board Diversity Council set a diversity target for Canadian Boards: 30% by 2018. Their established definition of board diversity includes gender, ethnicity, aboriginal status, and disability. Not surprisingly, this target has not been met; and the needle on boardroom diversity in Canada is moving at a static pace.

It’s no secret that diversity places a key role in strong organizational governance, increased innovation, and stronger financial performance, yet many boardrooms still look much like they did 20 years ago.

Amanda Daoust provides greater context to the latest research on board diversity and engages governance experts Lois Nahirney and Bill Hatanaka in a wide-ranging discussion on what they think is needed to accelerate board diversity in Canada.

Recorded Webinar | June 2018 | The Conference Board of Canada

Just What Is the Corporate Director’s Job? Activist Hedge Fund Perspectives on the Board Member’s Job Description

One of the most important attributes activist hedge funds seek in a director is the ability to act “as if they owned the company.” The perspectives of activist hedge investors differ from the stakeholders in the previous five installments of this series—proxy advisors, directors, active investors, passive investors, and corporate secretaries.

Report | 26 pages | May 2018 | The Conference Board, Inc.

The Battle for Truth: Business Leaders’ Role in Restoring Faith in an Age of #FakeNews

Fake news. Increasing concerns around the use of personal data. Growing populism. Upheavals in government. Employee activism. Widespread disruption of industries and companies. Now more than ever, trust is an asset that institutions must cultivate.

The 2018 Edelman Trust Barometer delves into the shifting societal and economic forces that are challenging people’s belief in institutions, and identifies new opportunities for leaders to build trust with stakeholders. Canada’s profile is unique and offers some distinct opportunities to leverage and build on trust.

Recorded Webinar | May 2018 | The Conference Board of Canada

EU Circular Economy Package: A Challenging Yet Important Impulse

Corporate boards should be aware of the European Commission’s concepts of “recycle, repair and re-use” and waste avoidance, which are central to its Circular Economy Package.

Director Notes | 18 pages | May 2018 | The Conference Board, Inc.

Risk Watch: Thought Leadership in Risk—Spring 2018

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.

Report | 28 pages | April 2018 | The Conference Board of Canada

How to Succeed as a Non-Profit Board Director

Many professionals want to serve on non-profit boards to develop their leadership skills, to give back to the community in which they live and work, and to use as a springboard to sit on for-profit boards. While personally and professionally rewarding, serving on a non-profit board involves a serious commitment of time and talent. To be successful as a board director, you need to know the principles of non-profit governance, the role of the board, the responsibilities of board directors and how an effective board operates.

Join us for this 60-minute session as lawyer Josephine Victoria Yam walks us through the fundamentals on how to succeed as a non-profit board director.

Recorded Webinar | March 2018 | The Conference Board of Canada

Engaging and Influencing External Stakeholders in Product Stewardship

Product stewardship leaders and their business counterparts are increasingly recognizing that engaging and influencing external stakeholders has become a core part of protecting a company’s societal “license to operate.”

Report | 41 pages | March 2018 | The Conference Board, Inc.

Just What Is the Corporate Director's Job? Highlights of Perspectives on the Board Member's Job Description

Peruse the main points from more than 10 roundtable discussions with stakeholders, updated regularly as new reports are produced.

Report | 12 pages | March 2018 | The Conference Board, Inc.

Just What Is the Corporate Director's Job? Corporate Secretaries' Perspectives on the Board Member's Job Description

One of the most important attributes corporate secretaries seek in a director is the ability to analyze and properly respond to information received from management and other key resources.

Report | 20 pages | March 2018 | The Conference Board, Inc.

23 Truths about Cybersecurity: Insights from the Cybersecurity Conference: Crucial Collaborations

Organizations can’t prevent all cyberattacks, but they can mitigate their effects. This requires enterprise risk management programs guided by a cyber-knowledgeable board and a leadership team that knows its risk appetite.

Report | 13 pages | March 2018 | The Conference Board, Inc.

Are Directors Paid Too Much? An Analysis of Corporate Board Member Compensation from 1997-2012

Director excess compensation may be a sign of board entrenchment while an increase in overcompensation of directors reduces pay-for-performance sensitivity.

Report | 10 pages | March 2018 | The Conference Board, Inc.

The Secret Behind Board Chair Success: Providing Effective Board Leadership

Board chairs preside the most powerful body in an organization: the board of directors. Yet, there is no handbook on the workings of their role and what they should do to successfully provide effective board leadership.

The INSEAD Corporate Governance Initiative conducted 74 face-to-face interviews with experienced board Chairs to produce a research project spanning nine European countries. Findings provide a recipe on how chairs can execute their three specific roles of leadership: engage, enable and encourage.

Join governance expert and researcher Stanislav Shekshnia as he shares the findings from the INSEAD study including the role of Board Chairs and best practices from top Chairs to effectively lead a board of directors.

Recorded Webinar | January 2018 | The Conference Board of Canada

Sustainability in the Mainstream: Why Investors Care and What it Means for Corporate Boards

Shareholder activism around ESG issues is less well-understood than the environmental and sustainability issues themselves.

Director Notes | 19 pages | December 2017 | The Conference Board, Inc.

Just What Is the Corporate Director's Job? Large Passive Investors' Perspectives on the Board Member

Large passive investors—including Vanguard, BlackRock, and State Street Global Advisors—say the information management shares with the board is sometimes incomplete, and these investors want the corporate director to be knowledgeable enough to realize that.

Key Business Issues | 31 pages | December 2017 | The Conference Board, Inc.

The Importance of a Robust Ethics and Compliance Program: Getting the Board on Board

An effective ethics and compliance program plays an important role in the success of any organization. Corporate boards have a significant responsibility to oversee and monitor a company’s compliance program. In many cases, corporate boards find themselves behind when fulfilling their corporate compliance oversight responsibilities. Chief Compliance Officers (CCOs) face an ongoing challenge to educate and train board members on how to monitor the company’s compliance program and the commitment of corporate leaders to the program.

In the best-case scenario, the board and CEO fully understand the importance of ethics and compliance and champion the efforts needed to implement a successful program. But all too often, their support may not be as energetic. The lack of support from the board dampens the program’s credibility and increases the risk of nonconformity throughout the organization.

A fundamental component in creating a culture that values ethics and compliance is the support from the board and CEO. So, what can a can the CCO do to get the board on board?

Recorded Webinar | December 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

Seven Ways to Earn an Income as a Corporate Director

As a corporate director, your role is to contribute your expertise to help an organization prosper and better serve its stakeholders. This can be a fulfilling job! But can you make a living as a corporate director? The answer is yes but not without a few different income streams, some work beyond board service, and a few key strategies.

Join us as Tamara Paton, corporate director and board consultant, shares her experiences and tips on various ways to earn a salary and potentially make a living as a corporate director.

Recorded Webinar | November 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

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