GTA Chapter Event ➤ In the unsettled world of today and tomorrow, building and maintaining an effective board-CEO/ED relationship has become more challenging. In a post-COVID world, what will boards need to do better or differently? This session will explore the key elements and best practices that are the foundation of a productive relationship including:
- Board consensus on accountabilities of the CEO/ED, as anchored in his or her job description.
- A robust board process and metrics for setting annual CEO/ED performance expectations and assessing her/his accomplishments.
- An effective and defensible compensation strategy.
- Anticipating and addressing issues in the board-CEO/ED relationship.
This session will be of particular interest to not-for-profit sector boards and CEO/ED’s.
Danielle Waters, ICD.D
Danielle Waters has more than 28 years of experience with organizations in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. She is a proven business leader and board director with a broad range of experience on public and not-for-profit boards. Her experience spans CEO selection, performance and all elements of compensation. Danielle spent nine years with the Greater Toronto Airports Authority as a corporate director, where she helped to lead Toronto Pearson Airport into its next evolution as a global mega hub. She chaired the Human Resources and Compensation Committee for three years and introduced a comprehensive compensation philosophy including executive compensation restructuring. She was a member of the Audit Committee , Governance & Stakeholder Relations Committee and Planning & Commercial Development Committee. Danielle was appointed to The Bruce Trail Conservancy board in 2017 and selected as chair of the Human Resources Committee, as well as contributing member of the Fundraising Committee and the Government Relations Task Force. Most recently, she was appointed as the executive director of Lawn Summer Nights.
Danielle holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors and Rotman School of Management and is a graduate of Humber College.
Colleen Fleming, C. Dir
Colleen provides consulting services to CEOs and boards – particularly in the not-for-profit sector – on strategic issues and governance. Her clients have included York Region, Oshawa Senior Citizens Centre and the Canadian Automobile Association (Niagara Club). She has served as CEO of national organizations and corporations, including the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Career Edge and Laura Secord Inc. She is currently board chair of the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce, is past chair of the board of governors of Seneca College and the board of directors of the Retail Council of Canada, and has also served as a board member of organizations, including the Bridgepoint Hospital Association, Safe Communities, Human Resources Professional Association and Ajax Pickering Board of Trade. She is a former director of ICD (York branch). Colleen has a BA in Psychology from Carleton University and an MBA from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Warren Bell, ICD.D
Warren is an accomplished leader and NFP board director who has successfully led transformation agendas that align talent and organizational structure to strategy, enabling growth, managing risk and delivering sustainable outcomes. He has been a director of several NFP boards, including the role of vice chair at Canadian Museum of Nature Foundation, and board chair of the Bruce Trail Conservancy and OMERS Foundation board. He is a purposeful board director who brings a strategic perspective with experience building accountable and high-performing cultures by focusing on CEO selection, development and compensation. He has personally led through CEO change and selection in the NFP sector with a hands-on style, and has advised on the "how-tos" of effective CEO performance management techniques. Warren graduated from the Telfer School of Business at the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Administration and an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree. In addition to being a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers (FICB), he holds three professional designations in Human Resources Management (CHRP, CHRL, CHRE) and is a graduate of the ICD.D program.
Leona trained as a lawyer and practiced for several years before turning her attention to volunteer work. She has been an active volunteer leader in her community for over 30 years. She is co-founder of the 65 Roses Gala and Gear Up 4 CF, which have raised over $7 million for Cystic Fibrosis Canada. Leona joined the board of Cystic Fibrosis Canada in 2012 and most recently took over as chair in April 2020. In addition to fundraising, Leona’s board interests include best practices in governance, and ensuring the organization includes and is directed by the needs of the people living with CF and their families. Leona has also served on the board of the BC Centre for Children’s Hearing and Speech and on advisory committees at BC Children’s Hospital, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, Vancouver Talmud Torah Elementary School and the Canadian Bar Association. She holds a Bachelor of Law from the University of Victoria and a Bachelor of Arts from Carleton University.