Mission Critical: Board Stewardship in Times of Climate Crisis

This session will explore the board’s role in responding to the risks and opportunities posed by climate change. The keynote speaker and panellists will discuss the legal and ethical duties of boards to address climate-related issues, as well as strategies and tools that can assist them in fulfilling those duties.


Cathy Driscoll, MBA, PhD is Professor of Management, Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her areas of teaching and research include responsible leadership, organizational ethics, sustainability, and spiritual and religious values in ethical decision-making.


Myrna Gillis, QC, LLB, CEO and Co-founder of Aqualitas, is an entrepreneur, lawyer, innovator and disabilities advocate. She practised labour and employment law for 25 years before entering the cannabis industry in 2014, motivated by her passion for advocacy and desire to ensure access to safe, consistent, affordable cannabis produced in an environmentally responsible way.

Tom Johnson is the Executive Director of the Eskasoni Fish & Wildlife Commission, and is involved in establishing an Indigenous Protected Conservation Area in and around his community, in hopes of restoring a reciprocal relationship between the people and land.  He advocates for the rights and needs of the Mi'kmaq people and has represented his people on several boards and committees. Tom serves as a member of the Executive committee for CCUNESCO, a board member for the Bras d'Or lake Biosphere Reserve, and a member of the Canadian Biosphere Reserve Association Indigenous Circle.

Sarah Keyes, CPA, CA Principal with ESG Global Advisors, has a decade of diverse experience as a thought leader, consultant and auditor, and is a recognized voice on the financial impacts of environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues for the Canadian business community. She is a speaker, author and facilitator on the impacts of climate change risks and opportunities on governance, strategy, risk management and performance.

Stephen MacDonald is CEO of EfficiencyOne, the not-for-profit operator of Canada’s first electricity efficiency utility, Efficiency Nova Scotia. He has been recognized as one of Atlantic Canada’s Top 50 CEOs for 2019 and is a recipient of Canada’s Clean50 award; both acknowledge his industry-leading efforts promoting energy efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions.


Janice Brown, MPA, LLB, is a retired lawyer and civil servant, with more than 20 years’ experience providing legal, policy and governance advice to government departments, Crown corporations and other public sector organizations.


November 20, 2019

Registration: 11:30 a.m.
Lunch and Presentation: 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Location | Lieu:

Brightwood Golf and Country Club
227 School St. 
Dartmouth, NS

CEUs | CFCs:


Price | Prix :

Member: $40 +tax
Non-member: $60 +tax

Organizer | Organisateur:

Maritime Chapter

Contact | Contacter:

Michelle LaVigne