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  • How to be an informed and prepared director
    Knowledge is power, yet board directors may not always have the right information to make educated decisions. In today’s increasingly complex business environment, that’s a problem. The director role has become time-consuming and multifaceted, requiring more preparation and thoughtful analysis. Today, directors are expected to oversee and guide company performance and strategy, risk management and ethical behaviour while representing shareholder interests – a tall order if you aren’t privy to all the facts.









  • Investing in the next generation of governance
    In an evolving governance landscape, boards are hungry for new ideas and better practices. To satisfy this appetite for fresh thinking and to help directors be more effective in their roles, the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) established the Canadian Foundation for Governance Research (CFGR) in 2009.

  • How Wayfair lost its way: A cautionary tale
    Activist employees can suddenly upend an organizational reputation as Wayfair has learned the hard way. The online furniture retailer’s lacklustre response to employee concerns about its sale of beds to migrant children detention centres sparked a highly publicized, Twitter-fuelled walkout with damaging reputational consequences. All this hubbub makes one thing clear: As employees increasingly take on environmental, social and governance (ESG) causes, boards need to ensure that appropriate engagement strategies are in place to effectively deal with this important stakeholder group before crisis strikes.









  • Climate confusion
    Directors may be forgiven for having difficulty knowing how to respond to the challenge of climate change in light of inconsistent regulatory approaches adopted by federal and provincial governments.  In the same week that climate change was declared a crisis by the federal government, it also approved the Trans Mountain Pipeline sending mixed signals about policy priorities.  Adding to the confusion, carbon pricing schemes (or lack of one) vary considerably from province to province.









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  • Weeds & words: a quantitative analysis of cannabis disclosure
    Over the past two years Canadian investors have given a hearty welcome to the cannabis industry. Although only a few cannabis companies booked a profit in 2018, stock valuations have been high. 
  • Study: representation of women on boards of directors, 2016
    Although the share of women on corporate boards in publicly traded corporations (public corporations) has been well documented, this release fills an important data gap, by providing the first estimates for private corporations, government business enterprises and public corporations.
  • Study: representation of women on boards of directors, 2016
    Although the share of women on corporate boards in publicly traded corporations (public corporations) has been well documented, this release fills an important data gap, by providing the first estimates for private corporations, government business enterprises and public corporations.
  • Crown services framework letters (Manitoba)
    The board of directors of Efficiency Manitoba Inc., The Manitoba Centennial Centre Corporation, Manitoba Hydro, Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Corporation, and Manitoba Public Insurance Corporation received updated mandate letters.