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Wednesday, June 5, 10:45 - 11:45 AM ET

Director Lens Dialogue

Join the Conference Co-Chairs in one of the following interactive panel discussions, as they offer personal insights on issues impacting today's boards.

Sessions are selected at registration.

The Board Management Nexus – Working Together for Success

Directors know that effectively performing their stewardship and oversight roles are influenced by their ability to respond to the complex issues reshaping today’s business environment. The board’s essential fiduciary and legal duties haven’t changed, but expectations and requirements are evolving. It is to be expected that management will be grappling with the same issues, and it is vital that, ultimately, there be alignment within and between the board and management.

The panel will discuss strategies for boards to engage internally and with management, proposing goals, strategies, and approaches toward successful outcomes.

Moderator

Moderator

Dr. Heather Munroe-Blum

O.C., OQ, F.ICD

Conference Co-Chair

Chairperson, Gairdner Foundation; Emerita Principal (President) and Vice-Chancellor, McGill University

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Panelists

Panelists

Maryse Bertrand

Ad.E., BCL, MSc (RM)
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Panelists

Deborah K. Orida

Chief Executive Officer, PSP Investments

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The Power of Transparency and Trust in Multi-Stakeholder and Rights Holder Systems

Building trust with stakeholders and rights holders should be as easy as following through with what you said you would do and being transparent about the outcome. However, organizations must balance increasingly diverse expectations from groups with, at times, conflicting interests and needs. To foster organizational trust, boards need to understand varied stakeholder and rights holder perspectives along the full value chain. How do boards engage with different groups, knowing it is sometimes impossible to please everyone in a complex system?

Drawing on diverse perspectives, this panel will explore strategies to foster transparency and trusting relationships with a varied range of groups. 

Moderator

Moderator

Poonam Puri

LSM, LLM, ICD.D

Conference Co-Chair
ICD Fellow

Chair, Holland Bloorview Hospital, and Director, Colliers, DRI Healthcare Trust, Propel Holdings, Solaris Resources, and Canada Infrastructure Bank

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Panelist

Panelist

Justin Bourque

PMP

President, Âsokan Generational Developments; and Athabasca Indigenous Investments

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Panelist

Rob Prichard

F.ICD

Chair, Torys LLP

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Panelist

Kathleen Taylor

F.ICD

Chair, Element Fleet Management; Vice Chair, The Adecco Group; Director, Air Canada

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Canada's Competitive Landscape: Overcoming Challenges and Embracing Opportunities

Despite a bounty of resources and a highly skilled workforce, Canada has a productivity problem. Protectionism and bureaucracy influence our sliding economic rankings, but widespread complacency is an issue, too. Can boards change this trajectory?

This dynamic discussion explores the board’s role in enhancing competitiveness, both within their businesses and the broader economy. Panelists will highlight the power of an entrepreneurial spirit in the boardroom – one that encourages management to take calculated risks, improve long-term investment and leverage technology. By fostering a culture of innovation and alleviating the fear of failure, boards can drive a robust and productive future economy.

Moderator

Moderator

Hon. John P. Manley

PC, O.C., F.ICD

Conference Co-Chair

Chair, Telus, Jefferies Financial Canada; Senior Business Adviser, Bennett Jones LLP

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Panelist

Panelist

Martha Hall Findlay

LLB, ICD.D

Director, James S. and Barbara A. Palmer Chair at the School of Public Policy - University of Calgary

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Panelist

David MacNaughton

President, Palantir Canada

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