Back from the ICD National Conference & Fellowship Awards Gala

June 28, 2017 / By Romain Isaac

The ICD National Conference and Fellowship Awards Gala, an event celebrating excellence in directorship, took place in Toronto on June 21st and 22nd. This event brought numerous board members from prestigious Canadian corporations together to discuss the importance of corporate governance in ensuring the success of their organizations.

The event began on June 21st with the ICD D. luncheon at the One King West Hotel, followed by a welcome cocktail at the Deloitte Tower. This was an opportunity for attendees to discuss various topics that would be covered during the conference and to talk with the many sponsors of the event in person, in particular members of the Leading Boards’ team.

A conference focused on best practices for corporate governance

On June 22nd, the ICD National Conference offered many conferences during the day. The CEO of ICD set the tone for the convention with opening remarks that highlighted the importance of corporate governance. For the first panel of the day, David Jacobson, Ambassador and Vice-Chair of BMO Financial Group and former Canadian Cabinet Minister, Peter MacKay took the floor to discuss governance in a time of populism.

John P. Manley, President & CEO of the Business Council of Canada, Siân Matthews, Chair of Canada Post Corporation and Robert Pace, Chair of Canadian National Railway Co., chaired the second panel discussion of the day which was facilitated by Andrew Willis, business columnist for The Globe and Mail. This prestigious panel debated on the topic of how good governance has contributed to their organizational longevity and what innovative governance should reflect in order to ensure continued success. Dr. Dambisa Moyo, Global Economist and Director of Barclays Bank, lead the luncheon keynote, which was an examination of global shifts in economics, geopolitics and business.

The conference continued into the afternoon with a third panel developed by Isabelle Marcoux, Chair of Transcontinental Inc., Bruce Lourie, President of the Ivey Foundation, Henry Jones, Vice President of CalPERS, and was facilitated by Dianne Saxe, the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario. This panel discussion emphasized sustainability as a vehicle for financial performance. The fourth panel of the day was organized by Paul Smyke, Head of North America and Member of the Executive Committee of the World Economic Forum, Barbara Stymiest, Director of Blackberry Ltd., and Samuel L. Duboc, Chair of BDC. Estelle Métayer, Director of BRP, facilitated the final panel discussion on thriving in disruption: a revolution in Canadian business innovation.

Participants were given the opportunity to voice their opinions about the topics broached during the conference via an electronic survey. One of the questions was determining the biggest challenge for boards over the next 10 years, a question that more than 60% of participants answered by stating that the integration of new technologies in corporate governance practices was of particular importance. Between sessions, participants had a chance to talk to Leading Boards team members about the added value of a board portal within their organizations in terms of efficiency, cybersecurity, compliance, sustainability and performance of board members.

A Fellowship Awards Gala for celebrating excellence in directorship

The day concluded with a moment for participants to celebrate the excellent due diligence of several directors, members of the ICD, in their respective organizations. The 20th Annual Gala of ICD was presided by his Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada. This gala was also the occasion to honor Nicolle Forget, Vice-Chair of Jean Coutu Group, Robert L. Phillips, Chair of Canadian Western Bank, MacDonald Dettwiler & Associates Ltd. and Precision Drilling and Kathleen Taylor, Chair of Royal Bank of Canada and SickKids Foundation.

The Leading Boards’ team participated in this event as a Premium Sponsor and was able to sit with members of the SickKids Foundation, also seated with organizations from Québec, in particular, with Mr. André Courville, board member of ICD board of directors and Chairman of the board of directors at Uni-Select.

On behalf of the Leading Boards’ team, we wish to thank the ICD for the quality and the excellent organization of this event. It was an honor for Leading Boards to be a part of this event as a Premium Sponsor, highlighting with board members who were present at this event as to why corporate governance matters. We would also like to thank all participants and sponsors for their presence and their contribution to the success of this National Congress and Gala.