2020 National Conference

Thank you to Canda's director community for participating in today's digital delivery of the 2020 ICD National Conference. 

Every year we reserve the stage at our Conference for authoritative policy and corporate governance experts who understand the vital role board directors play in our economy and society. This year provided an excellent – if unexpected – opportunity to leverage technology to animate for directors the critical conversations that will determine the course of our country in the coming months and years.

Transitioning one of Canada’s largest business and leadership conferences online was a journey of discovery for the ICD. In a few short weeks we have learned a tremendous amount about our abilities and about our members. While we expect to see you in person before long, we will also continue to integrate technology to convene and educate directors in formats that engage and empower senior leaders.

To our participants, please complete the brief survey you have received via email.

In the coming days, you will also receive an email with instructions on how to access the content from today’s sessions.

Thank you again for joining your peers from across the country and from around the world at the 2020 ICD National Conference and for your continued support of outstanding corporate governance in Canada.



*All session times are EDT

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9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Welcome Remarks

Rahul K. Bhardwaj, LL.B, ICD.D
President & CEO, Institute of Corporate Directors

National Unity as a Competitive Advantage

Prior to COVID-19, opposing regional priorities negatively affected the Canadian economy. Has the pandemic built a foundation for greater regional co-operation? How can directors engage in public policy and what is their role in fostering national unity and leveraging it as an advantage?

Sponsored by:     


Phyllis Yaffe, C.M, F.ICD

Former Canadian Consul General in New York

Rt. Hon. Joe Clark, P.C, C.C

Former Prime Minister of Canada

Annette Verschuren, O.C

Chair/CEO, NRStor Inc.
Corporate Director
Conference Co-Chair
11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Scheduled Break
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Canadian Boardrooms Balancing Energy, the Economy and the Environment

Balancing energy, the economy and the environment continues to pose significant challenges to boardroom decision-making. How has COVID-19 affected the climate file? What immediate actions can boards take to empower their organizations to find constructive, workable solutions to energy transition, all while managing the new physical, regulatory and strategic risks?

Miranda Hubbs, CFA
Director, Nutrien Ltd., PSP Investments, Imperial Oil Ltd., Canadian Red Cross

Sarah Keyes, CPA, CA
Principal, ESG Global Advisors

Hon. A. Anne McLellan

P.C., O.C., A.O.E., F.ICD
Director, Cameco; Senior Advisor, Bennett Jones LLP
Conference Co-Chair

12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Scheduled Break
12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Keynote Address - Seeing Around Corners: Navigating Through an Inflection Point

Rita is a globally recognized expert on strategy, innovation and helping organizations succeed in rapidly changing and volatile environments.

Rita Gunther McGrath
Professor, Columbia Business School;
Author, Seeing Around Corners: How to Spot Inflection Points in Business Before They Happen

Ed Barrett, F.ICD, ICD.D

Chair, NB Power, Co-CEO, Barrett Corporation; Corporate Director
Conference Co-Chair
1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Scheduled Break
1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Governing the Future of Work

The work people will do in the future – and how and why they will do it – has dramatically changed as a result of COVID-19. What does board oversight of re-skilling, organizational redesign and human interaction with automating machines look like in a post-COVID-19 world?

Sponsored by:     

Steven Hatfield
Global Future of Work Leader, Principal, Deloitte Consulting

Michel Servoz

Former Director-General and Former Advisor to the President, European Commission

Barbara G. Stymiest, FCPA, FCA
Director, Sun Life Financial Inc. and George Weston Ltd


Matthew Fortier
Vice President, Policy,
Institute of Corporate Directors

2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Scheduled Break
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The Evolution of Fiduciary Duty

The definition of fiduciary duty is at the forefront of discussions that will impact the evolution of governance. Who are the key stakeholders when the economics of a business have shifted dramatically? Is purpose beyond profit no longer simply nice to have, but a necessity?

Sponsored by:          

Thierry Dorval, LL.D

Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright; Director, Scale.AI, Allo Prof, OSM

Vagn Sørensen

Chair, Air Canada, FLSmidth & Co. A/S
Director, Royal Caribbean Cruises

Timothy Youmans

Lead - North America, Hermes EOS

Poonam Puri, ICD.D

Director, CAPREIT, Canada Infrastructure Bank

4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.  
Closing Remarks

Rahul K. Bhardwaj, LL.B, ICD.D
President & CEO, Institute of Corporate Directors


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