Political Intelligence for Boards


Live Online Webinar – Tuesday May 14th 2019, 2:00 PM EST

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Businesses sometimes find out the hard way that paying attention to government is essential to their success. Whether it is obtaining a needed permit, or a change in regulations to support a new business model, or getting the green light for a foreign investment or merger, business decisions - sometimes even the future of the business itself – can depend on government decision-making.

Yet government processes often seem opaque to outsiders: How do governments make decisions? How can business put its case to the decision-makers in a way that will resonate? How do organizations build political intelligence and relationships with government? As a Director, how do you ensure your organization is responding effectively to public policy decisions that could affect your organization?
Join us for an informative and in-depth conversation from three leading political and governance experts as they discuss how organizations can improve their understanding of government decision-making process and how to effectively work with the public service and political actors.

Ideal for boards of Directors of not-for-profit and for-profit organizations who want to improve their awareness of, and engagement with, political and administrative processes. 
Discussion topics will include:
  • Analyzing the political landscape to understand powerbases and influencers in government and the public service
  • The importance of communications and relationship building to improve awareness of and influence administrative decisions
  • Practical examples of how the public service and less visible aspects of government can impact strategy, operations and business objectives
  • Perspectives on integrating political risk assessment into a board’s strategy and ensuring a politically ‘smart’ board

Moderator:

Simon Kennedy, M.Sc. ICD.D

Deputy Minister, Health Canada

 

 

Panellist:

Hon. John Baird, P.C.
Director, Canadian Pacific, Canadian Forest Products (Canfor), FWD Group and PineBridge Investments; Advisory Board, Barrick Gold

 

Panellist:

Serge Dupont

Senior Advisor, Bennett Jones LLP 


 

Panellist:

Isabelle Courville

Chair of the Board, Canadian Pacific
Director SNC-Lavalin, Veolia environnement