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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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  • Buds or bytes? Cannabis companies today speak like tech companies did in the late
    The dot-com bubble was a period of enthusiastic speculation about the future of the “World Wide Web”. The period was accompanied by a run-up in the stock prices of companies offering internet-related products and services.
  • Women on boards and in executive officer positions (58-311)
    This report outlines key trends from a recent review of public disclosure regarding women on boards and in executive officer positions as required by Form 58-101F1 Corporate Governance Disclosure (the disclosure requirements) of National Instrument 58-101 Disclosure of Corporate Governance Practices (NI 58-101). 
  • Women on boards and in executive officer positions (58-311)
    This report outlines key trends from a recent review of public disclosure regarding women on boards and in executive officer positions as required by Form 58-101F1 Corporate Governance Disclosure (the disclosure requirements) of National Instrument 58-101 Disclosure of Corporate Governance Practices (NI 58-101). 
  • Governance insights 2019
    Davies Governance Insights 2019 is a comprehensive report on the trends and developments that shaped the corporate governance landscape in 2019.