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  • 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.









  • ICD National Conference: Key Take-Aways from Canada’s Leading Director Event of the Year
    Last week, hundreds of Directors from across the country convened for two days of thought leadership, networking and celebration at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for the ICD’s 2019 National Conference and Fellowship Awards Gala. Attendees engaged in dialogue and learnings on emerging boardroom issues delivered by some of the country’s most experienced and respected Directors.

    The theme of the Conference, Changing our Minds, Changing our Boardrooms: Rethinking Trade, Technology, Talent and Transformation, touched on the significant disruptions in global trade, geopolitics, technology and the competitive environment in which today’s organizations operate.

      









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  • Weeds & words: a quantitative analysis of cannabis disclosure
    Over the past two years Canadian investors have given a hearty welcome to the cannabis industry. Although only a few cannabis companies booked a profit in 2018, stock valuations have been high. 
  • Study: representation of women on boards of directors, 2016
    Although the share of women on corporate boards in publicly traded corporations (public corporations) has been well documented, this release fills an important data gap, by providing the first estimates for private corporations, government business enterprises and public corporations.
  • Study: representation of women on boards of directors, 2016
    Although the share of women on corporate boards in publicly traded corporations (public corporations) has been well documented, this release fills an important data gap, by providing the first estimates for private corporations, government business enterprises and public corporations.
  • Crown services framework letters (Manitoba)
    The board of directors of Efficiency Manitoba Inc., The Manitoba Centennial Centre Corporation, Manitoba Hydro, Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Corporation, and Manitoba Public Insurance Corporation received updated mandate letters.