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Dr. Debra Brown

DMin, MDiv, Pro.Dir.
President & CEO

Debra Brown is the founder, President and CEO of Governance Solutions Inc. (formerly known as Brown Governance Inc.) Since founding GSI in 1991, Debra has developed it into a full-service firm providing governance consulting, research, training and tools on both a customized organizational and public basis. Under Debra’s leadership, GSI has developed and tested a comprehensive, principle-based governance system that has been adopted and adapted by award-winning, leading governance in the private sector, federal and provincial governments in the public sector, and numerous not-for-profit organizations and associations. It is also the foundation on which GSI created the program and curriculum for a variety of governance education and university accredited certification programs for the Health, Colleges and Universities, and School Board sectors. Comfortable and confident with both boards and executives, Debra’s mix of experiential and conceptual insights uniquely qualify her to advise organizations on their governance. She has served as a CEO in the Canadian financial sector, reporting to boards, and as a board member of several organizations, and so she is able to see governance issues from both sides of the boardroom table. She is an acknowledged and sought-after thought leader in corporate governance, authoring over two dozen major research articles published in Canada and internationally, and editing Governance Matters, the Canadian Co-operative Association’s governance periodical. Debra holds a Doctor of Ministry and Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary where she graduated magma cum laude.