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What Governance Professionals Need to Know, Do and Deliver to Support the Board with Excellence!

Date: November 3rd to December 8th - Every Wednesday
Location: Online
Time: 1pm to 2:30pm (ET)

Do you want to succeed in supporting your board with excellence and stay current in governance best practices?

Our Governance Professional Certificate Course is designed to refresh on the basics of the role of the corporate secretary and governance professional, giving you insights into what board members and senior executives really want and need from the team that supports their governance role.

Over the course, you will better understand both the wants and the needs of the board that you serve, and how to meet expectations.

Be prepared for a new set of skills:

  • Enhance your boardroom confidence
  • Balance the needs of the board and management as you fulfill your role
  • Identify and eliminate governance-management gaps
  • Succeed in planning and orchestrating meetings of the board and its committees
  • Produce minutes that matter
  • Obtain practical tools and solutions
  • Informally benchmark your practices, and make connections, with your peers

Schedule:

Each session is recorded and a replay provided on your materials page.

Week 1: Nov 3rd
The Governance Role of the Governance Professional

  • What is governance?
  • Why do boards meet?
  • What does the board need from you to fulfil its role in governance?
  • What does the executive team need from you to fulfil their role in governance?
  • Legal hierarchy – Act, Regulations, Bylaws, and Policies – what do you need to know?
  • Reporting Relationships

Week 2: Nov 10th
The Strategic Role of the Governance Professional

  • Developing the organization’s approach to governance in consultation with the Board and Management
  • Acting as an advocate for the Board with Management
  • Supporting the Board Chair in performing his/her role
  • Acting as the gateway and facilitator for information between these two autonomous power bases (board and management)

Week 3: Nov 17th
The Administrative Role of the Governance Professional

  • Agendas - board and committee meetings: agenda preparation and management
  • Board meeting pre-read kits and types of formats/information
  • Rules of Order
  • Recording of Minutes
  • Ensuring appropriate action and support of directives and board actions
  • In-Camera Sessions and Minutes
  • Board Portals – the benefits and the cautions - managing board information

Week 4: Nov 24th
The Governance Effectiveness and Process Role of the Governance Professional

  • Creating a comprehensive governance manual
  • Supporting and directing governance processes
  • Board and Committee charters and workplans
  • Board assessment and evaluation: different methodologies and choices
  • Boardroom culture and behaviour
  • Ensuring appropriate action and support of directives and board actions

Week 5: Dec 1st
The Governance Professional’s Interactive Role with Directors and Senior Management

  • Providing advice and counsel to individuals and groups preparing presentations and memoranda for the board or board committees Advising and keeping directors informed of corporate and legal responsibilities
  • Coordinating and organizing the flow of information to directors
  • Obtaining information for legal and regulatory compliance
  • Keeping the CEO informed of Board and Committee views and preferences
  • Alerting senior officers to matters which should be brought to the attention of the board or board committees
  • Tips for enhancing interpersonal communications and negotiations

Week 6: Dec 8th
The Board Recruiting, Onboarding, Orientation, and Education Role of the Governance Professional

  • “Buy, Build or Rent”: How to build board capacity
  • Board matrices and profiles: a five level approach
  • Diversity on the board
  • Pre-orientation programs: Before nominations and elections
  • Governance orientation and onboarding
  • Ongoing Board education and professional development – options and approaches



Cancellation Policy: If you find it necessary to cancel your registration, we will issue a full refund minus a $100 administration fee for cancellations received in writing at least 30 business days prior to the event. The registration fee is non-refundable for cancellations made less than 30 days prior to the event. In those cases, you may transfer your registration fee, once, to a future training course at no additional cost (for similarly priced seminars) or arrange for a substitute person to attend. Those who do not cancel and do not attend are responsible for the full registration fee. Governance Solutions reserves the right to cancel or reschedule and will give notice in advance. We are not responsible for penalties resulting from use of discount or other airfares.