• 30 Mar 2016 11:26 AM | GPC Webmaster (Administrator)

    The CSCS Board of Directors makes important decisions that shape the future of the organization and provides critical guidance and oversight by determining and monitoring the strategic direction of the organization.

    The Governance and Nominations Committee has been working hard to make sure the Board has the right mix of business skills, knowledge and experience to advance the organization. The Committee is specifically seeking assistance in identifying engaged, collaborative and motivated candidates with a passion for our mission, which is "The promotion and advancement of effective governance and corporate secretarial practice in organizations in the private, public, not-for-profit and other sectors through the continued development and application of governance and corporate secretaryship best practices"

    Ideally, successful candidates will possess strong skills in the key areas of leadership, finance, advocacy, communications and marketing skills. All candidates will be considered by the Governance and Nominations Committee taking into account their relevant mix of skills and experience.

    Directors are elected by members for a one-year term and may stand for re-election by members on an annual basis. The Board meets approximately once a quarter by teleconference and at least once a year in person, generally at the annual conference.

    We need your knowledge, experience and passion to help with the promotion and advancement of CSCS! If you, as a CSCS member in good standing, are interested - or know another CSCS member who would be an ideal candidate - we encourage you to submit a nomination. To do so, please provide a few short paragraphs that cover:

    • the proposed nominee's skills and experience
    • the proposed nominee's present or past involvement in CSCS, if applicable
    • how the nominee might best contribute to CSCS.

    If you have any questions or have nominations to submit, please contact Pamela Smith by email or phone (416-921-5449 x 303 • 1-800-774-2850 x 303).

    Nominations for the 2016 - 2017 CSCS Board of Directors must be received by April 15, 2016.  Elections will be held at the CSCS Annual General Meeting on Monday, August 22, 2016 at The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Resort, 4599 Chateau Blvd, Whistler, BC.

  • 01 Mar 2016 9:35 AM | GPC Webmaster (Administrator)

    TORONTO, March 1, 2016 - The Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries ("CSCS") announces that the nominations are now open for the 2016 Excellence in Governance Awards/Prix d'excellence en gouvernance (EGs). The winners for the awards will be announced and celebrated at a dinner and ceremony on November 15, 2016 at the Arcadian Court in Toronto, Ontario.

    The CSCS EG Awards recognize the important contribution that governance professionals make in terms of best practices that build and sustain shareholder and stakeholder value in Canada. The awards also underscore the critical role that good governance plays in sustaining the value of Canada's public companies, crown corporations, government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations, and in contributing to the competitiveness of Canada's economy and its capital markets.

    The Excellence in Governance Awards jury panel is composed of seasoned and well-respected governance thought leaders from across Canada. CSCS has carefully selected the judges to ensure representation from all aspects of the governance community including shareholder representatives, regulatory experts, leading academics and practitioners.

    Candidates eligible for nomination include individuals and/or teams of individuals who play a role in the governance of their organizations. The deadline for nominations is May 31, 2016, and the shortlist of finalists for the awards will be announced in June 2015.

    CSCS will seek nominations in the following award categories:

    Best Practices in Sustainability and ESG

    Best Practices in Pay for Performance

    Best Practices in Enterprise Risk Management

    Best Engagement by a Governance Team

    Best Practices to Enhance Boardroom Diversity

    Best Approach to Achieving Effective Board and Committee Operations

    Best Practices in Strategic Planning, Oversight and Value Creation by the Board

    Best Overall Corporate Governance

    CSCS Joyce Borden-Reed distinguished contribution award

    CSCS Peter Dey governance achievement award

    CSCS expects that the recognition that the winners, nominees and their organizations will gain from these awards will raise more awareness for the key role played by governance professionals, further the reputation of their organizations, and inspire others to follow their example.


  • 01 Oct 2015 3:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CSCS is inviting fresh and innovative contributions to the governance dialogue!

    Subject matter experts with a strong grasp of emerging issues are encouraged to submit session proposals for both the 2016 Annual Corporate Governance Conference and for the CSCS 2016 professional development program. 

    We are looking for dynamic presentations that provide practical content, best practices and thought-provoking ideas - all with a focus on how to reach new levels of performance and motivate the pursuit of excellence in governance, across all sectors and organizations.

    Submit your proposal NOW! Deadline for submissions is Monday, November 30th, 2015.

    Your submission will be reviewed by the CSCS' conference and education committees and selected based on varying criteria, including:

    • Originality and timeliness
    • Relevance to the industry
    • Speaker experience and diversity
    • How the particular topic submissions blend with the rest of the conference or professional development program

    PLEASE NOTE: Sessions should not promote marketed products, programs or services in any way. All vendor proposals that are selected for program inclusion will be subject to a sponsorship fee as outlined in the sponsorship package. For the complete session sponsorship details please review the CSCS Sponsorship Package.

    For any questions please contact:

    Olga Kasjanova
    Manager, Professional Development & Special Projects
    E: events@cscs.org
    T: 416-921-5449 x 313 | 1-800-774-2850 x 313

  • 19 Aug 2015 9:53 AM | GPC Webmaster (Administrator)

    The Globe and Mail Inc

    An architect of one of the biggest corporate frauds in history offered a blunt mea culpa and dished out advice to Canadian governance experts on Tuesday, urging company boards to make decisions as though the business was family owned.

    Andrew Fastow, the former chief financial officer of Enron Corp., admitted to the Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries that he was “always a little surprised” to be invited to speak about ethics to business groups.

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/international-business/us-business/former-enron-cfo-speaks-of-convictions-offers-business-advice/article26009702/ 


  • 17 Aug 2015 3:07 PM | GPC Webmaster (Administrator)

    MONTRÉAL, Aug. 17, 2015 - The Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries ("CSCS") handed out the third annual Excellence in Governance Awards/Prix d'excellence en gouvernance at the opening gala of the CSCS' 17th Annual Corporate Governance Conference held at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montréal, Québec, on August 16, 2015.
    The following winners were selected in these categories:

    • Best sustainability, ethics and environmental governance program:
      • Large-cap winner: Cameco Corporation
      • Mid-cap winner: Tahoe Resources
      • Honorable mention: Greater Toronto Airports Authority
    • Best use of technology in governance, risk and compliance – Royal Bank of Canada
    • Best approach to board and committee support:
      • Winner: First West Credit Union
      • Honorable Mention: University of Calgary
    • Best stakeholder engagement by a governance team – Canadian Blood Services
    • Best practices to enhance boardroom diversity:
      • Winner: HSBC Bank Canada
      • Honorable Mention: Greater Toronto Airports Authority
    • Best practices in strategic planning, oversight and value creation by the board – ATB Financial
    • Best overall corporate governance – Royal Bank of Canada
    • CSCS Joyce Borden-Reed distinguished contribution award – Glenn G. Keeling
    • CSCS Peter Dey governance achievement award – David R. Beatty, Conway Chair, Clarkson Centre for Board Effectiveness, Rotman School of Management.

    The CSCS EG Awards recognize the important contribution governance professionals make in terms of best practices that build and sustain shareholder and stakeholder value. The awards underscore the critical role that good governance plays in sustaining the value of Canada's public companies, crown corporations, government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations, contributing to the competitiveness of Canada's economy and its capital markets.

    The final award winners were selected by a jury panel composed of seasoned and well-respected governance experts from across Canada and include: 

    Geoffrey D. Creighton, President, In-House Counsel Worldwide
    Gigi Dawe, Principal, Research Guidance and Support Leader, Corporate Oversight and Governance, Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada
    Sylvia Groves, President and Creative Director, Governance Studio
    Dr. Richard Leblanc, Associate Professor, Law, Governance and Ethics, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University
    Carrie Mandel, Partner, Legal, Compliance and Regulatory Practice, Spencer Stuart
    Paul Schneider, Head of Corporate Governance, Public Equities, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan
    Elizabeth Watson, QC, Founder and President, Watson Inc.
    Brendan Sheehan, Managing Director, Corporate Governance, Rivel Research Group
    Honorary judge, Peter Dey, Chairman, Paradigm Capital Inc.

  • 17 Aug 2015 11:06 AM | GPC Webmaster (Administrator)

    The Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries (CSCS) is pleased to announce that, at its annual meeting earlier today, five new directors were elected to its board of directors. With the board being represented by top corporate secretaries and governance professionals, the addition of these new members rounds CSCS’ expertise and national representation. New directors include:

    • Carmel Bellamy, Associate Secretary and Sr. Director, Corporate Governance & Co-operative Relations, The Co-operators Group Limited, Guelph ON
    • Brigitte Catellier, Corporate Secretary and Head of Governance, HSBC Bank Canada, Vancouver BC
    • Alain Dussault, Lawyer, CN Rail, Montreal QC
    • Glenn Keeling, Independent Director, Cobourg ON
    • Sally Maziarz, Assistant Corporate Secretary, EPCOR Utilities Inc., Edmonton AB

    As the organization continues with implementation of its Strategic Plan, the new directors compliment the strong suite of directors currently servicing the board. Continuing directors, re-elected at the annual meeting, include:

    • Mary Batoff, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Torex Gold Resources Inc., Toronto ON 
    • Madeleine Bertrand, Director, Corporate  Affairs & ATIP Coordinator, Royal Canadian Mint, Ottawa ON
    • Misti Christensen, Manager, Governance and Assistant Secretary, Nexen Energy ULC, Calgary AB
    • Meg Comiskey, Manager, Policy and Research and Assistant Corporate Secretary, Vancouver Airport Authority, Richmond BC
    • David Masse, Independent Director, Beaconsfild QC
    • Janis McKenzie, Independent Director, Brampton ON

    Board member bios are available on the CSCS website at http://www.cscs.org

    Chairman of the Board, David Masse, paid special thanks to the outgoing directors, Laurel Savoy, who joined the Board in 2002 and Leah Fitzgerald, who joined the board in 2010. Their valued contributions to the organization have been greatly appreciated.


  • 22 Jul 2015 11:04 AM | GPC Webmaster (Administrator)

    NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT an annual meeting (“Meeting”) of members of the Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries (CSCS) will be held at The Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel, 900 René Lévesque Blvd. West, Montreal, Quebec on Monday, August 17, 2015 at 8:30 a.m. EDT. to conduct the following business:

    1. Receive the report of the Board of Directors;
    2. Receive the 2014-15 annual audited financial statements and the report of the Public Accountant;

    3. Appoint the Public Accountant for CSCS for the 2015-16 financial year and authorize the directors to fix the remuneration;

    4. Elect the Board of Directors of CSCS for a term ending at the close of the next Meeting; and

    5. Transact further and other business as may properly be brought before the Meeting.

    The documents that relate to this meeting are now available in the "members only" area of the website by clicking here.

    CSCS has retained D.F. King Canada as our Proxy Solicitation Agent and CST Trust Company as our Tabulator and Scrutineer. Any questions and requests for assistance may be directed to D.F. King Canada by calling:

    North American Toll Free Phone: 1-800-301-9629
    Outside North America, call collect: 201-806-7301

     

    Sincerely,

    Madeleine Bertrand
    Board Secretary

  • 18 Jun 2015 12:09 PM | GPC Webmaster (Administrator)

    The Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries ("CSCS") is pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2015 Excellence in Governance Awards/Prix d'excellence en gouvernance (EGs). We received over 80 nominations this year from organizations across all sectors and the shortlisted nominees, organized by category, are presented below:

    1. Best sustainability, ethics and environmental governance program
      • BCE Inc.
      • Cameco Corporation
      • Greater Toronto Airports Authority
      • Royal Bank of Canada
      • Tahoe Resources Inc.
    2. Best use of technology in governance, risk and compliance
      • Mitel Networks Corporation
      • Royal Bank of Canada
      • Saskatchewan Research Council
    3. Best approach to board and committee support
      • First West Credit Union
      • Royal Bank of Canada
      • The Co-operators
      • University of Calgary
    4. Best stakeholder engagement by a governance team
      • Canadian Blood Services
      • Royal Bank of Canada
      • TD Bank Group
      • WestJet Airlines Ltd.
    5. Best practices to enhance boardroom diversity
      • Canada Council for the Arts
      • Greater Toronto Airports Authority
      • HSBC Bank Canada
      • MTS Allstream
      • Royal Bank of Canada
      • Telus
    6. Best practices in strategic planning, oversight and value creation by the board
      • Associated Engineering Group Ltd.
      • ATB Financial
      • CBC Pension Plan
      • Royal Bank of Canada
    7. Best overall corporate governance
      • Bank of Montreal
      • CN
      • Goldcorp Inc.
      • Royal Bank of Canada

    We thank the following individuals who volunteered a considerable amount of time and effort in reviewing all of the submissions for the shortlist: Wendy King, Vice President, Legal, Risk & Governance, Capstone Mining Corp.; Jamie Patterson, Corporate Counsel, Group Medical Services; Brendan Sheehan, Founder and President, The Illawong Group, Christine Staley, Director of Professional Development, Canadian Corporate Counsel Association; Sheldon Stener, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Federated Co-operatives Limited; Terri Uhrich, Vice President, Legal Affairs, K+S Potash Canada.

    The Excellence in Governance Awards final jury panel is composed of seasoned and well-respected governance experts from across Canada and include:

    1. Geoffrey D. Creighton, President, In-house Counsel Worldwide
    2. Gigi Dawe, Principal, Research Guidance and Support Leader, Corporate Oversight and Governance, CPA Canada
    3. Sylvia Groves, President and Creative Director, Governance Studio
    4. Richard Leblanc, Associate Professor, Law, Governance & Ethics, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University
    5. Carrie Mandel, Lawyer and Consultant, North American Legal, Compliance and Regulatory Practice, Spencer Stuart
    6. Paul Schneider, Manager, Corporate Governance, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan (OTPP)
    7. Elizabeth Watson, QC, Founder and President, Watson Inc.

    The final award winners will be announced and celebrated on August 16, 2015 in Montreal, Quebec at the CSCS' 17th Annual Conference.

  • 25 Aug 2014 11:00 AM | GPC Webmaster (Administrator)

    BANFF, August 24, 2014 - The Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries ("CSCS") is pleased to announce the winners of the second annual Excellence in Governance Awards/Prix d'excellence en gouvernance (EGs).

    The winners were announced at the opening gala of the CSCS’ 16th Annual Corporate Governance Conference held in Banff, Alberta, on August 24, 2014.

    The following winners were selected in these categories

    • ATB Financial – Best  sustainability, ethics and environmental governance program
    • Royal Bank of Canada – Best use of technology in governance, risk and compliance
    • ATB Financial – Best approach to board and committee support
    • Bombardier Inc – Best stakeholder engagement by a governance team
    • Hamilton Community Foundation – Best practices to enhance boardroom diversity
    • Royal Bank of Canada – Best practices in strategic planning, oversight and value creation by the board
    • BC Cancer Foundation and MTS Allstream – Best overall corporate governance
    • Sylvia Groves, Governance Studio – CSCS - Joyce Borden-Reed distinguished contribution award
    • Stephen Jarislowsky and Claude Lamoureux (Co-Founders of the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance) – Peter Dey governance achievement award

    CSCS would like to acknowledge the contribution of the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association (CCCA) to the shortlisting process and specifically the following judges: Cathy Cummings, Executive Director, Canadian Corporate Counsel Association, Wendy King, Vice President, Legal, Risk and Governance, Capstone Mining Corp, Jamie Patterson, Corporate Counsel, Group Medical Services, Sheldon Stener, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Federated Co-operatives Limited andTerri Uhrich, Vice President, Legal Affairs, K+S Potash Canada.

    The final award winners were selected by a jury panel composed of seasoned and well-respected governance experts from across Canada and include:

    Geoffrey D. Creighton, Senior Vice-President, General Counsel and Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer, IGM Financial Inc.
    Gigi Dawe, Principal, Research Guidance and Support Leader, Corporate Oversight and Governance, Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada
    Stephen Griggs, CEO, Smoothwater Capital Corporation
    Sylvia Groves, President and Creative Director, Governance Studio
    Richard Leblanc, Associate Professor, Law, Governance & Ethics, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University
    Andrew MacDougall, President, Spencer Stuart Canada
    Paul Schneider
    , Manager, Corporate Governance, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan (OTPP)
    Elizabeth Watson, QC, Founder and President, Watson Inc.
    Judging facilitator Brendan Sheehan, Founder and President, The Illawong Group and honorary judge, Peter Dey, Chairman, Paradigm Capital.

    The Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries is recognized as the most important organization for corporate governance professionals in Canada. CSCS strives to enhance the public's awareness of the importance of good governance and to be the voice of corporate governance professionals in Canada. The organization participates with other stakeholders, including capital markets participants, government bodies and regulators, in fostering a governance environment that sets Canada apart in the world. CSCS also supports its membership with continuing education and networking opportunities.

    SOURCE: Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries

    For further information:

    Lynn Beauregard, President
    255-55 St. Clair Avenue West
    Phone: 416-921-5449 / 1-800-774-2850
    Email: egawards@cscs.org
    Website: http://www.cscs.org/EGA
  • 26 May 2014 12:06 PM | GPC Webmaster (Administrator)

    TORONTO, May 26, 2014 - The Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries ("CSCS") is pleased to announce the shortlist for the second annual Excellence in Governance Awards/Prix d'excellence en gouvernance (EGs).

    Around 60 nominations were received this year from organizations across all sectors and the shortlisted nominees, organized by category, are presented below:

    Best sustainability, ethics and environmental governance program

    • ATB Financial
    • Bombardier Inc
    • BMO Financial Group
    • Hydro Ottawa
    • GOLDCORP

    Best use of technology in governance, risk and compliance

    • Bombardier Inc
    • Royal Bank of Canada

    Best approach to board and committee support

    • Sun Life Financial
    • First West Credit Union
    • ATB Financial
    • Central West Community Care Access Centre

    Best stakeholder engagement by a governance team

    • Royal Bank of Canada
    • Bombardier Inc
    • BMO Financial Group
    • Veridian Connections Inc.
    • Sun Life Financial

    Best practices to enhance boardroom diversity

    • Royal Bank of Canada
    • HAMILTON COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
    • Canada Council for the Arts
    • Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. MTS Allstream

    Best practices in strategic planning, oversight and value creation by the board

    • Certified Management Accountants of Ontario (CMA Ontario)
    • ATB Financial
    • Deloitte LP
    • Royal Bank of Canada

    Best overall corporate governance

    • Royal Bank of Canada
    • TransCanada Corporation
    • BC Cancer Foundation
    • Encana Corporation
    • Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. MTS Allstream
    • Tim Hortons Inc.

    CSCS would like to acknowledge the contribution of the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association (CCCA) to the shortlisting judging. We thank the following individuals who volunteered a considerable amount of time and effort in reviewing the submissions: Cathy Cummings, Executive Director, Canadian Corporate Counsel Association, Wendy King, Vice President Legal, Risk & Governance CAPSTONE MINING CORP., Jamie Patterson, Corporate Counsel, Group Medical Services, Sheldon Stener, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Federated Co-operatives Limited, Terri Uhrich, Vice President, Legal Affairs, K+S Potash Canada and judging facilitator Brendan Sheehan, Founder and President, The Illawong Group.

    The final award winners will be announced and celebrated on August 24, 2014 in Banff, Alberta at the CSCS' 16th Annual Conference.

    The Excellence in Governance Awards jury panel is composed of seasoned and well-respected governance experts from across Canada and include: 

    Geoffrey D. Creighton, Senior Vice-President, General Counsel and Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer, IGM Financial Inc.
    Gigi Dawe, Principal, Risk Oversight and Governance, National Practice Leader, Governance Strategy and Risk, CICA
    Stephen Griggs, CEO, Smoothwater Capital Corporation
    Sylvia Groves, President and Creative Director, Governance Studio
    Carol Hansell, Founding Partner, Hansell LLP
    Richard Leblanc, Associate Professor, Law, Governance & Ethics, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University
    Andrew MacDougall, President, Spencer Stuart Canada
    Paul Schneider
    , Manager, Corporate Governance, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan (OTPP)
    Elizabeth Watson, QC, Founder and President, Watson Inc.

    The Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries is recognized as the most important organization for corporate governance professionals in Canada.

    As the principal advocate for those who work in corporate governance, CSCS strives to enhance the public's awareness of the importance of good governance. CSCS is the voice of corporate governance professionals in Canada and participates with other stakeholders, including capital markets participants, government bodies and regulators, in fostering a governance environment that sets Canada apart in the world. CSCS supports its membership with continuing education and networking opportunities that are second to none.

    For further information:
    Lynn Beauregard, President
    255-55 St. Clair Avenue West
    Phone: 416-921-5449 / 1-800-774-2850, Ext 306
    Email: lynn.beauregard@cscs.org
    Website: http://www.cscs.org/EGA

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