Corporate Secretary

Corporate Secretary Forum – Canada

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Live: 08:45am to 3:15pm Eastern. This event will be held virtually and available on replay

About the forum

Interactive discussions on the big questions facing Canadian GRC professionals

The forum is a virtual event exclusively for GRC professionals. It is a best practice event enabling participants to network, discuss, debate and dissect best practices and topical issues in the corporate governance world.


 Timely event: Covid-19 has further demonstrated the importance of identifying emerging risks and prioritizing investment in governance, risk and controls. With the year-end fast approaching, this event is perfectly positioned to help you take stock of the year-to-date, refocus and plan for 2020-2021
  Benchmarking: it is a great opportunity to evaluate where you stand in comparison to your peers, how other companies have managed and overcome similar challenges
  Unique format: far from a traditional webinar format, our virtual event platform enables attendees to have intimate discussions and participate in virtual roundtable debates with fellow GRC professionals
  Discover something new: learn about new technologies, innovations, and services that are available to help to transform your governance strategy, increase productivity and make better decisions
  Network with the community: meet with investors, analysts, experts, and GRC peers

A virtual experience

With the situation surrounding Covid-19, the forum will take place as a virtual experience.

Using cutting edge technology, our virtual event platform replicates the interactivity you get from attending in-person. Join group discussions, interact with speakers and partake in one-to-one networking between panel discussions.

Going virtual means we are connecting even more GRC professionals from across Canada, so be sure to register today.


Times are in EST. View agenda as PDF.

  • 08:45 AM
    Welcome to Corporate Secretary's Canada Forum 2020

  • 09:00 AM
    How can the board can be ready for the next crisis? Emerging stronger from Covid-19

    Overseeing crisis management and business continuity planning is a key function of the board. This session will explore the ways in which governance professionals can help their boards be successful in this role, and prepare their companies to navigate turbulent times.

    • How are boards managing through a crisis such as the pandemic? What business continuity planning lessons can boards learn from the pandemic?
    • What should boards be considering now in terms of planning for future disruptions?
    • Where can governance teams add the most value to business continuity planning and the board’s oversight?
  • 10:00 AM
    People power: prioritizing the new focus on human capital

    Human capital management has taken on renewed importance as a result of Covid-19 with companies looking at talent management and retention, and simply keeping employees safe. This session will look a the issues boards need to be considering and how governance teams can help.

    • How should boards be approaching human capital as a risk management priority?
    • What role should boards play in ensuring talent management, retention and training are implemented effectively? How will Covid-19 and the market downfall affect this going forward?
    • What is the role of the corporate secretary in human capital management?
    • What lessons has the pandemic taught boards about succession planning?
  • 11:00 AM
    Networking break

    Take some time to network with other delegates, and explore the booths on our virtual platform.

  • 11:15 AM
    Moving forward on ESG: how the pandemic has impacted ESG reporting & engagement

    Contrary to some expectations, the Covid-19 pandemic appears to have only reinforced the importance of ESG issues for many investors, and the need for companies to address these.

    • How has Covid-19 affected investor focus on ESG concerns?
    • How can companies best tackle reporting around human capital management and climate change?
    • What shareholder engagement issues should governance teams be targeting?
  • 12:15 PM
    Lessons learned from AGMs and engagement during Covid-19

    The pandemic has this year significantly changed the way companies maintained their relationships with investors. This session will explore and what that means going forward.

    • What lessons can we draw from the widespread use of virtual AGMs? Are they here to stay?
    • How can companies address investor concerns around the governance and conduct of virtual AGMs?
    • How can virtual engagement be best deployed when it is not necessary? What are some tips and tricks for virtual decision making?
  • 13:15 PM
    Networking break

    Take some time to explore our virtual platform, check out the booths, and chat with other delegates.

  • 13:30 PM
    Diversity and inclusion: working with the board and beyond

    The need is growing for greater diversity at the board level, and across management and workforces in general. This has been accelerated by the unequal social effects of Covid-19, and greater investor interest in diversity as an indicator of better corporate performance.

    • How can governance professionals work with boards to increase diversity?
    • Can and should diversity metrics be part of executive and board compensation?
    • What corporate reporting should governance teams be developing around diversity?
  • 14:30 PM
    Improving efficiency in your governance team: future trends

    Corporate secretaries and governance professionals continue to face growing demands, which they must meet often with little or no additional resources. This session will look to the future and discuss how they can run their teams more efficiently moving forward.

    • What are some of the latest ways to improve operational efficiency in legal, governance and corporate secretaries’ teams?
    • Where can technology and automation be best deployed and can AI help?
    • What lessons can the board take away from the pandemic in terms of how it operates?
  • 15:15 PM
    Closing remarks & close of conference

Previous Speakers

To inquire about speaking at the 2020 forum, please contact [email protected] or call +44 20 8004 4818


Become a partner

Why partner with us?

The Canada Forum brings together some of the most influential people in the governance community. Our audience recognizes the sudden change of pace cannot be navigated alone and are constantly looking for partners to help shape their shareholder engagement strategy and execute it. This event provides partners an opportunity to position yourself as a critical partner to the community.

The unique buzz we create at our virtual events – which is a far cry from a traditional webinar – afford our partners exceptional opportunities to entertain visitors and show-case their expertise.

Becoming a partner means you will:

– Have the opportunity to support attendees at an event where they are looking for solutions
– Position yourself as a thought-leader and share expertise with your potential clients
– Get virtual face-time with senior decision-makers from the governance community
– Increase brand awareness and gain credibility through association with this timely event
– Generate qualified and targeted leads from the analytics provided by our virtual platform
– Be part of the community by participating in conversations, understanding challenges and sharing expertise
– Gain new business opportunities through higher-brand presence among potential clients
– Participate in one on one video chats to build relationships with new and existing customers
– Launch new products and solutions at our virtual event in your expo booth

All our partnerships are created using a mix of branding, thought leadership, lead generation and meetings with your target audience. You tell us your objectives and we will work with you to create you a package that’s makes sense for your company and will help you achieve those objectives.

To find out more about how we can help, contact [email protected] or call on +1 212 430-6895.

Book your place

This event is open to all GRC professionals. To register, please fill in the form below and we’ll send through login instructions.

The prices are in CAD and are subject to a HST 13%. If you have any questions, please contact Priscilla Lim at [email protected] or +44 20 8004 4989.

Who attends

Each participant is someone with an established track record and a strategic GRC role within his or her company. 2019 attendees included:

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Job title Company Job title Company
AGC & corporate secretary Capital Power Corporation Legal counsel Park Lawn Corporation
Chief legal officer Aphria Manager, committee oversight Payments Canada
Corporate secretary Park Lawn Corporation Manager, corporate secretariat & services LAWPRO
Corporate secretary Golden Star Resources Senior corporate law clerk Cronos Group
Counsel and assistant secretary RBC Senior legal counsel Scotiabank
Director, corporate secretariat George Weston Senior legal counsel Northland Power
Director, legal services, governance and assistant corporate secretary Cameco Corporation Senior vice president, legal affairs & corporate secretary Laurentian Bank
General counsel & assistant corporate secretary Canadian Pacific Railway Vice president, legal & assistant secretary Gran Colombia Gold
General counsel & corporate secretary CT REIT Vice president, legal & regulatory Brookfield Asset Management
General counsel & corporate secretary Ascendant Resources VP & corporate secretary Osisko Mining
General counsel, corporate secretary Street Capital Bank of Canada VP, underwriting & customer service & secretary LAWPRO
General counsel, executive vice president, government relations and corporate secretary New Gold

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