The Gil Bennett Gold Standard Award
The Gold Standard Award was named in honour of former Canadian Tire Chair, Gil Bennett. The award has been presented annually since 2006 to a Directors College graduate who demonstrates dedication to raising the bar for professional standards in corporate governance through his or her progress in the Chartered Director (C.Dir.) program. Winners include Reena Sagoo, Jim Adamson, John Ryan, Andy Poprawa, Adam Cooper, Michael MacBean, and Don McCreesh.
DR. RICHARD FLORIZONE NAMED THE 2013 WINNER OF THE GIL BENNETT GOVERNANCE AWARD
Read the exclusive interview with Dr. Richard Florizone
Toronto, March 5, 2013 – Dr. Richard Florizone, currently the Vice-President, Finance and Resources at the University of Saskatchewan and incoming President of Dalhousie University, is the 2013 recipient of the Gil Bennett Gold Standard Award.
Presented annually by The Directors College, the award recognizes a graduate of the Chartered Director (C. Dir.) program who demonstrates dedication to raising the bar for professional standards in corporate governance. The award was presented Monday at the graduation ceremony for newly-certified Chartered Directors. Daniel Johnson of McCarthy Tétrault, a former Premier of the Province of Québec, was the featured speaker at the ceremony.
“Effective governance of both public and private institutions is critical to society,” says Dr. Florizone, recipient of this year’s Gil Bennett Gold Standard Award. “It is a great honour to receive this award on the 10th anniversary of the Directors College and to share it with so many talented past graduates that are making a positive difference to governance standards in Canada.”
The Directors College is marking its 10th anniversary this year. Founded in 2003, The Directors College is a joint venture of McMaster University and The Conference Board of Canada, and is Canada’s first university-accredited corporate director development program.
Dr. Florizone will become the 11th President of Dalhousie University in Halifax on July 1, 2013. Since 2005, he has served as the Vice-President of Finance and Resources at the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Florizone served as Director, Strategic Initiatives at Bombardier Aerospace in Montreal, and as Consultant and Project Leader with the Boston Consulting Group in Toronto. Dr. Florizone obtained his PhD in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Named in honour of former Canadian Tire chairman Gil Bennett, the Gold Standard Award has been presented annually since 2006 to a graduate of The Directors College. Previous winners include Don McCreesh, Michael MacBean, Andy Poprawa, John Ryan, Jim Adamson and Reena Sagoo.
“To win the Gil Bennett Award, a Chartered Director has to accomplish two objectives. First he or she must excel in the qualifying final examination of the Chartered Director Program and second the winner must demonstrate to the faculty through their behavioural skills that they possess more than just the technical and legal knowledge to be a director in the 21st century,” said Chris Bart, Principal & Lead Professor, The Directors College.
The criteria for the award include placing in the top 10 per cent on the final exam for Chartered Directors; providing leadership during class discussions; and making a unique contribution to the Board Simulation exercise of the Chartered Director program.
For more information on The Directors College and its Chartered Director Program, visit: www.thedirectorscollege.com.
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Past Award Recipients
Reena Sagoo: Chief Financial Officer, Borealis Infrastructure, Winner 2012
Jim Adamson: Director, Com Dev International, Winner 2011
John Ryan: CEO, Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants, Winner 2010
Andy Poprawa: President and Chief Executive Officer of the Deposit Insurance Corporation of Ontario (DICO), Winner 2009
Adam Cooper: Former Chair of the Board of Directors of Educators Financial Group, Inc., Winner 2008
Michael MacBean: Managing Director, TriWest Capital Partners, Winner 2007
Don McCreesh: Corporate Director and President, The Garnet Group Inc., Winner 2006
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