Newsletter: Summer 2016

Disruption in the Boardroom: Insights From Around the World

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EY Center for Board Matters
Ernst & Young

What are boardrooms around the world focused on, and what does disruption in the boardroom look like on a global level?

Those were the questions EY partnered with the Financial Times to answer. Building on years of collaboration in the U.S., the EY Center for Board Matters was the exclusive global sponsor of the recent Financial Times Outstanding Directors Exchange (FT-ODX) International Roundtable series, spanning six global markets: Mumbai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Paris, and London. The theme—Disruption in the Boardroom—formed the basis of each meeting.


The Directors College Profiles

Our Faculty

Our Alumni

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Brian Brown, C.Dir.
Chief Audit Executive,
Canadian Grain Commission, and
Former Chairman of the Board,
Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) Canada
Mary Anne Chambers, C.Dir.
Former Scotiabank Executive and Former Cabinet Minister

The Potential of Big Data Analytics is Significant

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Richard Arthurs, CIA, QIAL
Vice-President, Risk Management and Chief Audit Executive
Altalink Management Ltd

Is value creation from Big Data analytics a contradiction? From Richard’s experience overseeing data analytic projects in the U.S. and Canada over the last 15 years, he believes there are many critical things to consider to drive value from such analytics. This article identifies several reasons why Big Data analytics projects fail and why others succeed. In the near future, companies that get this right will leverage Big Data analytics to gain powerful competitive advantage.


Governance Insights With Michael Bassett

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Michael Bassett
Associate Director, Governance, Compliance and Risk,
The Conference Board of Canada

Regulators around the world have issued clear and repeated guidance that boards should strive for complete director independence. On the surface, it is easy to agree that directors that are not enmeshed in the corporation’s culture and operations would be able to provide the necessary outside perspective to serve as excellent directors. However, as with many things (and regulations in particular) there are some pretty significant unintended consequences of the drive for director independence.


Board Opportunities: City of Toronto

The City of Toronto is currently seeking engaged and enthusiastic local residents to serve on a range of high-profile, challenging, and exciting boards, committees, and tribunals.

Board Recruitment

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National Survey on the State, Impact, and Future of Post-Secondary Business Education in Canada

The Conference Board of Canada invites business graduates and employers to participate in the major national survey that will help inform and enhance business schools and programs across Canada.

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Are You Advancing Your Board Diversity Mandate

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Deborah Rosati
Co-founder of Women Get On Board and Affiliate Partner of The Directors College

The OSC “comply or explain” disclosure rules for TSX-listed companies presents an opportunity to build stronger boards through change. Using diversity as a strategic opportunity for board-building, boards can help advance their board diversity mandate by asking themselves these 10 questions.


Cybersecurity and the Evolving Role of Boards

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At a time when the theft of customer information often leads to executive-level shakeups, boards are taking a greater role in evaluating the adequacy of their organizations’ cyber security. But many boards have yet to apply the same level of scrutiny to their own security.

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