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The Ethics of Innovation from the Boardroom

Michael Hartmann speaks to the National Post about the ethics of innovation and the boards role in understanding and exploring the long-term impact of innovation projects and the interconnection between technology, global opportunities and other systemic risks.  Read the full article.


Adaptation and Innovation in the Boardroom

On February 18, The Directors College published an article in the National Post speaking to the acceleration of innovation and the importance of education for the Boardroom’s of tomorrow.  Read the full article.



Experts say board directors must adopt open innovation mindset

In September, contributors to The Directors College programs Barry Libert and Kee Wong spoke to the National Post about the critical importance of innovation thinking in the boardroom and the importance of qualified directors who know how to ask the right questions.  Read the full article.


New leadership models challenge boardrooms to adapt

Dr. Michael Hartmann, Principal of The Directors College and faculty member Michelle Richard, Senior Partner with Boyden Global Executive Search talked to the National Post about the future of the boardroom and the importance of diversity and director education to maintaining the balance needed to succeed.  Read the full article.


Environmental, social and governance issues come under the microscope amid a global pandemic

Coro Strandberg and Bob Willard, Faculty of The Directors College, take a look at how companies and their board will be judged by their response to the pandemic and emerging ESG issues that will dominate the post-COVID environment. Read the full article.


Agile companies need educated board members

Principal of The Directors College Dr. Michael Hartmann talks about the scandals that lead to the creation of governance education, the current socio-economic climate that is driving boardroom oversight today, and what will impact governance in the future.  Read the full article.


Curated Resources

Every week we curate interesting articles, research and opinion pieces from Canada and around the world that may provide value to our alumni and other governance professionals. Here are a few of the items we shared:

Week of August 9

SEC gives green light to Nasdaq board diversity plan

Small investors punch above their weight when it comes to improving corporate governance

Week of August 2

6 pressing governance trends that CFOs need to know about

Week of July 26

Why boosting workplace mental health is good for business: a central concern in a growing number of boardrooms

Where the line may get drawn in terms of the where, when, and to whom a director owes its duties remains to be seen: Nine West’s sales creates implications for director liability

Week of July 19

Ensuring digital maturity in the boardroom: how will you be able to thrive under new competitive circumstances?

Alberta Eliminates Director Residency Requirements making Alberta a more welcoming jurisdiction for non-Canadian businesses to incorporate their Canadian subsidiaries

Week of July 12

Building an inclusive end-to-end health innovation ecosystem able to deliver the appropriate medical technologies required to achieve Health for All equitably requires reforming corporate governance to be more long-term and purpose-oriented

Another report, same Dey: New guidelines on corporate governance and how the role of the corporation in society has significantly evolved

Week of July 5, 2021

What Will Dominate Future Corporate Governance Agendas? The pandemic has heightened the necessity for effective crisis management and board engagement

Four common biases in boardroom culture: What behavioral psychology can tell you about the human dynamics of your board

Week of June 28, 2021

We need a Pay Czar in Canada: Governance expert on Air Canada bonuses: Where was the board?

How boards can help digital transformations via @McKinsey

Week of June 21, 2021

How private company boards are leading for what’s next – focused on innovation and culture as keys to long-term growth as they oversee risks for their organizations

What are frontier risks and how can we prepare for them? Decisionmakers must widen their field of vision to consider risks that could emerge as humans push new frontiers.

Week of June 14, 2021

No More “Mystery Meat”: A Case for Better Corporate Governance Data. The field of empirical corporate governance is a poster child of the growing use of data as a key pillar of informing and shaping research

Boyden Executive Search Board Leadership Panel: board directors across the industry spectrum discuss the changing business landscape, governance practices, identify arising opportunities/anticipate risk and the skillset and composition of the board of the future. 

Week of June 7, 2021

The ESG imperative – Canadian legislative and regulatory developments

Create Your ESG Road Map To Meet Consumer And Investor Demands For Transparency

Week of May 31, 2021

Why Board Directors And CEOs Need To Learn AI Knowledge Foundations: Building AI Leadership Brain Trust is a Business Imperative: Are You Ready?

Transparency between the Board of Directors and the executive leadership team, stakeholders, managers, employees, and customers improves a Board’s decision-making skills.

Week of May 24, 2021

The EU is moving ahead with mandatory ESG disclosure – what does it mean for Canadian companies?

Companies Are Adding More Women to Their Boards. What’s Driving the Change?

Week of May 17, 2021

Tone At The Top: Where Does Diversity Begin? Diversity within organizations is so much more than a policy or a job title. It is culture, atmosphere, and environment

Week of May 10, 2021

First-of-Its-Kind Book Unites Trailblazing Women Board Leaders to Foster Gender Diversity & Challenge Disparities in Corporate Boardrooms Worldwide

How to Bring ESG Into the Quarterly Earnings Call – Stop treating environmental, social, and governance strategies as a sidebar and integrate them into regular financial reporting

Week of May 3, 2021

How boards have risen to the COVID-19 challenge, and what’s next

Corporate Social Responsibility Is Not Only Ethical, But Also A Modern Business Tool

Week of April 26, 2021

Five ESG Concerns for Corporate Boards with a Social Conscience

Week of April 19, 2021

A Boardroom and CEO Cheat Sheet on Chaos and Systemic Risk

How to Create a Diverse Board of Directors

Week of April 12, 2021

A Living Wage: The Latest ESG Challenge For Corporate Governance

Why Startups Are Increasingly Prioritizing Corporate Governance As Their Businesses Scale

Week of April 5, 2021

Digital experienced directors are rare at the top 100 TSX corporations – that’s a problem creating a gap in providing the necessary oversight that is a fundamental responsibility of the board

Lessons From Covid-19 For Company Board Directors: Here’s How To Upgrade Your Corporate Governance

Week of March 29, 2021

The Boards Role During a Crisis and Beyond

World Economic Forum says boards should follow this one cybersecurity guidance

The Rise of Women on Boards of Directors Worldwide: The growth rate slowed in 2020

Week of March 22, 2021

Preparing For A Post-Pandemic Boom: Boardroom Agendas Should Identify Supply Chain Vulnerabilities

It’s time to address the millennial in your boardroom

Navigating the Pandemic and Looking Ahead: Questions for the (Virtual) Boardroom

Week of March 15, 2021

Out with the old? Ageism, tokenism and other challenges in board diversity: A long-term board strategy can avoid problems, ensuring a balance of youth and experience

From the boardroom to Wall Street, ESG fluency is an essential component of successful contemporary risk management for boards

Week of March 8, 2021

Do Employees Benefit From Worker Representation on Corporate Boards? workers in firms with worker representation do see some benefits

As Workplaces Move Toward Normalcy, Gender Diversity in the Boardroom Is Critical

Week of March 1, 2021

Companies that incorporate ESG into their overall strategy, risk management, and operations are better able to present their story on why and how they create value. 

The ‘Glass Cliff’ Challenge For Corporate Governance: women are more likely to be appointed to senior executive positions during times of organizational crisis, making them less likely to succeed.

2020 has forced a reckoning about the role of the corporation in society, and along with it, the responsibilities of boards of directors to the corporation’s myriad stakeholders. 

Week of Feb 22, 2021

What you need for responsible leadership and innovation in 2021 – a breakout year for leadership 

Biden has hit the ground running on climate and environmental justice. How will Canada respond?

Week of Feb 15, 2021

What Association Governance Needs in 2021: future board meetings may need to be more bite-sized

Should we be concerned about the digital literacy of Canadian board of directors? The short answer is yes.

Has the pandemic become the catalyst of a more sustainable future?

Artificial Intelligence In The Corporate Boardroom: using artificial intelligence to make decisions in boardrooms could lead to a void of accountability