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Perspectives from The Directors College

Reflections on Inclusive Leadership: A First Nations Perspective

On February 2, the McMaster Collaboratorium was honoured to welcome Perry Bellegarde, C.Dir., Assembly of First Nations, National Chief for an important conversation with host Michael Hartmann to share wisdom on what businesses need to be purpose-led and make the topic of ESG a key priority for the good of all stakeholders and for the good of the planet.

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Adaptation and Innovation in the Boardroom

The Directors College published an article featuring Lloyd Komori, C.Dir., Faculty for The Directors College special program Innovation Governance for Directors, and former chief risk officer and Dr. Michael Hartmann, Principal, in the National Post speaking to the acceleration of innovation and the importance of education for the Boardroom’s of tomorrow.

Global Case Studies in Innovation Governance: An Australian and U.S. Perspective

On January 27, Dr. Michael Hartmann welcomed Kee Wong, Chair, The Australian Institute of Directors Innovation Committee (Australia) and Bob Zukis, Conference Board ESG Fellow & Founder and CEO, Digital Directors Network and Professor, USC Marshall School of Business (USA) to talk about how board directors and board associations are seeking to educate and prepare board directors for asking the right questions, and understanding the answers around digital innovation and its risks.

Innovation

Adapting Your Board to the Digital Age

Michael Hartmann, Principal, The Directors College and guest panelists Rob Burgess, Chair of the Compensation Committee, NVIDIA and Rob Siegel, Lecturer in Management, Stanford Graduate School of Business discussed the challenges to digitally transforming an organization and what role the board can play in supporting change at the November 25 session of The McMaster Collaboratorium.

Design & Foresight: New Strategic Tools for the Boardroom

Kicking off the fall season for the McMaster Collaboratorium webinar series, Karel Vrendenburg, Director, Global Design Leadership & Academic Programs at IBM and Marianne Jackson, C-Suite Executive (CHRO) and Executive Consultant for public and non-public organizations in Silicon Valley and Institute for the Future board member examine how design methodologies and strategic foresight tools can help boards identify future scenarios and analyze the impacts on their key stakeholders.

Experts Say Board Directors Must Adopt Open Innovation Mindset

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.

Not Your New Normal: Reflections on Director Development and Education Post-COVID-19

On June 16, in the final Spring session of The McMaster Collaboratorium, Terry Goodtrack, C.Dir., President and CEO of The Aboriginal Financial Officers Association (AFOA) of Canada, Kee Wong, Chair of The Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Innovation Committee, Patrice Merrin, Independent Non-Executive Director at Glencore and Principal of The Directors College, Dr. Michael Hartmann examine what great governance means in the post-COVID-19 world and the new topics, best practices,

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.

Crown Corporations – Governance Reflections from the Chair

In this session from The McMaster Collaboratorium on June 9, 2020, leading Crown Corporation Board Chairs, Françoise Bertrand, Chair, Board of Directors at VIA and Douglas Harrison, Chair, Board of Directors at the Canadian Commercial Corporation, share their perspectives with The Directors College Principal, Dr. Michael Hartmann, on our current environment and how it has impacted approaches to governance and effective board engagement.

Re-imagining Audit and Risk in Economic Uncertainty

In the June 2 session from The McMaster Collaboratorium, Principal of The Directors College, Michael Hartmann discusses how boards are learning to assess organizational performance, risk and strategy and how they will need to develop an effective audit committee for the current environment and beyond with panelists Dr. Richard LeBlanc, Professor of Law, Governance & Ethics, York University and Faculty at The Directors College and Christine Williams, C.Dir., Governor, Board of Governors, Centenni