Executive Education

Governance for Small & Medium-sized Enterprises

Program Overview

Imagine your business differently. This program will inspire the way that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) think about board governance. A well-designed board can add value to an enterprise by strengthening decisions, stretching thinking patterns, evaluating strategic alternatives, and dealing with crises. Effective board governance can be the key to navigating disruption and guiding your business to sustained success. 

With an impactful combination of evidence-based insight and hands-on learning from industry leaders, this program builds a foundation of governance that enhances decision-making and boosts your ability to achieve strategic objectives. Over the course of five (5) days, you will engage in experiential learning activities and discussions with a talented group of SME leaders, gaining insight and relationships with growth-minded peers.

Learning Outcomes

  • Define a board that adds value through strategic insight, hindsight, oversight and foresight
  • Develop strategies for effective oversight of growth, risk, succession and exits
  • Determine the board structure, roles and practices that are right for your business
  • Consider the selection, recruitment and evaluation of board members and CEOs
  • Implement leading practices for effective governance

Who Should Attend?

Attendees are required to be an active participant in small and medium-sized enterprises in one of the following roles:
  • Business owner/equity partner
  • C-suite/senior executive
  • Current or aspiring board director


Mary Cameron  //  ICD.D

Mary currently sits on the board of Edmonton International Airports, and serves as Chair of the Advisory Board of SureHire. She is the former President & CEO of Alberta’s Workers Compensation Board, and prior to that, was President & CEO of Payment Systems Corporation, a high-tech joint venture between IBM and the Government of Alberta. She formerly served a 10-year term as a member of the EPCOR Board of Directors, and is also a past Board member of Churchill Corporation. She received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. She was named as the Consumer Choice Award’s Edmonton Businesswoman of the Year in 2010, and has been recognized as one of Alberta Venture’s 50 Most Influential Albertans (2000) and as an ITV Woman of Vision (1999).

Don Cummings  //  ICD.D

Don has had extensive experience with board and executive management in complex change strategy and turn-around situations, and has also gained experience through sitting on several boards. He is accomplished in developing systems and processes that enable board and executive teams to work toward common goals and fulfil the accountabilities of their respective roles within the organization.

David Dominy  //  ICD.D

David is currently the CEO of FIRMA Foreign Exchange, Canada’s leading non-bank provider of foreign exchange and global payment services. In addition, he is the founding partner of 3D Capital Inc. David’s career includes leadership roles in public, private, crown and not-for-profit enterprises engaged in a variety of industries. He has been a member of over 30 boards in a variety of private, public, crown and not-for-profit enterprises. Board roles include: Chair, Vice Chair, Chair Audit Committee, Chair HR & Governance and Chair Investments. David is currently Chair Chandos Construction LP; Director, Chair Governance Committee & member Audit Committee of the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation; and a Director of the University of Winnipeg Foundation.

Jane Halford  //  FCA, ICD.D 

Jane has a profile of service built on a foundation personal and professional skill honed during her 20 years career as a Chartered Accountant, regulator, corporate director, entrepreneur, and volunteer. Jane is actively involved in the community through her service to not-for-profit and corporate boards including the United Way, Farm Credit Canada, Alberta Innovates and the Institute of Corporate Directors. In 2013, Jane stepped out her role as CEO and Executive Director of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta to turn her passion into co-founding an innovative business, BOLT Transition Inc. BOLT is transforming how Canadian organizations approach leadership transition in the boardroom and the executive suite.

Barry James  //  ICD.D

Barry is the Chief Corporate Development Officer at Lloyd Sadd Insurance Brokers Ltd. and was previously Managing Partner of the Edmonton Office of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, a position he held for ten years. Barry is currently a member of the board of ATB Financial, serving as chair of the audit committee and is chair of the audit committee for the Province of Alberta. He sits on the boards of publicly traded Corus Entertainment and Auto Canada Inc, serving as audit committee chair for both. He is a member of the boards of the University of Alberta Hospital Foundation, The Galleria, SureHire Inc, Norseman Group, Almita Piling, Inuvialuit Investment Corporation and The Kipnes Foundation. He is co-chair of the Mayor’s Business Advisory Roundtable.

Darren Rawson  //  ICD.D, P.Eng

Darren is President of Draw Consulting, an advisory services firm helping private companies enhance enterprise value through governance, strategy, operational efficiency, and growth. He is also a Principal at Ozone Advisory Group which pursues high-performance, private company governance. Darren is a proven executive with 17 years experience as CEO of mid-sized companies. He has worked in publicly traded, family-owned and private equity backed enterprises across a variety of industries including oil & gas, chemical, metallurgy, construction, manufacturing, and distribution. Darren has been doing business internationally for over 22 years and is an active Corporate Director and Chair sitting on numerous private and non-profit boards.

Tom Redl  //  ICD.D

Tom is President and CEO of Chandos Construction Ltd. He holds an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors, is a Director of Chandos Construction Ltd., Acorn Communities Ltd. and a past Board Chair of the Citadel Theatre and former member of the United Way Campaign Cabinet. Tom is currently the Board Chair of Edmonton Airports and Redl Kitchens, a family business.