The five-day program will focus on how to strategically grow the business, create the governance structure, develop financial literacy and compensation strategies, build out the risk plans and understand the difference between leading the business as a board director and leading the business as a member of the c-suite. This program is short and effective and gives you an opportunity to join a network of talented people.
The program is for CEOs, CFOs or COOs, as well as board directors of small to medium-sized enterprises that need governance and advisory board education.
The Governance Program for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises combines research-based findings on governance practices within the SME sector with practical, hands-on learning from industry leaders.
Through participating, you will be better equipped to:
- Address the working dilemma of the board and adapt to competing priorities.
- Evaluate and build strategies for firm growth and transition, as viewed through a financial and human capital lens.
- Configure a governance structure that aligns with your firm’s needs.
- Build an effective board process that allows for director and organizational development.
- Develop financial literacy tactics for board members, i.e. how to ask the right questions, how to grow the firm, and how to evaluate exit strategies.
- Explore the considerations in the selection, recruitment and evaluation of CEOs.
- Develop compensation strategies that fit your industry and organizational capacity.
- Build risk assessment and mitigation strategies for your firm.
- Understand how to better communicate with your stakeholder groups.
- Network with like-minded individuals.
This program is designed for individuals working within the SME sector. Directors, executives and business owners are welcome to attend. Eligible attendees are required to have executive or professional experience, are currently sitting on boards, or are looking for board appointments in the near future.
- Are you interested in growing your business and creating a long-term sustainable strategy?
- Are you interested in developing an effective board?
- Are you interested in learning leading practices for good governance?
Jim Beaubien has more than 35 years’ experience as a consultant, facilitator, and educator. He specializes in strategic planning, organizational development and leadership with an emphasis on implementation. He works primarily as a senior consultant to executives in business and health care organizations. Jim is the co-founder and CEO of HOPE Learning Systems Ltd., an Alberta-based consulting firm.
Mary Cameron, ICD.D currently sits on the board of Edmonton International Airports, and serves as Chair of the Advisory Board of SureHire. Ms. Cameron 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. Ms. Cameron 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. Ms. Cameron 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 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 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.
Jan 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 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 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 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.