Events

Directors’ Series

Helping Canadian corporate directors stay informed

The Directors' Series provides Canadian corporate directors with an opportunity to stay informed in a time of frequent change and growing demands.

Past Sessions

Shifting enterprise risks: New action steps for the audit committee’s year-end agenda

On October 20, 2016, Deloitte’s Directors’ Series brought together a panel of experts to widen our perspective by discussing a broader set of non-economic risks and uncertainties. In addition to the strategic implications, the conversation focused on the 2016 year-end deliberations facing audit committees in an era of rising expectations for better risk assessment, improved oversight of financial reporting and the trend towards more regulation of “good behaviour”.

Available now:

  • Highlights from a Deloitte-hosted panel discussion with corporate directors and governance specialists that examined the emerging risks and opportunities facing audit committees
  • Questions audit committees can ask to gain a deeper understanding of the risk environment
  • Action steps audit committees can take now to better position themselves to face disruption

 

Long termism and shareholder engagement

April 7, 2016 – Watch replay

The April 7, 2016 session of the Directors’ Series explored various aspects of operationalizing a longer term view in the boardroom, as well as approaches used in organizations whose owners are free from some of the shorter term pressures of public companies and set governance practices accordingly. Also there were many insights shared at this past session and we’d like you to consider a few that may be of importance to you and your board.

  • Companies get the shareholders they deserve
  • A strong organization is organized for accountability from management right up to the board
  • A board’s ultimate defense against activists is to ensure that management is achieving the strategy and goals that were approved by the board

Share your thoughts on this topic on our Corporate Governance Forum.

Focus on the audit committee

January 7, 2016 – Watch replay 

The January 7, 2016 session of the Directors Series focused on the top-of-mind risks for audit committees, a review of financial reporting trends, a regulatory update on the OSC’s priorities for 2016 and much more. Also there were many insights shared at this past session and we’d like you to consider a few that may be of importance to you and your board.

  • Consider what your organization’s vision is for their financial reporting.
  • Think beyond the numbers.
  • Remember that financial reporting is not just a compliance exercise.

Share your thoughts on this topic on our Corporate Governance Forum.

Diversity in the Boardroom: Moving beyond the “Why”

November 24, 2015 - Watch replay

On September 28, 2015, the Canadian Securities Administrators released Multilateral Staff Notice 58-307, the first review of the diversity disclosures now required of public companies as a result of the amendments made to National Instrument 58-101. The review indicates that filings fall short of expectations.

In this special live Directors’ Series webcast, a panel of experts discussed the results of the CSA report and the pragmatic measures for moving organizations’ diversity agendas forward. There were many insights shared at this past session and we’d like you to consider a few that may be of importance to you and your board.

  • The objective is not diversity for diversity’s sake, it is about driving better corporate performance.
  • The entire debate about diversity is a leadership issue.
  • The world of corporate boards is very competitive. It is up to board candidates to consider their skill sets and ensure that they are truly “board ready.”

Share your thoughts on this topic on our Corporate Governance Forum.

Disruption and innovation: Are directors sufficiently engaged?

October 8, 2015 - Watch replay

The October 8, 2015 session of the Directors’ Series examine the issues and opportunities surrounding technological and competitive disruption and innovation.

There were many insights shared at this past session and we’d like you to consider a few that may be of importance to you and your board.

  • Disruption is not necessarily technological – it can come from a variety of areas.
  • To develop a culture of innovation, the tone from the top must communicate the value of innovation, align it with the organization’s business objectives, and track, measure and reward performance.
  • Boards must be open to and embrace change.

Share your thoughts on this topic on our Corporate Governance Forum.

Key Contacts:

Richard Olfert

Richard Olfert

Managing Partner, Regulatory, Quality and Risk

Richard is the Managing Partner, Regulatory, Quality and Risk. He also serves as a member of Deloitte Canada’s Executive, on the Global Risk and Regulatory committees and as a director of Nautilus Ind... More

Duncan Sinclair

Duncan Sinclair

Vice Chair, Thought Leadership and Dean, DU North

Duncan is a Vice Chair of Deloitte Canada and Chile whose professional activities focus on major institutional investor clients, global private family businesses and regional governments. Duncan also ... More

Jonathan Goodman

Jonathan Goodman

Global Managing Partner, Monitor Deloitte

Jonathan is Monitor Deloitte’s Global Managing Partner and Vice Chairman of Deloitte Canada. For close to three decades, Jonathan has worked closely with the CEOs, boards, and executive management of ... More

Chantal Rassart

Chantal Rassart

Partner, Audit & Assurance

Chantal is a partner with more than 25 years of experience. As the Audit Knowledge Management Officer, she ensures that our Audit professionals have the tools and information they need to best serve t... More