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Today's Boards of Directors are under tremendous pressure and face a host of difficult and challenging issues. Whether you're in-house counsel, an external legal advisor or someone who sits on a Board, you need to have a clear sense of your role, the risks, and how to manage them. Be prepared.

In one intensive day, get practical strategies and tips to confidently and competently deal with governance issues ranging from the day-to-day to the extraordinary.

Bringing together an eminent faculty of Canada’s foremost experts in corporate governance, this OsgoodePD program – The Advanced Legal Guide to Advising the Public Company Board of Directors – will give you cutting-edge guidance on key issues relevant to all Boards.

Topics include:

  • Rise in shareholder activism and engagement
  • Evolving standards for Directors’ duties and best practices
  • Scrutiny of financial disclosure
  • Advising the Board on executive and director compensation – disclosure, problems and pitfalls, and how to avoid them
  • Execute succession planning
  • Recruitment and retention of Board candidates
  • Diversity at the Board and executive levels
  • Impact of changes in technology on governance practices – cybersecurity practices, breach reporting and data protection
  • Shareholder proposals and proxy access
  • Climate change and sustainability reporting and disclosure
  • Implications of true majority voting and advance notice policies
  • Website disclosure of governance documents
  • Ethical issues – the role of the Board and CEO in developing corporate culture
  • The Big Picture: short-termism vs. long-termism in metrics and evaluation
  • Effective crisis management strategies for Boards


Program Chairs

  • Vincent A. Mercier, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP
  • Professor Poonam Puri, Osgoode Hall Law School

Faculty includes:

  • Aaron Atkinson, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP
  • John Ciardullo, Stikeman Elliott LLP
  • Boyd Erman, Partner, Longview Communications Inc.
  • Jeremy Fraiberg, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
  • Amy Freedman, Chief Executive Officer, Kingsdale Advisors
  • Sharon Geraghty, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Great-West Lifeco
  • M. Marianne Harris, Corporate Director, Sun Life Financial Inc., Loblaw Companies Limited and President’s Choice Bank
  • Jason Koskela, Manager, Office of Mergers and Acquisitions, Ontario Securities Commission
  • Jennifer Longhurst, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP
  • Neill May, Goodmans LLP
  • Alex Moore, Blakes, Cassels & Graydon LLP
  • Sarah Neville, Director of Policy Development, Canadian Coalition for Good Governance
  • Melanie A. Shishler, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP
  • Georges Soaré, Partner, Hugessen Consulting Inc.


Group Discounts and Financial Assistance

For boardroom and multi-purchase rates, please email us.
OsgoodePD offers group rates and financial assistance for both on-site and webcast formats. Please note these are only available when registering for members of the same organization, at the same time, and payment is made with one invoice.


After your purchase is complete, the course will appear in the Order History of your OsgoodePD account with a link to "Take Online Course". Once you click "Take Online Course" you will be forwarded to the Moodle page with the materials link. The program video link with be unlocked on the day of the program. You will have access to the video for 90 days.

Program Changes

We will make every effort to present the program as advertised, but it may be necessary to change the dates, location, speakers or content with little or no notice. In the event of program cancellation, York University and Osgoode Hall Law School’s liability is limited to reimbursement of paid fees.

Cancellations, Substitutions and Refunds

Substitution of registrants is permitted at any time. If you are unable to find a substitute, a full refund is available if a cancellation request is received in writing 14 days prior to the program date. If a cancellation request is made with less than 14 days notice, a $75 administration fee will apply. No other refund is available.


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Technical Support

In the event you experience technical difficulties, please contact opdsupport@osgoode.yorku.ca for assistance.

Date Recorded

October 22, 2019

Program Details

Date & Time

December 12, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EDT


Web - Replay

Fee per Delegate

$795 plus HST

Newly Licensed (2016 - 2019):
$397.50 plus HST

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Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • In-house counsel
  • Corporate counsel
  • Corporate governance advisors
  • Board members
  • Corporate executives
  • Securities lawyers

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