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Directors’ Series

April 10, 2014 – Social licence: Issues for boards

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Natural resource companies have long been accustomed to the possibility that stakeholder groups will thwart their growth plans, claiming negative societal ramifications. While the concerns of these groups are anticipated in some situations, in others, they appear to come out of left field. Even when operating within the framework of the law, the targeted company often fails to attract public sympathy or support and a strategic initiative may go off the rails. At the same time, the company’s reputation with government and regulators for successful stakeholder management takes a hit, undermining its future plans.

The April 10, 2014 session of the Directors’ Series will delve into a broad range of social licence issues, reaching out to directors from public and private sectors. Some of the questions to be addressed include the following:

  • Where should social licence rank on corporate and board radar screens?
  • Are the risks company-specific or are some sectors more prone than others?
  • What tools are available to assess and manage the risks?
  • Where should accountability within the organization lie? What is the oversight of the board versus management?

Register today. Join us in one of our centres across Canada.

This session is designed for Boards of Directors and C-level executives. Please join us at this complimentary session to hear from seasoned corporate directors, company executives and other professionals who will share their insights on current corporate governance issues.

Our panel includes:

  • Alan Hibben - Corporate Director, HudBay Minerals Inc.
  • Wendy Evans - Corporate Director, The North West Company Inc.
  • Bob Kelly - Chair of the Board, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
  • Valerie Chort - National Leader, Sustainability & Climate Change Services, Deloitte
  • Don Wilkinson - Vice Chair, Deloitte

For directors who hold the ICD.D certification from the Institute of Corporate Directors, the Directors College C.Dir. designation from McMaster University, or the Acc.Dir. accreditation from ICSA Canada, participation in the Deloitte Directors’ Series session counts for two hours credit towards the continuing education requirement. The session also counts as two hours credit for the ASC designation for Le Collège des administrateurs de sociétés.