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DAY 1 - WEDNESDAY, MAY 27, 2020

11:30 AM – 2:00 PM

ICD.D Luncheon

(Open to ICD.D designation holders only)

Network with fellow ICD.D designation holders and reconnect with your DEP colleagues at a special pre-conference luncheon, exclusively for ICD.Ds. The session will engage you in an interactive Directors’ Dilemma led by DEP faculty.

Advance registration is required. Space is limited.
 
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Halifax Convention Centre, Ballroom Level

2:30 PM – 4:30 PM

New World. New Skills. Getting CEOs on the Upskilling Journey

(Offsite Venue)

What does it take to execute a successful workforce strategy and where should organizations start? We will take a hands on look at the journey and link it back to strategy, operating model and culture in order to drive sustainable ROI. This session will demonstrate the tools organizations can use to get started on their transformation. This will include assessing your current state, and the steps you can take to “up-skill” and “up-perform” your workforce.

Advance registration is required. Space is limited.
 
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PwC Halifax Office

5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Welcome Reception

(Offsite Venue)

Enjoy an evening of East Coast hospitality and the opportunity to network as we open the National Conference with a Welcome Reception.

(Complimentary for conference delegates) 


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Marriott Halifax Harbourfront, Sable Ballroom

DAY 2 - THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2020

7:00 AM – 8:30 AM

Registration & Networking Breakfast



Halifax Convention Centre

8:30 AM – 8:45 AM

Welcome Remarks


Rahul K. Bhardwaj, LL.B, ICD.D
President and CEO, Institute of Corporate Directors
Halifax Convention Centre

8:45 AM – 10:00 AM

National Unity as a Competitive Advantage


National unity is fundamental to Canadian competitiveness, yet opposing regional priorities threaten our ability to thrive. How is fractionalization affecting our economy? How can nation-building projects strengthen Canada in the long term? How can Directors engage in public policy and what is their role in fostering national unity and leveraging it as a competitive advantage?

Moderator:
Annette Verschuren, O.C.
2020 Conference Co-Chair

Panellist:
Rt. Hon. Joe Clark, P.C., C.C.
Former Prime Minister of Canada

Panellist:
Phyllis Yaffe, C.M., F.ICD
Former Canadian Consul General in New York
 
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Halifax Convention Centre

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Networking Break



Halifax Convention Centre

10:30 AM – 11:45 AM

Canadian Boardrooms Balancing Energy, the Economy and the Environment


Balancing energy, the economy and the environment poses significant challenges to boardroom decision-making. How can Boards empower their organizations to find constructive, workable solutions for energy transition and address physical, regulatory and strategic risks, while capitalizing on opportunities presented by the new energy economy?

Moderator:
Hon. A. Anne McLellan, P.C., O.C., A.O.E., F.ICD
2020 Conference Co-Chair

Panellist:
Sarah Keyes, CPA, CA
Principal, ESG Global Advisors

Panellist:
Miranda Hubbs, CFA
Director, Nutrien Ltd., PSP Investments, Imperial Oil Ltd. and the Canadian Red Cross

Panellist:
David B. Tennant
Chair, Major Drilling Group International Inc.
 
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Halifax Convention Centre

11:45 AM – 1:00 PM

Luncheon Keynote Address: Seeing Around Corners


Conference Keynote Speaker:
Rita Gunther McGrath
Professor, Columbia Business School
Author of Seeing Around Corners: How to Spot Inflection Points in Business Before They Happen
Halifax Convention Centre

1:00 PM – 2:15 PM

Director Lens Breakout 1 – The Future of Work


The work people will do in the future – and how and even why they will do it – is evolving and boards need to guide the way. Led by experts from the ICD’s Global Director Dialogue (a convening of directors from companies across the globe), session participants will simulate a special committee to determine how boards can oversee re-skilling, organizational re-design and human interaction with automating machines.

Speaker:
Michel Servoz
Former Director-General of the European Commission
Advisor to the President, European Commission

Speaker:
Barbara G. Stymiest, FCPA, FCA
Director, Sun Life Financial Inc. and George Weston Ltd.
Halifax Convention Centre

1:00 PM – 2:15 PM

Director Lens Breakout 2 – Amplifying Influence and Impact in the Boardroom


In an environment where the role of Directors is increasingly complex, it is essential to speak up and listen to multiple perspectives. Taking a stand for our perspectives, however similar or different to other views in the room, is not always easy. In this highly interactive session, you will explore what it means to “find your voice,” and to share it with – and listen to – others, to influence important boardroom decisions.

Facilitator:
Anne Gottlieb
Senior Expert in Presence, Mobius Executive Leadership

Facilitator:
Annick Routhier Labadie, M.Sc., PPCC
Integral Facilitator
Director, Fondation de l’Athlète d’Excellence du Québec (FAEQ)
Founder and President, Humans & Company

Facilitator:
Joanna Mackie, M.A.
Leadership Coach; Partner, Humans & Company
Halifax Convention Centre

2:15 PM – 2:45 PM

Networking Break



Halifax Convention Centre

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

The Evolution of Fiduciary Duty


The definition of fiduciary duty is at the forefront of discussions that will impact the evolution of governance in Canada and abroad. Do all stakeholders share equal importance, or should shareholders reign supreme? Should the principal objective of a business enterprise be to generate economic returns, or will a purpose beyond profit ultimately result in greater value?

Moderator:
Poonam Puri, ICD.D
Director, CAPREIT, Tethyan Resource Corp. and Canada Infrastructure Bank
Professor of Business Law, Osgoode Hall Law School

Panellist:
Thierry Dorval, LL.D
Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright
Director, Scale.AI, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and Allo Prof

Panellist:
Vagn Sørensen
Chair, Air Canada, FLSmidth & Co. A/S
Director, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

Panellist:
Timothy Youmans
Lead – North America, Hermes EOS
 
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Halifax Convention Centre

3:45 PM – 4:30 PM

Closing Session with the 2020 ICD Fellows


Moderator:
Ed Barrett, F.ICD, ICD.D
2020 Conference Co-Chair
Halifax Convention Centre

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Pre-Gala Reception



Ballroom Salon

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

2020 Fellowship Awards Gala


The ICD Fellowship Award is the highest distinction for Corporate Directors in Canada. Established by the ICD in 1997, this award honours individuals who have made outstanding contributions to Canadian enterprises and NFP organizations through their governance leadership in Canadian boardrooms.

Fellows are inaugurated by the ICD at the annual Fellowship Awards Gala. To date, 92 Directors across Canada have been presented with this prestigious award.

Gala Keynote Speaker:
David Frum
Social & Political Commentator
Senior Editor at The Atlantic
Author of New York Times Bestseller Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic
Ballroom Level

9:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Post-Gala Reception



Ballroom Salon

POST-CONFERENCE TOURS - FRIDAY, MAY 29, 2020

10:45 AM – 3:45 PM or 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Optional Tours for a Taste of Nova Scotia


Make the most of your time in Nova Scotia with one of our exclusively designed, post-conference tours. These opportunities sell out quickly, so make your reservation early for a lunch in Annapolis Valley or Peggy’s Cove.
Annapolis Valley or Peggy's Cove