The Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries announces its judging panel for the inaugural Excellence in Governance Awards (EGs).

TORONTO, March 11, 2014 /CNW/ - The Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries ("CSCS") announces an esteemed judging panel for the second annual Excellence in Governance Awards/Prix d'excellence en gouvernance (EGs). The highly respected jury will select the winners for the awards which will be announced and celebrated on August 24, 2014 in Banff, Alberta at the CSCS' 16th Annual Conference.

The Excellence in Governance Awards jury panel is composed of seasoned and well-respected governance thought leaders from across Canada. CSCS has carefully selected the judges to ensure representation from all aspects of the governance community including shareholder representatives, regulatory experts, leading academics and practitioners.

The CSCS 2014 Excellence in Governance Awards judging panel:

Geoffrey D. Creighton, Senior Vice-President, General Counsel and Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer, IGM Financial Inc.
Gigi Dawe, Principal, Risk Oversight and Governance, National Practice Leader, Governance Strategy and Risk, CICA
Stephen Griggs, CEO, Smoothwater Capital Corporation
Sylvia Groves, President and Creative Director, Governance Studio
Carol Hansell, Founding Partner, Hansell LLP
Richard Leblanc, Associate Professor, Law, Governance & Ethics, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University
Andrew MacDougall, President, Spencer Stuart Canada
Paul Schneider, Manager, Corporate Governance, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan (OTPP)
Elizabeth Watson, QC, Founder and President, Watson Inc.

These nine experts will be joined by honorary judge Peter Dey, Chairman, Paradigm Capital Inc.

Pre-selection Judges for the shortlisting of nominees: Cathy Cummings, Executive Director, Canadian Corporate Counsel Association, Wendy King, Chief Compliance Officer, Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Corporate Secretary, Central 1 Credit Union, Jamie Patterson, Corporate Counsel, Group Medical Services, Terri Uhrich, Vice President, Legal Affairs, K+S Potash Canada and judging facilitator Brendan Sheehan, Founder and President, The Illawong Group.

Excellence in Governance Awards 

The CSCS EG Awards recognize the important contribution that organizations and their governance professionals make toward best practices that build and sustain shareholder and stakeholder value in Canada. The awards also underscore the critical role that good governance plays in sustaining the value of Canada's public companies, crown corporations, government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations, and in contributing to the competitiveness of Canada's economy and its capital markets.

CSCS expects that the recognition that the winners, nominees and their organizations will gain from these awards will raise more awareness for the key role played by governance professionals, further the reputation of their organizations, and inspire others to follow their example.

CSCS will seek nominations in the following award categories:

  • Best sustainability, ethics and environmental governance program
  • Best use of technology in governance, risk and compliance
  • Best approach to board and committee support
  • Best stakeholder engagement by a governance team
  • Best practices to enhance boardroom diversity
  • Best practices in strategic planning, oversight and value creation by the board
  • Best overall corporate governance
  • Joyce Borden-Reed CSCS distinguished contribution award
  • CSCS (Peter Dey) Governance Achievement Award

The deadline for nominations is April 8, 2014, and the shortlist of finalists for the awards will be announced in June 2014.

About the Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries (CSCS)

The Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries is recognized as the most important organization for corporate governance professionals in Canada.

As the principal advocate for those who work in corporate governance, CSCS strives to enhance the public's awareness of the importance of good governance. CSCS is the voice of corporate governance professionals in Canada and participates with other stakeholders, including capital markets participants, government bodies and regulators, in fostering a governance environment that sets Canada apart in the world. CSCS supports its membership with continuing education and networking opportunities that are second to none.

SOURCE Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries

For further information:

Lynn Beauregard, President
255-55 St. Clair Avenue West
Phone: 416-921-5449 / 1-800-774-2850, Ext 306
Email: lynn.beauregard@cscs.org
Website: http://www.cscs.org/EGA