TORONTO, March 5, 2013 /CNW/ - Dr. Richard Florizone, currently the
Vice-President, Finance and Resources at the University of Saskatchewan
and incoming President of Dalhousie University, is the 2013 recipient
of the Gil Bennett Gold Standard Award.
Presented annually by The Directors College, the award recognizes a
graduate of the Chartered Director (C. Dir.) program who demonstrates
dedication to raising the bar for professional standards in corporate
governance. The award was presented Monday at the graduation ceremony
for newly-certified Chartered Directors. Daniel Johnson of McCarthy
Tétrault, a former Premier of the Province of Québec, was the featured
speaker at the ceremony.
"Effective governance of both public and private institutions is
critical to society," says Dr. Florizone, recipient of this year's Gil
Bennett Gold Standard Award. "It is a great honour to receive this
award on the 10th anniversary of the Directors College and to share it
with so many talented past graduates that are making a positive
difference to governance standards in Canada."
The Directors College is marking its 10th anniversary this year. Founded in 2003, The Directors College is a
joint venture of McMaster University and The Conference Board of
Canada, and is Canada's first university-accredited corporate director
Dr. Florizone will become the 11th President of Dalhousie University in
Halifax on July 1, 2013. Since 2005, he has served as the
Vice-President of Finance and Resources at the University of
Saskatchewan. Dr. Florizone served as Director, Strategic Initiatives
at Bombardier Aerospace in Montreal, and as Consultant and Project
Leader with the Boston Consulting Group in Toronto. Dr. Florizone
obtained his PhD in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of
Named in honour of former Canadian Tire chairman Gil Bennett, the Gold
Standard Award has been presented annually since 2006 to a graduate of
The Directors College. Previous winners include Don McCreesh, Michael
MacBean, Andy Poprawa, John Ryan, Jim Adamson and Reena Sagoo.
"To win the Gil Bennett Award, our Chartered Directors have to
demonstrate that they possess more than just the technical and legal
knowledge to be a director in the 21st century. They also need to show
how to achieve excellence in the boardroom through a great boardroom
culture," said Chris Bart, Principal & Lead Professor, The Directors
The criteria for the award include placing in the top 10 per cent on the
final exam for Chartered Directors; providing leadership during class
discussions; and making a unique contribution to the Board Simulation
exercise of the Chartered Director program.
For more information on The Directors College and its Chartered Director
Program, visit: www.thedirectorscollege.com.
SOURCE: The Directors College
For further information:
Brent Dowdall, Media Relations, Tel.: 613- 526-3090 ext. 448