MONTREAL, Sept. 19, 2014 /CNW/ - Approximately 600 Canadian corporate
and non-corporate directors gathered in Montreal today at the fourth
annual ICD National Conference to discuss transformational governance,
change and innovation, and the need to keep pace with the ever-evolving
During the one-day conference, ICD members and delegates, alongside a
faculty of seasoned directors, CEOs, and experts, explored the theme, Transformational Governance: Embracing change and innovation
successfully, in three separate panel sessions. The key learnings from the day
The working relationship between the board and management, along with
cultural change within an organization are key factors in driving
strategy, transformational change and innovation;
Innovation for innovation sake isn't the solution; it needs to
contribute to the progress of the business
Change should be the norm for organizations; status quo should be a
Directors underestimate how much millennials are transforming our
organizations and industries;
Boards must strive for a clear window into what management is doing;
this is a relationship built on mutual respect and trust.
Speakers during the day included Jean-René Halde, President and CEO,
BDC, Monique Leroux, Chair, President and CEO of Desjardins, Claude
Mongeau, President and CEO of CN, Robert Tessier, Chairman of Caisse de
dépôt et placement du Québec, and Kathleen Taylor, Chair of RBC, among
others. The keynote speech was delivered by Ian Bourne, Chair of SNC
Lavalin, who spoke about revamping a business and affecting cultural
change in times of crisis.
"These thought provoking and frank discussions will certainly prove
valuable as we navigate our way through this challenging and
ever-changing territory," said Stan Magidson, President and CEO of the
ICD. "It's clear from today's attendance that there is great interest
in the issue of transformational governance, and I am pleased that the
ICD National Conference has been able to serve as an effective platform
for Canada's director community to engage on this topic."
Mr. Magidson added: "We are particularly pleased to have taken this
futuristic look at corporate governance in the vibrant city of
Montreal, and would like to thank our ICD Quebec Chapter for their
significant contribution to the great success of this conference."
The ICD would like to thank co-chairs, Monique F. Leroux, CM, OQ, FCA,
Chair, President and Chief Executive Officer, Desjardins Group; Claude
Mongeau, President and Chief Executive Officer, CN; and Michael Sabia,
President and Chief Executive Officer, Caisse de dépôt et placement du
Québec, for an engaging day of thoughtful discussion and learning.
About The Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD)
The Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) is the definitive 'go-to'
resource and voice for Canada's directors and boards in the for-profit,
not-for-profit and Crown sectors. As the national community for
directors, the ICD is a not-for-profit, member-based association with
more than 8,700 members and a network of 11 chapters across Canada.
Representing the interests of directors, the ICD fosters the sharing of
knowledge and wisdom through education, professional development
programs and services, and thought leadership and advocacy to achieve
the highest standard of directorship. For more information, please
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