TORONTO, April 11, 2014 /CNW/ - Brian Friedrich, Principal in "friedrich
& friedrich," a professional research, standards and education
consultancy firm, and Vice Chair of the Certified General Accountants
Association of BC (CGA-BC), is the 2014 winner of the Gil Bennett Gold Standard Governance Award.
The award recognizes dedication to corporate governance and was
presented Thursday at the 10th annual graduation ceremony for newly certified Chartered Directors (C.Dir.) of The Directors College, a joint initiative of McMaster University and The Conference Board of
"Given the extremely high degree of governance acumen that I saw in my
colleagues throughout this program, I must admit that it was with some
surprise that I received the call. I am deeply honoured to be this
year's award recipient," said Mr. Friedrich. "It was terrific to share
best practices with directors from a wide range of industries and
institutions, and learn from everyone's rich experiences. There is a
strong recognition in the program that developing as a great director
requires not only the competence embodied in sound technical skills,
but also bringing the curiosity and courage to ask questions and act
when needed; the numerous sessions devoted to enhancing these
all-too-often "assumed" elements were invaluable," he said.
Named in honour of former Canadian Tire Chair, Gil Bennett, this award has been presented annually since 2006 to a Directors College
graduate dedicated to raising the bar for professional standards in
corporate governance through progress in the Chartered Director
program. This year, Mr. Bennett himself also received the inaugural
Distinguished Faculty Award in acknowledgement of his contribution to
the Directors College - where he has generously shared his own
experiences through his many years of corporate and board leadership in
"Whatever the challenge, whatever the sector, the difference between
success and failure is often the quality of governance. Mr. Friedrich
embodies the technical and personal characteristics that are central to
excellent leadership and to the core teachings of The Directors College
program. With this award, we salute his achievement," said Dr. Chris
Bart, Lead Faculty, The Directors College.
Criteria for the award include scoring in the top 10 per cent on the
final exam for Chartered Directors; providing a positive contribution
to the class discussion; and displaying constructive behavior as a
director during the unique Board Simulation exercise that is part of
Mr. Friedrich's professional clients have included universities, global
accounting bodies, the World Bank, and government agencies. He has
helped lay policy, procedural and governance groundwork for several
established and emerging professional and regulatory organizations.
He is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of BC (CPA BC)
Transitional Steering Committee, which is an interim Board for CPA BC.
Mr. Friedrich chairs the CGA-BC Discipline Committee and represents BC
nationally on the CPA Canada Public Trust Committee. Past committee
membership has included work in the areas of ethics, auditing, and
Brian Friedrich is currently also completing a Master of Laws degree
specializing in Administrative Law at Osgoode Hall Law School.
Recent winners of the Gil Bennett Governance Award have included Dr.
Richard Florizone, Reena Sangoo and Jim Adamson.
Founded in 2003, The Directors College is Canada's first university accredited corporate director development
program. For more information visit http://thedirectorscollege.com/#sthash.bigXf3lB.dpbs
SOURCE: Conference Board of Canada
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