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GOVERNANCE EVOLUTION

Managing Reputation in Times of Disruption:
Lessons in Real Time

With the COVID-19 outbreak has come increased global business and economic disruption and uncertainty. How companies treat their employees, customers, investors and other stakeholders during the pandemic has emerged as a key driver of reputation.

Host: Michael Hartmann, Principal, The Directors College

Guest Panelist: John Crean, Senior Managing Director, TENEO Canada

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

Lessons for Leading a Virtual Organization

This webinar will share the experience of running a fully virtual business with 100s of employees around the world. What are the implications for leadership, governance and change management.

Host: Michael Hartmann, Executive Director, EMBA in Digital Transformation

Guest Panelist: Jessica Nordlander, COO, Thoughtexchange (‘Sweden’s Most Innovative Leader’ in 2019)

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

 

HEALTHCARE FUTURES

Coaching For Leadership in Complex Times

Accelerating leaders’ growth through coaching focused on career coaching, leadership effectiveness coaching and personal executive support.

Host: Michael Hartmann, Co-Director, Health Leadership Academy

Guest Panelists: Greg McQueen, Co-Director, Health Leadership Academy and Richard Winters MD, Medical Director, Professional Leadership Development, Mayo Clinic

Thursday, April 16, 2020

GOVERNANCE EVOLUTION

Harnessing Governance During COVID-19 to Accelerate Board ESG Oversight Now and Post-Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic calls for brave leadership and good governance. This webinar looks at each of the ESG components and how they help companies better manage risk and generate sustainable, long-term returns.

Host: Michael Hartmann, Principal, The Directors College

Guest Panelists: Judy Cotte, CEO, ESG Global Advisors Inc. and Coro Strandberg, President, Strandberg Consulting

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

The “Industrialists Dilemma” or How Companies Are Trying to Go Agile

This webinar explores how large, established organizations are trying to adopt agile business practices to address current disruptions to their business models.

Host: Michael Hartmann, Executive Director, EMBA in Digital Transformation

Guest Panelist: Rob Siegel, Lecturer in Management, Stanford Graduate School of Business

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

HEALTHCARE FUTURES

Governance from the Frontlines of Healthcare: Lessons in Real Time

A conversation with governance leaders at the frontlines of healthcare.  How is Best Practice transforming into what is needed in real time.

Host: Michael Hartmann, Principal, The Directors College, Co-Director Health Leadership Academy

Guest Panelists: David Collie, Board Director, Hamilton Health Sciences, C.Dir. and Andy Poprawa, Chair, Copernicus Long Term Care, C.Dir.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

GOVERNANCE EVOLUTION

Embracing Transformation or Why You Will Need to Replace 50% of Your Board

Companies will need to reexamine the competencies of their directors given the current and lasting ways in which markets are changing and business models are being disrupted.

Host: Michael Hartmann, Principal, The Directors College

Guest Panelists: Richard Counihan, CEO DigniFi and Barry Libert, Chairman and CEO, AIMatters

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

Bringing Systems Thinking into Your Organization to Build Agility

This webinar looks at how leaders build boundary spanning organizations that can work across traditional silos and hierarchies to increase speed and business agility.

Host: Michael Hartmann, Executive Director, EMBA in Digital Transformation

Guest Panelist: Chris Ernst, VP Leadership & Organizational Effectiveness, Workday

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

 

HEALTHCARE FUTURES

Multidimensional Aspects of Healthcare Management in Times of Crisis

This session provides a healthcare management perspective on the issues created by the COVID-19 crisis – such as scarce resource allocation, treatment bill coverage, and ensuring quality care while also embracing new ways of working.

Host:  Michael Hartmann, Co-Director, Health Leadership Academy

Guest Panelists: Teresa Chan MD, Assistant Dean, Program for Faculty Development, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University and Steve Ullmann, Director of Programs in Health Management and Policy, University of Miami

Thursday, April 30, 2020

GOVERNANCE EVOLUTION

Compensation and Performance Management for Executives and Directors: Trends, Changes and Practices

How director and executive compensation and performance mgmt. approaches are adjusting in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Host: Michael Hartmann, Principal, The Directors College

Guest Panelists: Christopher Chen, Managing Director, Compensation Governance Partners and Rachel O’Connor, Practice Lead, Leadership and Performance, Watson Inc.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

Navigating Moral Challenges in Times of Uncertainty

This webinar addresses the underlying role of ethics in navigating difficult decisions as a board and executive when disaster strikes.

Host: Michael Hartmann, Principal, The Directors College and Executive Director, EMBA in Digital Transformation

Guest Panelists: John Dalla Costa, Founder of Centre for Ethical Orientation and Tim O’Brien, GM AI Programs, AI Policy and Ethics Advocacy and Evangelism, Microsoft

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

HEALTHCARE FUTURES

Applying Design Thinking Approaches to Find Creative Solutions to COVID-19 Challenges

This webinar explores innovative ways to apply human-centered design principles to help mitigate the pressing issues arising from the COVID-19 crisis confronting organizations and individuals.

Host: Michael Hartmann, Co-Director, Health Leadership Academy

Guest Panelists: Karel Vredenburg, Director, Global Academic Programs, Design at IBM

Thursday, May 7, 2020

GOVERNANCE EVOLUTION

Risk and Cyber Security in a Time of Disruption

The COVID-19 pandemic poses a vast array of risks including business continuity and cybersecurity challenges. This webinar discusses how board directors should assess their organizations’ evolving risk priorities and mitigation strategies.

Host: Michael Hartmann, Principal, The Directors College

Guest Panelists: Michael Castro, Principal and Founder, RiskAware Group and Lloyd Komori, Professional Board Director, Former CRO and Cyber Risk Authority

Tuesday, May 12, 2020
4:00 pm – 4:45 pm  Open Session
4:45 pm – 5:15 pm  Dialogue with C.Dir.  alumni (optional)*

DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

Digital Transformation and its Impact on Developing Today’s and Tomorrow’s Business Leaders

Digital technology is impacting every sector of today’s world, including education. How is it changing the way we develop our next generation of leaders and what does it mean for the future of Executive Education?

Host: Michael Hartmann, Principal, The Directors College and Executive Director, EMBA in Digital Transformation

Guest Panelist: Blair Sheppard, Global Leader Strategy and Leadership, PwC and Dean Emeritus, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University

Wednesday, May 13, 2020
4:00 pm – 4:45 pm  Open Session
4:45 pm – 5:15 pm  Dialogue with C.Dir. and EMBA alumni (optional)*

HEALTHCARE FUTURES

The Role of Emerging Leaders in the Dramatic Changes Occurring in Healthcare

What do young professionals experience when they first enter into healthcare leadership roles?

Host: Greg McQueen, Co-Director, Health Leadership Academy;

Guest Panelists:  Adam Eqbal, Health Leadership Academy alumnus and Cardiac Surgery Medical Resident, McMaster University and Rachel Bierbrier, Health Leadership Academy alumna and Dermatology Medical Resident, McGill University

Thursday, May 14, 2020
4:00 pm – 4:45 pm  Open Session
4:45 pm – 5:15 pm  Dialogue with HLA alumni (optional)*

GOVERNANCE EVOLUTION

Recruiting, On-Boarding and Preparing Board Directors and Senior Executives in a Covid-19 Environment

How are organizations rethinking the way they attract, recruit, and retain their board members and senior executives to fit with the rapidly changing environment brought about by COVID-19?

Host: Michael Hartmann, Principal, The Directors College

Guest Panelists: Michelle Richard, Partner, Leader of Federal and Public Sector Practice, Boyden Global Executive Search and Roger Duguay, Global Practice Leader – CEO & Board Services, Boyden

Tuesday, May 19, 2020
4:00 pm – 4:45 pm  Open Session
4:45 pm – 5:15 pm  Dialogue with C.Dir.  alumni (optional)*

DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

Coaching for Success: A Workshop for EMBA Students and Alumni

Growing and achieving optimal performance through consistent feedback, coaching and mentoring.

Host: Milena Head, Academic Director, EMBA in Digital Transformation

Guest Panelists: Jennifer Collins, CEO & Managing Director, Hazell and Collins Associates, Greg McQueen, Co-Director, Health Leadership Academy and Martin Buckland, Executive Career Coach

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

HEALTHCARE FUTURES

How to Navigate a Complex Future: Lessons for Emerging Health Leaders

The Canadian health system is facing new challenges with the onset of COVID-19. As leaders look to weather the storm, Ontario’s healthcare system transformation has slowed. What are leaders doing to positively impact the system? What relevance will Ontario Health Teams (OHTs) have going forward?

Host: Michael Hartmann, Co-Director, Health Leadership Academy

Guest Panelists: Teresa Chan MD, Assistant Dean, Program for Faculty Development, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University and Bill Tholl, Senior Policy Advisor, Canadian Health Leadership Network

Thursday, May 21, 2020
4:00 pm – 4:45 pm  Open Session
4:45 pm – 5:15 pm  Dialogue with HLA alumni (optional)*

GOVERNANCE EVOLUTION

Re-imagining the Future of Work in a post COVID-19 World

The Covid-19 crisis has fast forwarded us to the Future of Work. It has changed how we work, where we work and how leaders lead. Will this forever transform work, workers and workplace?

Host: Michael Hartmann, Principal, The Directors College

Guest Panelists: Zabeen Hirji, Global Advisor, Future of Work, Deloitte and Leonard Waverman, Dean, DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University

Tuesday, May 26, 2020
4:00 pm – 4:45 pm  Open Session
4:45 pm – 5:15 pm  Dialogue with C.Dir.  alumni (optional)*

DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

Leveraging a Burning Platform: Innovation in a Time of Disruption

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many organizations to suddenly change their business models. How are innovative companies pivoting and leveraging this fast-changing environment and what lessons can be learnt about digital and change?

Host: Michael Hartmann, Executive Director, EMBA in Digital Transformation

Guest Panelists: Chris Bones, Chair & Co-Founder Good Growth Ltd and Mangala Rao-D’Sa, Vice President of Marketing, Innovation, and Supply Chain for Second Cup Coffee Canada

Wednesday, May 27, 2020
4:00 pm – 4:45 pm  Open Session
4:45 pm – 5:15 pm  Dialogue with C.Dir. & EMBA alumni (optional)*

HEALTHCARE FUTURES

Learning to Be Agile: Adopting a Strategic Foresight Approach in Healthcare

Leveraging foresight tools to develop plausible scenarios outlining how healthcare could evolve and the implications that need to be considered.

Host: Sean Park, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University

Guest Panelists: Sanjay Khanna, Futurist, Baker McKenzie and Zayna Khayat, Future Strategist, SE Health

Thursday, May 28, 2020
4:00 pm – 4:45 pm  Open Session
4:45 pm – 5:15 pm  Dialogue with HLA alumni (optional)*

GOVERNANCE EVOLUTION

Re-imagining Audit and Risk in Economic Uncertainty

COVID-19 has had a dramatic impact on the way boards assess organizational performance, risk and strategy. This session will explore how composition and committee structure – oversight, financial acumen, diversity of views – will help to develop an effective audit committee for the current environment and beyond.

Host: Michael Hartmann, Principal, The Directors College

Guest Panelists: Richard Leblanc, Professor, Law, Governance & Ethics, and Director, Masters in Financial Accountability Program, York University and Christine Williams, C.Dir., Chartered Director, Centennial College

Tuesday, June 2, 2020
4:00 pm – 4:45 pm  Open Session
4:45 pm – 5:15 pm  Dialogue with C.Dir.  alumni (optional)*

DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

The Creative Arts and Digital Transformation – Thriving and Surviving

COVID-19 is having an unprecedented impact on the music and entertainment industry across the globe. How are the artists behind the industry capturing the creative energy of the current moment and finding novel ways to make and showcase their work in a digital space? Could the pandemic mark a shift in the art world toward digital platforms?

Host: Michael Hartmann, Executive Director, EMBA in Digital Transformation

Guest Panelists: Jeff King, Chief Operating and Corporate Development Officer, SOCAN and Eric Lawrence, Co-Founder, Coalition Music and Canada’s Music Incubator

Wednesday, June 3, 2020
4:00 pm – 4:45 pm  Open Session
4:45 pm – 5:15 pm  Dialogue with C.Dir. & EMBA alumni (optional)*

HEALTHCARE FUTURES

Resilient Decision Making for a World post COVID-19

How can hardiness help us make more robust decisions under the uncertainty of the current environment?

Host:  Michael Hartmann, Co-Director, Health Leadership Academy

Guest Panelists: Eva Klein, Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University & Steven Stein, Founder & Executive Chairman, Multi-Health Systems

Thursday, June 4, 2020
4:00 pm – 4:45 pm  Open Session
4:45 pm – 5:15 pm  Dialogue with HLA alumni (optional)*

GOVERNANCE EVOLUTION

Crown Corporations – Governance Reflections from the Chair

In this session, two leading Crown Corporation Board Chairs will share their perspectives on our current environment and how it has impacted approaches to governance and effective board engagement.

Host: Michael Hartmann, Principal, The Directors College

Guest Panelists: Françoise Bertrand, Chair, Board of Directors, VIA Rail Canada and Douglas Harrison, Chair, Board of Directors, Canadian Commercial Corporation

Tuesday, June 9, 2020
4:00 pm – 4:45 pm  Open Session
4:45 pm – 5:15 pm  Dialogue with Crown Corporations network and C.Dir. alumni (optional)*

DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

Executive MBA – Story Exchange

Host: Michael Hartmann, Executive Director, EMBA in Digital Transformation

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

 

HEALTHCARE FUTURES

Re-imagining Home Care in a post-COVID-19 Environment

How do we design a better home care experience considering the growing demand, the future needs of older adults and funding and organizational constraints?

Host:  Greg McQueen, Co-Director, Health Leadership Academy

Guest Panelists: André Picard, Health columnist, The Globe and Mail & Shirlee Sharkey, President & CEO, SE Health

Thursday, June 11, 2020
4:00 pm – 4:45 pm  Open Session
4:45 pm – 5:15 pm  Dialogue with HLA alumni (optional)*

GOVERNANCE EVOLUTION

Not Your New Normal; Reflections on Director Development and Education post COVID-19

The webinar examines what great governance means in the post-COVID-19 world and how boards can achieve it. What will be the new topics, new best practices, and new challenges and responsibilities for boards?

Host: Michael Hartmann, Principal, The Directors College

Guest Panelists: Terry Goodtrack, C.Dir, President and CEO, The Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of Canada, Patrice Merrin, Independent Non-Executive Director, Glencore, and Kee Wong, Chair, The Australian Institute of Directors Innovation Committee

Tuesday, June 16, 2020
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm  Open Session
5:00 pm – 5:30 pm  Dialogue with C.Dir.  alumni (optional)*

DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

Lessons Learnt from the McMaster EMBA in Digital Transformation

Lessons learned in moving from a physical to a digital delivery in three weeks. Reflections on a live case study in Business Education.

Host: Gordon Pitts, author, public speaker and business journalist

Guest Panelists:  Michael Hartmann, Executive Director, EMBA in Digital Transformation and Milena Head, Academic Director, EMBA in Digital Transformation

Wednesday, June 17, 2020
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm  Open Session
5:00 pm – 5:30 pm  Dialogue with C.Dir. & EMBA alumni (optional)*

HEALTHCARE FUTURES

Not Your New Normal; Reflections on Collaborations Across Academic Silos

The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the need for integration and collaboration across silos. This final Collaboratorium session examines how McMaster University is working to bring its faculties together to examine and tackle today and tomorrow’s complex challenges.

Host:  Michael Hartmann, Co-Director, Health Leadership Academy

Guest Panelists: Susan Searls Giroux, Acting Provost and Vice-President Academic, McMaster University, Leonard Waverman, Dean, DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University, Ishwar Puri, Dean of Engineering, McMaster University, and John Kelton, Executive Director, Michael G. DeGroote Initiative for Innovation in Healthcare, McMaster University

Thursday, June 18, 2020
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm  Open Session
5:00 pm – 5:30 pm  Dialogue with HLA alumni (optional)*

GOVERNANCE EVOLUTION

Design & Foresight – New Strategic Tools for the Boardroom

This webinar examines how design methodologies and strategic foresight tools can help boards identify future scenarios, analyze the impacts of those futures on their key stakeholders, and make appropriate decisions today.

Host: Michael Hartmann, Principal, The Directors College

Guest Panelists: Karel Vredenburg, Director, Global Design Leadership & Academic Programs, IBM and Marianne Jackson, C-suite executive (CHRO) and executive consultant for public and non-public organizations in the Silicon Valley and Institute for the Future board member

Tuesday, Sept 29, 2020
4:00 pm – 4:45 pm  Open Session
4:45 pm – 5:15 pm  Dialogue with C.Dir.  alumni (optional)*

DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

The Story of High-Tech Value Creation Far from Silicon Valley

Is there a place for a high-tech innovation and unicorn-like value creation outside of major urban centers – whether in Atlantic Canada, rust-belt New York, or Northern Ontario?

Host: Michael Hartmann, Executive Director, EMBA in Digital Transformation

Guest Panelists:  Gordon Pitts, author, public speaker and business journalist and Brian Gallant, CEO, Canadian Centre for the Purpose of the Corporation, and former New Brunswick Premier

Wednesday, Sept 30, 2020
4:00 pm – 4:45 pm  Open Session
4:45 pm – 5:15 pm  Dialogue with C.Dir. & EMBA alumni (optional)*

HEALTHCARE FUTURES

Lessons Learned in Moving Health Education Online

This webinar outlines the key lessons learned from the medical education adaptations during the COVID-19 pandemic and examines how e-learning is used to support partners in developing economies.

Host:  Michael Hartmann, Co-Director, Health Leadership Academy

Guest Panelists: Teresa Chan, MD, Assistant Dean, Faculty Development, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University and Charles Prober, MD, Founding Executive Director, Stanford Center for Health Education, Senior Associate Vice Provost for Health Education, Stanford University

Thursday, Oct 1, 2020
4:00 pm – 4:45 pm  Open Session
4:45 pm – 5:15 pm  Dialogue with HLA alumni (optional)*

GOVERNANCE EVOLUTION

Coaching for Board Directors

An interactive panel discussion focusing on how and why board directors can leverage coaching to raise effectiveness in the boardroom and their own professional board profile.

Host: Michael Hartmann, Principal, The Directors College

Guest Panelists: Valerie Davis, Senior Executive Coach, Jenny Howe, Executive Coach and Facilitator, Michelle Richard, Partner, Leader of Federal and Public Sector Practice, Boyden Global Executive Search and Greg McQueen, Faculty, The Directors College

Tuesday, November 24, 2020
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

Adapting Your Board to the Digital Age

The challenges of digitally transforming your organization – what are the barriers and what role can your board play in supporting the change?

Host: Michael Hartmann, Executive Director, EMBA in Digital Transformation

Guest Panelists:  Rob Burgess, Chair of the Compensation Committee, NVIDIA and Rob Siegel, Lecturer in Management, Stanford Graduate School of Business

Wednesday, November 25, 2020
4:00 pm – 4:45 pm  Open Session
4:45 pm – 5:15 pm  Dialogue with C.Dir. & EMBA alumni (optional)*

HEALTHCARE FUTURES

From Academic Research to Business Commercialization: Two University Case Studies

Innovative approaches to transforming academic research into commercializable opportunities – two university case studies.

Host:  Michael Hartmann, Co-Director, Health Leadership Academy

Guest Panelists: Mike Steep, Founder & Executive Director, Disruptive Technology & Digital Cities Program, Stanford University, and  Maria Antonakos, Founder and Chief Operating Officer at Allarta Life Science Inc.

Thursday, November 26, 2020
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm  Open Session
5:00 pm – 5:30 pm  Dialogue with HLA alumni (optional)*

GOVERNANCE EVOLUTION

How Corporate Purpose is shaping the Corporate Governance Agenda 

During this interactive session, speakers will share key insights on corporate purpose and its impact on the board, balancing short-term goals and long-term vision, and building and supporting systemic change.

Host: Michael Hartmann, Principal, The Directors College

Guest Panelists: Louise Champoux-Paillé, Executive in Residence at John Molson School of Business, Member of the Order of Canada, National Order of Quebec, and Governor General Award, and Brian Gallant, CEO, Canadian Centre for the Purpose of the Corporation and former Premier of New Brunswick

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

GOVERNANCE EVOLUTION

How to Be an Effective Board Chair: A Global Exchange of Best Practices

This interactive session will examine what makes for an effective board chair, given the fluidity of technology, the rise of nontraditional risks, and industry dynamics of today’s environment. The session will provide a perspective from both North America and Europe.

Host: Michael Hartmann, Principal, The Directors College

Guest Panelists: Liselotte Engstam, Non-executive chairman & Board Director (Sweden) and David Brown, Co-Founder and Faculty, The Directors College (Canada)

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

Global Case Studies in Innovation Governance: An Australian & US Perspective

This webinar will explore how board directors and board associations in Australia and the US are seeking to educate and prepare board directors for asking the right questions, and understanding the answers around digital innovation and its risks.

Host: Michael Hartmann, Executive Director, EMBA in Digital Transformation

Guest Panelists:  Kee Wong, Chair, The Australian Institute of Directors Innovation Committee (Australia) and Bob Zukis, Conference Board ESG Center Fellow & Founder and CEO, Digital Directors Network and Professor, USC Marshall School of Business (USA)

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

HEALTHCARE FUTURES

The Transformation of Healthcare in a COVID and post-COVID Environment

This session will explore how the pandemic has disrupted and accelerated the drivers of change in healthcare. What are the short and long-term implications in care delivery – from primary to home and community care?

Host:  Michael Hartmann, Co-Director, Health Leadership Academy

Guest Panelists: David Price, Professor and Chair of the Department of Family Medicine, McMaster University and Shirlee Sharkey, President & CEO, SE Health

Thursday, January 28, 2021

GOVERNANCE EVOLUTION

Reflections on Inclusive Leadership: A First Nations Perspective

This session will be a fireside chat with the Assembly of First Nations, National Chief, Perry Bellegarde. Chief Bellegarde, who is also an alumni of the Directors College, will share his wisdom on why businesses need to be purpose-led and make the topic of ESG a key priority for the good of their stakeholders and for the good of the planet.

Host: Michael Hartmann, Principal, The Directors College

Guest Panelist: Perry Bellegarde, National Chief, Assembly of First Nations

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

Digital Transformation of Media, Sports & Music in a Post-COVID World

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many organizations to re-evaluate and change their business models. How are innovative organizations pivoting and leveraging this fast-changing environment and what lessons can be learnt about digital transformation and change within the media, sports and music industry?

Host: Michael Hartmann, Executive Director, EMBA in Digital Transformation

Guest Panelists: Jeff King, COO, SOCAN and Humza Teherany, CTO, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

GOVERNANCE EVOLUTION

What Boards and Executives Should Know about A.I. Risks and Opportunities

This interactive session will explore the real and emerging A.I. risks boards should be paying attention to and ensuring that a plan is in place for A.I. oversight.

Host: Michael Hartmann, Principal, The Directors College

Guest panelists: Carole Piovesan, Partner & Co-Founder, INQ Data Law and Lloyd Komori, C.Dir., Faculty at The Directors College, and former Chief Risk Officer, OPG

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

Incubating Innovation: The Role of Innovation Zones, Hubs and Parks in Creating Value

This interactive session will explore the role that innovation zones, hubs and parks can play in supporting the incubation of new business start-ups and the disruption of old business models.

Host: Michael Hartmann, Executive Director, EMBA in Digital Transformation

Guest Panelists: Ty Shattuck, CEO, McMaster Innovation Park and Steve Currie, former Chief Innovation Officer, Communitech and CEO Best Athletes

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

Digital Transformation of Financial Services in a Post-COVID World

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many organizations to re-evaluate and change their business models. How are innovative organizations pivoting and leveraging this fast-changing environment and what lessons can be learnt about digital transformation and change within the Financial Services Industry?

Host: Michael Hartmann, Executive Director, EMBA in Digital Transformation

Guest Panelists: Todd Roberts, Partner, Deloitte and Martin Wildberger, EVP, Innov. & Technology, RBC

Thursday, February 11, 2021

DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

The Disruptive Entrepreneur

This interactive session with serial entrepreneur Andreas Souvaliotis, will offer a frank and insightful discussion of the many challenges, pitfalls and obstacles confronting business start-ups navigating a world of disruption and rapid change. Andreas will share his many lessons drawn from both business successes and failures.

Host: Michael Hartmann, Executive Director, EMBA in Digital Transformation

Guest Panelist: Andreas Souvaliotis, founder of Carrot Rewards

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

GOVERNANCE EVOLUTION

Navigating Disruption: An Insider’s Perspective on Governance in the Arts and Culture Sector

Drawing on the experiences, stories and insights of our two panelists, the session will explore the multiple challenges confronting today’s board directors offering tips on how directors can help their organizations survive in times of rapid change and disruption.

Host: Michael Hartmann, Principal, The Directors College

Guest Panelists: John Tusa former head of BBC World Service and Suzanne Guèvremont, CBC/Radio-Canada Director

Tuesday, March 16, 2021
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm ET Open Session
5:00 pm – 5:30 pm ET Dialogue with Directors College and EMBA students and alumni (optional)*

LOOKING BACK TO LOOK FORWARD - AN EXCLUSIVE FACULTY AND ALUMNI EVENT

Join our Principal, Michael Hartmann, as he reconnects with some of his webinar guests from the past 12 months on what may have changed since their last conversation including their predictions on what a post-COVID world might mean for Directors and their Boards.   Join us to hear insights from our community of informed experts:

  • Board Skills and Recruitment Michelle Richard – Senior Partner, Boyden Global Executive Search
  • Corporate Purpose Brian Gallant – CEO, Canadian Centre for Corporate Purpose
  • Cyber Risk Lloyd Komori – Professional Board Director, Former CRO, and Cyber Risk Authority
  • Environmental Social Governance (ESG) Coro Strandberg – President, Strandberg Consulting
  • Executive and Board Compensation – Christopher Chen – Managing Director, Compensation Governance Partners
  • Virtual Boards Michael Hartmann – Principal, The Directors College

We are also eager to hear your thoughts and experiences on these important topics during facilitated breakout sessions.

Enjoy the opportunity to network with faculty, alumni, and guests at this special end of term event.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm ET Speakers and Breakouts
7:00 pm – 7:30 pm ET Open Networking (optional)

GOVERNANCE EVOLUTION

The Impact of the Acceleration of Disruptive Technologies on Business Leaders and Boards

This webinar will explore the acceleration of disruptive technologies (i.e. supply chain logistics, e-commerce, cyber/data integrity, work from home) over the past 24 months, the ensuing opportunities and risks, and key impacts to business leaders and board directors.  Join us to hear research from the Stanford Global Projects Center and insights for moving forward strategically.

Host: Michael Hartmann – Principal, The Directors College

Guest Panelist: Michael Steep – Executive Director, The Disruptive Technologies and Digital Cities (DTDC) Program, Stanford University Global Projects Center

Wednesday, April 13, 2022 

5:30-6:15pm (EDT)  Discussion
6:15-6:30pm (EDT)  Dialogue with C.Dir. & EMBA Alumni 

GOVERNANCE EVOLUTION

Facilitating Collaboration: Helping Board Directors Bridge Differences to Solve Tough Problems

This session will feature insights from Adam Kahane, an author and global expert on collaboration processes who has worked with a multitude of stakeholders in more than fifty countries on their most intractable challenges. Join us to learn about transformative facilitation, a structured approach for addressing complex and problematic situations, and how to work with your board to remove obstacles, bridge differences, and move forward.

Host: Michael Hartmann – Principal, The Directors College

Guest Panelist: Adam Kahane – Leading architect, organizer, and facilitator of collaboration processes, Author, and Director at Reos Partners

Bonus: The first 30 people to register will receive a free e-copy of Adam Kahane’s most recent publication “Facilitating Breakthrough: How to Remove Obstacles, Bridge Differences and Move Forward Together”

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 

5:30-6:15pm (EDT) Formal Discussion
6:15-6:30pm (EDT) Open Dialogue with C.Dir. & EMBA Alumni