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Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries (CSCS) Excellence in Governance Awards (EGs) short list announced

26 May 2014

TORONTO, May 26, 2014 – The Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries (“CSCS”) is pleased to announce the shortlist for the second annual Excellence in Governance Awards/Prix d’excellence en gouvernance (EGs).

Around 60 nominations were received this year from organizations across all sectors and the shortlisted nominees, organized by category, are presented below:

Best sustainability, ethics and environmental governance program

  • ATB Financial
  • Bombardier Inc
  • BMO Financial Group
  • Hydro Ottawa

Best use of technology in governance, risk and compliance

  • Bombardier Inc
  • Royal Bank of Canada

Best approach to board and committee support

  • Sun Life Financial
  • First West Credit Union
  • ATB Financial
  • Central West Community Care Access Centre

Best stakeholder engagement by a governance team

  • Royal Bank of Canada
  • Bombardier Inc
  • BMO Financial Group
  • Veridian Connections Inc.
  • Sun Life Financial

Best practices to enhance boardroom diversity

  • Royal Bank of Canada
  • Canada Council for the Arts
  • Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. MTS Allstream

Best practices in strategic planning, oversight and value creation by the board

  • Certified Management Accountants of Ontario (CMA Ontario)
  • ATB Financial
  • Deloitte LP
  • Royal Bank of Canada

Best overall corporate governance

  • Royal Bank of Canada
  • TransCanada Corporation
  • BC Cancer Foundation
  • Encana Corporation
  • Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. MTS Allstream
  • Tim Hortons Inc.

CSCS would like to acknowledge the contribution of the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association (CCCA) to the shortlisting judging. We thank the following individuals who volunteered a considerable amount of time and effort in reviewing the submissions: 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, Sheldon Stener, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Federated Co-operatives Limited, Terri Uhrich, Vice President, Legal Affairs, K+S Potash Canada and judging facilitator Brendan Sheehan, Founder and President, The Illawong Group.

The final award winners 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 experts from across Canada and include:

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.

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.

For further information:
Lynn Beauregard, President
255-55 St. Clair Avenue West
Phone: 416-921-5449 / 1-800-774-2850, Ext 306



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