KPMG Provides Guidance for Audit Committees During COVID-19

Our National Strategic Partner KPMG provide guidance on key considerations that audit committees should navigate the pandemic. The  mandate of the audit committee includes critical items to be considered during the COVID-19 outbreak. These include: financial reporting, oversight of external audit, internal control over financial reporting, information technology including cyber risk, oversight of internal audit and oversight of taxation matters.

Read the full guide here: How audit committees can respond to COVID-19

An Essay by Stikeman: What Will Life be Like on the Other Side of COVID‑19?

In this essay, a group of Stikeman Elliott partners have collected some of early thoughts on the challenges and opportunities that may emerge as a result of the global pandemic.

Read the full essay here: This To Shall Pass

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP: 2019 Diversity Disclosure Practices report

In this fifth annual report on gender diversity disclosure practices of TSX-listed companies, Osler highlighted the achievement of some key benchmarks and for the first time showcase examples of excellence in disclosure. The report also includes a sampling of best practices in fostering greater gender diversity disclosed by leading Canadian companies.

Read the full report here: 2019 Diversity Disclosure Practices

Building Better Boards

In partnership with Stikeman Elliott LLP and Global Governance Advisors, our Founder and CEO Deborah Rosati, developed this handbook as a tool to identify the characteristics of high-performing boards and insights to develop strategies for improving board stewardship and decision-making.

Read the full guide here: Building Better Boards

Planning Your Board Career

Backgrounder: Women Get On Board partnered with Stikeman Elliott to develop this guide to provide you with a few tools to assist you in getting your first corporate board position. Getting yourself board-ready is a journey that requires you to identify your skills, experience and the value you bring to a board –  much like getting a job!

We hope you find the tools in this guide helpful as you embark on your board journey.

Read the updated guide here (June 2019): Planning Your Board Career

BMO Bank of Montreal: 2018 Canadian Board Composition Study

Our National Strategic Partner, BMO Bank of Montreal, published the latest edition of insights from their annual study reviewing board composition and trends.

Read the full study here: 2018 Canadian Board Composition Study

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP: 2018 Diversity Disclosure Practices report

Our Founding Corporate Partner, Osler Hoskin & Harcourt has issued their fourth annual report on diversity disclosure practices. Along with their survey results, this report highlights notable developments over the past year affecting gender diversity both in Canada and internationally, and offers some examples of best practices for improving gender diversity among boards and executive teams.

Read the full report here: 2018 Diversity Disclosure Practices

CPA Canada Director Briefing: Stakeholder Engagement

Stakeholder Engagement – What is it? How can it benefit your organization? And what role should the board plan in it?  The answers to these questions, plus a sample stakeholder engagement policy, can be found in the briefing. Authored by Andrew McDougall of Osler Hoskin & Harcourt and Josh Pekarsky of Longview Communications.

Read the full briefing here: Stakeholder Engagement