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Working with the CEO of tomorrow: What boards need to know

With the acceleration of change in today’s world, companies can no longer operate with incremental improvement. Successful companies need leaders who think non-traditionally, see opportunity with every challenge and push the boundaries. Boards play a crucial role in the selection and assessment of leadership with an eye on what the future may hold.

Event details:
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. (ET)

Join us and fellow board members as we have an interactive discussion on:

  • Core capabilities needed for today’s successful CEO
  • Best practices used to attract and assess incumbent CEOs
  • How traditional models no longer apply
  • How management teams are re-organizing to deal with new market environments
  • How boards can better prepare themselves for succession planning and the next wave of leadership within their organization.


  • Suzanne B. Labarge
    Corporate Director of Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc., and XL Group plc. Former Vice Chairman and Chief Risk Officer, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC Financial Group)

  • Ken Favaro
    Strategy& Senior Partner (based in New York) and co-author of the publication Study of CEOs, governance and successes: The value of getting CEO succession right

  • Gino Scapillati
    Vice Chair of PwC Canada and member of the PwC Global Governance Board

  • Stephen Mill
    President, Robert Half Executive Search (Canada)


  • Alodie Brew
    PwC Partner and DirectorConnect Program Leader

Tax Transparency — What directors need to know

Join PwC and our panel of experts including special guest director, The Honourable John Manley, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Council of Chief Executives on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 from 3:00pm - 4:00pm (ET) as we discuss tax transparency and what it means for your organization.

There has been great public interest in how much tax large companies pay and whether companies are paying “the right amount” of tax in Canada. Transparency around tax policy and tax payments is receiving greater attention from a range of stakeholders, including civil society organizations, media, the public and government. With the debate heating up, tax has never been a bigger priority for directors and management as they recognize the significant reputational and financial risks for a company if they're perceived as not paying enough tax.

Join us for an interactive webinar with live Q&A as we discuss:

  • PwC's report Total Tax Contribution: Surveying the Canadian Council of Chief Executives
  • The board's role in understanding tax strategy and mitigating tax risk

This webinar is intended for:

  • Corporate directors
  • Others interested in tax strategy

CPD credits offered.*

Audit Committee Connect: Bridging the generation gap — How to engage your multi-generational workforce and customers

Around the world, companies are experiencing a dramatic change in the makeup of their employees and their corporate culture.

Baby boomers are living and working longer than ever, leaving little room for Gen X to move up the corporate ladder. At the same time, Millennials are entering the workforce in huge numbers, they have different expectations and demand perks from their employers that previous generations wouldn’t dream of.

In a world where good talent can be hard to find, how can boards and management bridge the generation gap, cater to employees needs and understand customers’ changing expectations?

Join your fellow board members and executive teams as our panel of experts discusses:

  • The evolution of the multi-generational workplace – Why can’t we all just get along?
  • The challenges of recruiting and retaining employees from a widening range of ages.
  • Practical insights on how leading organizations are bridging the generation gap, leading to competitive advantages.

Keynote speaker:

Then take a deep dive into the purchasing habits of the Millennial generation with our keynote speaker Derek Thompson, a Senior Editor of The Atlantic and adjunct professor at the Columbia Journalism School. In his keynote Is there an app for that? Consumer habits of the Millennial Generation you’ll learn what corporations should do to target this slippery demographic and get in front of the technology driven, informed and connected Millennials.

* This event is open to both directors and c-suite executives.

Regional dates 2014:

  • Vancouver — April 1
    Terminal City Club
    9:00 a.m. — 12:30 p.m. (PT)

  • Calgary — April 2
    Fairmont Palliser
    7:30 a.m. — 10:30 a.m. (MT)

  • Edmonton — April 3
    The Westin Edmonton
    7:30 a.m. — 10:30 a.m. (MT)

  • Toronto — April 15
    The National Club
    1:00 p.m. — 4:00 p.m. (ET)

Explore our event materials. Click here.

Audit Committee Connect: The power of data — How information management will transform business

Data analytics are already transforming the way businesses are making strategic decisions. Public and private companies in all industries are using their data to give them a competitive advantage and insights about their customers. While the concept of Big Data is not new, the massive volumes of information and the sophisticated tools to organize, manage, and analyze it are and the implications for those charged with oversight are significant.

Join us, your Audit Committee peers, our panel of experts and key note speaker Jer Thorp as we discuss:

  • The evolution of information management and the Big Data revolution;
  • Leading industries and how they’re using their data to stay competitive;
  • How Big Data may impact your organization and internal audit function; and
  • The key challenges, risks and ethics to consider when overseeing how your company harnesses its data.

Keynote speaker:

Jer Thorp is an artist and educator from Vancouver, Canada, currently living in New York. Coming from a background in genetics, his digital art practice explores the many-folded boundaries between science, data, art, and culture. Jer is an adjunct Professor in New York University’s ITP program, and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Design Innovation. From 2010-2012, Jer was the Data Artist in Residence at The New York Times.

Video Playlist: Audit Committee Connect - Cloud Computing

April 2013

Audit Committee Connect
The cloud and IT risks — Silver lining, or storms ahead?

Examining the business opportunities and uncertainties of cloud computing and IT for audit committees and the companies they oversee.

In today's environment of cost containment, it's no surprise that companies are turning to the cloud. With servers, applications and email, the cloud seems to have it all. Supporters say that it replaces the need for companies to maintain their own separate (and costly) IT infrastructure. Substantial savings, instant access and scalability can sound almost too good to be true. Are we trading data security and integrity for cost savings?

Directors in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto found out in April 2013 when they attended Audit Committee Connect’s spring session which included a panel of cloud and security experts, and keynote speaker Practical Futurist, Michael Rogers.


  • James Lambe, Canadian Director, Google Enterprise
  • Philip Grosch, Partner, Management and Technology Consulting Leader, PwC
  • Salim Hasham, Partner, Cyber Resilience and Information Security, PwC

Keynote speaker:

  • Michael Rogers, Practical Futurist, The New York Times Company and MSNBC

To view the presentation slides from this session, please click here.

Also be sure to also read our Top 10 questions directors should ask about cloud computing.