BOARD EXCELLENCE PROGRAM

Board members and board staff are welcome to attend any session to gain the accreditation, or to simply enhance professional development as needed.

Please click here to download the Board Excellence Program Brochure.

Certification Requirements

For those interested in achieving a certificate, there are two levels of accreditation. 

Good Governance Certificate

Required:

  • Completion of two sessions: Board Orientation and Good Governance
    Attendance is required for these in-person sessions, held prior to the annual Higher Education Summit (HES).  

Advanced Good Governance Certificate

Required:

  • Completion of the Good Governance Certificate
  • Introduction to Risk Management – Parts One and Two
  • Three (3) additional elective credits

See Program Summary for available options. Attendance is required for in-person sessions held prior to, and during, the annual Higher Education Summit (HES).

Program Summary

Board Excellence Program Summary

Session Title

Good Governance (GG)

Advanced Good Governance (AGG)

Good Governance
In-person, pre-conference,
Higher Education Summit
November 30, 2019 
9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Mandatory

Mandatory

Board Orientation
In-person, pre-conference,
Higher Education Summit
December 1, 2019
8:00 am – 11:30 am

Risk Management – Part one: Key principles
In-person: pre-conference,
Higher Education Summit
December 1, 2019
8:00 am – 9:30 am

 

Risk Management – Part two: Case studies
In-person: pre-conference,
Higher Education Summit
December 1, 2019
9:45 am – 11:15 am

Student governor workshop
In-person, pre-conference, Higher Education Summit
December 1, 2019
4:00 pm – 6:30 pm

 

Elective

3 additional credits

Duties and obligations of governors
Webinar: October 1, 8:00 am – 9:30 am, or
October 15, 2019
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

The college system and introduction to collective bargaining
Webinars: October 24, 2019
8:00 am – 9:30 am, or
October 29, 2019
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Conducting difficult conversations
In-person: Higher Education Summit
December 1, 2019 3:45 pm – 5:00 pm

NEW: The power of healthy tension – overcome chronic issues and
conflicting values
In-person: Higher Education Summit
December 2, 2019
9:15 am – 10:15 am

NEW: Creativity as an essential 21st century work and life skill
In-person: Higher Education Summit
December 2, 2019
10:45 am – 11:45 am

Getting to know the CAAT Pension Plan
Webinars: February 28, 2020
8:00 am – 9:00 am or
March 4, 2020
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Understanding college financial statements
Webinars: January 29, 2020
8:00 am – 9:30 am, or
February 4, 2020
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

College financial leadership
Webinars: January 8, 2020
8:00 am – 9:30 am, or
January 16, 2020
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Schedule & Registration

Simply contact your Board of Governors Executive Assistant to complete registration in any of the sessions listed below, according to your level of certification.

All webinars are offered twice to accommodate schedules and are 90 minutes in duration, unless noted otherwise. Registration is required for just ONE of the sessions. 

Fall Sessions

Session Title

Session Description 

Presenters

Registration Details 

Duties and obligations of governors Elective (AGG) This session gives an overview of the roles of the board, the general and specific legal duties of governors, personal liability for corporate acts and omissions and provides a brief overview of risk management and indemnification. Conflict of interest and the board’s role regarding the new Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act (Supporting Survivors and Challenging Sexual Violence and Harassment) will also be discussed.

Victoria Prince, Incorporated Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais

Daniel J. Michaluk, Partner, Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP

Webinar

October 1, 2019 (8am) and October 15, 2019 (noon)

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The college system and introduction to collective bargaining

Elective (AGG)

The first part of this session provides the context for the system as a whole, including a brief history of the system and the impacts of higher education. It looks at the current key issues, the challenges and opportunities ahead and the strategic priorities for the system and Colleges Ontario’s role vis-à-vis these system issues and priorities.

The second part of the session provides an introduction to the roles and responsibilities of the College Employer Council and to collective bargaining for the college system.

Linda Franklin, President & CEO, Colleges Ontario and Graham Lloyd, CEO, College Employer Council

Webinar

October 24, 2019 (8am) and October 29, 2019 (noon)

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Good Governance Mandatory (GG) This highly interactive workshop is designed for board members, board staff, senior management and senior middle management likely to work with boards. The session will provide a greater understanding of good governance principles and concepts and roles and responsibilities of board members. Participants have the opportunity to engage and learn from each other and gain a greater appreciation of the perspectives and value each governor brings to the governing process. They will also gain a greater appreciation of the role of board staff.

Victoria Prince, Incorporated Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais 
Catherine M. Raso, President, CMR Consulting

In-person, pre-conference, 
Higher Education Summit

November 30, 2019, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

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Breakfast available 8 a.m. - 9 a.m.

Lunch will also be provided.

Board Orientation Mandatory (GG) New board members and board staff want to make a contribution to the vibrancy of their boards. Through this session, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the relationships of the college board between the president, board chair and other board members and will strategize on how to contribute to -- or facilitate -- a healthy and smart dialogue at board meetings. It is also an opportunity for each person to initiate his/her personal governance professional development plan and discuss his/her legacy to their college’s board.

Victoria Prince, Incorporated Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais Catherine M. Raso, President, CMR Consulting

In-person, pre-conference,
Higher Education Summit

December 1, 2019, 8:00 am – 11:30 am

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Breakfast available 7 a.m. - 8 a.m.

Risk Management – Part One

Key Principles

Mandatory (AGG)

External experts will discuss the board’s role in the oversight of the risk management function, the key principles of effective risk oversight, and ways to ensure appropriate alignment of an organization’s strategy and its risk.

Sarah Dionne, Senior Manager, Enterprise Risk Practice, MNP LLP 
Philip Racco, Senior Manager, Enterprise Risk Practice, MNP LLP

In-person, pre-conference, 
Higher Education Summit

December 1, 2019, 8:00 am – 9:30 am

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Breakfast available 7 a.m. - 8 a.m.

Risk Management – Part Two

Case Studies

Mandatory (AGG)

Leveraging a series of case studies, delegates will put into practice the key risk management concepts learned in part one. Real-life college examples and discussions with board members from across the sector will enhance the learning experience.

In-person, pre-conference, Higher Education Summit

December 1, 2019, 9:45 am – 11:15 am

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Conducting Difficult Conversations

Elective (AGG)

Having difficult conversations is a critical leadership skill. Participants will learn how to have effective conversations that reduce stress, build relationships and resolve conflict. 

Tracy Cocivera, National Practice Leader, Knightsbridge

In-person, Higher Education Summit

December 1, 2019, 3:45 pm – 5:00 pm

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Student Governor Workshop Elective (AGG)

Student Governors are not only actively pursuing their goals in the college academic setting, but they have been also been elected to serve as a governor for a one-year period. The purpose of this workshop is to provide student governors with a learning and networking opportunity to further their growth in their new role. Areas covered will include:

• Unique issues that student governors face and how to address them.

• Equality at the board table, how can I contribute?

• Lessons learned from former student governors

This session is open only to student governors.

In-person, pre-conference,
Higher Education Summit

December 1, 2019, 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm

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Dinner will be provided.

The Power of Healthy Tension

Elective (AGG)

This session examines how leaders can embrace conflicting views in ways that manage tensions and provide a competitive advantage.

Tim Arnold, President, Leaders for Leaders

In-person, Higher Education Summit

December 2, 2019, 9:15 am – 10:15 am

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Creativity as an essential 21st century life skill

Elective (AGG)

This session will provide participants with proven principles and strategies to promote creativity and creative problem solving, which many experts say is fundamental to professional success.

Gerard J. Puccio, Department Chair and Professor, Buffalo State - The State University of New York

In-person, Higher Education Summit

December 2, 2019, 10:45 am – 11:45 am

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Winter Sessions

Session Title

Session Description 

Presenters

Registration Details 

College financial leadership

Elective (AGG)

This webinar will provide guidance on the role of the Board and good governance practices it may adopt around financial leadership. The components of revenue and expenditures will be discussed along with financial health indicators, the current financial status of the college system and the influence of the province on college financial matters.

 

This session will also touch on legislation, regulations, risk management and fiduciary duties and standard of care. While these areas are covered in more detail in other CCBE sessions, this webinar will illustrate how, ultimately, all of these matters overlap one another and the need for Board members to have some understanding of them in a financial context.

Webinar, January 8, 2020 (8am) and January 16, 2020 (noon)

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Understanding college financial statements

Elective (AGG)

Financial statements provide critical information on a college’s financial health and its ability to pursue and achieve its strategic objectives. This session will provide an introduction for board members, board staff and senior managers on:

  • Basic components of financial statements
  • Financial statement objectives
  • Generally Accepted Accounting Principles “GAAP” for colleges
  • Role of senior management and boards vis-à-vis financial statements
  • What to focus on in the financial statements i.e. key things to look for
  • Reporting of financials to key internal and external stakeholders 
  • Upcoming “GAAP” changes for college financial statements

Webinar, January 29, 2020 (8am) and February 4, 2020 (noon)

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Getting to know the CAAT Pension Plan

Elective (AGG)

In a recent survey of nearly 1,000 CAAT Pension Plan members, 80 per cent of respondents indicated that a workplace pension was an important or somewhat important factor in their decision to join their college employer.

 

Pensions are important and this webinar session will examine the CAAT Pension Plan, its governance structure, investment performance and the economic and demographic headwinds facing the Plan.

Webinar, February 28, 2020 (8am-9am) and March 4, 2020 (noon-1pm)

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