BOARD EXCELLENCE PROGRAM

COVID-19 Update: The Board Excellence Program will run in 2020/21 with a modified delivery model that will use virtual learning experiences. For this year only, there will be no in-person events. 

Advanced Good Governance Certificate

Building on Good Governance, this certificate program deepens the knowledge and understanding of college governance, within the college context. This is the second certificate to be completed.

2020-21 Program Year

  • Ontario college Board of Governors and board staff are welcome to attend any session to gain the accreditation, or to simply enhance professional development as needed.
  • Participants typically complete Good Governance in their first year, and Advanced Good Governance in their second year. However, there is no set time frame in which to complete these certificates.
  • Click here for information about the Good Governance Certificate.

For more information, please contact Diane Posterski, Program Manager.

ADVANCED GOOD GOVERNANCE CERTIFICATE

Requirements:
  • completion of Good Governance Certificate, AND
  • two Mandatory Risk Management sessions (Parts one and two) AND
  • completion of three electives

MANDATORY SESSIONS

Pre-recorded Webinar: Risk management: part one – key principles (90 min)
Participants will build their knowledge and understanding about the board’s role in 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.

Facilitators:

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

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

Participants must register for one of these sessions:

Oct. 8 (2:00 pm)
Oct. 20 (10:00 am)
Oct. 29 (12:00 pm)
Nov. 24 (8:30 am)

Click here to register

Live Stream: Risk management: part two – case studies (90 min)
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.

Facilitators:

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

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

Participants must register for one of these sessions:

Nov. 27
one of two options:

OPTION 1
8:30 am – 10:00 am
Click here to register for OPTION 1

OR

OPTION 2
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Click here to register for OPTION 2

This session will be interactive and require you to have access to the Zoom platform. Full details are available on the session registration site.

ELECTIVE SESSIONS for ADVANCED GOOD GOVERNANCE:
Minimum of three (3) sessions is required.

Student governors workshop – live stream (90 min)
Strongly recommended for all student governors
This session will help student governors grow in their role through this virtual learning and networking opportunity. The session will explore the unique issues student governors face and how they can contribute at the board table. This session is available only to student governors.

Facilitator:

Graham Lloyd, CEO, College Employer Council

Sept. 29

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Click here to register

Pre-recorded webinar: The college system – an introduction (60 min)
Join this session to better understand the context for the college system as a whole. Current key issues will be discussed, along with the challenges and opportunities ahead, and the strategic priorities for the system. College governors and college leaders will gain a critical appreciation for the sector in which their college operates, and its strategic role in the province.

Facilitator:

Linda Franklin, President & CEO, Colleges Ontario

Participants may register for one of these sessions in 2020:

Sept. 17 (12:00 pm)
Sept. 22 (8:30 am)
Oct. 1 (2:00 pm)
Oct. 13 (10:30am)

Click here to register

Pre-recorded webinar: Labour and employee relations – an introduction (60 min)
The College Employer Council (CEC) provides system leadership on labour and employee relations in the Ontario college sector. Join this session to better understand the role of CEC, collective bargaining across the system, managing with collective agreements, and the legislative frameworks.

Facilitator:

Graham Lloyd, CEO, College Employer Council

Participants may register for one of these sessions in 2020:

Sept. 17 (2:00 pm)
Sept. 22 (10:30 am)
Oct. 1 (12:00 pm)
Oct. 13 (8:30am)

Click here to register

 

Pre-recorded webinar: College financial leadership (90 min)
Financial leadership is critical to both boards of governors, and senior college administrators. This session will highlight good governance practices around financial leadership, key components of revenue and expenditures, financial health indicators, the current financial status of the college system and the influence of the province on college financial matters.
Within the financial context, this session will also integrate good governance concepts, the importance of understanding legislation, regulations, risk management and fiduciary duties and standard of care, along with strong financial oversight.

Four (4) dates will be offered in January through April 2021 and will be confirmed by November 15, 2020.

Pre-recorded webinar: Understanding college financial statements (90 min)
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 when reading the financial statements
  • reporting of financials to key internal and external stakeholders
  • upcoming “GAAP” changes for college financial statements

Facilitators:

Robert Wilkes, CPA, CA, Partner, BDO Canada LLP

Marcus Sconci, CPA, CA, Partner, BDO Canada LLP

Four (4) dates will be offered in January through April 2021 and will be confirmed by November 15, 2020.

Pre-recorded webinar: Charting the course to confident decision making (60 min)
Drawing from lived experience, Karen will take participants on a leadership journey that uncovers the essentials of confident decision-making, extending beyond frameworks and tools to focus on the internal shifts necessary to move into a place of confidence as a leader. Join in as Karen illustrates what it takes to embrace responsibility, build trust, attract buy-in, and know when you have done "enough" – enough consultation, information-gathering, and contingency planning to move forward on a decision with confidence.

Facilitator:

Karen Creditor, President and CEO, OCAS

Four (4) dates will be offered in January through April 2021 and will be confirmed by November 15, 2020.

Pre-recorded webinar: Getting to know the CAAT Pension Plan (60 min)
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.

Facilitator:

Derek Dobson, CEO and Plan Manager, CAAT Pension Plan

Four (4) dates will be offered in January through April 2021 and will be confirmed by November 15, 2020.