BOARD EXCELLENCE PROGRAM

Welcome!

The Board Excellence Advanced Good Governance Certificate Program will run in 2023-24 with a hybrid delivery model using webinars AND in-person elective sessions (at the 2023 Higher Education Summit). 

Advanced Good Governance (AGG) 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.

2023-24 Program Year

  • Click here to read AGG FAQ.
  • 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 (GG) in their first year, and Advanced Good Governance (AGG) 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 - Winter term

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:


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

Live:
Tuesday, March 12 (8:30 am - 10:00 am)

Recording:
Available by video-on-demand following the live session.

Click here to register (for either the live session OR video recording).


Virtual meeting: Risk management: part two – scenarios
Leveraging a series of scenarios, 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:


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

Virtual, interactive session (choose just ONE date):

Click here to register for: Tuesday, April 9, 2024 (8:30 am - 10:30 am)

OR

Click here to register for: Thursday, April 18, 2024 (3:00 pm - 5:00 pm)

This virtual session will be highly interactive. Participants must attend this live session to receive the credit. This session will not be recorded.

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

NOTE: All webinar recordings are available for viewing until April 30. No access will be available after that time. 

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:


Marketa Evans, President & CEO, Colleges Ontario

Live:
Thursday, September 21, 2023 (10:30 am)

Recording:
Available by video-on-demand following the live session.

Click here to register (for either the live session OR video recording).


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

Live:
Tuesday, September 26, 2023 (10:30 am)

Recording:
Available by video-on-demand following the live session.

Click here to register (for either the live session OR video recording)

 

Webinar: Internal governors' workshop
The Ontario college sector has a legislated governance model that includes the election of internal governors. This unique role on the Board of Governors will be explored in this session, providing a deeper understanding of the governance role for internal governors, your roles and responsibilities, and how to engage with various stakeholders. Join this session to be more fully prepared for your responsibilities as a board member, while remaining a college employee or student. This session may be attended by internal governors (support staff, faculty, administrative, student) and board staff. 

Facilitator:


Graham Lloyd, CEO, College Employer Council

Live:
Wednesday, October 18, 2023 (2:30 pm)

Recording:
Available by video-on-demand following the live session.

Click here to register (for either the live session OR video recording).

Virtual round table: Student governors' orientation
In this special networking and learning opportunity, join together with student governors and begin to explore the unique issues student governors face as they contribute at the board table. A past student governor will share their experience as well! This session will also prepare you for attendance at the Higher Education Summit.
This session is only available to student governors and provides one elective credit toward the AGG Certificate.

Facilitator:


Graham Lloyd, CEO, College Employer Council

Live:
November 7, 2023 (12:00 pm)

Click here to register.

This session will not be recorded.

In-person at Higher Education Summit: 
Student governors' orientation and networking

In this special networking opportunity, join together with student governors while exploring the unique issues student governors face as they contribute at the board table. Students will then proceed to the Welcome pre-conference reception. This session is only available to student governors.

This session is complimentary and not for credit.

Facilitator:


Graham Lloyd, CEO, College Employer Council

Saturday, November 25, 2023

3:45 pm - 4:30 pm

Please visit the 2023 Higher Education Summit registration page to register for this session. 

In-person at Higher Education Summit
Governance essentials: What the Chair needs to know

Building on good governance practices, this session will help to equip new, and seasoned, chairs and vice-chairs on the key skills, practices, roles, and responsibilities for college board leadership.

Participants must have completed at least one year on their college board. 

Sunday, November 26, 2023

9:00 am - 11:30 am

Please visit the 2023 Higher Education Summit registration page to register for these sessions.

In-person at Higher Education Summit

2023 options for elective concurrent sessions:

The diversity, equity and inclusion "E-volution"
Presenter: Priya Bates, Communications professional, Inner Strength Communication Inc.

Next-level teamwork
Presenter:
Tim Arnold, President, Leaders for Leaders

Storytelling as a leadership skill
Presenter: Mark Weber,
Eyton Director & Professor, Conrad School of Entrepreneurship and Business, University of Waterloo

Please visit the 2023 Higher Education Summit registration page to register for these sessions.

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

Live: Thursday, February 1, 2024 (12:00 pm - 1:30 pm)

Recorded:
Available by video-on-demand following the live session.

Click here to register (for either the live session OR video recording). 



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.

Facilitator:


Sanjay Puri, CPA, CMA, VP Administration & CFO
Humber College

Live:
Tuesday, February 27, 2024 (1:30 pm - 3:00 pm)

Recorded:
Available by video-on-demand following the live session.

Click here to register (for either the live session OR video recording).