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Rick George: Give people the tools and cut them loose

In The Director’s Chair with David W. Anderson: As a former CEO and a boardroom veteran, Rick George knows that fundamentals count—and that tough questions can have simple answers
June 5th, 2014

If the oilsands have a face, it belongs to Richard “Rick” George, who stepped down as CEO of Suncor Energy Inc. in 2012, after 21 years in office. But that’s only one narrative line in George’s story. He’s enjoyed a … Continue reading

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William Etherington: Boards’ last blind spots: themselves

In The Director’s Chair with David W. Anderson: Recruitment may be professionalized, and diversity is taking hold, but when it comes to accountability, William Etherington says boards still have a ways to go
April 21st, 2014

As a director and now chairman of the board at Celestica Inc., where he’s sat since 2001, William Etherington personifies continuity of leadership. Celestica itself started as a spinoff from IBM Canada, where Etherington was CEO for a number of … Continue reading

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Eira Thomas: Engage early and often

In The Director’s Chair with David W. Anderson: Eira Thomas, storied geologist turned founder, director, CEO and chair, says sharp stakeholder relations and smart governance are making winners in mining today
February 26th, 2014

Eira Thomas burst onto the Canadian mining scene in the 1990s, leading the Aber Resources Ltd. field exploration team that discovered the Diavik diamond project pipes in the Northwest Territories. By the time Diavik went into production in 2003, as … Continue reading

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John Manley: The new multi-stakeholder reality

In The Director’s Chair with David W. Anderson: As a former inner-circle federal cabinet minister, John Manley knows how government makes decisions. Similar thinking, he says, is needed in the corporate world
December 16th, 2013

John Manley, deputy prime minister under Jean Chrétien, says he’s learned a lot in the 10 years he’s been working on corporate boards since leaving politics— particularly in his time as a director at Canadian Pacific Railway prior to the … Continue reading

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Gary Colter: Setting the bar high—where it belongs

In The Director’s Chair with David W. Anderson: No matter what the business, director Gary Colter says there’s no excuse for boards to cling to dated, inefficient and ineffective modes of governance
September 16th, 2013

As a member of the dissident slate of directors that shareholders voted into power in the gripping Canadian Pacific Railway proxy battle of 2012, Gary Colter has had a front row seat for recent debates over directors’ duties and effective … Continue reading

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Robert Monks: It’s broke, let’s fix it

In The Director’s Chair with David W. Anderson: Shareholder activist and avowed capitalist Robert Monks doesn’t have it in for senior corporate managers—just the system that gives them all the power and too much pay
June 20th, 2013

If you read Robert Monks’ bio—founder of Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), author of eight books, and a chair and director many times over—your first inclination is to say that’s résumé enough for two. Yet the substance of his work—shareholder and … Continue reading

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Dominic Barton: On fast bucks and real value

In The Director’s Chair with David W. Anderson: Dominic Barton, global managing director of McKinsey & Co., sounds the alarm for Western business leaders, markets and investors: lose the short-term bias or lose the race
April 15th, 2013

Dominic Barton grew up on Canada’s west coast and, a couple of decades later, made his way to the top job at global consulting giant McKinsey & Co. via postings in Seoul and then Shanghai. So it’s no surprise to … Continue reading

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Hugh Bolton: The bottom line on oversight

In The Director’s Chair with David W. Anderson: Hugh Bolton, former top accountant, now top chair and director, says directors on resource sector boards must dig for answers to really know the business they’re in
February 25th, 2013

Hugh Bolton had a sterling career as a chartered accountant, culminating in his role as head of Coopers & Lybrand Canada in the 1990s. The insights gained in that arena have also served him exceedingly well in his second career … Continue reading

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Jalynn Bennett: Master class

In The Director’s Chair with David W. Anderson: Jalynn Bennett, veteran executive, chair and director, has an array of insights and advice for boards grappling with risk, driving growth or boosting their effectiveness
December 18th, 2012

There’s deep, and then there’s Jalynn Bennett deep. A senior executive, director and chair multiple times over; a veteran of private boards, public boards, crowns, nonprofits, panels and committees; and a champion for women in business and boardroom diversity, Bennett … Continue reading

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Peter Dey: Let directors direct

In The Director’s Chair with David W. Anderson: Peter Dey, Canada’s preeminent governance guru, discusses the primacy of board accountability and its continuing role in driving good governance, board improvement and productive owner-board relations
September 20th, 2012

No single Canadian can take more credit for being a catalyst of improved corporate governance and board reform than Peter Dey. Today, Dey is chair of Toronto-based investment dealer Paradigm Capital and an active adviser on governance to global bodies … Continue reading

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Annette Verschuren: The compleat director

In The Director’s Chair with David W. Anderson: Annette Verschuren, former president of Home Depot Canada and Asia, says today’s best directors are equally successful in the boardroom and in the community
June 17th, 2012

Annette Verschuren is a highly regarded CEO, chair and director who served as president of Home Depot Canada and Asia for 15 years through 2011. Her primary role today is chair and CEO of NRStor Inc., an energy storage company. … Continue reading

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Robert L. Crandall: The board as wingman

In The Director’s Chair with David W. Anderson: Robert L. Crandall, chair of Celestica Inc. and former CEO and chair of AMR Corp. and American Airlines, shares some strong thoughts on CEOs and boards working closer together
March 15th, 2012

Robert Crandall is best known globally for being the CEO and chair of AMR Corp. and American Airlines Inc. through much of the 1980s and ’90s. He played a central role in making American the leading innovator in the industry … Continue reading

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Charles Sirois: The ownership imperative

In The Director’s Chair, with David W. Anderson: Charles Sirois, veteran telecom CEO and CIBC chair, talks accountability, short-term thinking and what’s needed most to restore the fortunes of Western capitalism
January 3rd, 2012

A fixture in the Canadian telecommunications industry, Charles Sirois has led a leading global carrier, two of Canada’s top wireless companies and financed many more through his private capital fund. Sirois is also a long-time director, chair on multiple boards … Continue reading

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Carol Stephenson: Risk, reward, repeat

In The Director's Chair, with David W. Anderson: In an era when women presidents, CEOs, chairs, corporate directors and business deans are still the exception, Carol Stephenson has excelled in all five roles
October 7th, 2011

It’s fitting that Carol Stephenson is dean of the Richard Ivey School of Business, for her multifaceted career is a case study in the value of lifelong learning, peer interaction and the power of strong leadership. In addition to her … Continue reading

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Purdy Crawford: Fifty years of fresh air

In The Director's Chair with David W. Anderson: The unifying theme of Purdy Crawford's career has been a dedication to progress, renewal and moving the ball forward
June 25th, 2011

Few have made a greater mark on Canada’s regulatory and business landscape than Purdy Crawford. From early in his career when he helped draft Ontario’s securities laws, to his recent role in unlocking the asset-backed commercial paper (ABCP) imbroglio, Crawford … Continue reading

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