Events

Past Events

Below is a list of our past events.


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Date RESOURCE TITLE RESOURCE DESCRIPTION
25-Oct-2017 Do They Mix? Business, Politics and Social Involvement? Join an intimate group of your peers for a discussion based event where we explore the evolving nature of companies’ and brands’ involvement in social and political movements. From bathroom laws to immigration policy, organizations seem to be increasingly aligning their brands with social and political movements. To what extent should organizations become involved in activities that are far removed from their “core purpose”? How do such alignments comport with the duties or obligations owed to their shareholders and other stakeholders? To what extent is “branding”in today’s world inherently linked to political or social causes?

This will be a moderated event without a formal presentation. Instead, our moderator, Jess Hungate, will be present to guide the discussion, and to pose questions to encourage further insights.

Jess Hungate is a graduate of Harvard College, and has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He has extensive experience in both operational and public policy aspects of the financial services sector. He was Assistant General Counsel in RBC’s Law Department for many years, and has been a consultant to the Canadian Capital Markets Association, The Canadian Depository for Securities and the Ontario Government.

There is no charge for attendance, but space is limited, and you must have a reservation to attend.

We note this event is qualified for 1.0 Substantive Hours under the Rules of the Law Society of Upper Canada.

17-May-2017 Annual General Meeting May 17 2017 The Canadian Centre for Ethics and Corporate Policy cordially invites you to attend our showcase event which follows our Annual General Meeting. This year our keynote address will be given by Dr. Ann Cavoukian, Executive Director of the Privacy and Big Data Institute at Ryerson University.

Dr. Cavoukian will present on Data and Ethics, highlighting the results of Deloitte’s recent global survey Privacy for Sale-To the highest bidder on consumer’s views and perceptions on data and the ethical use of consumer information.

Following her address, Kenneth J. Fredeen, General Counsel Deloitte LLP and Chair of Ethics Centre Board will moderate a panel discussion on the ethical use of data, and how to implement correct governance processes to manage data privacy and security. The panel will include:

Alaina Aston, VP Data Management and Governance, RBC
Laura Davison, Chief Privacy and Compliance Officer, ICES
Sylvia Kingsmill, Partner, Deloitte

Our group of panelists will also discuss the grey area between laws and consumer perceptions and expectations, and the highlights of the report including:

80%of global consumers feel organizations have a responsibility to manage their data ethically.

2/3 of Canadians say they would provide access to their social media accounts in exchange for a 50% discount on their insurance rate.

3/4 of Canadians don’t want their data shared beyond Canada’s borders. 90% of Canadian respondents say they would sever their ties with an organization if it was revealed the organization used data unethically.

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05-Apr-2017 Standing Up for the Workplace: The Importance of Addressing and Preventing Workplace Bullying Standing Up for the Workplace: The Importance of Addressing and Preventing Workplace Bullying

With increasing attention on the problem of bullying in the workplace, employers must ensure that they have rigorous, thoughtful and transparent policies and practices to identify, address and prevent inappropriate, unethical and unlawful behaviours in their work environments. Kate McNeill-Keller and Carolyn Lee will address the issues surrounding workplace bullying from a dual legal and human resources perspective, engaging a discussion on the importance of proactive human resources management and the legal and ethical consequences of a failure to do the same.

Speakers:

Kate McNeill-Keller is a Partner in the Labour & Employment Group at McCarthy Tétrault LLP and represents both public and private sector employers in all manner of workplace matters, including workplace bullying and harassment, human rights and occupational health and safety.

Carolyn Lee is a Labour Relations and Employment Specialist at McCarthy Tétrault LLP. As an experienced Human Resources professional, Carolyn routinely advises employer clients on effective human resources practices and workplace management issues, including with respect to employee conduct and workplace bullying.

This event is co-presented by the Canadian Centre for Ethics & Corporate Policy and the Human Resources Professionals Association - Toronto Chapter. Members of both organizations may attend on a complimentary basis. There is a nominal fee for non-members.

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22-Mar-2017 Is Canada taking White Collar Crime Seriously? Norm Keith, LL.M., partner at Fasken Martineau, will address this timely and important topic of the accountability, criminal enforcement and the social responsibility of corporations in Canada.

Topics to be covered will include:

1. The “new normal” of criminalizing corporate behavior;

2. How the Westray Mine disaster changed corporate criminal liability;

3. The problem of proof in white collar prosecutions (Dunn & Duffy);

4. Recent examples of white collar convictions (Karigar & Kazenelson);

5. Will criminal prosecutions make businesses “more ethical”;

6. Towards a rationale model of corporate accountability and compliance.

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20-Jan-2017 Model Business Principles to Combat Child Labour and Forced Labour Stephen A. Pike, Partner, Gowling WLG

Intensifying scrutiny by investors, consumers and other stakeholders of the use of child labour and forced labour in supply chains is impacting investment decision making , buying behavior and good corporate governance. Learn how Canadian businesses can address and manage these risks and how laws in the US and UK are already forcing transparency in supply chains.

15-Nov-2016 Regulators in a Post-Truth World Hershell Ezrin, Senior Counsel, Global Public Affairs

In our Post- truth world, governments, media and special interests are accused of manipulating and spinning facts to support their explicit and implicit goals. Using selective arguments and emotional appeals, well suited to rapid dissemination in a digital communications age, a range of interests have put regulators under assault. Some have criticized regulators for being captured by those whom they regulate, while others have charged that regulators are abdicating their 'arm’s-length' role from government to act as their agents to approve controversial or complex projects. Conversely, business has blamed regulatory approval paralysis on regulators' lack of credibility and a general lack of understanding of the emerging rules of the road.

Government's new economic and environmental policy priorities will depend heavily upon business as well as different levels of government managing infrastructure projects where regulators will be required to protect the public interest. In this talk, HershellEzrin, Senior Counsel, Global Public Affairs, and a former senior government and business leader, will draw upon case studies from the energy, food and consumer safety sectors, as well as the emerging broader issues associated with regulating disruptive technologies and the commercialization of certain products, as he discusses the ethical challenges facing both the regulator and government and why the business community and civil society need to pay careful attention to this debate as it enters uncharted waters.

18-Oct-2016 Urgent Update on Developing an Ethical Corporate Culture Len Brooks, Professor of Business Ethics & Accounting, University of Toronto
David Selley, Retired Partner, Ernst & Young, LLP
the co-authors of the EthicsCentre’s 2012 publication, Ethics & Governance: Developing & Maintaining an Ethical Corporate

Do you know how the need to develop and monitor an ethical corporate culture is being built into expectations for boards of directors? Are you familiar with the lessons from recent corporate fiascos related to weak corporate cultures, and how those could be avoided? Are you taking full advantage of the opportunities presented by a strong ethical corporate culture?

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19-May-2016 Some Reflections on Ethical Leadership The Honourable Frank Iacobucci, QC, LLD, LSM, Senior Counsel, Torys LLP

Over the course of a 55-year legal career that has spanned a variety of roles and exposed him to different perspectives, the Honourable Frank Iacobucci has seen leaders in many organizations make difficult decisions when faced with ethical dilemmas. He will reflect on his experiences and share with us the ingredients that he believes truly differentiate ethical leaders.

The Honourable Frank Iacobucci has had a varied career in private practice, academia, government and the judiciary. After earning his B.Comm.and LL.B. from the University of British Columbia and an LL.M. and Dip. Inti’l L. from Cambridge University, he began his career in 1964 in New York. In 1967 he joined the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto and was a professor there until 1985, also serving as Vice-President, internal Affairs, Dean of the Faculty of Law and Vice-President and Provost of the University. In 1985, Mr. Iacobucci was appointed Deputy Minister of Justice and Deputy Attorney General for Canada. He was appointed Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Canada in 1988 and a Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada in 1991.

After retiring from the Supreme Court of Canada in 2004, he served as interim President of the University of Toronto until June 2005. In July he returned to private practice when he joined Torys LLP as Counsel. Since that time, he has served on a number of Boards of Directors, has been the Federal Government’s Representative in the negotiations leading to the 2005 settlement agreement relating to Indian Residential Schools, an Independent Reviewer for the Ontario Government on First Nations Representation on Ontario juries, is representing the Province of Ontario in its negotiations with the Chiefs of the Matawa Council on the Ring of Fire and he has recently completed a comprehensive report for the Toronto Police Service relating to encounters of police with people in crisis.

He is an accomplished author and has received numerous awards and honours in Canada and abroad, including being appointed as a Companion of the Order of Canada in July, 2007.

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19-May-2016 Annual General Meeting Annual General Meeting
Approval of Minutes

Report from the Chair

Motions to be brought forward:

2015 Financial Statements

Nomination and Election of Directors

Appointment of Auditor

Other Business
27-Apr-2016 Corporate Criminality: Striking the balance between punishment, deterrence and individual accountability Corruption and bribery, price-fixing, systemic financial manipulation, toxic spills and more. Corporate misconduct has tragic and far-reaching consequences for individual victims and society at large. Fines for corporate misconduct have reached astronomic levels unthinkable a handful of years ago, yet individual managers and directors are rarely held accountable. Has the criminal justice system struck the right balance between punishment, deterrence and individual accountability?

Building the prosecution’s case can require painstaking and time-consuming collection and review of evidence, including millions of emails, forensic accounting analysis and countless witness interviews. All the while the corporation suffers under a media cloud of unproven allegations and “guilt until proven innocent” in the court of public opinion. The reputational harm and commercial impact of being under investigation can often far outweigh the cost of even extravagant fines.

While large fines may provide a measure of “justice” as retribution for serious corporate criminality, their ultimate cost is born by the company’s shareholders, employees and suppliers. Almost all are innocent of any wrongdoing. The absence of significant consequences for boards and management under whose watch misconduct occurred can result in a misalignment of incentives and inadequate deterrence.

Our panelists will explore the dynamics at play in complex corporate investigations and possible alternative approaches that might strike a better balance between punishment, deterrence and individual accountability of directors and managers.

Milos Barutciski has represented Canadian and international companies, including Fortune 500 companies and corporations listed on the TSX, NYSE, NASDAQ, European and Asian exchanges, in anti-corruption, price-fixing, export control, economic sanctions and other regulatory investigations and compliance matters on five continents, including investigations by the RCMP, the U.S. DOJ and SEC, and the World Bank. He is a founding member of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD Task Force on Bribery and was consulted by the Government of Canada in the drafting of the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act. Mr. Barutciski was also retained by the World Bank to advise on regulatory reform in Africa and the Middle East. He is a member of the Bars of Ontario and Quebec.

Jay Naster is a litigator specializing in white-collar criminal and regulatory litigation and investigations. He served as crown counsel with the Crown Law Office – Criminal (Ministry of the Attorney General) until 1997, where his practice focused on the conduct of corporate, securities and tax fraud prosecutions as against both corporations and individuals. As special counsel with the Ontario Securities Commission 1997 to 2004 he focused exclusively on the conduct of quasi-criminal and regulatory prosecutions under the Securities Act as against corporations and individuals. Since entering private practice in 2005 he acts for individuals and corporations facing criminal and regulatory investigations and allegations under the Criminal Code, Securities Act, Competition Act, and the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act.

Event co-sponsored by: Transparency International Canada Inc.

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