Past Events

Below is a list of our past events.

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21-May-2015 Terry Fallis, Award winning novelist and political staffer turned political satirist Award winning novelist Terry Fallis is this year’s featured luncheon speaker. Political staffer turned political satirist, Terry Fallis demonstrates the power of a good story to both teach and entertain. His debut novel, “The Best Laid Plans”, won the Stephen Leacock medal for humour, was selected by CBC Canada Reads as “the essential Canadian novel of the decade” in 2011 and made into a 6 part television series in 2014.

In the “real world”, Terry Fallis has over 25 years of experience as a consultant to corporate and government clients on matters that include crisis communications, media relations, marketing, public opinion polling, public affairs and stakeholder relations. His writing credits extend well beyond fiction to speeches for CEO’s, cabinet ministers and community leaders.

12-May-2015 Ontario’s new law requiring pension funds to disclose their approach to ethical investing: Panel discussion While the Ethics Centre celebrates its 25th anniversary, we continue to see how the requirement to act ethically is increasingly weaving its way into the fabric of corporate cultures. More recently, we have seen how courts and regulators are also expecting ethical behaviour in commercial activity. In Ontario, new legislation will soon require pension fund administrators to disclose whether, and if so, how, environmental, social and governance factors will be incorporated into their investment decision-making process.

Randy Bauslaugh leads McCarthy Tétrault’s national Pension, Benefits & Executive Compensation practice, and is known as one of the leading pension lawyers in Canada. Heather Lang is the Director, Institutional Relations for Sustainalytics in Canada where she helps prospective clients determine the responsible investment solutions that best fit their needs.

Randy and Heather will discuss the new legislation and the implications for pension fund administrators, while also discussing the ethical investing trend.

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02-Apr-2015 The Role of the Commissioner in the Accountability Framework at the City of Toronto Valerie Jepson, Integrity Commissioner, City of Toronto

The City of Toronto's New Integrity Commissioner Discusses the Role of the Commissioner in the Accountability Framework at the City of Toronto.

03-Mar-2015 Promoting Ethical Business Principles from Within Ula Ubani, Chief Ethics Officer, BMO Financial Group

BMO’s Chief Ethics officer discusses her role, the scope and where the opportunities are.

25-Feb-2015 Ethics is The Most Important Strategic Enabler for Today's Charities and Volunteer Leaders Joint event with the Ethics Resources Committee, Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Toronto Chapter

Breakfast Panel – Canadian Leaders in Philanthropy

  • Shari Austin, VP, Corporate Citizenship & Executive Director, RBC Foundation
  • Jo-Anne Ryan, Vice President, TD Waterhouse, Philanthropic Advisory Services
  • George Fierheller, C.M., B.A., D.S. Litt., LL.D.

  • Breakthrough Discussion
  • Gain knowledge to support ethical decision-making.
  • Understand the needs of charitable supporters related to ethics.
  • Learn how to apply ethics to distinguish your charity and empower your leaders.
  • 03-Feb-2015 Bhasin v. Hrynew: SCC Establishes General Duty of Good Faith in Commercial Contracts Neil Finkelstein,Partner, Brandon Kain, Partner and Geoff Hall, Partner, McCarthy Tétrault

    The Supreme Court of Canada has released a precedent-setting judgment in the area of contract law. In Bhasin v. Hrynew, 2014 SCC 71, the Court recognized for the first time that there is a general organizing principle of good faith in the performance of contracts throughout Canada, which includes a duty of honest performance. The appeal was successfully argued by Neil Finkelstein and Brandon Kain of McCarthy Tétrault’s Toronto litigation group.

    Please join Neil Finkelstein, Brandon Kain and Geoff Hall as they review the impact this judgment will have on business as usual.

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    20-Jan-2015 Steps to Ensure Your Culture Does NOT Eat Your Strategy for Lunch Doug Eatwell, Co-founder and COO of Consilient Inc.

    Values that are fully embraced and consistently applied in an organization ultimately shape its culture and determine the way decisions are made. For a successful outcome, it’s vitally important for the organization’s values to be consistent with its strategy.

    In this session, Doug Eatwell will outline a practical step-by-step approach that enables an organization to discover the values that are actually embedded in its culture, identify critical gaps and inconsistencies with its intended direction, and take action to achieve the necessary alignment between culture and strategic objectives.

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    10-Dec-2014 The Ethical and Business Case for Board Diversity Cathy Gallagher-Louisy, Director, Community Partnerships and Knowledge Services, Canadian Institute of Diversity and Inclusion

    Board diversity has become a hot topic of late, with some jurisdictions around the world implementing aggressive and controversial approaches to address the issue.

    Here in Canada, a recent survey found 76% of FP500 board members reported that they felt their board is diverse. Yet, the Canadian Board Diversity Council?s research showed that in 2013 women held only 15.6% of FP500 board seats and board representation for other under-represented demographics was even more dismal.

    In the past 12 years, the representation of women on FP500 boards has improved by only 4.7 percent. Not 4.7% per year, but 4.7% total in 12 years. The benefits of board diversity are numerous. Studies have shown that having more diversity on corporate boards is directly correlated with increased financial returns for the corporation, among other important performance drivers, and a recent study from the University of Calgary found that having three or more women on the board leads to improved sustainability performance.

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    25-Nov-2014 GIVING VOICE TO VALUES: The "How" of Business Ethics Mary C. Gentile, Ph.D., Senior Researcher and Director of Giving Voice to Values, Babson College, senior adviser for the Aspen Institute Business & Society Program and the author of Giving Voice to Values: How To Speak Your Mind When You Know What’s Right

    Dr. Gentile will share a ground-breaking new approach to preparing business managers and leaders for values-driven decision making. Drawing on both the actual experience of business practitioners as well as cutting edge research, GIVING VOICE TO VALUES (GVV) fills a long-standing and critical gap in our understanding of how to enable ethical practice. Rather than a focus on ethical analysis, GVV focuses on ethical implementation and asks the question: “What if I were going to act on my values? What would I say and do? How could I be most effective?”

    GVV was launched by The Aspen Institute and Yale School of Management, and is now housed and funded by Babson College. Developed by Gentile, a veteran of Harvard Business School and pioneer in both ethics and diversity management curriculum, GVV has been piloted in over 650 educational and executive settings. Giving Voice to Values holds the promise to transform the foundational assumptions upon which the teaching of business ethics is based, and importantly, to equip future business leaders to not only know what is right — but how to make it happen.

    Event Sponsored by:
    BMO Financial Group

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    13-Nov-2014 Bitcoin and Beyond: Legal and Reputational Issues Relating to Cryptocurrencies Ana Badour, Partner, McCarthy Tétrault

    Bitcoin, the most popular cryptocurrency, has certainly gained a lot of attention and created a lot of controversy – heralded by some as revolutionary (“the next Internet”) while at the same time criticized by others as an asset bubble and a haven for money laundering and other criminal activity. This presentation will outline the structure of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, discuss the reputational and legal risks associated with their use, and how and whether such risks can be managed.

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