Past Events

Below is a list of our past events.

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26-Feb-2013 Bullies Not Wanted - A review of RBC's "Living our Values" initiative Teri Monti, Director, Employee Relations and Ken Brown, Employee Ombudsman, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)

In 2010, Royal Bank of Canada supported the launch of its new Respectful Workplace Policy with an innovative web-based learning series called Living Our Values. Teri Monti and Ken Brown from RBC will share content from this award-winning program and discuss how both the learning series and policy raised awareness of what is and what is not appropriate behaviour in today’s workplace.

05-Feb-2013 Governance and Ethics: Reflections of a Board Advisor David W. Anderson, Founder and CEO, The Anderson Governance Group

Corporate governance continues to undergo a remarkable transformation in how business stakeholders perceive, use and try to influence its power. Much is at stake. It is no overstatement to say that our wealth as a society and the health of political systems (at home and abroad) are closely tied to the mindsets, motivations and behaviours of corporate directors, the executives they hire, and the owners who appoint them. In his work with boards, David sees how decisions are made which launch, shape and end careers, enterprises and industries. Is there reason to believe boards are swayed by ethics in the pursuit of profit? Would the wealth of corporations be enhanced or diminished by board-level ethical guidance? Which stakeholder's ethical framework would take precedence? He will offer thoughts on how governance and ethics are co-evolving - and how you can help.

David Anderson serves as a board and CEO advisor for public, crown and private organizations, and his articles regularly appear in Canadian and international publications. He was Special Advisor to the American National Association of Corporate Directors’ (NACD) Blue Ribbon Commission on Board Evaluation in 2001 and to five subsequent Commissions. NACD’s Directorship magazine named him to its “Directorship 100 – People to Watch” list of the most influential thinkers and practitioners in US corporate governance in both 2010 and 2011. The Centre looks forward to a fascinating address and stimulating discussion afterward.

22-Jan-2013 Evolution or Revolution? Integrated Reporting and Tomorrow’s Company David Simpson, Director, InterPraxis

According to Peter Bakker, President of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), better accounting and reporting mechanisms such as those being pursued by integrated reporting can help us advance society or, in his words, “accountants are going to save the world.” Not social entrepreneurs. Not virtuous companies. Not scientists. Yes, accountants.

David Simpson, former Director of Standards and Collaborative Governance at AccountAbility, and current member of the assurance technical committee of the International Integrated Reporting Committee (IIRC), will provide an overview of integrated reporting, its relationship to financial and sustainability reporting, and what it means for sustainability, strategy, corporate governance and corporate accountability more generally. His remarks will look at some of the challenges facing integrated reporting and how integrated reporting can be utilized to foster a truly integrated strategy for organizations that can deliver value to all of its stakeholders.

11-Dec-2012 Corporate Integrity and Whistleblower Retaliation Kenneth Jones, Director, Risk Consulting, KPMG LLP and Joe Clooney, Director, Ethics & Compliance, KPMG LLP

Kenneth Jones of KPMG will provide insights on organizational perceptions about whistle-blowing, program effectiveness and likely corporate responses, based on their Corporate Integrity Survey. His remarks will offer insights about corporate views on preventing, detecting and responding to misconduct, including threats of retaliation, as well as provide practical information on Building a Retaliation Monitoring Program.

07-Nov-2012 Business and Human Rights-Can These Two Partners Dance? Event Sponsors: Deloitte & Touche LLP and Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP


Barb Finlay, Deputy Ombudsman, Office of Ombudsman of Ontario

Peter Julian, MP, Burnaby-New Westminster,BC. Official Opposition Critic for Energy and Natural Resources and National Caucus Chair

Honourable John McKay, MP, Scarborough-Guildwood, ON Liberal Party of Canada, Critic for Defense

Business concerns and human rights issues are often seen as two separate and distinct silos. Academically, they are generally taught in different faculties and the dialogue between the two worlds is sparse. We invite you to come and hear our expert panel of policy makers and decision makers discuss and debate how and why this chasm is narrowing and where Canada is situated on these issues.

01-Nov-2012 Corruption: A threat to recovery, sustainability and a fairer world Laurence Cockcroft, a development economist by profession and a founding member of the international Board of Transparency International, has been closely involved with issues relevant to the developing world since 1966. He has worked for the governments of Tanzania and Zambia, international organisations (including the UN, FAO and World Bank), a large UK agribusiness company and a private Foundation. In 1989 he published the book, 'Africa's Way: A Journey from the Past', on the inter-relationship of politics and development questions in Africa. He has served on the Board of TI-UK, including eight years as Chair, and also chaired the international group which developed the Business Principles for Countering Bribery and pioneered the work of TI-UK on Corruption in the Official Arms Trade. His latest book Global Corruption: Money, Power and Ethics in the Modern World was released in September 2012.

Mr. Cockcroft will address the question of why corruption remains such an important problem both within and between countries, discuss the progress in fighting corruption, over the last 15 years, and examine the underlying problems which make real progress so difficult. He will speak specifically about the ways in which political finance, organised crime, the channelling of illegally mined and manufactured products into the world trade system and price manipulation in international trade combine to keep global corruption a continuing threat. He will argue that these forces continue to threaten solutions to the problems which define our future, notably the credibility of the international system, climate change and the continuing dangers of failed states. Finally, he will summarise his view of the ways forward as captured in his recent book, Global Corruption.

Event co-sponsored by: Transparency International Canada Inc.

Ethics Centre member rate will apply to TI-Canada Members.

03-Oct-2012 Ethics & Governance, Fourth Edition – Raising the Bar Professor Leonard Brooks, Professor of Business Ethics & Accounting, Director, Master of Management & Professional Accounting Program, Director, Diploma in Forensic Accounting (DIFA), Executive Director, The Clarkson Centre for Business Ethics & Board Effectiveness, University of Toronto

David Selley FCA, retired (1998) partner Ernst & Young and consultant in auditing methodologies, and corporate ethics and social responsibility

Our co-authors will provide their insights into the new topics and updates incorporated in the revised edition, as well as the worldwide cases and developments that motivated their inclusion. Comment will be made on the new compelling evidence for the development of a corporate culture of integrity, and on how the 2008 subprime lending disaster and other corporate missteps since have led to the need for increased attention to anti-bribery programs, better ethics risk management, increasing calls for CSR and other forms of corporate accountability, and an understanding of what ethical leadership is, and how it should be developed and demonstrated.

The book is available for purchase from the Centre at a cost of $10.

13-Sep-2012 Measuring the Effectiveness of your Ethics Program Andrea Falcione, JD, CCEP , Chief Ethics Officer, Vice President - Advisory Services, Compliance (Americas), SAI Global

Effective ethics programs are dynamic, evolving with changing business requirements, risks, and employee expectations. In this session, we will examine the elements which are core to an effective ethics program – updating, revising and training on a Code of Conduct with employee and third party feedback, regular risk assessments with accompanying action plans, attitudinal surveys and effectiveness metrics. Andrea Falcione will discuss how we can assess the effective design, implementation and impact of an ethics program.

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27-Jun-2012 Ethical Issues in the Work Environment through Personal Experiences The Canadian Centre for Ethics and Corporate Policy invites you to this event co-sponsored by the Centre and McMaster University's DeGroote School of Business.

Chantel Broten, Vice President / Chief Strategy Officer at JAN Kelley Marketing, will speak about personal ethical issues she has faced in the marketing industry on a small business level. Small business is personal, and personal ethics align with business ethics to a very high degree.

James Peters, President at Hadrian Manufacturing Inc., past Chairman of the BEDC Board, will speak about ethical issues in the manufacturing industry on a global level.

16-May-2012 Addressing Inequality Edward Waitzer, Senior Partner, Stikeman Elliott LLP

A generation from now we’re going to look back and wonder how our existing governance frameworks (public as well as private) lasted so long. Most agree that we need to find new models to collaboratively address global challenges. What emerges must focus on achieving better balance – e.g., between finance and the rest of the economy; between current and future generations. Crises of inequality and governability easily feed vicious cycles, especially in our tightly inter-connected world. We need to be careful about the politics about denial, devisiveness, scapegoating and turning inwards. Ed will explore a reform agenda for both the political and economic sectors.

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