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Directors' Education & Accreditation Program (DEAP) Vancouver
April 3-5, 2017

Holiday Inn, 1110 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC

The DEAP welcomes experienced and newly appointed directors with management or professional experience. Participants are drawn from a mix of backgrounds including public, Crown and not-for-profit corporations.

DEAP is a sharply focused program, delivering critical content in 4 areas, Governance, Finance, Strategy and Risk Management in a condensed period of time.  It is designed for busy people who want to get what they need in a timely fashion.

When you register for DEAP, you will receive material to be read ahead time – one document for each of the modules.  The workshop will be three days in duration and will be a mix of presentations, discussions, case studies and a quiz for each module.

Upon successful completion, you will be awarded the Accredited Director designation (Acc.Dir.) and receive membership in our Affiliate Group.  As an Affiliate Group member, you will have a subscription to Corporate Governance Quarterly, our premier publication on good governance practice; access to special rates for seminars, workshops and other continuing professional development opportunities; and the same benefits package extended to our professional members.

Registration and Cost
Registration includes Breakfast, Lunch and 1 year of complimentary membership to ICSA Canada.

Deadline to Register is Friday, March 31, 2017

To register before February 27, 2017 at the early-bird rate of $3,750 EXTENDED TO MARCH 2nd! - click here

To register on-line following February 27, 2017 at the regular rate of $4,000 - click here.

To register through email/mail/fax - please click here to access the word fillable form.


Each day begins at 8:00am with a light breakfast. We break for a provided lunch from 12-1pm and the sessions conclude at 5pm. Assessments are done in class.

April 3rd - Governance (Janis Riven)

April 4th - Finance (Garnet Fenn)

April 5th - Risk and Strategy (Sylvia Groves)

Janis A. Riven, BCL, LLB, MBA, FCIS, Acc.Dir.

Based in Montreal, Janis has an established consulting practice on governance and compliance matters with clients encompassing publicly listed and closely held companies, as well as various types of not-for-profits, and is currently Adjunct Professor at the John Molson School of Business, Concordia University, where she teaches Corporate Governance.  She is a well known speaker both in Canada and abroad at conferences on corporate governance, and has acted as a facilitator for boards and board committees of a number of different organizations seeking to improve their governance effectiveness.

Janis was formerly Vice President, Compliance and Secretary for the Canadian and global operations of RBC Insurance.  Ms. Riven is Past President of Chartered Secretaries Canada, the Canadian division of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA), an international teaching organization focussed on governance. She is a member of the Quebec Bar, a Fellow of the ICSA, and currently serves on the boards of the Ombusdsman for Financial Services and Investments (OBSI), the Facility Association and Worldwide Magnesium Inc.

Garnet Fenn, FCIS, Acc.Dir., P.Adm., CPA
Garnet was the Group Assistant Treasurer of the Chrysler Group in Auburn Hills, Michigan before retiring in late 2008. He was also the Chrysler Group Chief Compliance Officer for its world-wide pension plans and CFO of Chrysler Canada during his 28 year career with Chrysler.

Since retirement, Garnet has been the CFO and Chief Administrative Officer of The Hospice of Windsor and Essex County and most recently a financial planning consulting specialist with RBC Dominion Securities. He is also the Chair of the Windsor Utilities Commission Audit and Finance Committee

Sylvia Groves, FCIS
Sylvia, a self-proclaimed “governance nerd”, believes in the power of transparency, integrity and continuous improvement to add value. She created Governance Studio from her award-winning work with one of Canada’s foremost governance leaders.

Directors and Corporate Secretaries from all sectors appreciate working with Sylvia to enhance organizational governance and benefit key stakeholders. Sylvia listens to each client’s unique needs and applies her decades of expertise to build the right program for each organization. “There is no one size fits all – to be effective, governance has to fit the company and its culture,” notes Sylvia.

Sylvia’s work includes consulting, professional speaking and board facilitation sessions. She is the author of the highly acclaimed book: AAA+ Minutes™  – The Three Must-Do Fundamentals And 100s Of Practice Tips For Writing Minutes That Protect Your Organization And Its Directors. She is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and received the 2014 Excellence in Governance Distinguished Contribution Award from the Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries.

Visit www.GovernanceStudio.ca to sign up for the Studio Insights newsletter that provides practical advice on governance issues from minute taking to shareholder activism.

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