CGIC Ontario Branch CPD Webinar – Driving Board Success with Emotional Intelligence


SESSION: Driving Board Success with Emotional Intelligence
DATE: Wednesday, June 28, 2023 | 5:15 pm ET

Please join OBC Branch on Wednesday, June 28, 2023 at 5:15pm for its virtual Professional Development Session, Part 1, entitled, “Driving Board Success with Emotional Intelligence” with speaker faculty, Paul Dubai, Perfect Balance Consulting. OBC Branch looks forward to continued support for Part 2 of this session in the Fall 2023.


Summary/Purpose: So much of the success or otherwise of boards is focused on their behaviours. Far too many governance scandals have resulted from a failure around behaviours – whether it is mindset, attitude, moral and ethical turpitude, or an honest failure to look beyond the immediate issues. This session will enable board members and those who support them to identify how boards can drive success and impact by being role models for the characteristics that will drive success throughout the organization.

Content: The session will identify the behaviours and qualities of the most effective directors and how the Board Chair is instrumental in creating the conditions for these behaviours to flourish. We will also look at how we can create and maintain a culture of excellence and examine what that looks like in practice. One of the key components of an excellent board is having the awareness of being able to identify and address strategic blind spots, which could in the worst case spell the demise of the business. With all this insight, how do we put it all together to create a board that truly has impact as a collective that evolves beyond its fiduciary and oversight roles into achieving its potential as an innovative learning board.

Outcomes and Benefits: With its emphasis on Emotional Intelligence/Emotional Quotient (EQ) and soft skills, this session will equip participants with the tools and strategies to think about their own board in a way that drives success. It will provide a greater appreciation of how board behaviours, attitudes and mindset at the individual and collective level can result in a high functioning board or conversely can derail it; how strong leadership by the chair can create the right culture and ensure that the board does not fall foul of these strategic blind spots but ensures a cognitive diversity so that groupthink is avoided, debate is robust and oversight rigorous and the board makes well-informed decisions, having considered all the issues and alternatives to successfully fulfil its functions. It will also set you on the path to thinking about your Board as part of its continuous improvement by helping you to ask those challenging questions to move the Board forward.

Who Will Benefit by Attending: Board and Committee Chairs, Individual directors, boards (as a collective), corporate secretaries and any senior management team member or governance professional that interacts with their Board.



Paul Dubal – Paul has 25 years of corporate secretarial, corporate governance and regulatory experience both in house and as a professional services consultant in the United Kingdom, Canada, Caribbean and the Middle East. He has worked for KPMG LLP and PwC in leadership roles and served in senior in-house roles for several listed financial services companies. He has also provided governance services to Mid-Cap and Large-Cap companies in Europe, North and South America and the Caribbean region. Paul has worked extensively with a diverse range of boards and senior management teams on governance matters. His most recent assignment was as Head of Corporate Governance at First Abu Dhabi Bank, the largest bank in the Gulf region, where he developed the Bank’s corporate governance framework, advised the Board and executive management on the new UAE Corporate Governance Regulations, refined the Bank’s management committee, and developed its international governance structure across twenty jurisdictions globally.

A certified life coach, group coach and certified emotional intelligence (EQ-i) assessor and practitioner, Paul founded Perfect Balance Consulting (, providing governance solutions to small/mid-Cap organizations, group training across a variety of business solutions, and one-to-one executive coaching to mid-senior level professionals with a focus on leadership and EQ. Paul recently released the book EQ for the Governance Professional, which explores the vast range of soft skills required of a successful governance practitioner. Paul is a Fellow of the Chartered Governance Institute of Canada (CGIC) and holds an LLB from Middlesex University (UK) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice from Leicester De Montfort University (UK). Paul’s book can be found here.


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Jun 28 2023


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