Virtual Board & Committee Meetings: From Ad Hoc to Strategic

Delivered by Janis Riven and Dora Koop

Since March of 2020, every organization has had to feel its way into holding their board and committee meetings in the virtual world. This webinar will explore what we have learned by moving from ‘copin’ to encouraging effective meetings and decision making in the ether. Key in this process is building trust among board members – a challenge in this virtual world.

The pros and cons of various technologies will be discussed as well the challenges and opportunities for creating more effective formal as well as informal board engagement. Participants will be encouraged to share their success stories.

Janis Riven, BCL, LLB, MBA, FCG, Acc.Dir
Principal, governance and compliance solutions
Adjunct Professor, John Molson School of Business

Ms. Riven, based in Montreal, 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.

Ms. Riven 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 (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 Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments (OBSI), the Facility Association, Worldwide Magnesium Inc., and the McGill University Health Centre where she is also Chair of the Governance and Ethics Committee.

Dora Koop, LLB, MBA, FCG, ICD.D
Managing Director, International Masters Program for Managers

Dora Koop is the Managing Director of the IMPM, an International Master’s Program delivered in 5 countries around the world. In this capacity, she oversees the governance and manages the relationships with the five partner schools to market the program and ensure consistency of delivery.   She also runs a consulting practice that focuses on building high-performing boards through better governance practices.

Ms. Koop is the President of the Quebec Branch of the Institute of Chartered Governance Institute of Canada and is a member of the Nominations Committee for the Canadian Internet Registration Authority.  She has served on the Board of CATSA, a Canadian crown corporation where she chaired the Corporate Governance, Human Resources, and Pension Committee.  She was a Director on the Board of Ten Thousand Villages – a fair trade retail operation with stores across Canada.

Ms. Koop has taught Strategy and Governance at the undergraduate level at McGill University. She has prior experience in the Federal Government in legislation and policy and in setting up the regulatory Department of a Telecommunications company.

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Dec 16 2020


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


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