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CNAR Launches Two-Part Winter Workshop Series Featuring Harry Cayton & Governance Solutions

Updated: Mar 29

CNAR is very pleased to announce two workshops focusing on Governance in Regulation, which will take place virtually on February 15th and March 1st, 2023. Featuring a compelling combination of both expert consultants and Canadian regulators, both presentations will also include interactive elements such as group work breakout sessions and Q&As. Capacity is limited - be sure to save your seat!


February 15th 11 am – 2:30 pm ET - Workshop #1: Governance Modernization Featuring Renowned Regulatory Advisor, Harry Cayton

Many regulatory bodies across Canada are engaging in governance reviews and undergoing or contemplating substantive changes in how they govern. What does it really mean to govern? What is the lived experience of making these changes?

In a thought-provoking session, Making Governance Matter, Harry Cayton will engage attendees, encouraging them to take a close look at what governance really means for professional regulatory bodies in the public interest. In this session, you will learn about good governance:

  • As an input not an outcome.

  • As about behaviours not on rules.

  • In terms of measuring performance and the impact of effective regulatory governance on the public interest.

In addition to a presentation, there will be breakout group discussions and the opportunity to engage with Harry directly in a live Question & Answer session.

The session will be followed by a presentation, Regulatory Governance Modernization: Insights from BCCNM’s Experience, by Louise Aerts, Chief Officer, Strategy, Governance and Reconciliation, from the British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM). BCCNM was established in 2020 after two rounds of amalgamation. Among its changes, BCCNM down-sized the board, moved to equal representation of registrants and the public, implemented a competency-based nomination process, and is embedding cultural safety and humility in all facets of its work. In this presentation, you will learn insights and tips about:

  • What to consider when making similar governance modernization changes. What worked and what didn’t and what still needs to happen? How did registrants feel?

  • How governance practices, decision-making, and priority-setting have shifted to support a more strategic board and committees.

  • Opportunities for regulating in the public interest when regulators can collaborate on common strategic initiatives.

  • The intersection of governance modernization with business transformation.

  • How to create pathways for Indigenous ways of knowing and being in regulation.

Audience: Management and staff, as well as board members - particularly those who are reviewing their governance practices or contemplating or undergoing governance modernization.

Pricing Per Person:

  • Affiliates & Partners - $145 + applicable taxes

  • Non-Affiliates - $185 + applicable taxes

*The last day for refunds is Friday, February 10th, 2023. Registration will close on February 14th, without exception.


March 1st 11 am – 2:30 pm ET - Workshop #2:

Boardroom Culture - Featuring Governance Solutions

Governance involves relationships. How are strong and effective boardroom cultures and relations fostered and supported?

David Brown, Executive Vice-President, and Rob DeRooy, Vice-President, Governance and Strategy, at Governance Solutions Inc., will lead an interactive workshop on Boardroom Culture. You will learn:

  • What boardroom culture is, how it is learned and changed, and why is it so important?

  • Ten markers of a high-performing board, including impacts, advantages/disadvantages of different cultures, and tools for improving board performance and effectiveness.

This will be followed by the session Boardroom Culture: Panel Discussion with insights shared by:

  • Annette Bergeron, Chair, Electrical Safety Authority

  • Darrel Pink, Former CEO & Registrar, College of Patent Agents & Trademark Agents (CPATA)

  • Jason Bennett, Director, Policy, Governance, and Tribunals, Ontario College of Teachers (OCT)

Panelists will discuss aspects of boardroom culture, such as competency and skills-based matrices, the role of the chair, understanding of roles, governance in a virtual environment, registrant and public perspectives on a board, and more.

Pricing Per Person:

  • Affiliates & Partners - $145 + applicable taxes

  • Non-Affiliates - $185 + applicable taxes

*The last day for refunds is Friday, February 24th, 2023. Registration will close on February 28th, without exception.

Learn more about all our winter workshop speakers HERE.

Both CNAR workshops will be presented live virtually; access links will be provided closer to the events. Recordings of the events will not be available. Capacity may be limited. Be sure to renew your status with CNAR and receive Affiliate pricing! CNAR workshops provide learning and networking opportunities for the Canadian regulator community. The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed are those of the speakers and do not necessarily represent CNAR or the speakers’ organizations. Please contact if you require assistance with registration.

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