Webinar Overview

The past 15 months have upended the norms of business. With mounting complexity and uncertainty—and greatly amplified expectations for companies to help address societal challenges—how are boards keeping pace and supporting the business to position itself for the future?

The new norms of business are prompting introspection in the boardroom: Is the board helping the company navigate pressing near-term challenges—including complex social and public policy issues and stakeholder/activist demands—while also thinking about the future? In the board's composition, perspective or priorities, what changes might be needed to help ensure the board itself is keeping pace?


This session will be a roundtable-style to enable networking and conversation. We will start with a shortened keynote to set the stage for discourse and knowledge sharing amongst director peers.

We will hear Janet Rieksts Alderman & Kristy Carscallen from KPMG Canada discuss the forces putting businesses and boards to the test in the months ahead. We will then form breakout groups facilitated by experienced board directors to discuss these impacts from a committee lens. 

Participants will select a committee breakout group upon registration (Audit; HR & Compensation; or Nomination & Corporate Governance). Attendance is limited to allow for engaging conversation and networking. 


4 PM - 4:05 PM
Welcome & Introductions
By Deborah Rosati
4:05 PM - 4:20 PM
KPMG speakers discuss the topic
4:20 PM - 4:23 PM
Discuss the breakout/roundtable format
4:23 PM - 5:05 PM
Based on the following committees: Audit, HR & Compensation, Nominating & Corporate Governance


  • Kristy Carscallen (Canadian Managing Partner, Audit at KPMG LLP)

    Kristy Carscallen

    Canadian Managing Partner, Audit at KPMG LLP


    With more than 25 years of experience, Kristy is the Canadian Managing Partner for Audit and is a member of the Management Committee for KPMG in Canada. She is well known for her insights and guidance on complex accounting matters, including revenue recognition, stock-based compensation, business combinations and asset impairment. Kristy also leads the firm's National Audit Leadership Team, which deals with quality, risk and operational issues across Canada.

    Kristy previously served as KPMG in Canada’s Chief Human Resource Officer from 2011 to 2015. Kristy also spent three years in KPMG in Canada’s Department of Professional Practice.

    She was named one of Canada's Most Powerful Women in 2015. Kristy is a contributor to KPMG's Future Thought: The Audit is Changing and Audit Trends reports as well as several Audit Point of View articles.

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  • Janet Rieksts Alderman (Partner, Risk Consulting and Co-Leader, Board Leadership Centre at KPMG LLP)

    Janet Rieksts Alderman

    Partner, Risk Consulting and Co-Leader, Board Leadership Centre at KPMG LLP


    Janet is a Partner leading major and mega project advice in KPMG’s Risk Consulting practice and is co-Leader of the firm’s Board Leadership Centre (BLC).

    She has more than 20 years of experience in asset-intensive organizations and 15 years in major and mega capital projects, advising public and private sector clients in Canada and around the world. Janet has advised all levels in the organization, including the Board and Audit Committee, across many industries, ranging from energy, utilities, real estate, infrastructure, ports, shipbuilding, and transportation to mining, financial services, insurance, and manufacturing. She has also led, reviewed, and advised on Public-Private Partnerships (P3s).

    Her deep knowledge and extensive experience makes her one of Canada’s most-respected advisers and thought leaders to Capital Project Risk and Asset-Intensive organizations. She is also a Subject Matter Expert in Construction Claims and Disputes and Project Performance.

    Janet previously served on the board of the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO), a not-for-profit organization created by Canada’s nuclear producers. She chaired NWMO’s Governance and Human Resources Committee and co-led the CEO Review Committee. She also was a director of Waterfront Toronto and served as its Acting Chair. While on the board, she held various roles, including Chair of the Audit Committee, overseeing the $1.25-billion flood-protection project in the city’s Port Lands district. She also chaired the governance and CEO search committees and co-chaired the CEO review committee.

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Please register for the breakout/roundtable group of your choice

Attendance is limited

Audit Committee

Moderated by TBD

Member Price Free
Standard Price C$40
HR & Compensation Committee

Moderated by TBD

Member Price Free
Standard Price C$40
Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee

Moderated by TBD

Member Price Free
Standard Price C$40

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