Webinar Details

Good governance is a business essential. The role of the Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee has become increasingly front and centre as a result of shareholders, regulators, and others focusing attention on the board composition, succession planning and diversity of company boards. So what are the issues and matters that you should consider when you are forming or evolving a Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee:

  • Build a strong, well-composed board and continually evaluate the board's performance,
  • Establish the board's renewal and replacement process and succession planning, and identify qualified diverse candidate to become Board members,
  • Define duties & responsibilities of the board and the respective committees,
  • Ensure continued board education, and
  • Develop and recommend to the Board for approval a set of corporate governance guidelines and a code of business conduct and ethics to enhance corporate governance integrity for the company.

Please join us on June 10, 2021 at 4:00-5:30pm MT


4 PM - 4:05 PM
Welcome & Opening Remarks
By Deborah Rosati, Founder & CEO, Women Get on Board Inc.
4:05 PM - 4:10 PM
By our Moderator, Alison Gray Partner at Gowling WLG
4:10 PM - 4:50 PM
Panel Discussion
Moderated by Alison Gray
4:50 PM - 5:05 PM
5:05 PM - 5:10 PM
Thank you & Closing Remarks
5:10 PM - 5:30 PM
Networking session
Breakout groups

Moderator & Panelists

  • Alison Gray (Partner at Gowling WLG)

    Alison Gray

    Partner at Gowling WLG


    Alison Gray is a partner in Gowling WLG's Calgary office. She maintains a diverse commercial litigation practice, with an emphasis on complex litigation matters, including civil fraud and asset recovery claims, bank related litigation, energy-related disputes and class actions.

    Alison regularly acts for clients prosecuting or defending civil fraud claims where she has extensive experience managing all aspects of investigative and enforcement actions. This includes obtaining extraordinary remedies, such as Anton Pillar orders and Mareva injunctions, conducting fraud investigations and working with corporate security personnel throughout.

    When acting for financial institutions, Alison has comprehensive experience dealing with issues relating to bills of exchange, customer agreements, conversion allegations and recovery issues related to fraud.

    In her energy dispute practice, Alison has considerable experience handling disputes about royalties, working interests, industry standard form operating agreements, leases and accounting procedures. Alison also has experience with disputes related to CO&O agreements, farm-out agreements, CAPL issues, major pipeline failures and major oil sands projects in western Canada.

    Alison has appeared at all levels of courts in Alberta, and in courts in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec. She also has Federal Court experience. Alison is a sessional instructor at the University of Calgary Faculty of Law, where she teaches Insurance Law and is a volunteer instructor for the Trial Advocacy Skills course.

    Alison is active in the community, currently contributing her time and energy to the Women's Legal Education and Action Fund (volunteer, Legal Program Committee), Association of Women Lawyers (board member and treasurer) and Calgary Legal Guidance (board member).

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  • Judith Athaide (Corporate Director)

    Judith Athaide

    Corporate Director


    Judith Athaide is an accomplished corporate director, entrepreneur, Professional Engineer (P.Eng.), and certified Corporate Director (ICD.D). She brings 30 years of executive and corporate governance experience to board discussions.

    Judith is currently serving on the Boards of Computer Modelling Group, HSBC Bank Canada, New Brunswick Power where she is the Board Lead on Enterprise Risk Management, PHX Energy Services where she chairs the Governance and Nomination Committee, TriSummit Utilities where she chairs the Healthy, Safety & Environment Committee and Sustainable Development Technology Canada.

    A proponent of life-long learning and continuous improvement, she has a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Honours), a Masters of Business Administration in Finance, a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and has been awarded the designation of ICD.D by the Institute of Corporate Directors. She has earned the Nuclear Governance Certificate from the Goizueta School of Business at Emory University and a Certificate in Artificial Intelligence from the MIT Sloan School of Business. She has been an adjunct professor at a number of Canadian universities and is an instructor for the ICD DEP program and an examiner for the ICD’s mock boardroom examinations.

    Judith was born in Pakistan and has lived in Bangladesh, India, the US and on the Montreal lake Cree First Nations Reserve. This experience has helped her better understand, and value, diversity of thought and experience. She is a sought-after speaker on topics of Social Purpose, ESG and Diversity and Inclusion and Governance.

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  • Patricia McLeod, QC ICD.D MBA (Corporate Director)

    Patricia McLeod, QC ICD.D MBA

    Corporate Director


    Patricia McLeod, Q.C., ICD.D, MBACorporate Director; Lawyer, Compliance & Governance Advisor Patricia McLeod, Q.C., ICD.D is an experienced corporate board director, former senior legal professional, and privacy and compliance officer.Patricia has held vice president and general counsel legal management roles in energy utilities and electricity retail, property development, insurance and financial services companies.

    She is the Board Chair of Calgary Co-op, one of North America’s largest cooperatives in retail grocery, petroleum, liquor, pharmacy, cannabis and natural foods. Patricia is also the BoardChair of the Real Estate Council of Alberta, the independent regulator that sets and enforces standards for commercial and personal real estate agents, mortgage brokers, and property managers in Alberta.

    Patricia also currently serves on the boards of Alberta Innovates, the Green Line Board and the Beverage Container Management Board and is the Board Chair of the Calgary Film Centre. She previously served on the boards of Canadian North and Air Inuit (100% Inuit owned airlines serving Canada’s northern communities) and previously served as Board Chair of the YWCA ofCalgary and cSPACE Projects and as Vice Chair of Calgary Economic Development. She is a member of the Calgary Chapter Executive of the Institute of Corporate Directors, the Calgary Chapter Executive Committee of the International Women’s Forum and many other community committees and organizations.

    Patricia has business and law degrees from the University of Alberta and an MBA from Queen’s University. She became a certified corporate director with the Institute of Corporate Directors in 2012 and was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in Alberta in 2014. Patricia was recognized by WXN as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women for 2018 and 2019 for her professional and governance roles, recognized by Women in Finance Canada as Legal Advisor of the Year in 2019 and by BMO Financial and Women Get on Board as a leading Canadian director honouree in 2021.

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  • Gregory Peterson (Partner at Gowling WLG)

    Gregory Peterson

    Partner at Gowling WLG


    Greg Peterson is a senior partner at Gowling WLG and head of the firm’sCorporate Finance, M&A and PrivateEquity Group in the firm’s Calgary office.

    Recognized as leader in his field by Chambers Canada and Legal 500, Greg focuses his practice on complex public and private corporate and commercial matters. Over the course of his 30-year career, he has helped clients navigate a range of high-stakes transactions—including mergers, acquisitions, dispositions and reorganizations, plans of arrangement, going private transactions, private placements, and asset and share purchase and sale agreements.

    Greg also has significant executive experience in adjusting both private and public companies at all stages of their development, from initial public offerings to large corporate clients with multi-billion-dollar market capitalizations. He complements this experience with an extensive background in private equity transactions and public financings, including equity, debt and venture capital financings.

    A former defensive back with the Calgary Stampeders, Greg approaches the legal obstacles his clients face with a keen sense of strategy, coordination and business fundamentals. His practice caters equally to Canadian companies and foreign companies doing business in Canada, which together represent a rich cross-section of global industry sectors—including energy, technology, cannabis, manufacturing, life sciences, biotech and sports law.

    Greg has acted as a director and/or officer for many of his clients, providing advice on matters relating to corporate governance, stock exchange listings, regulatory compliance for multi-jurisdictional situations and conflict of interest situations. He has also acted as counsel to special committees of various boards of directors in situations such as corporate reorganizations, whether the transaction involved an amalgamation, plan of arrangement or take-over bid and conflict of interest situation.

    Outside of his practice, Greg has served—and continues to serve—on many committees and advisory councils. He is especially active as a volunteer in charitable and minor sports organizations, acting as the president and director of many associations and nonprofit groups. Harnessing his professional football background, Greg has also served as a colour commentator for Stampeders’ games for more than two decades and regularly provides pregame and postgame analysis for radio broadcasts.

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