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21-Mar-2014 Designing Cross-sector Social Partnerships for Local Sustainability Dr. Amelia Clarke, Director, Master of Environment and Business (MEB) Program, University of Waterloo

Amelia Clarke’s research explores the emergence, role and design of cross-sector social partnerships as a strategy to solve community-wide social problems. These are partnerships involving local authorities, large corporations, business associations, non-governmental organizations, universities, and small- & medium-sized enterprises.

This talk focuses on Canadian communities, and considers different approaches to implementing a collaborative strategic plan when multiple organizations with different communications and decision-making systems, mandates and cultures are involved. Drawing on four cases, 72 interviews, and two Canada-wide surveys, Clarke draws out the perceived advantages and disadvantages of different ways of designing these partnerships.

25-Feb-2014 Doing the “right” thing. Convincing directors and senior executives that doing the “right” thing is not so bad John Keefe, Partner, Goodmans LLP

In today’s extremely competitive environment, senior executives and directors are under pressure to deliver immediate and positive results. At times, this may conflict with ethical business practices. Often, there is pressure to turn a blind eye to doing the “right thing”. Sometimes this works. Sometimes it creates a disaster. We will discuss the challenge of convincing senior executives and directors that doing the “right thing” is the right thing to do.
28-Jan-2014 Off-shoring and Near-shoring: Reputational Risks from Fraud and Corruption Peter Dent (CA, IFA, CPA, CFE, CIA) Partner and national leader, Deloitte Forensic and Chair, Transparency International Canada

Dealing with global supply chain risks is a never-ending effort and the risk of corruption and fraud make for their own unique challenges. Reputations are inextricably linked to business partners throughout the supply chain, and their adherence to an agreed code of conduct, making due diligence and audits a necessary risk management strategy. But what constitutes an effective amount of due diligence or a supplier audit? How much effort is required? We will explore these and other questions as part of this session.

23-Oct-2013 Compliance Surrounding Gifts, Entertainment and Hospitality Brenda Swick, Partner, International Trade and Investment and Chair of Government Contracting Practice, McCarthy Tétrault

A common challenge facing companies is the handling of gifts and hospitality to foreign and domestic government officials, as well as the treatment of gifts and hospitality to and from non-government persons such as customers and suppliers.

13-Sep-2012 Measuring the Effectiveness of your Ethics Program Andrea Falcione, JD, CCEP , Chief Ethics Officer, Vice President - Advisory Services, Compliance (Americas), SAI Global
16-May-2012 Addressing Inequality Edward Waitzer, Senior Partner, Stikeman Elliott LLP
12-Apr-2012 Fair Licensing in the Professions The Fairness Commissioner, Hon Jean Augustine, PC, CM
03-Apr-2012 Selection and Implementation of a GRC System Joann Sochor, Associate VP, Compliance Services, TD Bank Group
06-Mar-2012 Ethical Dimensions of the Global Economic Crisis David Olive, business and current affairs columnist at the Toronto Star
29-Feb-2012 Compliance & Ethics Program Best Practices Andrea Falcione, Vice President, Advisory Services and Chief Ethics Officer, SAI Global

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