GPC is a national association of governance professionals from public, private, Crown and not-for-profit organizations in Canada and the United States. Following the tabling of the Peter Dey report in 1995, T•O Corporate Services principals approached the ICSA Canada Board with an initiative to create a new association. This new organization would provide professional service to corporate secretaries and related governance professionals, who demanded more networking opportunities and continuing education opportunities in light of the report’s requirements. This idea received complete support and collaboration from both ICSA and Peter Dey to be a worthy and necessary initiative that soon thereafter created the Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries (CSCS). In August of 2016, the board and its members voted to change the organization name to one that would reflect the diversity of its well-renowned membership. Today our organization is known as Governance Professionals of Canada (GPC).
With a focus on best meeting practices, effective stakeholder communications, disclosure and effective board administration, GPC provides resources on industry leading principles of good governance and ethics.
- Simplification and standardization of organization’s governance practices
- Identification and promotion of cost and operating efficiencies
- Improved communications with stakeholders
- Active representation of members’ interests to government, stock exchanges and regulators
- Our reputable society continues to focuses on advocacy, development, networking and access to timely resources. Each year our membership grows as more North American professionals discover us through colleagues, their employers, and events such as our Annual Corporate Governance Conference. We are known for championing governance in Canada.
The promotion and advancement of the governance function in organizations in the private, public, not-for-profit and other sectors in Canada, through education, networking and the continued development and application of best governance practices.