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Gigi Dawe

Vice President of Policy & Research, Institute of Corporate Directors

Gigi led the Corporate Oversight and Governance department at Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada). As such, she oversaw CPA Canada’s development of influential, thought-leading resources and events that improve board performance. Gigi launched the governance discipline at CPA Canada to facilitate enhanced board and executive response to market demands. Her history includes consulting […]


Gildas Poissonnier

Chief Sustainability Officer, Desjardins Group

Gildas Poissonnier is the Chief Sustainability Officer at Desjardins. He supports the whole financial institution – including banking, lending, P&C and life insurance, and investing – in moving towards its commitment to integrate environmental, social and governance criteria into its decision-making and its operations, and in supporting the development of responsible finance products, in line […]

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Helen Tooze

PhD Student, University of British Columbia

Helen Tooze is a doctoral candidate at Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia. She holds a MA in Banking and Law from the Bangor Business School at Bangor University, Wales, achieving distinction, and an LLB (Honours) degree from The Open University, England. Helen’s broad research interests include banking and […]


Helle Bank Jorgensen

CEO & Founder, Competent Boards Inc.

Helle Bank Jorgensen is a sustainability, climate change, and ESG advisor with close to 30 years of experience helping global companies and investors turn sustainability into strong financial results. She has worked with hundreds of world-leading companies including IKEA, Nike, Shell, Unilever, Novo Nordisk and Vestas. She developed the Competent Boards Certificate Program to help […]


Ivan Tchotourian

Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Université de Laval

Ivan Tchotourian is Professor at the Faculty of Law at the Université Laval, Co-Director of the Centre d’études en droit économique, founding member of the Laboratoire interdisciplinaire sur la responsabilité sociale des entreprises and regular scholar at the Institut Hydro-Québec en environnement, développement et société. His research interests focus on corporate governance, company law, comparative […]

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Janis Sarra

Professor of Law Emerita, Peter A. Allard School of Law

Dr. Janis Sarra’s research and teaching interests are in the areas of corporate finance, banking law, corporate governance, securities law, contracts, commercial insolvency law, and law and economics. Dr. Sarra was appointed UBC Presidential Distinguished Professor in 2014 for a five-year term.  The UBC Presidential Distinguished Professor is awarded to a professor who has made […]