Governance Forum

When:  Apr 2, 2020

Governance Forum

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Location: Ottawa, ON

8:30am-4:30pm (with breakfast starting at 7:30am)

Session Description

Many organizations struggle defining the role of the Board in strategic planning and in innovation processes. Often it is delegated to senior management to conduct strategic planning and the Board becomes an approval body rather than a generator of innovative ideas. Board members are often confronted with a series of questions such as: How can we build strategy that delivers sustainable competitive or comparative advantage? How can we mitigate the risk of the strategy of getting derailed? How can we build in an innovation plan to be ready for disruptors that may occur in our field? How can we track our strategic progress and our investment in innovations on a regular basis? Where do we start?

This one-day Governance Forum session, based on Dr. David Weiss' best selling books including Innovative Intelligence, provides compelling answers to these critical questions. It clarifies how Board members should think about their role in building strategy and how they collaborate with senior management in this process. It identifies specific areas where Board members can contribute greater value to the strategy and to the future direction to build organizational resilience and high performance.

This presentation answers the following questions:

  1. What is the boards accountability in the development of strategy and how should they collaborate with senior management in this process?
  2. How can the Board contribute value by identifying potential areas that may require innovation and the development of an innovation plan?
  3. How should senior management track the achievement of the strategic plan (and course correct as appropriate) and how can the Board be engaged meaningfully in this process?
  4. How can the Board and senior management engage in a self-assessment to evaluate the extent to which it is fulfilling its responsibility in the area of strategy and innovation?

The Presenter

Dr. David S. Weiss, FCTDP, ICD.D is President and CEO of Weiss International Ltd., a firm specializing in innovation, leadership, and HR consulting for many Fortune 500 companies and public-sector organizations. David has delivered over 200 conference presentations and he has written over 50 journal and trade articles. He is the author or co-author of six business books including Innovative Intelligence (Wiley, 2011, also available in Chinese) which was a “top 5 business book for 2011” reported by CBC News. David has conducted executive sessions in Canada, USA, China, Russia, Israel, Uganda, South Africa, Malaysia, Chile, Hungary, Paris and England on the ideas in his books. Previously, Affiliate Professor of Rotman School of Management, Senior Research Fellow at Queen's University, and Chief Innovation Officer in a multinational consulting firm, David currently teaches at four university executive development programs. David's doctorate is from the University of Toronto and he has three Masters degrees. He has been honoured by many organizations globally including by the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario with the “Distinguished Lecturer” certificate, by the Asia-Pacific HR Congress with the “HR Leadership Award,” by CSTD as the first lifetime “CSTD Fellow” in Canada, and by HRPA with the lifetime designation of “Fellow CHRP.” You can read many of David's innovation articles at and follow David on Twitter @DrDavidWeiss.


Member Rate*: $450.00 | Non-Member Rate: $550.00

*Volunteer leaders who attend with a CSAE member are eligible for the member rate.

A cancellation fee of $100.00 for each cancelled registration will apply until March 27, 2020. No refunds after this date. Deferrals are not permitted. Substitutions are accepted without penalty, in writing to CSAE will adhere to the member/non-member fee differential.

This session will also be offered in Vancouver, on October 22, 2019.

Registration Dates

Early Registration Ends Thursday, April 2, 2020


Ottawa, ON