Lessons Learned from the 2016 Crop of Corporate Crises

Event Information


April 27, 2017


2:00 PM - 3:00 PM


Institute of Corporate Directors

Delivery Method

Upcoming Events - Webinar


Hosted by the Institute of Corporate Directors this webinar will explore whether Canadian or U.S. boards were responding to regulatory investigations, data breaches, class actions, whistle blowing or other corporate crises, 2016 was an eventful year. Effective directors can learn from these external events and use them as a tool for crisis preparedness.

Although there has been minimal fallout to date from the Deputy Attorney General of the United States’ Yates memo, which directs U.S. Dept. of Justice lawyers to use best efforts to hold individuals accountable for illegal corporate conduct, this memo continues to present risk to Canadian directors.

Oversight of crisis management and preparedness are key responsibilities of any board. Whether you serve on the board of a private or public company, a not-for-profit corporation, a Crown corporation or government agency, sooner or later your organization will face a crisis. When that crisis hits, the effectiveness of the board, and its ability to side-step a fatal disaster, will be determined by the outcome of its response.

JOIN the Institute of Corporate Directors and Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP as we review the 2016 crop of crises with industry professionals and a distinguished panel of seasoned directors. This one-hour webinar will focus on new learnings from 2016 events that can be applied to help your organization identify and mitigate risks, and ultimately respond effectively when a crisis hits.

Discussion topics will include:

1. Key issues from 2016 crises in North America

  • Class action lawsuits
  • Data breaches
  • Whistle blower activities
  • Other corporate crises

2. Impact and risks of the Yates Memo

3. How to build a crisis plan

4. Checklist for directors on crisis readiness

5. Live Q&A

Andrew MacDougall, LL.B
Partner, Corporate, Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Sonia Baxendale, ICD.D
Director, Hospital for Sick Kids Foundation, Toronto French School, CI Financial Corp., Foresters Financial and Laurentian Bank

George Cooke, LLD, HCIP
Chair, OMERS, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, CANATICSDirector, Hydro One Inc.

Lawrence Ritchie, LL.B
Partner, Litigation, Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Registration Info

Register today for this webinar – free to all ICD members – and apply the lessons from the corporate crises of 2016 to identify and mitigate risks in your organization.

**This webinar is for ICD members only.

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