Elevating Processes To Enhance Board Success

Friday, May 28, 2021
11:00 – 11:10 am

Greetings from the University of Saskatchewan

Chancellor McCreath

Shelley Brown, Board Chair


Chelsea Willness, University Secretary and Chief Governance Officer

11:10 am – 12:00 pm

Strengthening our Boards Through Evaluation and Continuous Learning

Much of what separates high performing boards from the average board is the behavioural competencies that members bring to the table, emotional intelligence, active listening, team building, and problem solving. These competencies are more challenging to evaluate than simply reviewing committee structures, strategic plans and policies and procedures that guide a Board’s work. This session will discuss how to tailor a board evaluation to focus on the critical components and drive learning objectives that will strengthen Board performance. This session will include break-out sessions and a report back following the break.

Ken Acton, Executive in Residence, University of Regina, Johnson Shoyama School of Public Policy

12:00 – 12:15 pm Break
12:15 – 1:15 pm

Ken Acton continued – report back from break-outs

1:15 – 1:20 pm Break
1:20 – 2:25 pm

The Forest AND the Trees: Strategic Planning in Governance

The day-to-day for Governance Professionals is incredibly busy, often with a year’s worth of deadlines to attend to, and all of it is high-stakes and high-visibility. In this type of environment, it can be difficult to think beyond the ongoing operational demands—a classic “can’t see the forest for the trees” scenario. However, there is great value in raising our gaze to engage in intentional and strategic planning for Governance units, by assessing the internal and external environment, identifying key priority areas, and setting goals and objectives into the future. This process can help to move from being reactive to proactive, operational to strategic, and can elevate the role of governance in the organization. This session will review two potential approaches for a strategic planning process, and will workshop some of the elements with participants.

Chelsea Willness, University Secretary and Chief Governance Officer, USask

2:25 – 2:30 pm Wrap-up [Chelsea Willness]