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There’s a void of responsible leadership at Hockey Canada and other scandal-plagued organizations. Governments can’t fix those systemic problems. (Shutterstock)

Boards of directors, not governments, must prevent scandals like Hockey Canada’s

Good board governance starts with understanding the mandate and role of the board and then follows through with structure, robust processes and practices.
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2 out of 3 members of university governing bodies have no professional expertise in the sector. There’s the making of a crisis

Universities supposedly have adopted a more corporate approach – but most corporate board members have expertise in the area their company operates in and are more accountable to shareholders.
Good governance is critical for growth. But Canadian startups haven’t yet got a handle on the importance of governance when seeking investors. (Ravi Roshan/Unsplash)

Canadian startups need to focus on corporate governance to grow and thrive

Good business requires good governance, and startups require a particular kind of governance to help them grow and prosper. That’s why it’s so important for startups to get governance right early on.
The outside of a Mountain Equipment Co-op is seen in North Vancouver. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

The MEC debacle is a predictable and avoidable governance failure

MEC built a leadership team that lacked any obvious understanding of co-operatives and fostered a culture that started to see member involvement as a problem rather than a strength.
In this 2019 promotional photo from McDonald’s, then CEO Steve Easterbrook, fourth from the left, celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Big Mac with family members of the McDonald’s employee who invented the popular sandwich. Easterbrook has since been dismissed from McDonald’s for inappropriate behaviour. (Peter Wynn Thompson/AP Images for McDonald's)

How good governance can stop toxic ‘bro behaviour’ at companies

Bad behaviour and toxic culture at a company can be corrected if the organization’s board of directors states clearly the values they are looking for in a CEO.

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