Governance Roundtable: Developing Strong Relationships Between Crown Corporations and Ministries

January 31, 2024 9:15am

Brad Krizan
Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council

Louise Ouellette-Bolduc
Corporate Secretary
Canada Revenue Agency

David Field
Legal Aid Ontario

Randy Jackiw
Assistant Deputy Minister
Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs, Ontario

It is crucial for Crown Corporations to develop a strong relationship with their respective ministries to allow for open communication and a seamless engagement of the Board, Management and Minister. This roundtable will explore different strategies for Crown Corp Chairs, Executives, and Board Members to interact and communicate with Ministries to achieve optimum results for their respective Crown Corp. Points of discussion will include:

  • Understanding the existing challenges and obstacles to open communications within the Crown Corp setting
  • Examining how each of the following Crown roles have different expectations of communication:
    • Chair
    • Minister
    • Board Member
    • CEO
    • Corporate Secretary
  • Developing a stronger model for an open line of communication and applying it to each role
  • Devising strategic plans when faced with an unresponsive Minister, Chair, CEO or Board member
  • Implementing relationship management training programs and relationship charters for your board.