Strategies for Reconciling Ministerial Expectations, Obligation to the Corporation, and Public Demands

January 20, 2021 10:30am

Pascale Daigneault
Federal Bridge Corporation (Ottawa, ON)

Catherine R. Gryba
Former Board Member
eHealth Saskatchewan (Saskatoon, SK)

Alison Lawford
Director, Governance & Legal Affairs and Corporate Secretary
Defence Construction Canada (Ottawa, ON)

Crown boards have always been tasked with negotiating pressures from government and the public while acting in the best interest of the entity they oversee – a challenge that is inherent to crowns’ very structure and function. This session will feature case studies on how two federal crowns and a provincial crown have navigated demands that are competing, unclear, or do not match the board’s own views.

Topics will include:

  • Responding to ministers’ letters of expectation that are not well aligned with a crown’s reality and what it is able to deliver
  • What level of autonomy do and should crowns have from their owner
  • How do board members manage political influence that conflicts with what they deem to be the best interest of the corporation
  • What consideration should the board give to public opinion of a crown’s vision and activities