Be Discovered: Your Board Position Is Waiting

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Very few titles can be as impressive as Board Member – and for good reason: Boards shape their organizations’ impact on society. These days, it’s no secret that boards need more women.

Join us for the first DeGroote Women’s Professional Network event for the Fall 2016 season and find out how you can land a coveted board seat.

Our panel of experts will share their advice on:

  • When to start thinking about boards {hint: it’s earlier in your career than you might think}
  • How to be discovered for board opportunities
  • The benefits of being on a board
  • Tips to enhance your online professional profile

You’ll also enjoy cocktails and canapés, along with networking opportunities with like-minded professionals from a wide range of industries across the GTA.

Register now. Seats are limited.

Event open to alumni, business community members, and students. Learn more about the DeGroote Women’s Professional Network (DWPN) here.

Event Details

When: September 20, 2016
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Where: DeGroote School of Business, Ron Joyce Centre, 4350 South Service Road, Burlington, ON L7L5R8
Cost: $25.00 Inc tax, parking included.
Contact: Kristine Leadbetter

DeGroote School of Business, Ron Joyce Centre, 4350 South Service Road, Burlington, ON L7L5R8

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5:00-5:45 p.m. Registration, networking, cocktails & canapés
5:45 p.m. Introductory remarks
5:55 p.m. Panel Presentation
6:45-7:30 p.m. Optional networking

Panel Moderator:

Beverly Topping, President and CEO, Indelible Inc.

Entrepreneur, Educator and Chief Executive Officer who creates value and growth.  Expertise in designing and implementing operational & financial strategies in high growth & entrepreneurial organizations. Respected leader within the governance community. Background in raising capital and providing solid returns for investors. Experience as a corporate director of public, private, not-for-profit & crown corporations. Innate ability to see and understand operations and the interconnectivity of people and business by being able to relate to stakeholders at all levels.


Karen Belaire MBA, CPA, CGA, Chief Executive Officer, SSW Shared Services West

Karen is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer at Shared Services West. Karen has held such roles as the Chief Operating Officer at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Chief Operating Officer at the London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s Health Care London, the Vice President Administration for McMaster University and the Vice President of Finance and Administration for St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton and Credit Valley Hospital in Mississauga.

Karen values governance and the role of the Board. Having completed the Conference Board of Canada/DeGroote School of Business Directors College, she is a Chartered Director (C. Dir.), and her board experience includes CIMTEC, Trillium Gift of Life Network, CSii, HSCN, Kids Health Links Foundation, St. Joseph’s Health System (International Outreach Programs), Horizon Utilities, Theatre Aquarius, St. Peter’s Hospital, McMaster Innovation Park, Gore District Land Trust, McMaster Museum of Art, and CAA Southwestern Ontario.

Deborah Rosati FCPA, FCA, ICD.D, Corporate Director, Co-founder, Women Get On Board

Deborah Rosati is an accomplished corporate director, entrepreneur, Fellow Chartered Professional Accountant (FCPA) and certified Corporate Director (ICD.D) with more than 30 years of experience in technology, consumer and retail, and private equity and venture capital. An experienced audit committee chair, Deborah provides extensive knowledge as a Corporate Director in the areas of financial and enterprise risk management, corporate strategy, transformational changes, M&A, corporate governance and CEO & board succession planning.

Janice Detta-Colli, Founder, Board Flight Paths

Drawing from academia, management consulting and global executive recruiting, Janice Detta Colli has leveraged over 20 years of boardroom experience to create Board Flight Paths.  She assists directors in corporate, private and not-for-profit sectors with board recruitment and highly sensitive, complex, group dynamic issues. For executives, she constructs  the strategic framework to help them grow their board career or to land their first board seat.  Janice designed and delivers the “Take Your Seat” program for the Directors College, built to offer a set of professional “how to’s” and the tools needed for professionals to take their seat at the board table.

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