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Thursday, March 5, 2020 from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM (MST)

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Getting Board Ready 7 Tickets Mar 2, 2020 CA$40.00 CA$2.39 CA$2.12

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You’re invited to Women Get On Board's Event in Calgary on Thursday, March 5, 2020:


 “Getting Board Ready"


Understand the skills and steps required to become board ready and hear about different board experiences from an engaging panel discussion.


Proudly hosted by our National Strategic Partner, Bank of Montreal (BMO)


Getting yourself board-ready is a journey where you need to be realistic in your skills, experience and value you bring to a board. You also need to be mindful that it is a very competitive market-place. There is an over-supply of qualified corporate directors for a limited supply of available corporate board seats.

So, how do you start your journey to get board-ready so you can compete for a corporate board seat? The first step is to ask yourself these 10 questions to determine your readiness for leading and serving on a corporate board.


10 Board-Ready Questions
1. Do you have a minimum of 10 to 15 years of experience in a senior executive role in the public, private, crown or not‐for‐profit sectors?
2. Are you prepared to commit at least 200 to 300 hours per year to a corporate board role?
3. Do you have the support of your own Board of Directors and/or senior executives to serve on a board?
4. Do you have a formal governance certification or designation (C. Dir or ICD.D) from the Directors College or the Institute of Corporate Directors?
5. Have you ever served on a board, not‐for‐profit or for profit?
6. Are you a team player that understands the dynamics of boards is one of the most critical components of good governance?
7. Do you fully understand the role, responsibility and liability of a corporate director?
8. Do you understand the difference between a board of directors role versus a manage-ment role?
9. Do you have financial acumen—can you read and understand financial statements?
10. Do you have experience in critical areas in our changing world such as Risk Manage-ment, International Markets, M&A, Cyber Security, Digital Media, Big Data, etc.?





Jennifer Kirnbauer

Vice President, Business Banking | BMO


Jen has been with BMO Bank of Montreal for over 15 years.  Over that time has held various positions in both Personal and Business Banking and is currently the Vice President Business Banking in Calgary.  Jen manages a team of 10 Relationship Managers who are located across Calgary with a  mandate to manage a portfolio of Business Banking clients with complex deposit and cash management needs as well as lending facilities up to $1MM.  Jen is actively involved with women’s initiatives in BMO, and was  recently appointed the Local Lead for BMO for Women,  working to enhance  the relationship between Business Banking, Private Wealth and the external Calgary market by aiding the advancement of female entrepreneurs though various BMO strategies. Jen has participated in many internal and external female mentorship programs including BMO Alliance for Women, Women’s President Organization and Grow Your Biz. Jen also serves on the advisory board for I can for Kids, a non-profit organization helping feed hungry school children.



Susan Brown 

Senior Vice President (Retired), Alberta/NWT Division, BMO Bank of Montreal 


After a 25-year career with BMO, Susan Brown recently retired from her position as Senior Vice President, Alberta/Northwest Territories.

Susan currently serves on the Boards of the Calgary Stampede Foundation, the Association for the Rehabilitation of the Brain Injured, and the Institute for Rural Education and Development. In the past, she has served on the boards of public utilities, private corporations, and many not for profit hospital foundations, museums, and business organizations.

Susan was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in 2016 by Women’s Executive Network. She has also been recognized as a Woman of Distinction by the YWCA in 2012, and one of Saskatchewan’s Top 10 Women of Influence by Saskatchewan Business Magazine in 2004.

Susan holds B. Comm (Honours) and MBA degrees from the University of Manitoba. She also holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.


Judith Athaide

President & CEO | The Cogent Group Inc.


JAMs. Athaide, is a Corporate Director and the President and CEO of The Cogent Group. She currently serves on several corporate boards including PHX Energy Services, HSBC Bank Canada, Computer Modelling Group, New Brunswick Power, Altagas Canada, and Sustainable Development Technology Canada.
She is a professional engineer with more than 30 years of experience in the domestic and international energy industry. She holds a B. Comm (Honours) from the University of Manitoba and a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta. She has been awarded the designation of ICD.D by the Institute of Corporate Directors.



Thursday, March 5, 2020

8:00 am - 8:30 am - Registration and Networking
8:30 am - 9:45 am - Presentation/Q&A
9:45 am - 10:00 am - Networking

The Pioneer
117 8th Ave SW
Calgary, AB T2P 1B4


Please purchase your ticket by Monday, March 2nd, 2020
Please note that tickets are transferable but no refunds or exchanges for this event are available.


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Women Get On Board is a leading member-based company that connects, promotes and empowers women to corporate boards. We do this through an engaged community of women and men in Canada committed to advancing gender diversity in the boardroom.

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The Pioneer
117 8th Ave SW
Calgary, AB T2P 1B4

Thursday, March 5, 2020 from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM (MST)

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