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Time to Make Corporate Governance Canada's Global Competitive Advantage
Tue, 18 April 2017, 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM EDT
April 18th Canadian Club of Ottawa with be holding a joint event with the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD)
Rahul Bhardwaj, LL.B, ICD.D President and Chief Executive Officer
We need to treat corporate governance as a natural resource which we can export and use to our advantage in expanding our future as a trading nation. At a time of great upheaval among governments and corporations, Canada’s high standards of governance can act as a beacon in the flight to quality. But this will only happen if our leaders actively promote the idea that strong boards make strong organizations, make a strong country – and a stronger, safer world.
Rahul Bhardwaj is President and CEO of the Institute of Corporate Directors. He is an accomplished executive and director with a long and successful track record in the business, community and not-for-profit sectors. Most recently, he served for nine years as President and CEO of the Toronto Foundation.
Mr. Bhardwaj began his career as a corporate lawyer at Meighen, Demers, Barristers & Solicitors, now part of Norton Rose Fulbright, and subsequently served as a Vice-President for Toronto's 2008 Olympic Bid. He currently serves as a Director of Metrolinx, Rideau Hall Foundation and Community Foundations of Canada (Past Chair).
He has also previously served as Chair of the 2012 Ontario Games, Co-Chair of TO2015 IGNITE (Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games), Chair of the Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival, a Director of George Brown College (Vice Chair) and Director of Upper Canada College and Stratford Festival, among others.
In 2012, Mr. Bhardwaj’s commitment to city building was recognized as he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. He has been named one of “The 50 Most Influential” people in the city by Toronto Life magazine and was recently named to the Leader Council at the Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership at the Ivey Business School, the Quadrangle Society at Massey College and The Ultimate List of Social CEOs on Twitter. His vision for Toronto and Canada has made him a popular presenter and speaker locally, nationally and internationally, particularly on issues relating to leadership and governance.