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Vancouver Event: “The Role of the Board in M&A transactions: Creating Value and Minimizing Risk” on Tuesday, October 15th, 2019 - Breakfast Event

Women Get On Board

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 10:30 AM (PDT)

Vancouver Event: “The Role of the Board in M&A...

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 You’re invited to Women Get On Board's Breakfast Event on Tuesday, October 15, 2019:

The Role of the Board in M&A transactions: Creating Value and Minimizing Risk”

Proudly hosted by our National Strategic Partner, Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG

The role of the board in the M&A process is critical to ensure the transaction contributes to value creation for the company and the risk of failure is minimized. Whether the process begins with a friendly offer or a hostile ambush, the steps directors follow and their ultimate decision may be the biggest, most scrutinized action of their service. In the context of both public and private companies, we will explore the following board strategies for success:

  • Is the board M&A ready? Building a diverse board with varied roles, perspectives and experience.
  • Determining whether a special committee should be formed and whether or not external advice should be sought.
  • Ensuring the company has a rigorous M&A process and the right M&A leadership.
  • Reviewing the proposed deal in the context of the company’s strategic plan, and challenging the value creation potential of the transaction.
  • Maintaining objectivity and sensitivity to possible management bias — don’t fall in love with the deal.
  • Monitoring critical aspects of the due diligence process before approving the transaction.
  • Examining the post-merger integration plan in detail, and tracking performance against the plan.




Cybele Negris
CEO & Founder |


CNCybele Negris is a serial entrepreneur, seasoned board member, speaker, mentor, and columnist. Cybele is CEO & Co-Founder of, Canada’s original .CA Registrar and provider of hundreds of domain extensions, corporate domain portfolio management, webhosting, email, security products, and other online solutions. Webnames’ clients include some of the country’s largest corporations, government, law-firms, and global Fortune 500 brands.


Cybele serves on the board, audit, and HR committees of the Royal Canadian Mint, the board, audit and risk committees of BCAA, the board of Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver and Science World. She is Vice-Chair of the Small Business Roundtable of BC, and was appointed by the Minister of Jobs, Trade, and Technology to the three-member Small Business Task Force of BC. She also serves on the Technical Advisory Board for the Riverview Lands Redevelopment in Coquitlam, the advisory council of Science World, SFU Innovates, and is a Regional Ambassador for Women Get on Board. She formerly served on the Board of Governors of Capilano University, as Vice-chair of Small Business BC, and on the boards of the BC Premier’s Technology Council, Forum for Women Entrepreneurs, Vancouver Economic Commission and Wired Women.


A Hall of Fame Inductee and four-time winner of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women and nine-time winner of PROFIT W100, some of Cybele’s other recognitions include BC Business Most Influential Women in Business 2018, 2017, 2015, and Business In Vancouver’s Influential Women in Business 2010 and Top 40 Under 40 2003. 


She is a columnist for Business in Vancouver and speaks at dozens of events each year including TEDx.




Natascha Kiernan
Independent Director | Zenabis Global Inc.


Natascha Kiernan is an experienced finance and M&A attorney who has held senior positions at several prominent international law firms, including as a Counsel in the London office of Skadden, Arps. She was ranked as one of the 2014 “Top 40 Under 40 Rising Legal Stars in Europe” by the Financial News.


Ms. Kiernan has represented Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions and international governments in complex finance and M&A transactions totalling more than $100 billion in value and spanning six continents. Ms. Kiernan currently serves as an independent director on the boards of Zenabis Global, a TSX listed public company, as well as on the board of a private mining technology incubator and several educational and non-profit organizations. She holds a J.D. from Columbia University School of law and is qualified to practice law in New York and England & Wales.



Vivian Lee
Managing Director & Team Lead, Corporate Finance Division | BMO


VLVivian Lee is a Managing Director & Team Lead for Diversified Industries with BMO Corporate Finance Division with over 22 years of banking experience in senior roles, most recently with RBC, National Client Group as Vice President. 
Vivian started her banking career in Singapore and moved to Vancouver in 2001, where she joined HSBC and moved into progressively more senior roles as a Relationship Manager and Risk Management. 
In 2008, she moved back to Singapore to join Citibank where she led a Corporate Banking team until 2012, when she returned to Canada. 
She is active in the Vancouver downtown market place as part of the RMA Vancouver Chapter Board member, the RMA Women’s Committee and the Association for Woman in Finance Board member and held the PEAK chair position in 2018-2019.




Tuesday, October 15th, 2019



9:00-10:00- Panel Discussion 



Gowing WLG Office
550 Burrard St., Suite 2300
Vancouver BC, V6C2B5


Please RSVP or book your ticket by October 14th, 2019. 


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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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Gowling WLG Office
Suite 2300 - 550 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 2B5

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 10:30 AM (PDT)

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