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Workshop: "How to Get Yourself on a Board" - Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Women Get On Board

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM (EST)

Workshop: "How to Get Yourself on a Board" -...

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Getting Board-Ready Workshops from Women Get On Board 

The purpose of the Getting Board-ready workshops is to help women gain insights and learn about the skills they need to prepare for board opportunities. These half-day workshops will be facilitated by Corporate Directors, governance experts and guest speakers who will provide practical experience to empower women with tools to enhance confidence and courage to lead and serve on boards.

"How to Get Yourself on a Board" 
Please join us on December 7th! 

What will be covered:

  • Building your board profile
  • Women Get On Board Skills Matrix
  • Preparing your board resume
  • Preparing for board interviews 
  • 10 Things to Know about Seeking a Federal Public Service Appointment on Departmental Audit Committees (Guest Speaker: Jennifer Robinson, Executive Director, Internal Audit Policy and Communities, Office of the Comptroller General of Canada)

Breakfast will be served.

This event is discounted for Women Get On Board (WGOB) members. Members, please use the discount code/direct link sent to you. To become a member, please email us at 

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

Deborah RosatiDeborah 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 and Nominating & Corporate Governance 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 and board succession planning.

Currently, Deborah’s corporate engagements are as a leading and serving Corporate Director and Chair of the Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee for Sears Canada (TSX: SCC), as a Corporate Director and Chair of the Audit Committee for NexJ Systems (TSX: NXJ), a member of the Department Audit Committee for Correctional Services Canada and she recently took on the role of an Advisory Director at Stanton Chase, a global retained executive search firm. She is also a Co-Founder of Women Get On Board, a member-based company that connects, promotes and empowers women to corporate boards. Deborah’s community engagements include serving as a member of the Adrenalys Ontario Advisory Council, as a member of her alma mater’s Goodman’s School of Business Dean’s Advisory Council and she launched the school’s Deborah E. Rosati Entrepreneurship Award.

 Deborah is a frequent speaker on corporate governance, board diversity and leader- ship. Selected as a Diversity 50 2014 candidate, she was also recognized in 2012 as one of WXN’s Top 100 Canada’s Most Powerful Women in the corporate director award category. She was Chair of the Nomination Committee and the Chair of the Board for the Canadian Internet Registration Authority, and also the Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee for Canada’s National Ballet School. In addition, Deborah was also the Co-chair for the Ottawa Chapter of the Institute of Corporate Directors and is a former member of CPA Canada Risk Oversight Governance Board.  


Corporate Director in Residence
Karen Wensley, Corporate Director

Karen WensleyKaren Wensley is a member of the board of directors of Trillium Heath Partners and Gore Mutual Insurance.  A former member of the board of the Information Technology Association of Canada, in 2013 Karen authored a white paper for ITAC entitled “Gender diversity of boards of directors of Canadian ICT companies: Where we are, Why it matters, and Overcoming the challenges.”

Karen is the author of the recent book The Power of Personal Branding for Career Success, and is a frequent speaker on the subject to corporations, universities and women’s groups.  Karen provides consulting services to businesses in the areas of HR strategy, executive coaching and team effectiveness. She also teaches business ethics at the University of Waterloo and writes the monthly ethics column for CPA Magazine.

Karen works with professionals new to Canada as a volunteer mentor with the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council.

Karen retired as a partner of EY in 2010, where she spent most of her career as a tax partner and then became the national Human Resources leader. She grew up in the US, and has an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and an MBA from McMaster University.  


Guest Speaker
Jennifer Robinson, Executive Director, Internal Audit Policy and Communities, Office of the Comptroller General of Canada

Jennifer RobinsonJennifer Robinson joined the Office of the Comptroller General in January 2006 to provide departments and agencies with support, advice and guidance for the recruitment, appointment and tenure management of Departmental Audit Committee (DAC) Members.

In April 2012, she was appointed Director of the newly created Audit Communities Division whose mandate is to support the functional development, management and engagement of a professional, sustainable internal audit community. The audit community within the federal public service consists of internal auditors, Chief Audit Executives (CAE) and those involved with DAC – including external DAC members, Deputy Heads, CAEs, CFOs and DAC Secretariat support staff.

 In September 2016, Jennifer accepted a 1-year assignment as Executive Director of the Internal Audit Policy and Communities Division.

 Jennifer started her public service career in communications at Health Canada in 2000 but transferred to the Treasury Board Secretariat soon after in 2001. She held positions in the Classification Division, the Public Service Modernization Act Office and the Strategic Communications and Ministerial Services Branch. Prior to joining the government, Jennifer worked in the not for profit sector in various communications-related positions. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Laval University. 

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

8:30 am - 9:00 am: Light breakfast, networking
9:00 am – 12:00 pm: Workshop

Verity Club, Library Room

111 Queen Street East
Toronto, ON   M5C 1S2
Tel: 416.368.6006

Please purchase your ticket by December 2nd, 2016
Please note that tickets are transferrable but no refunds or exchanges for this event are available.

Photography & Video: Events may be photographed and may be videotaped. If you have any concerns or questions please contact us at The resulting images may be used in Women Get On Board advertisements including print and digital, electronic communications including event announcements, emails and newsletters, on and on Women Get On Board’s social media channels. 

Women Get On Board is a member-based company that connects, promotes and empowers women to corporate boards. We do this by hosting roundtable events, facilitating workshops and showcasing our members’ personal brands online.

Have questions about Workshop: "How to Get Yourself on a Board" - Wednesday, December 7th, 2016? Contact Women Get On Board

When & Where

Verity Club
111 Queen Street East
Toronto, ON M5C 1S2

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM (EST)

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