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On the 2021 private company board agenda

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COVID-19, recession, extreme weather events, deep-seated social unrest, and an increasingly polarized global community all paint a picture of a daunting and opaque business and risk environment for the year ahead. The pressure on employees, management, boards, and governance will be significant.

The long-term value of workforce well-being

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Do employees have the support, resources, incentives, and opportunities that are critical to their performance and to the long-term health of the business? What role should the board play in the oversight of these issues and overall workforce well-being? Join KPMG US BLC on May 13, 2021 for a live discussion of how companies and boards are rethinking workforce well-being to help drive strategy and long-term performance.

Exploring if and how the three-year outlook has changed for Canadian CEOs since September

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Six months following the release of our 2020 CEO Outlook Report (COVID-19 edition), we have conducted a pulse survey to explore if and how the 3-year outlook for Canadian CEOs and their global counterparts has changed.

This report is part of the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Initiative. In partnership with Marsh McLennan, SK Group and Zurich Insurance Group

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The 16th edition of the World Economic Forum Global Risks Report analyses the risks from societal fractures—through persistent and emerging risks to human health, rising unemployment, widening digital divides, youth disillusionment, and geopolitical fragmentation.

Employee health, safety and well-being has taken on a new and expanded meaning and has become the focus of a wide range of stakeholders.

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A publication of KPMG in the US Board Leadership Centre with a survey conducted by JUST Capital – a nonprofit research organization focused on inclusive capitalism, highlighting the issues board directors must ensure management takes into account as they navigate these difficult times.

Governance and oversight considerations for board members in planning for their organizations in the year ahead


Our KPMG subject matter experts gave an overview of the Top Risks from a Canadian and board perspective with emphasis on the interconnectedness of the risks. They discussed how boards should be thinking about these risks in the long term and how they affect inputs into the organizational strategy.

An exclusive webcast from KPMG’s Board Leadership Centre in association with CPA Canada


Our KPMG subject matter experts shared insights garnered from working with organizations across many industries to highlight what digital transformation means and outline the complexities to help boards oversee digital transformation for their organizations.

KPMG Board Leadership Centre

"More is expected of boards than ever before. From navigating digital disruption, cyber threats, and geopolitical risks, to addressing environmental and social issues, to investor expectations for greater board engagement and diversity, directors have never been so critical to the success of an organization."

Jonathan Kallner
Canadian Managing Partner,
Clients and Markets
Executive Sponsor, BLC

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Partner, Audit & Co-Leader,

With extensive experience in both Canada and the U.S., Jim advises directors on audit, internal controls, financial reporting and disclosure, risk oversight, and corporate governance.

Partner, Internal Audit Risk and Compliance & Co-Leader, BLC

Janet provides unique insights to Board and Audit Committee members gained through her experience advising on major and mega capital projects for Canadian and global public and private sector clients.

America’s Regional Head of Markets, Vice Chair, KPMG in Canada & BLC

Rob is a highly respected thought leader on corporate governance matters, and has over 30 years of experience advising public and private boards.