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Board Human Resources Committee


Directors often complain that they spend too much time evaluating the past and too little time planning for the future. In light of its central role in shaping the human capital of the organization, the HR committee of the board has emerged over the past several years as a key forum for directors to impact future organizational growth and success. The HR committee is central to future success due to its oversight role regarding CEO selection, evaluation and succession, CEO and senior executive compensation, and talent management and succession planning for the organization overall. 

Rotman’s Board HR Committee Program is designed to provide participants with an understanding of current best practices regarding:

  • The role of the HR Committee and the appropriate mandate for an effective HR Committee
  • Effective HR Committee oversight of CEO succession, selection, and evaluation 
  • HR Committee oversight of CEO and senior executive compensation
  • The establishment and support of effective talent management and succession planning processes throughout the organization
  • Effective interaction and mutual support between the HR Committee and the Chief Human Resource Officer (CHRO) and the HR function more generally

Key Benefits

  • Understand the role and mandate of an effective HR Committee
  • Understand key challenges and issues on the agendas of the HR Committee in today’s most effective organizations
  • Advance the talent agenda of their organizations by ensuring that both directors and senior HR executives are aligned around key HR priorities essential to effective strategy implementation
  • Understand, anticipate and address issues essential to effective collaboration and mutual support between the HR Committee and the HR function 
  • Benefit from the opportunity to network with peers from other organizations currently addressing similar challenges and opportunities 
  • Create an opportunity for effective dialogue and mutual understanding between HR management and HR Committee members

Organizations who have chosen to send a member of their HR Committee along with their CHRO to the same offering of the program have found the opportunity for joint learning a particularly valuable experience.

Talent Management


This program has been approved for 19 continuing professional development (CPD) hours under Section A of the continuing professional development (CPD) log of the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA).

Who Should Attend

The program will benefit:

  • New board members, new HR committee members and other directors seeking to learn best practices and in so doing develop their ability to exercise effective oversight of the key human capital decisions facing their organizations
  • Senior HR executives who currently support and interact with the Board Human Resources Committees, or who wish to prepare themselves for such responsibilities in the future


This program will be held at the Rotman School of Management. Program days begin with breakfast between 7:30am and 8:30am. Sessions typically start at 8:30am and end at 4:30pm.

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

  • Introductory Case:
    CEO Succession at HP
  • Board Structures and The Role of HR Committee
  • Effective HR Committees:
    A Director’s Perspective
  • HR Committee Oversight of Alignment of Leadership & Compensation Strategies with Overall Business Strategy
  • Talent Management & Leadership Development
  • Key Issues in Executive Compensation
  • CEO Succession
  • CEO Evaluation
  • The Effective HR Committee:
    Addressing Current Live Issues
  • Panel Discussion:
    Current Issues for HR Committees

Rotman Executive Program faculty are known for their ability to translate the latest research into practical applications for the workplace, and to transmit skills to participants with the best teaching techniques. Industry leaders contribute to our programs to bring you the most up-to-date best practices and a wealth of real-world experience.

Meet the faculty and instructors teaching in the Board Human Resources Committee program:

Photo of Hugh Arnold

Hugh Arnold »

Headshot - Rose Patten

Rose Patten »


Michael A. Thompson »



If you have any questions about the Board Human Resources Committee Program, please contact Linda Botrie at

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Rotman School of Management, Toronto, Ontario


Participant profile:
HR executives, board directors, senior management, next-generation HR leaders


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