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2019 Critical Governance Issues Forum

Join Directors, Senior Executives and Governance Experts at this exclusive event. Gain an understanding of three critical issues facing boards today – Blockchain Technology, System Failures and Disruption – while reconnecting with fellow directors and executives.

2019 Critical Governance Issues Forum

Join governance experts, board directors and senior executives at this exclusive event.  You will gain an understanding of three critical topics facing boards today while reconnecting with fellow directors and executives.

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Blockchain: Opportunities and Limits of This Emerging Technology

Blockchain technology has had mixed press over the past couple of years, primarily due to the frenzy caused by wild speculation in the unregulated cryptocurrency markets.  However, it is important for Directors to understand that blockchain, the underlying technology behind cryptocurrencies, and when it is likely to be value to businesses. 

Blockchain can potentially streamline business processes and transactions, strengthen supply chains, boost customer relationships, reduce costs and provide opportunities for business expansion. This session will provide you with an understanding of the opportunities and limits of this emerging technology, as well as the key questions to ask your management to ensure they are building a robust digital strategy.

Meltdown: Why Our Systems Fail and What We Can Do About It

From train derailments and massive oil spills to bankruptcies and medical errors, Directors are increasingly facing complex and challenging system failures.  These crises can threaten an organization’s reputation, profitability and future viability.  Instead of reacting, Directors need to understand how to work with their management teams to prevent such failures.

In this session, András Tilcsik will discuss his groundbreaking research on how complexity causes failures in a variety of modern systems – from social media to air travel – and how we can prevent meltdowns in business and life.  By understanding what lies behind these failures, we can transform how we make decisions, build our teams, design our systems, and prevent the kinds of meltdowns that have become all too common.

Each participant at the 2019 Rotman Governance Forum will receive a copy of MELTDOWN: Why Our Systems Fail and What We Can Do About It, published by Penguin Press in 2018.


Disruption: Thriving in a Rapidly Changing World

As a Board Member, how can you tell which new competitors pose a real threat to the business and which ones you are safe to ignore?  Once you identify coming disruptions, how do you respond without wasting valuable time and resources?  This speech will reveal the secrets of how Silicon Valley companies think when they are disrupting and how the most agile companies in the world respond and thrive under disruption.

2019 Critical Governance Issues Forum

April 4, 2019
8:30–3:15 pm
Rotman School of Management





8:30–9:00 am


9:00–9:15 am


Richard Powers 
Associate Professor, Rotman School of Management
National Academic Director, 
Rotman-ICD Directors Education and 
Governance Essentials Programs

9:15–10:45 am

Blockchain: Opportunities and Limits of This Emerging Technology

Joshua Gans
Jeffrey S. Skoll Chair of Technical Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Professor of Strategic Management 
Chief Economist, Creative Destruction Lab

10:45–11:00 am


11:00–12:30 pm

Why our Systems Fail and What We Can Do About It

András Tilcsik, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Strategic Management
Canada Research Chair in Strategy, Organizations, and Society

12:30–1:30 pm


1:30–3:00 pm

Disruption: Thriving in a Rapidly Changing World

Nicolas Darveau-Garneau, MBA
Chief Search Evangelist, Google
Mountain View, California
Co-Founder and Board Member;
Advisor; and Poka Inc.

3:00–3:15 pm

Closing Remarks

Richard Powers

Attending the Rotman Critical Governance Forum qualifies for 5 Institute of Corporate Directors CEU’s

2019 Critical Governance Issues Forum


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 of the 2019 Critical Governance Issues Forum

Rick Powers »


Joshua Gans »


András Tilcsik »


Nick Darveau-Garneau »

The registration period for the 2019 Critical Governance Issues Forum is now closed.

For more information about the event, please contact:

Jane Taylor
Director of Governance
Tel: 416.946.3612

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April 4, 2019


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105 St. George Street
Toronto, ON M5S 3E6


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Directors, executives, and governance experts


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