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2018 Critical Governance Issues Forum

Join Governance Experts, Boards of Directors and Senior Executives at this exclusive event. Gain an understanding of three critical topics facing boards today – Crisis Management, Behavioural Economics and Artificial Intelligence – while reconnecting with fellow directors and executives.

2018 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.

Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Prediction Machines

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Although most directors are familiar with the term AI, few truly understand what it means for their companies and/or industry.  Twenty years ago we experienced a wave of new competition with the arrival of the internet. AI is positioned to have a similar impact across all industries. Directors need to understand the opportunities and risks associated with this new technology.

To complement the AI session, each participant with receive a copy of Prediction Machines: The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence (April, 2018) co-authored by presenter Avi Goldfarb.

"Prediction Machines achieves a feat as welcome as it is unique: a crisp, readable survey of where artificial intelligence is taking us separates hype from reality, while delivering a steady stream of fresh insights. The key is that the authors view AI's life-changing developments through the lens of economics vs. technology—and thus speak in a language top executives and policymakers will understand.  Every leader needs to read this book."
Dominic Barton, Global Managing Partner, McKinsey & Company

Crisis Management

Crisis Management

Board-level crisis readiness is more important than ever.  Between 2010 and 2017, headlines with the word “crisis” and the name of a top 100 company as listed by Forbes appeared 80% more often than the previous decade. However, organizations tend to spend more time trying to prevent crises than preparing for them. Directors need to understand their roles and responsibilities during and following a crisis and what/how/who should communicate.  Is your board ready?
Behavioural Economics

Behavioural Economics

Behavioural economics is a relatively new field that combines key insights from psychology, judgment, decision making and economics to generate a more accurate understanding of human behavior. Research by Gallup has shown that companies that apply the principles of behavioral economics outperform their peers by 85% in sales growth and more than 25% in gross margin.  Boards need to understand whether or not their management team is using the principles of behavioural economics and what questions they should be asking.

2018 Critical Governance Issues Forum

May 15, 2018
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

Crisis Management

Jaime Watt
Executive Chairman of Navigator Ltd.

10:45–11:00 am


11:00–12:30 pm

Behavioural Economics

Dilip Soman
Professor, Rotman School of Management
Corus Chair in Communication Strategy
Member, Behavioural Economics in Action Research Cluster

12:30–1:30 pm


1:30–3:00 pm

Artificial Intelligence

Avi Goldfarb
Ellison Professor of Marketing
Rotman School of Management
Co-Author; Prediction Machines: The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence

3:00–3:15 pm

Closing Remarks

Richard Powers

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

2018 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 2018 Critical Governance Issues Forum

Richard Powers

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Dilip Soman

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Jaime Watt

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Avi Goldfarb

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2018 Critical Governance Issues Forum

Fee: $685 CAD + HST

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May 15, 2018


Rotman School of Management
105 St. George Street
Toronto, ON M5S 3E6


Participant profile:
Directors, executives, and governance experts


$685 CAD + HST


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