Next Generation Governance

Over 30 years ago Michael Porter alerted corporate boards to the need to look beyond their own corporate boundaries and factor their corporate environment into their strategy-making process. Fast forward to the present, and companies are being asked to extend those boundaries out to the edges of the planet and the societies that inhabit it. Yet, for many companies, their corporate governance structures and processes lag behind, still taking an incremental approach to tackling what are increasingly core strategic issues.

The Next Generation Governance Research Project aims to develop a rigorous understanding of these changing needs, systematically document the evolution of best practice and provide a strong foundation for the development of practical guidance for practitioners by answering the following questions:

  1. What are the pressures on corporate governance practices stemming from sustainability challenges?
  2. To address these challenges, what might need to change about how companies are governed?

The Project is funded by the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada)


Advisory Board

Gigi DaweGigi Dawe

Principal and Leader, Corporate Oversight and Governance at CPA Canada

Gigi Dawe is a corporate governance thought-leader and educator for companies, and individuals responsible for the oversight of organizations. Gigi has extensive knowledge in corporate governance structure and is an authority on board performance, strategy and risk oversight. Gigi has created and produced public forums, presentations and guidance publications through the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada. A leader in corporate governance with a pragmatic and strategic approach, Gigi has been a member of boards throughout her career. Currently, she is on the advisory board for Women Get on Board and board committees for the International Federations of Accountants and the International Corporate Governance Network. Gigi has a Master of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School.

Robert G. Eccles

Professor of Management Practice, Harvard Business School

Bob is the world’s foremost expert on integrated reporting and one of the world’s leaders on how companies and investors can create sustainable strategies. He is the Founding Chairman of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) and one of the founders of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC). Bob is Chairman of Arabesque Partners, the first ESG Quant Fund with headquarters in London and a research group in Frankfurt. In 2011, Robert was selected as one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior – 2012 for his extensive, positive contribution to building trust in business. He is also an Honorary Fellow of the ACCA. Bob received an S.B. in Mathematics and an S.B. in Humanities and Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an A.M. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Harvard University.

Ansie Ramalho

King IV Project Lead, Institute of Directors in Southern Africa

Ansie Ramalho is an authority on corporate governance with both theoretical and applied knowledge on the topic. She believes that corporate governance can and should be harnessed to the benefit of the economy, society and the natural environment. Ansie is currently the King IV Project Lead at the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa (IoDSA). The position carries responsibility for the successful finalisation of the King IV report and code for corporate governance in South Africa, including co-ordination of drafting and editing as well as fulfilling an advocacy role to garner support from key stakeholders for the project towards sound governance. Ansie serves as the chairperson of the board of the South African National Blood Service and as member of the Appointments Committee of ZA Central Registry. Her prior position at the IoDSA was that of Chief Executive from 2010 to 2014. Before joining the IoDSA, Ansie cut her business teeth at KPMG in the corporate restructuring and recovery environment.

Ingvild Sørensen

Manager, Global Compact LEAD

Ingvild A. Sørensen is Manager of Global Compact LEAD within the UN Global Compact. Ingvild’s role includes supporting leading global companies across a range of industry sectors in their efforts to achieve higher levels of corporate sustainability performance. In this capacity she manages the Global Compact Board Programme – a new engagement program designed to improve and accelerate the integration of sustainability into the agenda and responsibilities of Boards of Directors. Prior to joining the UN Global Compact, Ingvild worked at the Permanent Mission of Norway to the UN, the UN Department of Public Information in New York, and at Procter & Gamble. Ingvild holds an MSc degree in Advanced Management Practices from the University of Bath (UK), and a BSc degree in International Marketing and Management from BI Norwegian Business School/ the University of Mannheim (Germany).

Esther SpeckEsther Speck

VP Sustainability, lululemon athletica

Esther has extensive experience providing strategic sustainability consulting to some of the world’s leading outdoor athletic brands. She also has advisory experience across sectors, from tourism to financial to real estate. Prior to her role at lululemon, Esther was Head of Business Sustainability with Mountain Equipment Coop (MEC) for six years, preceded by three years as a Board Member. As a Board member, Esther co-championed MEC’s Futures Project, fostering longer term thinking and value creation through the use of scenarios. As management, Esther built on this work by developing and leading MEC’s next level sustainability strategy. Esther sits on various boards, is an associate with the Natural Step Canada, and is a frequent speaker on sustainability strategy, integration and culture. She was recently recognized with the Clean16 Outstanding Contributor to Clean Capitalism 2015 award. Esther holds an MBA and a Master of Applied Science in Resource and Environmental Management (MRM). She has also completed certificate programs in cooperative economics and in leadership.