NOTE: Registration for this workshop is by invitation only. However, if you’re a local technology start-up entrepreneur, you could ask us to invite you. Sweet talk Shelley Hessian via email and maybe she’ll find you a seat.

As a start-up founder, you’re not looking for another flaming tennis ball to keep in the air. There’s already the small matter of building products people will buy, getting them into customers’ hands, attracting and keeping talent, securing capital, managing your finances, and so on. The mere thought of setting up and running a board of directors moves you a step closer to the nervous breakdown you’re sure is just around the corner.

But establishing and operating a board of directors needn’t be that overwhelming, and a well-chosen and well-functioning board can be immensely helpful for your start-up’s success. Get the evidence when you join us on Monday, December 15, for a full-day, by-invitation-only workshop on start-up governance, facilitated by Cheryl Hodder, a partner at McInnes Cooper and an expert on corporate governance issues.

Cheryl will tackle questions such as: What is the best structure for a start-up’s board? How do you attract and leverage board members? What is the proper “care and feeding” of board members? What is the role of founders on the board? Does the CEO work for the board or is it the other way around? What are the main risks (including legal ones) you should keep in mind?

Whether you already have a board or are thinking about building one, plan to attend this workshop. You’ll walk away with practical information on how you can get the most out of your company’s board (and keep your sanity).

Cheryl Hodder (QC), Partner, McInnes Cooper – Cheryl practices extensively in the areas of administrative law, education law, corporate governance, and business law. She was named in the 2011, 2012 and 2013 “Best Lawyers in Canada” list in the area of corporate governance, and she is frequently called upon to lecture on corporate governance issues. Plus, Cheryl practices what she preaches, serving on many boards and committees. She is chair of Film & Creative Industries Nova Scotia and serves on the nominating committee of the Nova Scotia Community College. She is a director of Nova Scotia Business Inc. and a member of its audit committee and HR governance committee. Cheryl is past chair of the national board of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and she is a past director and chair of the education committee of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce. She is chair of the Atlantic chapter of the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors. Cheryl is also past director and treasurer of Lex Mundi, the world’s leading association of independent law firms.

Monday, December 15, 2014
9:00 am - 4:00 pm (lunch will be provided)
Innovacorp Enterprise Centre
1344 Summer Street, Halifax

Registration for this workshop is by invitation only. Please register through Charmaine at ccoke@innovacorp.ca by Thursday, December 11. (While there is no charge to you, it does cost us money to offer, so we want to avoid “no shows.” Please only tell us you’re coming if you’re sure you’ll be there.)