PGEx Workshop on Federal Crown Corporation Governance – Proceedings Report
The Public Governance Exchange held a workshop entitled Crown Corporation Governance Since the 2005 Review on Monday December 17, 2012. The purpose of the workshop was to examine the evolution of governance practices for federal Crown corporations in recent years, with the comprehensive 2005 Review serving to frame the issues. Specific issues were discussed such as accountability relationships, Board appointments and composition, transparency requirements, and the use of instruments such as letters of expectation and ministerial directives. Also, broad trends were considered such as the application of private sector practices to public sector Boards and challenges of balancing independence with the need for alignment with the government’s broader policy agenda. There were approximately two-dozen participants, including officials from the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, the Privy Council Office, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and a cross-section of federal Crown corporations with commercial, financial, regulatory, cultural and operational mandates.