The 33rd Governance Institute of Australia national conference got underway in Sydney this morning. Some 160 'governance professionals' assembled from around Australia to explore the role of the company secretary, and emerging governance thinking and practice. This, the first of several conference reports, covers the first session of the two-day conference. (Note: these updates are not exhaustive accounts of ever session. Rather they provide summaries of key points made by presenters and observations from an interested delegate.)
The 33rd GIA conference promises much. The organisers have assembled a good programme and a strong line-up of speakers. However, the opening session felt like an opportunity missed. Why the organisers chose to lead out with a regulatory update (instead of a thought provoking message from a gifted communicator to reinforce the core theme of the conference) was beyond me and most of my table neighbours. Regardless, I look forward to the sessions that follow. More soon.
Thoughts on corporate governance, strategy and effective board practice; our place in the world; and, other things that catch my attention.