Boardroom Leadership: Strategies for Board Leadership and Decision-Making

Boardroom Leadership: Strategies for Board Leadership and Decision-Making

Boardroom Leadership: Strategies for Board Leadership and Decision-Making

An exclusive event designed for CEOs and executive leaders aiming to elevate their boardroom skills. Whether you want to enhance your contribution to a board you’re already on or are interested in joining a board, this dynamic session features a panel of distinguished leaders who will share their insights and strategies on how to be an impactful board member.

Engage in a fireside chat exploring real-world challenges and solutions, and gain valuable tools to enhance decision-making, governance, and leadership within your board roles. Whether you’re a seasoned executive or a new board member, this event will provide you with the knowledge and tactics to transform your boardroom effectiveness and drive successful outcomes.


Networking: 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Panel Discussion and Fireside Chat: 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Networking and Give-to-Get: 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM


  • Andrew Harries SFU Beedie School of Business, Associate Professor of Practice

Andrew Harries is the Tom Foord Associate Professor of Practice in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business, where he integrates cutting-edge entrepreneurial theories with practical insights in his courses. An accomplished business advisor and corporate director, Andrew currently chairs the board of Hailo Data and previously led Contractually to its acquisition by Coupa Software. He co-founded Zeugma Systems, serving as President and CEO, and was a foundational member of Sierra Wireless, contributing significantly to its growth from inception through IPO to over $200M in annual revenues. Andrew’s extensive industry experience is complemented by his role on the advisory board of Science World British Columbia, where he formerly chaired a major capital campaign and facility expansion. Holding three US patents and an MBA from Simon Fraser University, his expertise in tech entrepreneurship and corporate leadership makes him an invaluable contributor to discussions on effective board governance.



  • Denise Williams Chair, MakeWay Foundation | Indigenous Advisor to the Beedie School of Business

Denise Williams is a distinguished leader at the forefront of integrating Indigenous sovereignty with technological advancement within the expanding technology and innovation economy. Her work focuses on collaborating with Indigenous communities, governments, and tech innovators to promote fair access to technology and education, essential for leading digital transformation in the 21st century. Denise champions a theory of change dedicated to positioning Indigenous peoples at the forefront of Canada’s tech sector and fostering connected economies. Her mission is to harness ancestral knowledge to infuse community, balance, and humanity into the evolution of digital technologies and online spaces, advancing the principles of Truth and Reconciliation in both physical and virtual realms.

As a volunteer and advocate, Denise serves on the boards of several influential organizations, including the Urban Native Youth Association, Vancouver Foundation, and Innovate BC. She also contributes her expertise to the Policy Horizons Canada and Hollyhock Learning Institute. Denise’s academic achievements include a Master of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University, where she also played a pivotal role as Chair of University Relations on the Board of Governors. Recognized for her impactful work, Denise has been honored with several awards, including Business in Vancouver’s Top 40 Under 40 and BC’s Most Influential Women STEM Stars. Her roles as a Mentor with the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation and an Activator with SheEO underscore her commitment to ethical technology and empowerment.

  • Peter Mogan Founder and Legal Counsel, Mogan, Daniels and Slager, M&A and Private Equity Lawyers | Forum Chair, MacKay CEO Forums

Since 1978, Peter Mogan has been active as a lawyer, businessman and mediator in B.C. and Ontario. He has worked closely with his business clients as a strategic advisor bringing a practical, entrepreneurial approach, combined with a very relational style. Peter is known as a leading mid-market M&A legal advisor in British Columbia. He has also advised dozens of companies on employee ownership. He is a frequent speaker, moderator, and writer on M&A, private equity, and employee ownership topics.

Peter currently serves as a director or advisor to the boards of several B.C. and international companies as well as a number of not-for-profits. Peter chairs a MacKay CEO Forum Group and is deeply involved as Vice-Chair of Food for the Hungry, a global relief and development NGO with a vision to see the end of systemic poverty. Skiing, cycling, movies, and reading round out Peter’s primary interests.

  • Moritz Hirche Watson Board Advisors, Consultant – Director & Executive Search Practice

Moritz Hirche is a seasoned Consultant at Watson Board Advisors, specializing in Director and Executive Search within the technology, life sciences, and industrial manufacturing sectors. With a robust background that includes roles as a Senior Principal and Board Director for a global executive search firm, Moritz brings a wealth of experience in leading high-stakes projects with a high-touch approach. His international business acumen, honed through extensive work across North America and Europe, along with an educational foundation in International Business and Business Engineering, makes him a respected leader in his field. An advocate for diversity and adept in navigating complex environments, Moritz’s strategic insights are invaluable for executives aiming to enhance their effectiveness in the boardroom. Moritz lives in North Vancouver and is an active community member and outdoor enthusiast.

Coffee, tea, and light morning refreshments will be served.


Date And Time

2024-06-05 @ 08:30 AM (PDT) to
2024-06-05 @ 11:00 AM (PDT)

Registration End Date


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