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Michael Bassett
Michael Bassett
Director, Research Impact and Content Strategy

Michael Bassett is the Director, Governance, Compliance, Risk and Sustainability at The Conference Board of Canada where he oversees the Conference Board's research and major events in these areas.

Michael has contributed to numerous custom and public research projects in the areas of governance, ethics, risk management and Crown corporations. He has chaired the Conference Board's and the National Corporate Ethics and Integrity Summit (2018) and National ERM Conference (2017). In summer 2018, he was a plenary speaker at the United Nations HeforShe Congress in Kyiv, Ukraine.

For the past 9 years, Michael has led the research and analysis of the Canadian Board Diversity Council's Annual Report Card—a review of the gender diversity of the boards of Canada's largest 500 companies. The 2017 report card found that the rate of progress of gender diversity on Canada's largest companies has fallen back to its glacial historic rate of change, prompting consideration that more than the comply or explain legislation is required to spur greater diversity in Canadian Boardrooms.

In addition to this role, Michael is the Director of the Centre for Family Enterprises in Canada, a major multi-year initiative to raise awareness of the role and contributions of family-owned businesses to Canada's economy and society. Michael received his Family Enterprise Advisor (FEA) designation in May 2018.

Susan Côté-Freeman
Susan Côté-Freeman
Senior Research Associate

Susan Côté-Freeman joined the Conference Board of Canada in 2016 after almost two decades with the international Secretariat of Transparency International.

At the Conference Board of Canada, Susan manages an executive network of some 60 Canadian risk professionals and carries out research in the governance, compliance and risk areas.

Throughout her career with Transparency International, Susan worked for the organization in London, Washington D.C. and Berlin. As Head of Transparency International’s Business Integrity Programme, Susan led projects aimed at raising standards of corporate anti-corruption practice. She represented Transparency International on global anti-corruption initiatives such as the United Nations Global Compact, the Partnering against Corruption Initiative of the World Economic Forum and the B20.

Susan is currently a member of the Board of Transparency International Canada and is the President of the board of directors of IMPACT, a Canadian non-profit organization dedicated to addressing the problem of conflict minerals.

Amanda Daoust
Amanda Daoust
Network Manager, Governance, Compliance, Risk and Sustainability

Amanda Daoust is the marketing coordinator for the Governance, Compliance and Risk operating unit at the Conference Board of Canada. Her primary focus is to support recruitment and customer relationship activities for the Corporate Ethics Management Council and the Strategic Risk Council—where she also shares the role of on-site coordinator and research assistant.

In addition to supporting the networks, Amanda leads the GCR Twitter and social media presence. She also leads the Governance Webinar series which focuses on key issues facing boards of directors and features global industry thought-leaders.

Ms. Daoust is a recent graduate of the Business Marketing Program at Algonquin College and is a former dual-event competitor in the Ontario College’s Marketing Competition.

Deborah Pratt
Deborah Pratt
Administrative and Meetings Coordinator

Deborah is an Administrative and Meeting Coordinator for the Conference Board of Canada (CBoC). She has over fifteen years of events coordination experience which includes planning and coordinating the execution of logistics related to Strategic Risk Council and the Council for Excellence in Canadian Crown Corporation within the Governance, Compliance and RiskDivision. Duties have included establishing and monitoring of budgets, reviewing administrative procedures for event details and reviewing event progress.  In this, she also has experience in organizing registration of participants, communicating with speakers, preparing programs and planning entertainment and social gatherings.

Prior to working at the CBoC, Deborah held various positions within Federal Government working for the Department of National Defence and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada as an Administrative Assistant.

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