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Welcome to GCU

Whether you are just beginning your career as a legal leader or an experienced GC with a record of executive roles in leading organizations, GCU can help you to perform your role more effectively.

GCU is committed to providing GCs with a curriculum that’s strategically mapped to top Competencies that will enhance your contribution to the C-suite and advance the business. Each course will include learning objectives from at least two such Competencies. The Most Sought GC Program is based on Korn Ferry’s global competency framework, derived from qualitative, quantitative and market-based data, and relying on comprehensive and rigorous analysis, external research literature etc. WGCC commissioned Korn Ferry to identify key competencies, traits, drivers of GCs that are requisite to be the “Most Sought” GC and we have used that research to frame this Program.


Upcoming Session:

DiSC Assessment: What is Your Leadership Style?

Facilitated by: Sandra Abitan and Lori Gauld, Osler

DiSC is a behavioural profile assessment - one of the most commonly used tools in leadership training around the world. It is both a self-awareness tool, and a framework for working effectively with different behavioural styles. As a leader, you must collaborate with others to get work done. Being able to recognize when & how to flex your preferred approach can help you communicate and persuade across differences, and build stronger teams. All participants will have an opportunity to complete a 10 minute online assessment and will receive a personalized report before the program.

Competencies
Develops Talent: Developing people to meet both their career goals and the organization’s goals.
Engages and Inspires: Creating a climate where people are motivated to do their best to help the organization achieve its objectives.
Instills Trust: Gaining the confidence and trust of others through honesty, integrity, and authenticity.

The Art of Feedback

Facilitated by: Shuli Rodal and Janette Canvin, Osler; Jolie Lin, Linnovation Works

What should the feedback culture be like in your organization? As a leader, you play an essential role in setting the tone for how feedback is used and perceived. While it often gets a bad rap, feedback comes in a variety of forms: praise so good work is celebrated, developmental feedback to grow skills in your team, and the more challenging course corrections to redirect behaviours before they turn into bigger issues. While even the simplest constructive feedback can have unpredictable results, there are strategies that can help you address work results comfortably and quickly – with your staff and peers alike. Done well, feedback builds performance without sacrificing relationships.

Competencies
Develops Talent: Developing people to meet both their career goals and the organization’s goals.
Instills Trust: Gaining the confidence and trust of others through honesty, integrity, and authenticity.



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PROGRAM DELIVERY

GCU will offer multiple related sessions as a “concentration” of certain themes (Korn Ferry Factors).

GCU sessions will be accredited for CLE/CPD in applicable Canadian jurisdictions.

We will deliver GCU programs virtually for the first term (October to December 2021), and in creative formats to best facilitate your learning experience in the future.

DESIGNATION PROCESS

GCU will provide Orientation to onboard two cohorts (limited to 12 participants each) per year. We will introduce the cohorts to the GCU structure and the 12 differentiating Competencies as part of this Orientation.

To obtain a GCU designation, candidates must:

  • Complete the program of required courses
  • Deliver a final thesis paper (~2000 words) on a topic to be determined by the candidate and their coach
  • Be a current WGCC member in good standing

USE OF THE GCU DESIGNATION

As a GCU grad and holder of the Most Sought GC designation, you have committed to achieving the highest standard of corporate legal leadership.

The GCU designation is granted to members of GCU who have completed the Most Sought GC Program and are current members in good standing of WGCC.

This designation represents a commitment to excellence in legal leadership, to be the most effective general counsel you can be. You will be recognized as a leader who can balance your organization’s most complex legal issues with its business interests, who can build and lead extraordinary teams of legal talent, and who can raise the bar on issues ranging from equity, diversity and inclusion, to environmental social responsibility.

After completing the GCU Most Sought GC’s program and the delivery of a final “thesis,” you will be granted a GCU designation that will represent a lifelong commitment to learning and maintaining excellence in corporate legal departments. In the current, rapidly evolving competitive environment, this GCU designation will help you be better at what you do, and ultimately, create better opportunities for your career.

GCU PROGRAM BENEFITS

  • Korn Ferry’s Personalized Professional Development Assessment
    Korn Ferry has created a “best in class” success profile of a General Counsel role which is based on our research, data and market insights. Within this profile there are Competencies/Traits/Drivers and Responsibilities. As part of the GCU program, your first step will be to undergo a KF Professional Development Assessment, to obtain a baseline of how you measure against the best-in-class Profile, and identify your opportunities for improvement. We hope this will provide insights into your leadership style and readiness for Most Sought GC roles.
  • DISC Personalized Assessment
    Measure your Dominance, Influence, Steadiness and Conscientiousness to better understand communication styles and how to build more effective relationships.
  • Individual Coaching by Korn Ferry Certified Coaches
  • Accredited/Certificated
  • CPD/CLE credits
  • Korn Ferry’s For Your Improvement (FYI) Book
  • Personal Board of Directors + national network (through overlapping cohorts)

Course Schedules: Cohort 1 (Oct 2021 - May 2022)     Cohort 2 (Jan - Dec 2022)

Cohort 1 Fall 2021 - Winter 2022 Download PDF here
All times are Eastern Daylight/Standard Time

Session Fall 2021 Speakers
Korn Ferry Professional Development Assessment  October 1
12:00 - 5:00pm

WGCC, Cleo Kirkland and Kendra Marion, Korn Ferry

THOUGHT + RESULTS + Competencies 

October 2
11:00am - 12:30 pm
Cleo Kirkland and Kendra Marion, Korn Ferry
Being the Change: Trailblazing Women Legal Leaders October 2
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Christine Holmes, Lawyers InHouse, Hon. Suzanne Duncan, Karin McCaskill, Terrie-Lynn Devonish and Cleo Kirkland
Design Thinking for GCs October 29
12:00 - 1:00 pm 
Gillian Scott and Jennifer Thompson, Osler
GC as Entrepreneur 

October 29
1:15 - 2:15 pm

Gary Kalaci, Alexa Translations
Getting Back to the Middle October 29
2:30 - 3:30 pm
Peter Carayiannis, Conduit Law
Breakout Sessions

October 29
3:30 - 5:00pm

Gillian Scott, Osler; Gary Kalaci, Alexa Translations; Peter Carayiannis, Conduit Law
PEOPLE + SELF + Competencies November 19
12:00 - 1:45 pm
Cleo Kirkland and Kendra Marion, Korn Ferry

Global Mindset: Approaches to Working, Leading and Managing Globally

November 19
2:00 - 5:00 pm
Keya Dasgupta, Emily Wesson, Alison Babbitt ; Norton Rose Fulbright ,and Terra Rebbick, Thomson Reuters
DiSC Assessment: What is your Leadership Style? December 10
12:00 - 2:45 pm
Sandra Abitan, Lori Gauld, Osler
The Art of Feedback December 10
3:00 - 5:00 pm
Shuli Rodal, Janette Canvin, Osler; Jolie Lin, Linnovation Works
Session Winter 2022 Speakers
Strategic Vision* January 8
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Dale Ponder, Osler; Simon Fish, BMO
Building and Leading a Strong Culture* January 29
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Jamie Pytel, Kingsgate Legal
Addressing Ambiguity in Responding to Risk Through Internal Investigations*

February 25
12:00 - 2:30 pm

Shane D'Souza, Andrew Matheson, Julie-Martine Loranger, Christine Wadsworth, Shana Wolch, and Susan Wortzman,  McCarthy Tétrault
Effecting Change through Strategic Law Firm Collaboration* February 25
2:30 - 5:00 pm 
Miranda Lam, Matthew Peters, Judith McKay, and Julia Shin Doi, McCarthy Tétrault
Beyond the Law: Ensuring Your Seat at the Table * March 25
12:00 - 2:45 pm
Anne Drost and Stacy McLean, Blakes
Capstone & Graduation

May 7
12:00 -  2:00 pm

 WGCC

*Cohorts 1 & 2 together



Cohort 2 - January-December 2022 

Session Winter 2022 Speakers
Korn Ferry Professional Development Assessment January 7 WGCC, Cleo Kirkland and Kendra Marion, Korn Ferry

THOUGHT + RESULTS + Competencies 

January 8 Cleo Kirkland and Kendra Marion, Korn Ferry
Strategic Vision* January 8 Dale Ponder, Osler; Simon Fish, BMO
PEOPLE + SELF + Competencies January 29 Cleo Kirkland and Kendra Marion, Korn Ferry
Building and Leading a Strong Culture* January 29 Jamie Pytel, Kingsgate Legal
Addressing Ambiguity in Responding to Risk Through Internal Investigations* February 25 Shane D'Souza, Andrew Matheson, Julie-Martine Loranger, Christine Wadsworth, Shana Wolch, and Susan Wortzman,  McCarthy Tétrault
Effecting Change through Strategic Law Firm Collaboration* February 25 Miranda Lam, Matthew Peters, Judith McKay, McCarthy Tétrault
Beyond the Law: Ensuring Your Seat at the Table* March 25 Anne Drost and Stacy McLean, Blakes
Session Fall 2022 Speakers
Being the Change: Trailblazing Women Legal Leaders** October 1 Christine Holmes, Lawyers InHouse and TBD
Design Thinking for GCs** October 28 Team Innovation, Osler
GC as Entrepreneur** October 28 Gary Kalaci, Alexa Translations
Getting Back to the Middle** October 28 Peter Carayiannis, Conduit Law
Global Mindset: Approaches to Working, Leading and Managing Globally** November 18 Shanin Lott and Sasha de Klerk, Norton Rose
DiSC Assessment: What is your Leadership Style?** December 9 Osler - TBD
The Art of Feedback** December 9 Osler - TBD
Capstone & Graduation January 26 WGCC

*Cohorts 1 & 2 together

**Cohorts 2 & 3 together

PROGRAM FEE & APPLICATION

PROGRAM FEE
$5,000 (plus applicable taxes). 
We will accommodate applications for fee alterations if required.

APPLICATION
Click the link below to apply for the program.  All applications will be evaluated and applicants will be notified of their acceptance. 

Note: this program is only available to current WGCC Members. Visit your profile to ensure your membership is up-to-date!

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