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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.

GCU is grateful to the sponsors and partners of GCU who support our program by collaborating on and delivering top quality programming in support of GCU.  Please click HERE to view.


Congratulations to Our Inaugural GCU Cohort!

Women General Counsel Canada is thrilled to announce the graduation of our inaugural GCU cohort! GCU is an executive leadership program for women general counsel. WGCC is a member-led organization established by women in general counsel and legal executive roles working together to grow, connect, and contribute.

The creation of the Giraffe Award was announced by the Dean at the GCU Cohort 1 Graduation.

The giraffe symbolizes someone who stands above the crowd, a leader everyone looks up to, a risk taker who is not afraid to stick their neck out. As a spirit animal, the giraffe represents sincerity, interior calm, looking at life with optimism and keeping the head held high. A herd of giraffes is called a Journey.

The hand carved Giraffe Award sculptures were presented to each graduate of Cohort 1 as a symbol of the leadership journey they travelled together.

Congratulations to our amazing Graduates, and thank you to our outstanding Faculty and Partners!



Registration for Cohort 3 is now open!
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Capstone Project

GCU is designed with the Korn Ferry leadership competencies creating an opportunity for personal reflection as part of each participant’s personal leadership journey. The page at the end of the individual Korn Ferry assessment reports, provided to each participant at the commencement of GCU, sets out Development Priorities and is an important guide to develop a plan.

In order to successfully finish GCU, each participant must provide 1,000 word personal essay about the development opportunity identified in their Korn Ferry personal assessment, how they set about to tackle it, and what they have learned and achieved (or failed!). The essays will be read in confidence by the Dean. They are not marked; this is really a way for GCU participants to hold themselves accountable.

Capstone Project Deadline - Cohort 2:  Capstone essay is due on Friday, January 6, 2023.

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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 capstone paper (~1000 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 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 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 capstone essay, 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 Korn Ferry 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 3 (October 2022 - March 2023)
Registration is open! Please click here to apply.

Cohort 1 Fall 2021 - Winter 2022 Download PDF here
All times are Eastern Daylight/Standard Time
Program schedule subject to change

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 | 4-5pm (Optional Discussion)
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. Featuring Andrea Cotroneo, President's Choice Financial
Effecting Change through Strategic Law Firm Collaboration* February 25
2:30 - 5:00 pm 
Christine Ing, Matthew Peters, Judith McKay, McCarthy Tétrault. Featuring Julia Shin Doi, Ryerson University.
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 
Cohort 3 January - December 2022; Details on Winter schedule to follow

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
12:00 - 1:45 pm
Cleo Kirkland and Kendra Marion, Korn Ferry
Building and Leading a Strong Culture* January 29 
2:00 - 4:00 pm | 4-5pm (Optional Discussion)
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. Andrea Cotroneo, President's Choice Financial
Effecting Change through Strategic Law Firm Collaboration* February 25
2:30 - 5:00 pm 
Christine Ing, Matthew Peters, Judith McKay, McCarthy Tétrault. Featuring Julia Shin Doi, Ryerson University.
Beyond the Law: Ensuring Your Seat at the Table*

March 25
12:00 - 2:45 pm

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). 

APPLICATION
CLICK HERE 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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