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.
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.
For a complete overview of the program and its benefits, see GCU Overview
GCU in the News
From Canadian Lawyer Magazine
April 27, 2023: Women's General Counsel University creates sense of community for senior in-house female lawyers
January 24, 2023: Women General Counsel Canada celebrates second cohort of GCU graduates
May 12, 2022: Women General Counsel Canada honours first cohort of GCU graduates
Sept 15, 2021: Women General Counsel Canada launches 'GCU'
Head of Legal & Compliance, Alcon Canada
Cohort 1, GCU Graduate
GCU exceeded my expectations! The curriculum was marked by rich content and nuggets of wisdom that is beneficial for all types of GCs. But most importantly, I will forever carry with me the network of inspirational women leaders that I can now call my friends and GC confidantes.
Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, Laurentian Bank of Canada
Cohort 1, Valedictorian and GCU Graduate
As a graduate, I can say that it was a profound and perspective changing experience for me, both professionally and personally, and the network and connections I have within my cohort are for a lifetime.
GCU will offer multiple related sessions as a “concentration” of certain themes (Korn Ferry Factors).
Some GCU sessions may be qualified for CLE/CPD accreditation 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.
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:
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
Course Schedules: Cohort 2 (Jan - Dec 2022) Cohort 3 (Oct - Apr 2023)
Cohort 2 Jan - Dec 2022
Thriving through Change and Transitions
October 1 (Hybrid Session: Virtual and in-person)
Paula Vital, MT Mindfulness Consulting
Global Perspectives on the Rise of Real-Time Corporate Morality Tests ("Surge Effects")
October 1 (Hybrid Session)
|Awi Sinha, Patrice Rouse, Wendy Berman, Gillian Kerr, Dorothy Charach, McCarthy Tétrault, Gillian Smith, NATIONAL Public Relations
|Design Thinking for GC's ***||Collaboration||October 28
12:00 pm - 2:00pm ET
|Gillian Scott and Jennifer Thompson, Osler|
|GC as an Entrepreneur
|Cultivates Innovation||October 28
2:00pm - 4:00pm ET
|Gary Kalaci, Alexa Translations; Sacha Fraser IBM Canada|
|Developing Your Talent: Strategies for Advancing as a Leader
|Keya Dasgupta, Heidi Reinhart, Norton Rose; Conni Gibson, Interac; Shanin Lott, Russell Reynolds Associates|
|The Power of Vulnerability in Leadership
|Jeff Davis, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan|
|DiSC Assessment: What is your Leadership Style?
|Sandra Abitan, Lori Gauld, Osler|
Becoming an Inclusive Leader
| Engages and Inspires
|Joanna Harper, Vandana Juneja, Catalyst Canada|
|Capstone & Graduation||January 26||WGCC|
*** Cohorts 2 & 3 together
To access Fall 2022 Speakers Bios and detailed Course description, click here!
*** Cohorts 2 & 3 together
To access Fall 2022 Speakers Bios and detailed Course description, scroll up to pull down menu at top of page.
Winter 2023 - Schedule to Follow
Driving Innovation, Delivering Results: Inspiring Women Legal Leaders - January 27, 2023
Strategic Execution - February 24, 2023
Effecting Change Through Strategic Law Firm Collaboration - February 24, 2023
Beyond the Law: Ensuring Your Seat at the Table - March 24, 2023
Responding to Risk through Internal Investigations, Capstone & Graduation - April 21, 2023
Session Winter 2022 Speakers Strategic Vision*
1:00-4:00pm ETDale Ponder, Osler; Simon Fish, BMO
Building and Leading a Strong Culture*
Jamie Pytel, Kingsgate Legal
Addressing Ambiguity in Responding to Risk Through Internal Investigations*
12:00pm - 2:30pm ETShane D'Souza, Andrew Matheson, Julie-Martine Loranger, Christine Wadsworth, Shana Wolch, and Susan Wortzman, McCarthy Tétrault
Effecting Change through Strategic Law Firm Collaboration*
Miranda Lam, Matthew Peters, and Judith McKay, McCarthy Tétrault
Beyond the Law: Ensuring Your Seat at the Table*
12:00pm - 2:45pm ET
Anne Drost and Stacy McLean, Blakes - TBD
Capstone & Graduation
PROGRAM FEE & APPLICATION
Note: this program is only available to current WGCC Members. Visit your profile to ensure your membership is up-to-date!