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“An intended learning objective of this course, therefore, is to develop the mindset of healthy skepticism and the skill of constructive challenge, as an investor voting on compensation, as a director establishing compensation, as an advisor assuring compensation, or as an executive advocating compensation.”

Toronto, ON. Global Governance Advisors Senior Partner, Paul Gryglewicz, is the co-developer of the Governance of Executive Compensation and Shareholder Accountability Summer Graduate Program as part of the Master of Financial Accountability degree offered at York University. The course has been offered since 2013 and is mandatory for students enrolled in the program.

There are two themes that spread throughout this course. The first is that compensation is an incentive that drives human behavior. The board has final governance authority over every single aspect of executive compensation. Compensation, along with the tone at the top and the shareholder environment, is integral and fundamental to governance and financial accountability. The second theme of this course is that the board is accountable to shareholders for executive compensation. Shareholders want to see a direct alignment between shareholder wealth maximization and executive reward.

“Compensation is a very emotionally charged topic. It is imperative that shareholders; board members and executives understand the leading practices in executive compensation design and compensation governance. It’s an honour and a privilege to share my passion for executive compensation design and corporate governance through teaching the emerging students interested in pursuing a career in this field,” commented Paul Gryglewicz, Senior Partner. “This theme of reflective practice is not necessarily quiet and personal, but is social, action-oriented, political, speaks ‘truth to power,’ deconstructs dominant discourse and socially constructed realities, and is applied in situations in which information is incomplete, outcomes are uncertain, and there is ambiguity, which can describe compensation setting and shareholder voting,” Gryglewicz added. “Skepticism and challenge, therefore, are both intellectual and affective pursuits that lead to new understandings and appreciations, both individually and in concert with your colleagues.”

About York University. York University is known for championing new ways of thinking that drive teaching and research excellence. Meaningful and sometimes unexpected careers result from cross-disciplinary programming, innovative course design and diverse experiential education opportunities. York University is multifaceted, connecting more than 52,000 students to world-class interdisciplinary programs and dynamic research opportunities across 11 cutting-edge faculties.

About Global Governance Advisors. Global Governance Advisors (GGA), servicing Boards of Directors and Senior Management teams, is an internationally recognized, top 5 North American Human Capital Management firm that provides leading Human Capital Management advisory services and HCM technology solutions that maximize board and executive performance to increase valuation; addresses senior management compensation planning that drives company performance and outcomes; improves investor (stakeholder) and employee communications and loyalty; and ensures corporate governance, regulatory compliance and risk mitigation.

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