Helping Boards Govern Well

John t dinner board governance services

Helping Your Board Govern Well

Across sectors. Across Canada.

You need your board to contribute to your organization’s success in tangible ways. The time your board invests in its oversight work should have real impact. Your governance investment needs to deliver concrete outcomes.

The theory is easy; the challenge is making it happen in the boardroom.

For almost 25 years, John T. Dinner Board Governance Services has been helping clients across sectors and across Canada achieve excellence in board governance.  Board members and organizational leaders value John Dinner’s insights, practical approach and ability to facilitate needed governance change.

John will use his unique boardroom experience and expertise to help your board deliver on tits accountabilities to promote organizational strength, viability and effectiveness through critical governance processes.

John knows and understands the needs of directors and other organizational leaders first-hand.  Put him to work for your board.




t: 519-502-0409

Areas of Practice

board evaluations / governance audits

There is a need and benefit for boards to consider their performance relative to structural, process and people dynamic perspectives. 

To ensure you and your board benefits from a customized process, a principles-based approach is used. These principles are universally relevant to good governance and board effectiveness; they will be applied in a customized manner to reflect the specific and unique client needs.

The goal of identifying and acting on opportunities to achieve improved board effectiveness will be defined by how well the Board delivers on critical oversight principles

board retreats

Boards can benefit from investing additional time to identify and work through critical issues that can’t otherwise be effectively addressed during the course of the normal meeting schedule.

John Dinner is a skilled facilitator who is equipped to guide boards through the consideration of more complex or dynamic structural, process or relational issues. At the end of a carefully structured retreat session, the board, as well as management, will leave with shared understanding, agreed-upon commitments and a roadmap for successfully moving forward to address the challenges identified.

board training and development

Typically, when boards look to improve performance, they focus on their structure and oversight processes.   While it’s important for your board to look at all contributors to governing well, it may well need to target other, more critical issues that can’t be adequately addressed by conventional governance models, generic training or best practices. 

John Dinner guarantees dynamic board retreats and workshops designed to help boards achieve breakthroughs to its most critical challenges. Clients are equipped with solutions reflecting their specific needs and circumstances.  Your board will be guided through carefully planned exercises designed to:

  • Fully identify and address key performance factors; and,

  • Create customized tools that will sustain improved performance and contribution.

board chair / director coaching

The role of board chair is a demanding one that often relies on trial and error in order to master. But ongoing group dynamics, the relationship between the board and management and other factors for which the chair is accountable often requires more immediate and informed guidance. As board chair, you can benefit from having a trustworthy confidant to work through boardroom challenges.

governance resources and capacity

Boards often need short term access to professional expertise to provide resources such as mandates, governing process maps and tools and other support to assist with the completion of key accountabilities.

Corporate secretaries and others supporting the work of boards often find themselves needing additional expertise to address capacity limitations. Short term engagements to help meet specific targets or assist with the development of board-related support materials can be the best way forward in meeting deadlines or working through spikes in workload.

individual director assessments

Individual Director evaluations are an important and effective process to help Board members fulfill their responsibilities and contribute to effective oversight by the board team. When undertaken methodically, strategically and constructively, they can serve to strengthen individual board member capabilities and identify opportunities for improved performance.  Using relevance in design and sensitivity in implementation, board member evaluations should ultimately improve the quality of overall board governance and foster the trust and confidence of key stakeholders.


Governance theory is easy. It’s applying it in the boardroom that’s challenging.
— John Dinner


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