Around the branches

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Chairman’s Report – February 2018

29 January 2018

Canterbury Branch

"I not only use all the brains I have; but all I can borrow, and I have borrowed a lot"- Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), 28th US President (1913-21) and Nobel Peace prize winner; a man often rated by historians as one of that nation's greatest presidents.

Chairman’s Report – December 2017

12 December 2017

Canterbury Branch

The Tongariro Moment

With Christmas nearing it’s a time for reflection. Personally the organisations I am involved with (especially the IoD) have had a pleasing year in 2017. In each case I am involved with a capable and confident CEO who works well with their board – long may that continue.

The changing face of governance in Canterbury

28 November 2017

Canterbury Branch

Duncan Cotterill, a Canterbury branch sponsor, drew on their extensive network to bring together an engaging panel of younger directors who are having an increasing impact on governance both locally and nationally. Duncan Cotterill Partner - Paul Dorrance, facilitated a fully booked breakfast event at their exceptional Victoria Street offices.

Chairman's Report - November 2017

03 November 2017

Canterbury Branch

"A good director asks the right questions AND then listens carefully to the answers"

- Sir Stephen Tindall, The Warehouse founding Director, Team NZ Chairman and major sponsor, venture capitalist and philanthropist and best of all our speaker last 28 September

BDO Sponsors Breakfast with Sir Stephen Tindall

04 October 2017

Canterbury Branch

Although Sir Stephen Tindall is such as well-known and esteemed New Zealander, it is difficult to appreciate how engaged he is across the breadth of his interests. These include the Warehouse Group, the philanthropic Tindall Foundation, the K1W1 venture capital fund and our America’s Cup team. On 28 September over 90 attendees were privileged to hear Stephen’s governance-related perspective on these in addition to his candid responses to questions from the floor.

Chairman’s Report – October 2017

03 October 2017

Canterbury Branch

"In a society of abundance the survival of those on top of the pile will very probably hang upon their ability to accomplish changes in systems and equitable redistribution of our new wealth such that no doors of opportunity are closed to any citizen simply by reason of where he was born, or how much money his parents had, or because of his race or religion"

- from a 1971 speech by Cummins Engine Co Chairman (at the time) and lifetime philanthropist J Irwin Miller

Chairman’s Report – September 2017

04 September 2017

Canterbury Branch

An exciting month for us in IoD Canterbury; I am pleased to introduce some winners further below.

For starters, I liked this recent quote from Australian Financial Review Chanticleer column on the Threat and Opportunity from a more digital world:

"The Amazon threat is not confined to what it does so well today. Its huge R&D budget means that it will remain at the forefront of the use of artificial intelligence, augmented reality and virtual reality. It's ownership of the world’s largest cloud computing business means it will also lead the world in data analytics.

There has not been much discussion yet about what these technological advances will mean in the hands of Amazon…"