Board Governance Advisory Services


Board Governance Advisory Services

Phelps has been advising and working with Boards of Directors/ Governors/ Trustees to help transition new leadership into their organizations for over 30 years.

Preparing for future leadership

In these complex, ambiguous times, organizational success requires that Boards and Senior Leadership work in partnership, with complementary, clearly defined roles, and with shared accountability for achieving planned results. Boards must shift their focus to the future in response to long-term economic, technological, and demographic trends. It is not surprising that this shift is forcing a renewed emphasis on improved governance: more time spent on strategy, planning, current and appropriate policies, succession planning, talent management, and risk management frameworks. Selecting the right leadership (Board Chairs, Directors and CEOs/Presidents) to embrace opportunities and address challenges in an ever-changing context is critical.

As seasoned governance and search professionals, we can help you address these challenges.

Compelling issues and trends include:

Phelps’ team offers Boards the following integrated services (with intersecting variables) to ensure successful governance and organizational leadership:

Our Team – Extensive Hands-on Governance and Organization Experience

Heather Connelly:  Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO); The Learning Partnership; Change Foundation; VON; Council for Canadian Unity; National Ballet School; Calgary Dance Workshop.  Heather has served as Chair of Boards and Board Governance and Management Resource Committees.  She is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors, and has recruited full Boards, Chairs, and Directors for several organizations. 416.364.6229 x 120 or

Joan Green, O.Ont.:  Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO); ParticipACTION; Canadian/Chinese Friendship Association; Roots of Empathy; Canadian Education Association; Goodwill; Art Gallery of Ontario; The Learning Partnership; Governing Council, University of Toronto; Canadian Comprehensive Audit Foundation; United Way of Greater Toronto and Director of Education, Toronto District School Board; CEO, EQAO, Government of Ontario. She has served as Chair of several Boards and Committees.416.364.6229 x 190 or

Dr. Frank Markel:  Boards and Committees of a wide variety of healthcare organizations.  Chair, Advisory Committee to Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care on Hospital Funding; Advisory Committee to CIHI’s introduction of population grouper and for Canadian Blood Services. First Canadian member of  Board of Gift of Life America.  Executive Director, Canadian Association for Health Services Policy and Research (CAHSPR); Senior Fellow, HPME, University of Toronto; President and CEO, JVS; EVP, Toronto Rehab; CEO, Trillium Gift of Life Network; President, Hillcrest Hospital.  416.364.6229 x 108 or  

Jean-Pierre Boisclair, FCPA, FCA:  Board Chair, Champlain Local Health Network (LHIN); Vice-President (and CFO), Conference Board of Canada; President CCAF (Canadian Comprehensive Auditing Foundation); Chair, Independent Panel on Modernization of Comptrollership in the Government of Canada; Principal, Offices of the Auditor General of Canada and British Columbia (on Executive Interchange Program); President, Westhill Industries Limited  (aerospace manufacturer); Partner, MacGillivray & Co, Chartered Accountants.  Board Director: eHealth Ontario, Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre (Chair); Ottawa Hospital, OCTC School Authority, Public Health Agency of Canada(Departmental Audit Committee Chair), Ontario Local Health Integration Networks Chairs Council (Co-Chair), Ottawa Foundation, Nominating Committee, The Directors College (Governance Committee),Roots of Empathy, the Niagara Institute; Canadian Performance Reporting Board of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants. 416 364-6229 or

Frank Sorochinsky:  President George Brown College; Vice President Sunnybrook Health Science Centre, Greater Victoria Hospitals, Inco Ontario Division, PT Inco Indonesia, Sudbury Regional Development Corporation. Chair Cambrian College Board of Governors; Co-Chair Ontario Provincial Nursing Education Implementation, Aboriginal Education Council and School of Labour; Lead President Accountability in Ontario Colleges; Vice Chair Victoria United Way; member Toronto City Summit Alliance, The Learning Partnership, B.C. Health Labour Relations Board. 416 364-6229 or