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Business outsourcing and advisory provider, Aegis Business Solutions, will be hosting their Caribbean Corporate Governance conference at the end of this month.  The aim is to bring together large corporations, small businesses and entrepreneurs to raise awareness on why governance in business matters and the requirements needed to meet the expectations of investors and customers.

“As a business community, we need to come together to raise awareness to our employees, across all levels, on what are good business practices and how to best handle issues with controls in place. We also realized for Caribbean businesses to be able to compete at a global level, they need to have structures in place and need to convey this in the right way to their customers, shareholders and communities in which they operate. Aegis recognises that for some of our clients to move to the next level in their business, it is imperative that they establish good corporate governance practices.” says, Angela Lee Loy, Chairman, Aegis Business Solutions.

Themed ‘Good Governance, Great Business’, the conference has an impressive cadre of speakers who will cover a range of governance issues for different sizes of businesses. Key note speaker, Professor Charles Elson, Director of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware and ranked as one of the “100 most influential players in corporate governance” is opening the event, providing an overview of corporate governance and how it impacts business results.

Many SMEs are family run businesses and it is important to provide guidance on corporate governance in this setting. Dr. Annette Rahael, Family Business Advisor, is covering a practical session for business owners, addressing the challenges peculiar to family companies, such as smooth transitions from one generation to the next. She brings to the table a profound understanding of the commercial realities faced by businesses of all sizes.

One of the goals of the conference is to open a healthy dialogue on the next generation of business leaders. ‘Millennials on Boards’, which is marked as a key session, will be presented by British Chevening Scholar and one of Trinidad and Tobago’s future leaders, Teocah Dove.  Teocah, a Social Development & Communications for Development Strategist, will lead the conversation on what millennials can bring to company Boards. Young professionals could be our missing link in bringing innovation, digital marketing, technology and customer insights to Boards.

This Conference is for anyone who recognises that to grow their business they must have a strong foundation in good governance.  Joanne Webb, Practice Leader, Corporate and Governance Services added, “Corporate Governance is about doing business with someone you trust. Every company should have guidelines which governs the way it interfaces with its stakeholders, namely its shareholders, employees, customers and community. This will ensure the transparency, accountability and longevity of the organisation.”

The conference takes place on 30th October at Hyatt Regency, Trinidad and Tobago and tickets are available online at www.caribbeancorporategovernance.com. Special rates are available for entrepreneurs; call 625 6473 for details.