Nationality: Canadian and British
Highest Academic Degree: MBA, 1998
Institution / University: Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary
Professional Career and Key Achievement
Upon graduating with an MBA in Financial Management in 1998, Lisa began a fifteen-year career in the capital markets with roles in institutional equity research and sales and portfolio management. She became a CFA charterholder in 2000. In 2010 she was a founding Managing Directors with Altacorp Capital Inc., in both institutional equity, and asset management. In 2012, she became a certified director (ICD.D) through the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors. She joined Hugessen Consulting in 2013, an independent consulting firm dedicated to boards and their compensation committees, as Principal, where she advised directors on executive compensation, performance and governance, developed strategies for disclosure and engagement with shareholders, and advised on CEO performance, succession and transitions. She currently serves as a non-executive director, as the Chair of Audit & Accountability on the board of a municipal housing corporation with a dual social/commercial mandate and on the investment committee of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce.
I want to research best practice in how boards deal with sustainability, both in terms of its integration into corporate performance, and also how this relates to and is influenced by the increasing number of shareholders engaging with boards on matters of sustainability. I believe there is an enormous opportunity to make an impact by giving mainstream boards the tools and confidence to integrate sustainability into every strategic decision, so that it becomes second nature.
Board governance, capital markets, equity analysis, and shareholder engagement
Statement of Motivation for a DBA
I believe that a strong governance culture, once cultivated, is what will drive an organization to sustainable long-term value. In BSL’s DBA program I saw the opportunity to work towards getting corporate boards more comfortable with bringing true sustainability into the strategic performance conversation.