Politics, culture and engagement are on the minds of corporate directors in 2019

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Almost half of Canadian directors asked in a survey stated they felt that Canadian political stability will worsen over the next 2-5 years.Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press

For corporate directors, the new year is never a case of “out with the old and in with the new.” Last year’s risks, liabilities and duties don’t lapse. Instead, new issues come to the fore while old ones evolve into different and sometimes even more complex challenges.

Last year’s headline board issues — particularly governing through the NAFTA re-negotiations and overseeing corporate culture in the era of #MeToo — are as pressing as ever but, if anything, they are more multifaceted and are joined by other, equally important challenges.

And so it is that evolved risks from this past year and new and developing challenges will combine to dominate board agendas in the coming year.