CGTI brings Di­rec­tor Pro­gramme to Sandals In­ter­na­tional “Dream Team”

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

With train­ing bud­gets con­tin­u­ally pressed by re­cov­er­ing Caribbean economies, it is a credit to the vi­sion of the Saint Lu­cia­based Caribbean Gov­er­nance Train­ing In­sti­tute (CGTI) that or­gan­i­sa­tions are show­ing com­mit­ment to strength­en­ing the ef­fec­tive­ness of their high­est ex­ec­u­tives by ex­pos­ing them to gov­er­nance train­ing. CGTI’s lat­est client is Sandals Re­sorts In­ter­na­tional, the par­ent com­pany of Sandals and Beaches Re­sorts across the Caribbean, who re­cently wel­comed gov­er­nance ex­pert Dr. Chris Bart and di­rec­tor Lisa Charles to Ocho Rios, Ja­maica to train a cadre of ex­ec­u­tives at the high­est lev­els of the re­gional or­gan­i­sa­tion.

The Char­tered Di­rec­tors Pro­gramme cov­ers all aspects of cor­po­rate gov­er­nance, and in the past two years the CGTI team has de­liv­ered the course to can­di­dates from the re­gion in­clud­ing Saint Lu­cia, Gre­nada, Guyana, Bar­ba­dos, Turks & Caicos and Do­minica, who have en­thu­si­as­ti­cally ben­e­fit­ted from CGTI’s ex­ten­sive knowl­edge and ex­per­tise through high-en­ergy, in­ter­ac­tive ses­sions.

The CGTI fac­ulty is led by Dr. Chris Bart, founder of The Di­rec­tors Col­lege at McMaster Univer­sity in Canada, and made up of gov­er­nance ex­perts whose depth of ex­pe­ri­ence is un­par­al­leled. Some of the largest busi­ness or­gan­i­sa­tions in the Caribbean have ben­e­fit­ted from the Di­rec­tors Pro­gramme since its in­cep­tion.

The com­plex world of cor­po­rate gov­er­nance has un­der­gone seis­mic up­heaval over the past ten years and it is a busi­ness re­al­ity that no or­gan­i­sa­tion can rely on un­skilled di­rec­tors to de­liver prof­its and div­i­dends to share­hold­ers. Al­though Sandals Re­sorts In­ter­na­tional is one of the lead­ers in in­ter­nal HR de­vel­op­ment and train­ing, one top level ex­ec­u­tive who at­tended the Di­rec­tors Pro­gramme de­scribed it as “im­mensely prac­ti­cal and most use­ful in all lev­els of man­age­ment.” Ac­cord­ing to David Roper, Di­rec­tor of In­dus­try Re­la­tions: “It has been many years since I have sat through two days of in­tense train­ing . . . and the most re­mark­able thing was that I did not yawn once! That in it­self states how en­gag­ing and knowl­edge­able all the pre­sen­ters were.”

In­deed, Sandals Re­sorts In­ter­na­tional CEO Adam Ste­wart re­ferred to the group as the “Dream Team” at a post­pro­gramme din­ner at which gen­er­at­ing “dream ideas” was the or­der of the day.

CGTI co-founder Lisa Charles was very en­thu­si­as­tic about the ex­pe­ri­ence with Sandals Re­sorts In­ter­na­tional, say­ing: “We are hon­oured to have been in­vited to train some of the most dy­namic ex­ec­u­tives in the re­gion, and the feed­back from the Sandals par­tic­i­pants has been ex­cel­lent, un­der­lin­ing the im­por­tance of this level of train­ing for all or­gan­i­sa­tions re­gard­less of size. CGTI is ex­cited to have had the op­por­tu­nity to share the Di­rec­tors Pro­gramme with the Caribbean’s best known brand, and we’re con­fi­dent that the Sandals Re­sorts In­ter­na­tional ex­ec­u­tive group in­creased their knowl­edge and skills in the area of gov­er­nance.”

In late 2015, Prime Min­is­ter of Saint Lu­cia, Kenny D. An­thony, ex­pressed his sup­port for the Char­tered Di­rec­tors Pro­gramme, and with cour­ses sched­uled in the Ba­hamas, An­tigua, St. Kitts, Bar­ba­dos, Do­minica, Trinidad and Cay­man dur­ing 2016, it is clear that board gov­er­nance train­ing is be­com­ing one of Saint Lu­cia’s most in­flu­en­tial ex­ports, and that the Caribbean Gov­er­nance Train­ing In­sti­tute is ful­fill­ing its vi­sion of rais­ing the stan­dard of boards and their di­rec­tors across the re­gion.

Sandals Re­sorts In­ter­na­tional and CGTI in Ja­maica.

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