Ex­pan­sion For Saint Lu­cia’s Caribbean Gov­er­nance Train­ing In­sti­tute

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By Dee Lundy-Charles

A ccord­ing to Dr. Chris Bart of the Saint Lu­cia­based Caribbean Gov­er­nance Train­ing In­sti­tute (CGTI), ‘Courage, Cu­rios­ity and Com­pe­tence’ are three es­sen­tial skills any cor­po­rate di­rec­tor needs if they are to con­trib­ute to the great gov­er­nance of any or­gan­i­sa­tion, and equip­ping cu­ri­ous and coura­geous di­rec­tors with that com­pe­tence has been the pri­mary mis­sion of CGTI since its in­cep­tion al­most three years ago. The ob­jec­tive of the Caribbean Gov­er­nance Train­ing In­sti­tute’s col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Dr. Bart, founder of The Di­rec­tors Col­lege at Canada’s McMaster Uni­ver­sity, and Lisa Charles, founder and Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of Mile­stone Devel­op­ment in Saint Lu­cia, is to de­liver the in­for­ma­tion, re­search and skills re­quired by di­rec­tors serv­ing on any type of Board, whether cor­po­rate, ed­u­ca­tional or non-profit. Since CGTI opened its doors in 2013, hun­dreds of Caribbean pro­fes­sion­als have par­tic­i­pated in their con­fer­ences around the re­gion, learning about the fun­da­men­tals of good gov­er­nance in the twen­ty­first cen­tury. In re­sponse to the feed­back and in­put of many ‘very sat­is­fied’ client com­pa­nies, Caribbean Gov­er­nance Train­ing In­sti­tute also in­tro­duced a qual­i­fi­ca­tion for board di­rec­tors called C.Dir which­gold stan­dard­has be­comein the the short re­gion­al­time since then.

The Char­tered Di­rec­tor or C.Dir Pro­gram cov­ers all as­pects of cor­po­rate gov­er­nance through high­en­ergy, in­ter­ac­tive ses­sions and in­cludes an op­tional ac­cred­i­ta­tion based on a two hour exam. In the past two years, the CGTI team has de­liv­ered the course to ex­ec­u­tives from across the re­gion, in­clud­ing Saint Lu­cia, Ja­maica, Gre­nada, Guyana, Bar­ba­dos, Do­minica, St Vin­cent, BVI, An­guilla, An­tigua, and Turks & Caicos with CGTI’s first ses­sion in the Ba­hamas sched­uled for mid-Novem­ber. CGTI’s care­fully se­lected fac­ulty of fea­tured speak­ers con­tin­ued to share their ex­ten­sive knowl­edge and ex­per­tise when Ms. Charles and Dr. Bart took the Char­tered Di­rec­tors pro­gram to Do­minica for the first time in early Oc­to­ber. Dur­ing a break on day two of the C.Dir pro­gram, Reg­is­trar of Com­mer­cial Ac­tiv­i­ties for the Gov­ern­ment of An­guilla, Lanston Con­nor de­scribed the three day event as “en­light­en­ing and in­tense.” “There was a lot of en­ergy on day one and it is con­tin­u­ing on day two,” stated an en­thu­si­as­tic Mr. Con­nor. “We are go­ing to be able to take [the in­for­ma­tion they have pro­vided] back to our boards to en­hance our abil­ity to gov­ern. This is a re­ally nec­es­sary pro­gram, and I think [CGTI] should travel to ev­ery is­land in the Caribbean. I at­tended one in Saint Lu­cia and I was keen to come to the event in Do­minica to be­come a qual­i­fied Char­tered Di­rec­tor.” All of which gives CGTI and its co-founder, Lisa Charles, cause for cel­e­bra­tion and ex­pan­sion. On Fri­day, Septem­ber 23rd, the Saint Lu­cia team wel­comed in­vited guests to the launch of the of Caribbean Gov­er­nance Train­ing In­sti­tute’s new of­fice in the Sotheby’s build­ing at Rod­ney Bay. Fam­ily, friends and pro­fes­sional clients gath­ered at the chic, spa­cious cen­tre of op­er­a­tions to show their sup­port and hear about the com­pany’s lat­est plans to take their unique type of train­ing to a wider Caribbean au­di­ence. “CGTI of­fers a very im­por­tant ad­van­tage to or­gan­i­sa­tions that wish to im­prove the ef­fec­tive­ness and ef­fi­ciency of their Board, and the ever-shift­ing par­a­digm of 21st cen­tury busi­ness means that more com­pa­nies are seek­ing to strengthen the skills of board mem­bers so that they can be ac­count­able and make good de­ci­sions. We are proud of the con­tin­ued growth of the Caribbean Gov­er­nance Train­ing In­sti­tute, which in prac­ti­cal terms has made it nec­es­sary for us to move to this new, larger lo­ca­tion, and which will al­low the CGTI team to con­tinue of­fer­ing ex­cel­lent ser­vice to our clients in Saint Lu­cia and in an in­creas­ing num­ber of Caribbean coun­tries.”

The Caribbean Gov­er­nance Train­ing In­sti­tute is the fore­most in­de­pen­dent gov­er­nance train­ing and re­search in­sti­tute in the Caribbean.

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