John Dinner

John T. Dinner

A Senior Associate with SEG, John is a seasoned consultant with over 14 years of experiencein corporate governance and helping boards across sectors improve their performance and effectiveness.

Services Offered:

John supports clients in the following service areas:

Governance and Organizational Effectiveness


  • Governance audits
  • Board governance research and environmental scanning


  • Board and committee structure and mandates
  • Development and implementation of  governance models, processes, and tools
  • Director selection and recruiting
  • Development of key governance policies, by-laws, and procedures


  • Director role and accountability training
  • Director orientation, training, and  ongoing education
  • Director compensation
  • Seminars and facilitated workshops
  • Strategic planning and facilitation


  • Board objective setting
  • Board and committee meeting effectiveness
  • Board information management and oversight processes
  • Board, committee, and director evaluations and scorecards
  • Management succession planning


  • Annual meeting planning and event implementation
  • Stakeholder and crisis communications/management


For more than 14 years, John Dinner has been helping clients across sectors and across Canada achieve their organizational objectives through excellence in board governance.  Board members and organizational leaders value John’s insights, practical approach and ability to facilitate needed governance change or transformation.

In addition to helping boards improve their governance structures and processes, he is keenly adept at fostering trust and confidence in the sharing of power and authority between boards and those to whom they give oversight.

John uses his unique boardroom experience and expertise to help boards to deliver on their accountabilities to promote organizational strength, viability and effectiveness through critical governance processes:

  1. Setting the organization’s strategic priorities;
  2. Monitoring the implementation of these priorities;
  3. Providing management oversight; and,
  4. Reporting to stakeholders on their stewardship.

John’s hands-on, in-the-trenches board work has helped clients develop and refine leading edge governance practices, including director recruitment, board education, meeting effectiveness and best practices, information management and decision-making, and board and director performance evaluations.   He knows and understands the needs of directors first-hand.

John Dinner is:

  • A founding member of The Directors College faculty (McMaster University);
  • A regular conference presenter and workshop leader;
  • A recipient of the National Award in Governance;
  • A contributor to the Joint Committee on Corporate Governance; and,
  • A widely published author and media spokesperson on board topics.

John brings expert presentation and facilitation skills to board consulting, training and development.

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