Competent Boards

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Competent Boards
IndustryEducation management
Founded2018; 4 years ago (2018)
HeadquartersToronto, Ontario
Key people
  • Helle Bank Jorgensen (CEO)
  • Nancy Wright (COO)

Competent Boards is an education management company that was established in 2018, and is headquartered in Toronto, Ontario.[1] The company is best known for providing designation and certificate programs curated specifically for board members and senior business executives. Competent Boards was established with the aim of elevating environmental, social and governance (ESG) competency in boardrooms around the globe.[2]

The company was founded by Helle Bank Jorgensen, who serves as the CEO and is a distinguished industry expert with over three decades of experience under her belt. She has been associated with industry-leading firms including Datamaran, Global Compact Network Canada, International IDEA, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Jorgensen serves on the Nasdaq Center for Board Excellence’s Sustainability and ESG Insights Council, as a board member of the Danish Canadian Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Impact Management Project, The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project, and the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network for corporate governance, leadership, and emerging multinationals. Competent Boards, under her leadership, has recruited over 150 global board directors and business executives to the faculty, making it one of the most renowned education management firms of its kind.[3]

Jorgensen authored her acclaimed first book, Stewards of the Future: A Guide for Competent Boards, in 2021.


Competent Boards was launched in 2018 to help directors navigate the complexities of climate change and its impact on their business.[4]

Its curriculum provides board members, senior executives, business professionals and investors with a comprehensive grasp of the rapidly changing risk and opportunities that climate change poses to businesses large and small around the world.[5]

The programs feature advice from dozens of global experts including Curtis Ravenel, Johan Rockström, Paul Polman, Liu Fuzhong, Claudia Sender, The Hon. James Shaw, Chad Holliday and Miranda Ballentine.[6]


Competent Boards offers a range of training programs to help board members and senior executives everywhere address business risk and opportunities. These include:

ESG Programs

These programs aim to help participants minimize risk, create value, enhance resiliency and establish good environmental, social, and governance (ESG) practices for their organizations. They are divided into two types of programs: the live ESG Designation program (GCB.D) and the self-guided ESG Certificate program.

Climate Programs

These programs aim to give participants an in-depth understanding of the current challenges and opportunities that climate change presents for all walks of business. They are divided into two types of programs: the live Climate Designation (CCB.D) programs and the self-guided Climate Certificate program.

Designation Programs

The designation programs are conducted bi-weekly, and include dozens of faculty and other global cohort members. The two designation programs, ESG (GCB.D) and Climate (CCB.D) are live facilitated, expert-led sessions.

Certificate programs

The ESG and Climate certificate programs offered by Competent Boards are self-guided programs that can be completed within six months. The programs also include monthly group Q&A sessions with Helle Bank Jorgensen.

Partner Programs

Competent Boards also hosts a number of live programs through global partners.

In the media



  1. "Corporate Boards are Facing Unprecedented Pressure. Here are My Top 3 Solutions". Real Leaders. 16 December 2021. Retrieved 8 February 2022.
  2. "Ground-breaking Climate Program for Corporate Boards". Newswire. Retrieved 8 February 2022.
  3. Jorgensen, Helle Bank (16 December 2021). "The Game Of Risk That Will Make Or Break Your Company". Retrieved 8 February 2022.
  4. Jorgensen, Helle Bank (7 December 2021). "Investors Are Demanding Sustainability—Is Your Board Ready?". Corporate Board Member. Retrieved 8 February 2022.
  5. "Why the growth of climate and ESG inside boardrooms gives me hope | Greenbiz". Retrieved 8 February 2022.
  6. "What is a climate-competent board? | Greenbiz". Retrieved 8 February 2022.

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