About the course
Jointly developed by the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) and the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management, and delivered by the James W. Burns Executive Education Centre, this program is the gold standard for directors’ education in Canada, and is a necessary step toward receiving ICD accreditation as a certified corporate director.
Why this program?
The James W. Burns Executive Education Centre delivers the Directors Education Programs (DEP) jointly developed by the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) and the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. The ICD is the only globally recognized director organization in Canada, and they strive to develop informed, prepared, ethical, connected, courageous and engaged leaders. It is committed to the universal practice of good corporate governance by fostering excellence in directorship.
Directors are continually challenged by information gaps, time squeezes and the behavioural dynamics that can be encountered in the boardroom. The ICD-Rotman DEP has been specifically designed to help experienced directors overcome these challenges by introducing activities and processes that assist them in fulfilling their role.
Complemented by some of Canada’s most accomplished and highly respected directors-in-residence, this 12-day course is taught by leading governance experts delivered in four three-day modules. The program offers experiential learning through breakouts and board simulations tailored to meet the needs of directors from public and private companies, Crown corporations, public institutions, co-operatives, and large not-for-profit organizations across Canada.
- Module I: Guiding Strategic Direction and Risks
- Module II: Monitoring Financial Strategy, Risks and Disclosure
- Module III: Guiding Human Performance
Module IV: Assessing Enterprise Risk and Directing Extreme and Unique Events
The DEP is the only program of its kind in Canada that bears the seal of the director community itself.
DEP Alumni are part of a national network of 4,500 directors and over 12,000 ICD members across Canada.
A dynamic learning environment rich with peer-to-peer insights, director dilemmas, board and committee simulations, and case studies.
Acclaimed faculty - taught by national and local academics, seasoned directors and leading governance experts.
Offers expanded networking opportunities with the highest level of professionals locally and nationally.
Flexible scheduling - modules may be taken in any of the eleven cities where the DEP is offered.
First step towards the ICD.D designation upon completion of a written examination and a board meeting simulation chaired and vice-chaired by some of Canada's most senior directors.
Non-members of the ICD receive a complimentary one-year membership upon application.
The ICD is a founding member of the Global Network of Director Institutes, opening the door to the global director community.
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Because of COVID-19, many providers are cancelling or postponing in-person programs or providing online participation options.
We are happy to help you find a suitable online alternative.