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Rotman-ICD Directors Education

Better your skills. BETTER YOUR BOARD.

This program, jointly developed by the Institute of Corporate Directors and the Rotman School of Management, is offered nationally at Canada’s top business schools to help board directors clarify their governance mission and fully exercise their leadership potential.


The Directors Education Program was jointly developed by the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) and the Rotman School of Management to help board directors clarify their governance mission and fully exercise their leadership potential as a board member.

Delivered by Canada’s leading corporate governance experts, it is a highly interactive 12-day course that incorporates roundtable discussions, real-time case studies and on-point insights from world-renowned faculty, experts in the field of board behaviours and executives in residence.

The goal of the program is to build competencies deemed necessary to be an effective director.

Completion of the DEP is the first step towards obtaining the professional ICD.D designation granted by the Institute of Corporate Directors. This is the only professional designation for Canadian directors recognized both nationally and internationally.

In addition to the Rotman School, the Directors Education Program is offered nationally at the following business schools:

  • Alberta School of Business, University of Alberta
  • Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University
  • Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary
  • Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University
  • Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary’s University
  • Asper School of Business, University of Manitoba
  • Edwards School of Business, University of Saskatchewan
  • Hill/Levene Schools of Business, University of Regina
  • Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa
  • Gardiner Centre, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Jointly developed with:

Institute of Corporate Directors


I highly recommend Rotman’s Directors Education Program to anyone who serves on the board of a government agency. The knowledge acquired, the skills learned, and the examination of governance processes makes this program essential for all directors, whether they be private or public. If you want to discover the best practices of good governance, Rotman has the program.

David C. Dingwall, P.C., Q.C. | Counsel
Affleck Greene McMurtry LLP, Toronto DEP 45


The Rotman/Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) program is an invaluable course – not only for directors who want to ensure they are fully equipped to meet their fiduciary obligations in a rapidly-changing, global business environment, but equally for managers who want a better understanding of what is expected of them by their boards.  The first-rate faculty, combined with experiences from executive-level classmates, will provide you with a solid grasp of good corporate governance best practices.

Lisa A. Baiton
Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, Toronto DEP 40


The component parts of good Board Governance can be found and read in many books and articles. The DEP brings to life tools and approaches to help you ‘do’ what you’ve ‘read.’  The consistent focus on how to be a ‘value add’ Board Member differentiates this program from many others.

F. Lankin
United Way, Toronto DEP 32


A wonderful end to the best learning experience of my life. I am a better board member and CFO for this. Thank you for your work and enthusiasm.

David Sanchez
McCain Foods Limited, Toronto DEP 26


Superior board governance can provide a competitive advantage to Canada’s public and private companies. As corporate directors, we work to be fully prepared to meet this challenge. The ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program is a challenging educational curriculum supplemented with hands on case studies which provides participants with the knowledge and skills to deliver excellence in governance practices.

Marlene McGrath
3M Canada Co., Toronto DEP 20


Program Details

This four, 3-day module program connects participants to an extended network of leading directors who bring governance best practices to Canada and the business community. The Directors Education Program is the first step in attaining the ICD.D designation granted by the Institute of Corporate Directors–the professional body that represents the Canadian director community in Canada.

Module I: Guiding Strategic Direction and Risks
Module I provides a comprehensive overview of fundamental board tasks and processes, including director legal duties and responsibilities, overseeing strategic decisions, as well as managing group dynamics and decision-making in the boardroom.

Module II: Monitoring Financial Strategy, Risks and Disclosure
Module II focuses on the board's responsibility to oversee and monitor financial performance, health and disclosure. Sessions illustrate how to effectively organize and run audit committees, and include exercises to improve personal effectiveness in context of the board meeting.

Module III: Guiding Human Performance
Module III focuses on the board's role in enhancing human performance, including the appointment, evaluation, compensation and renewal of the executive team. This module also examines how to improve board effectiveness through board selection, director skill development and director evaluation.

Module IV: Assessing Enterprise Risk and Directing Extreme and Unique Events
Participants integrate their learning across the four modules by helping them identify and prioritize the wide range of issues influencing their organizations. Specific topics include mergers and acquisitions, and technology investment. Time will also be spent on exercises designed to improve communication within the boardroom.


This program has been approved for 100 continuing professional development (CPD) hours under Section A of the continuing professional development (CPD) log of the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA).

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The Institute of Corporate Directors handles all program applications.

For more information and to apply visit Directors Education Program.

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Dates and Fees

A 12-day program (four 3-day modules):


Next Toronto offerings: 

September 16, 2019–March 11, 2020

October 25, 2019–May 3, 2020

December 6, 2019–June 17, 2020


Multiple cities across Canada


Participant profile:
Board directors of public, private or not-for-profit organizations


Questions? We're here to help!
Speak to our expert Learning Advisor about choosing the right program for you or your organization.

Tel: 416.978.8815

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Maureen Finlan
Program Officer
Tel: 416.593.7741 ext. 248

Institute of Corporate Directors
2701-250 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON
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