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Rotman-ICD Board Dynamics

Management empowerment for enhanced board effectiveness.

Learn how to build strong and productive relationships with the board while acquiring the skills to be empowered.

Jointly developed by The Institute of Corporate Directors and the Rotman School of Management, Board Dynamics delivers a fresh perspective on optimizing board-management effectiveness from the other side of the boardroom table.

Learn how to build strong and productive relationships with the board while acquiring the skills to be empowered.

Building strong relationships is key to success, especially for those in leadership roles. With so much on the line and a constantly evolving landscape, it is critical for management to better comprehend what the board expects of them in order to harness the board's power.

The Rotman-ICD Board Dynamics Program (BDP) aims to set executives up for success by empowering them to act boldly but strategically. Developed in partnership with the Institute of Corporate Directors, the BDP provides practical tools and proven approaches to establish a roadmap for building strong and productive relationships with the board.

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Key Benefits 
After completing all components of the course, participants will:

  • Gain a strong understanding of management's key role relative to the board
  • Obtain best practice techniques and learn how to avoid common traps, to consistently drive effective decision-making
  • Learn how to establish effective and ongoing management engagement of the board
  • Leave with tools and practical approaches to close information gaps and achieve alignment between management and the board
  • Have the opportunity to learn alongside and from peers

The ICD-Rotman Board Dynamics Program gives leaders in executive management roles the roadmap they need to optimize the dynamic between management and the board, gain alignment and work more effectively together. 


Rotman Executive Program faculty are known for their ability to translate the latest research into practical applications for the workplace, and to transmit skills to participants with the best teaching techniques. Industry leaders contribute to our programs to bring you the most up-to-date best practices and a wealth of real-world experience.

Meet the faculty and instructors teaching in Rotman-ICD Board Dynamics

Hugh Arnold is Adjunct Professor at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. Hugh has published extensively in and served on the editorial boards of leading scholarly journals and has written several books in the McGraw-Hill Series in Management. He teaches and consults on strategy, corporate governance, leadership development and human resource management. He was an undergraduate at the University of Alberta, and holds graduate degrees from Oxford and Yale.


Matt Fullbrook is a board effectiveness researcher, educator, and consultant.  For 20 years, Matt led the Rotman School of Management’s governance research as the Manager of the Johnston Centre for Corporate Governance Innovation, and the Clarkson Centre for Board Effectiveness.  Under his direction, the Rotman School evolved into the central hub of governance research in Canada. Matt oversaw the development and execution the Globe & Mail's Board Games governance ratings, various Pay/Performance studies, credit union board research, and an ongoing study of the governance of family firms. As an independent consultant, Matt has worked in over 200 boardrooms helping organizations to maximize their effectiveness through the development and implementation of valuable governance processes, policies and structures. 

How You’ll Learn

This innovative program focuses on dramatically improving your abilities in the boardroom. Our expert faculty will guide you through every step. You'll learn through interactive group exercises, discussions, case studies, and Q & A with instructors and other experts.

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For more information and to apply, visit This program is not eligible for discounts.

Application Process

Potential applicants who are unsure if their experience is suitable for admission to the BDP are encouraged to email the Program Officer, Education at to request a consultation regarding their eligibility. This program is not eligible for discounts.

The Institute of Corporate Directors handles all program applications.

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Institute of Corporate Directors

HPRA Seal This program has been approved for 16 CPD hours under Section A of the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Log of the Human Resource Professionals Association (HRPA).

This program can count towards earning your Excellence in Executive Leadership certificate. Join an elite circle of leaders building their own path to professional development and receive official recognition from the University of Toronto Rotman School of Management.


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Dates and fees

2-day intensive

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November 22-23, 2023

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Rotman School of Management
Toronto, ON

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Participant profile:
C-suite and senior VPs who work with their board to achieve organizational goals, including new and experienced executives from small to large organizations

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$5,500 CAD + HST
for ICD members

$5,895 CAD + HST
for non-members

This program is not eligible for discounts.

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