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Rotman-ICD Directors Education: Indigenous Focus

Better your board with an Indigenous-Focused Special Edition of the Directors Education Program.

Through thoughtful consultation with leaders in the Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit) community, the Special Edition Directors Education Program with an Indigenous focus will offer experienced directors the unique opportunity to deepen their understanding about the criticality of Indigenous matters in Canada while bringing new perspectives, diversified, comprehensive and inclusive thinking to the board’s agenda and beyond.

Jointly developed by the Institute of Corporate Directors and the Rotman School of Management, this special edition of the DEP with an Indigenous focus is a unique opportunity delivered online over four three-day modules spread over nine months and taught by top governance and Indigenous experts. The program will be enhanced by including Indigenous business case studies, group discussions and Q&As, and networking opportunities with Indigenous guest directors and class participants. The core modules and sessions of the DEP will remain unchanged. 

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.

The Institute of Corporate Directors handles all program applications.

For more information and to apply visit Directors Education Program on the ICD website. 

Why take the Special Edition DEP:

  • A unique opportunity to deepen your understanding of Indigenous matters in Canada. 
  • Acquire firsthand insights and applied learnings from Indigenous guest directors and governance subject matter experts on how Indigenous considerations intersect with important aspects of board governance. 
  • Benefit from the rich and collaborative experience of a new network of peers, who draw upon a range of experiences to help them develop a broad understanding of opportunities and challenges when serving on and working with complex boards and organizations.
  • Completion of the DEP and success in the ICD-led examination process leads to the highly recognized ICD.D designation within a one-year timeframe.

Rick Powers, Featured Faculty

Professor Rick PowersRick Powers is the National Academic Director, Directors Education Program and Governance Essentials Program. Rick recently completed a 5-year term as the Associate Dean and Executive Director of the Rotman MBA and Master of Finance Programs. A recipient of numerous teaching awards, Rick’s areas of expertise include corporate governance, ethics, business and corporate law and sports marketing. He also teaches in Rotman’s Executive MBA, OMNIUM, MBA and Executive Education Programs. He is a director of several not-for-profit organizations and frequently comments on legal and governance issues in various media across Canada.

Meet some of the Guest Directors in the Rotman-ICD Directors Education Program Special Edition

Harold Calla

Executive Chair of the First Nations Financial Management Board (FMB)

Ava Hill

Corporate Director

Scott Munro, CPA, CA, CAFM

Deputy Chief Executive Officer, First Nations Financial Management Board

Jessica Nixon

Director of Economic Development, Cowessess First Nation

Program Details

This four 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 director community in Canada.

Module I: Strategy Oversight and Foresight

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

Module II: Financial and Stakeholder Oversight

Module II focuses on the board’s responsibility to oversee and monitor financial performance, health, and disclosure. Participants participate in group exercises that illustrate how to effectively organize and run audit committees and improve their personal effectiveness in the board meeting context. 

Module III: Value-Added Boards and Organizations

Module III focuses on the board’s role in enhancing human performance, including the appointing, evaluation, compensation and renewal of the executive team. This module also examines how to structure boards with the appropriate director skills and experiences. 

Module IV: Risk Management

In Module IV, participants integrate their learning across the four modules by employing an enterprise risk management framework that helps directors identify and prioritize the wide range of issues influencing their organizations.

Indigenous Advisory Panel 

An Indigenous Advisory Panel was established with the ICD and Rotman to guide the development of the course materials that will form part of the core curriculum, providing a strong base for collaboration and inclusion.

Grant Christoff, LL.B, ICD.D,
General Counsel, First Nations Financial Management Board

Jean-Paul (JP) Gladu,
ICD.D Corporate Director 

Geordie Hungerford, CFA, CAIA, MBA, LL.B,
CEO First Nations Financial Management Board 



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. | Toronto DEP 45
Affleck Greene McMurtry LLP

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 | Toronto DEP 40
Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

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 | Toronto DEP 32
United Way

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 | Toronto DEP 26
McCain Foods Limited

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 | Toronto DEP 20
3M Canada Co.

Jointly developed with:

Institute of Corporate Directors

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Questions? Contact Maureen Finlan
Program Officer
Tel: 416.593.7741 ext. 248

Institute of Corporate Directors
2701-250 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON
M5B 2L7

Dates and fees

4 multi-day modules

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Special Edition Offering:

Module 1: January 23-25, 2023
Module 2: March 20-22, 2023
Module 3: May 9-11, 2023
Module 4: June 16-18, 2023

Application deadline:
December 12, 2022

For all offering dates, fees, and to apply, 

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Participant profile:
Board directors of public, private or not-for-profit organizations. ICD members, Indigenous business and governance leaders 

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