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Rotman-ICD Governance Essentials

Board directorship starts with a strong foundation.

This foundational governance program, jointly developed by the Institute of Corporate Directors and the Rotman School of Management, helps enhance your governance competencies and build the necessary skills to serve on boards effectively.

Boards can be complex. Directors must understand their role to make a lasting impact and fulfill their fiduciary obligations to the board they serve. The first step is to gain an appreciation for the principles of board governance.

The Rotman-ICD Governance Essentials Program (GEP) is an intensive two-day program focused on the key accountabilities, responsibilities and critical skills of board directors. The GEP equips you with the fundamentals of board governance through team-based learning, enhancing your contributions to board discussions and boosting your effectiveness as a director.

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Key Benefits

After completing all components of the course, participants will:

  • Understand the fiduciary responsibilities of directors and boards
  • Understand the duty of care expected of directors in board decision-making
  • Recognize the many applications of the generative, strategic, and fiduciary governance models
  • Better understand the dynamics of group decision-making in a boardroom environment
  • Increase understanding of governance best practices to be better prepared for board meetings
  • Have the opportunity to learn alongside and from director peers 

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This program includes two live, instructor-led online sessions, delivered over two consecutive days. The GEP includes breakout group exercises, case studies, Q & A with instructors and other experts, and interactive discussions.

ICD-RBC Foundation Scholarship 

Board members or executive directors of a registered charity, whose mission is to enhance the outcomes for the community and the organization it serves, are invited to apply for the ICD-RBC Foundation Scholarship.

The scholarship covers GEP enrollment costs, providing access to the highest levels of training, leadership capabilities, and insights from industry leaders and peers through Canada's leading foundational board governance education program.

Application Process

For more information and to apply, visit the ICD.CA/GEP. This program is not eligible for any discounts. 

The Institute of Corporate Directors handles all program applications.

Jointly developed with:

Institute of Corporate Directors

Scholarship supported by:

RBC Foundation

® [The RBC Foundation] is a registered trademark of Royal Bank of Canada. Used under license.

HPRA Seal This program has been approved for 14 CPD hours under Section A of the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Log of the Human Resource Professionals Association (HRPA).


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Participant profile:
Newly appointed board directors and senior executives seeking to gain a deeper understanding of governance in the boardroom.

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$2,500 CAD + HST
This program is not eligible for discounts. 

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