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Directors Education Program

Telfer School of Management is proud to announce that Canada’s leading program for directors is coming to Ottawa. The Directors Education Program (DEP), jointly developed by the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) and the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, is offered nationally at Canada’s top business schools.

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 faculty, 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 corporate, Crown, co-operative and large not-for-profit organizations.

Before I attended the ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program (DEP), I thought I knew a lot about boards, having been a partner at Deloitte for a number of years. The DEP opened my eyes to areas that I had not contemplated. The quality of the instructors, the materials used and the sharing of knowledge with the other participants enabled me to learn about being a good board member much more effectively than on-the-job training. For anyone who wants to learn about boards and being an effective board member, I highly recommend this program.” - CARMAN M. JOYNT, CHAIR, ROYAL CANADIAN MINT & DEP ALUMNUS

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Dates for next offering to be scheduled.


Application Fee:
Non-member: $500 + HST. Non-members receive a complimentary one-year ICD membership on application to the DEP program, valued at $395.
Current ICD member: $250 + HST.
Board category members of the ICD: $0

Program Fee:
$16,950 + HST


The program is comprised of 4 modules of 3 days each, spanning 8 months. Each day is from 7:00am to 5:00pm (breakfast from 7:00am to 8:00am).

How to Register

Registration can be completed through the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD). Applicants will be asked to submit a completed application form along with their application fee. 

Dates for next offering to be scheduled.

Our payment & cancellation policy can be found HERE.

Who Should Attend

The DEP is tailored to meet the unique challenges of directors of:

  • public companies
  • Crown corporations
  • public institutions
  • large not-for-profit organizations

What You Will Learn

  • The 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
  • The board’s responsibility to oversee and monitor financial performance, health, and disclosure
  • The board’s role in enhancing human performance, including the appointing, evaluation, compensation and renewal of the executive team
  • How to integrate all 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

Program Takeaways

  • Strengthen your skills and be more effective in creating and protecting value for the organizations you serve
  • Become a DEP Alumni and join a national network of 3,800 directors and over 10,000 ICD members across Canada
  • Complete the first step toward 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

Instructor Profile(s)

Rick Powers, Academic Director, Rotman School of Management

After receiving his MBA and LLB from Queen’s University, Rick worked as a corporate lawyer. He later served as Corporate Counsel for Honda Canada Inc., before joining The University of Toronto in 1992.  After teaching and serving in several administrative roles at the University of Toronto at Scarborough, Rick joined the Rotman School of Management in 2005.  He has just 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.  Rick currently sits on numerous Boards.

For more information

Please contact the Institute of Corporate Directors at or 1-877-593-7741.


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