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Not-For-Profit Governance Essentials Program (NFP Program)

The Not-For-Profit Governance Essentials Program (NFP Program) is an intensive two-day program taught by prominent faculty from Canada’s leading business schools and some of our country’s most accomplished directors. This innovative program will provide learning on key accountabilities and responsibilities of not-for-profit leaders by making extensive use of team-based, facilitated learning to ensure that participants learn not only from faculty but also from their peers. This program is delivered by the Telfer School of Management in partnership with the ICD and the Rotman School of Management, and with the sponsorship of TELUS and RBC Foundation.

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May 16-17, 2018


$2,500 + HST


Monday from 8:00am – 5:00pm; Tuesday from 8:00am – 5:00pm including a Graduation Ceremony.

How to Register

Registration can be completed through the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD). Applicants will be asked to submit a completed application form, current resume and a letter of application that addresses the eligibility criteria. Some scholarships are available.


Who Should Attend

  • Directors and board members of both small and large not-for-profits
  • CEOs and executive directors of small and large not-for-profits
  • Individuals who have demonstrated experience with, or a desire to become involved in, the governance of not-for-profit organizations

What You Will Learn

  • A  greater appreciation of the not-for-profit sector and its importance to Canada
  • An understanding of principal roles and duties of a Director
  • Models of governance and the Board role in setting the vision and strategy
  • How to influence and lead change
  • How to manage stakeholder relations

Program Takeaways

  • Clarity regarding the role and duties of a director
  • Best practices and checklists for boards in the not-for-profit sector
  • Tools and strategies for exercising influence and leading change
  • How the Board can lead development of the vision and strategy of the organization

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


Telfer School of Management
Centre for Executive Leadership
99 Bank Street, Suite 200
Ottawa ON K1P 6B9