WINNIPEG and TORONTO, June 2, 2014 /CNW/ - Institute of Corporate
Directors (ICD), the national association for Canadian directors and
boards, today announced that its flagship program, the ICD-Rotman
Directors Education Program (DEP), will launch in Manitoba this year at
the Asper School of Business, University of Manitoba.
"The ICD has been engaged with Manitoba's director community for many
years through our local chapter. Therefore, it was important that we
bring the best-in-class experience offered by the DEP to Winnipeg,"
said Stan Magidson, president and CEO, Institute of Corporate
Directors. "The collaboration with the Asper School of Business will
ensure that directors and senior executives in this part of Canada
receive director education of the highest standard."
"The role of the board director has increasingly become more complex and
time intensive," said Richard Powers, national academic director of the
DEP at the Rotman School of Management. "By staying ahead of the curve
directors can bring more value to the boards they serve, as well as
make meaningful contributions to the advancement of good directorship."
The DEP is the leading national program for directors in Canada. Topics
in the 12-day program include overseeing strategic direction,
monitoring financial performance, guiding human capital and
compensation and assessing enterprise risk. The inaugural offering of
the DEP in Winnipeg will begin in November, 2014. The application
deadline is October 2, 2014.
"The ICD serves a dynamic community of directors and business leaders in
Manitoba who believe that better boards lead to better business," said
Scott Baldwin, president of QSM Consulting, director of the Manitoba
Arts Council, and an alumnus of the DEP. "The DEP addresses challenges
faced by directors in a relevant and engaging way, and helps then
develop new perspectives that will allow them to be more effective in
their board work."
Notable graduates of the DEP include the Hon. Brian Tobin, Chair, New
Flyer Industries, Joy Cramer, Deputy Minister of Family Services,
Government of Manitoba, and Gail Stephens, Chief Operating Officer,
Canadian Museum for Human Rights.
"The Asper School of Business is proud to offer the DEP program to our
province's vibrant and diverse community of directors," said Dr.
Michael Benarroch, Dean of the Asper School of Business and CA Manitoba
Chair in Business Leadership. "The ICD's decision to bring the program
to Asper speaks to the strength of our school. It will enhance our
commitment to serving the Manitoba business community and keep us at
the forefront of business education in Canada."
About the ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program
The Directors Education Program was jointly developed by the ICD and
Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto to help directors
strengthen their skills, expand their knowledge and be more effective
in creating and protecting value for the organizations and corporations
they serve. The DEP is taught by leading business faculty, experienced
directors and governance experts at seven top business schools:
University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management, Asper School of
Business at University of Manitoba; Haskayne School of Business at
University of Calgary; University of Alberta School of Business; Beedie
School of Business at Simon Fraser University; Desautels Faculty of
Management at McGill University; and the Sobey School of Business at
Saint Mary's University. Since the launch of the DEP, over 3,000
directors have completed the program.
About the Institute of Corporate Directors
The Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) is a not-for-profit,
member-based association representing Canadian directors and boards
across the for-profit, not-for-profit, and Crown sectors. The ICD has
more than 8,500 members and 11 local chapters across Canada. The ICD
fosters the sharing of knowledge and wisdom through education,
professional development programs and services, and thought leadership
and advocacy to achieve the highest standard of directorship. For more
information, please visit: www.icd.ca.
SOURCE: Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD)
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