HALIFAX/TORONTO, May 6, 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), is launching in Atlantic Canada.
The inaugural offering of the DEP, Canada's leading education program
for directors, will begin in October, 2014 with the Sobey School of
Business, Saint Mary's University in Halifax. Topics in the 12-day
program include overseeing strategic direction, monitoring financial
performance, guiding human capital and compensation and assessing
enterprise risk. The curriculum will also cover issues unique to
Atlantic Canada such as family enterprises.
"The ICD has been serving the director community in Atlantic Canada for
over a decade through our chapters in Halifax and St. John's," said
Stan Magidson, president and CEO, Institute of Corporate Directors.
"Based on feedback from our members, we felt that this was the
opportune time to launch the DEP in Halifax to help directors in
Atlantic Canada be better informed and better equipped to handle
evolving challenges in directorship."
The DEP, first offered in 2004, 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 supports participants in overcoming the evolving
governance challenges in Canadian boardrooms.
"The role of the board director has increasingly become more complex,
time intensive and publicly scrutinized than ever before," said Richard
Powers, national academic director of the DEP at the Rotman School of
Management. "The course curriculum will address broad governance issues
as well as focus on the unique legal and regulatory complexities of the
local and regional business landscape."
"Here in Nova Scotia, the ICD has a dynamic community of directors and
business leaders who believe stronger boards make stronger businesses,"
said Cheryl Hodder, partner at McInnes Cooper, Chair of Film & Creative
Industries Nova Scotia and a graduate of the DEP. "The Directors
Education Program addresses the challenges faced by directors in a
relevant and engaging way, and is a must-attend for any director
interested in enhancing their boardroom skills."
Since the launch of the DEP, over 3,000 directors have completed the
program. Notable graduates of the DEP include Jo Mark Zurel, Chair of
Atlantic Provinces Economic Council and Newfoundland Power, Steve
Parker, Chairman & CEO of CCL Group, and Rob Sobey, Director of Empire
The DEP is taught by leading business faculty, experienced directors and
governance experts at six leading business schools: the University of
Toronto's Rotman School of Management, the Haskayne School of Business
at University of Calgary, the University of Alberta School of Business,
the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University, the Desautels
Faculty of Management at McGill University, and now the Sobey School of
Business at Saint Mary's University.
"The Sobey School of Business is committed to creating prosperity and
sharing knowledge, and the DEP offers us a tremendous opportunity to
support Atlantic Canadian business through building strong governance
and leadership," said Patricia Bradshaw, Dean of the Sobey School of
About the ICD
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 8,300 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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