Director education and accreditation address growing demand for
TORONTO, May 5 /CNW/ - As the demand for more effective corporate
governance grows, so too does the number of Directors voluntarily seeking to
improve their performance through formal education and professional
The Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD), Canada's only professional
association representing the Director community, has recently accredited Bobby
McVeigh as the 1000th Director with the ICD.D designation.
While Mr. McVeigh has more than 25 years of board experience, he
recognized the importance of continuous learning and the assurance of quality
that the ICD.D designation would provide to him and to the boards on which he
As a first step towards earning his designation, Mr. McVeigh enrolled in
the Directors Education Program (DEP), offered jointly by the ICD and the
Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.
"I may have a lot of experience in the boardroom but with a background in
the education sector, I am committed to lifelong learning," Mr. McVeigh said.
"Directors have a responsibility to enhance and improve their skills.
Education and professional accreditation are fundamental ways to do that."
Mr. McVeigh said he benefited immediately from the interaction between
DEP faculty and other participants and the engaging discussions they had on
timely topics that related directly to the committees on which he serves.
He has sat on more than 30 boards and commissions in the public, private,
non-profit and international development sectors including Credit Union
Central of Canada, Cape Breton District School Board, Glace Bay Community
Hospital, and the United Nations Advisors Group on Inclusive Financial
Sectors. He also served as the Mayor of the Town of Dominion, Nova Scotia and
worked in the field of education for 30 years.
"The DEP was good for me as a Director and, in turn, good for the boards
that I serve on. And the better the board, the better the business - it's so
simple, but so right," he said.
To be eligible for the ICD.D designation, candidates must first complete
the 12-day DEP course, successfully pass a written examination and peer
interview, and acquire experience in the boardroom. Accredited Directors must
commit to ongoing governance education by attending professional development
events hosted by the ICD and its partners.
"The ICD.D represents a higher level of knowledge, skill, quality, and
commitment. The designation lends additional credibility to the Director
profession and serves to strengthen governance in Canada and abroad," says
Wayne McLeod, Chair of the ICD Board of Directors. "We congratulate and
commend all Directors who choose to pursue excellence through education and
Since 2004, the ICD has been accrediting a growing number of talented and
dedicated Directors including Guylaine Saucier, Purdy Crawford, John
MacNaughton, and Brian Tobin, who was among the first to earn the designation.
"Having the ICD.D designation attached to my name clearly shows that I
take my responsibilities as a Director very seriously," said Mr. Tobin. "As an
ICD.D, I have made a commitment to put into practice the knowledge and skills
that I learned from the DEP and to continually build on that foundation as new
trends, issues and best practices emerge."
To learn how you can acquire the ICD.D designation, visit www.icd.ca/DEP.
About the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD)
The Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) is a Not-For-Profit
member-based association representing Canadian Directors who serve on public,
private, Not-for-Profit and Crown boards. With a network of nine Chapters
across the country, the ICD is dedicated to fostering good governance and
professionalism through education, accreditation, publications, and support
services to Boards, Directors and aspiring Directors.
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