Even After 100 Courses, Directors Keep Finding More to Learn
The ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program is the leading national program for experienced directors in Canada. Using a combination of case studies, boardroom simulations and classroom learning, the 12-day program is offered at top business schools across Canada.
First offered in 2004, the program was designed to help directors strengthen their skills and be more effective in creating and protecting value for the organizations they serve. In 2014, the program celebrated its 100th course offering and has evolved to support participants in overcoming pressing corporate governance challenges.
The DEP has an impressive 4,500+ strong alumni network with members from organizations that include The Bank of Canada, the University of Alberta, HSBC Bank Canada and the Business Development Bank of Canada.
ICD's Director Journal spoke to some of these alumni about their DEP experience and how they’ve applied the course learning to their board work. The interviews were conducted by business journalist Zena Olijnyk.

"Understand the differences between the role of management and board members" 
- Bonnie DuPont, M.Ed., ICD.D, F.ICD
Director, NAV Canada

"Good board governance is more than just tick-the-box compliance"
- Jean-René Halde, ICD.D
President and CEO, Business Development Bank of Canada
"There are no dumb questions in the boardroom"
- Brian Heidecker, ICD.D
Corporate Director
"Board members need information to deal with unanticipated situations"
- Beth Horowitz, ICD.D
Director, HSBC Bank of Canada