Directors Education Program

Canada’s leading program for directors in Winnipeg!

The Asper School of Business delivers the Directors Education Programs (DEP) jointly developed by the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) and the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.

 The ICD is the only professional organization representing the director community in Canada.  It is committed to the universal practice of good corporate governance by fostering excellence in directorship.

As a successful director and leader, you have undoubtedly spent a great deal of time managing and guiding the one constant in business – change. The recent financial crisis and the rise in shareholder activism have led to a new brand of scrutiny, and an accompanying set of new issues that boards must grapple with. New perspectives are needed on strategic positioning; compensation practices must be re-evaluated; risk oversight measures must be re-engineered; growth opportunities need to be re-examined; and the investment in new technologies has to be reconsidered.

It is this environment of constant change – and the need to respond to it effectively – that has fueled the momentum and interest among directors to go back to the classroom. With over 3,200 graduates, the ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program (DEP) is the only program of its kind in Canada that bears the seal of the director community itself. In changing times, it will help prepare you to ask the right questions in the boardroom, and help equip you with the tools to make the right decisions.

The DEP is focused primarily on large-organization governance with an emphasis on for-profit corporations. As such, the course is most appropriate for directors with for-profit governance experience or those directors and professionals with near-term opportunity to serve on for-profit boards. For more information download the DEP brochure.




  • Module I: Guiding Strategic Direction and Risks
  • Module II: Monitoring Financial Strategy, Risks and Disclosure
  • Module III: Guiding Human Performance
  • Module IV: Assessing Enterprise Risk and Directing Extreme and Unique Events


  • Module I: September 8, 9 & 10, 2019
  • Module II: December 8, 9 & 10, 2019
  • Module III: March 1, 2 & 3, 2020
  • Module IV: May 31, June 2 & 2, 2020


  • The Institute of Corporate Directors handles all program applications. Enrolment is limited and admission criteria apply.
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Paul Soubry"The Institute of Corporate Directors encourages continuous learning and sharing of best practices through topical courses, seminars, research, and publications. The ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program (DEP), in particular, provides a thorough understanding of the role and relationships between board chairs, board members and management. In the DEP, I gained valuable skills and knowledge that are relevant to my role as a CEO and my board work in both private and public environments. I highly recommend this program to CEOs and all directors."

Paul Soubry, ICD.D
Chief Executive Officer, President and Director, New Flyer Industries Inc.
Director, True North Sports and Entertainment Limited/Winnipeg Jets Hockey Club Inc.
Director, Winnipeg Airports Authority, Inc.

Gail Stephens"The Directors Education Program (DEP) delivered an exceptional program of timely, relevant and stimulating material and discussions that are critical to anyone wanting to enhance their boardroom skills. I was very impressed by the knowledge and skills of the instructors and the experts in-residence and by the talent and diversity of my classmates. Debates and discussions were always lively and enlightening. I walked away with new ideas, new approaches and new friends. I would not hesitate to recommend the DEP course to others."

Gail Stephens, FCGA, ICD.D
Chief Operating Officer, Canadian Museum for Human Rights