James W. Burns Executive Education Centre Boardroom.

Why this program?

Effective governance is critical to making good organizations great, as is understanding your role as a board director. Jointly developed by the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) and the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, and delivered in collaboration with Asper Executive Education, the NFP Governance Essentials Program (NFP Program) is an intensive program designed to help directors learn, grow, and make a positive impact.

This innovative program is the only national program of its kind offered across the country that you can apply to your role immediately. Participating directors in this premier course will focus on the key accountabilities and responsibilities of NFP leaders through collaborative team exercises that ensure they learn from both faculty and their peers.


Through this program, you will:

  • Understand your fiduciary duty
  • Learn best practices in governance
  • Build group decision-making skills
  • Apply change management principles to elevate board effectiveness
  • Leverage board contacts built through the program

Who should attend?

The NFP program learning environment balances diversity, experience, and the ability of participants to contribute positively within the group. To be eligible for admission, applicants should have either board experience, senior management experience, or professional experience. Preference will be given to applicants who have demonstrated experience with, or a desire to become involved in, the corporate governance of not-for-profit organizations. Space is limited, register today!

Upcoming sessions

Future dates

Future sessions of this program are to be announced. Sign up for our email newsletter to be the first to hear about program updates.

Have questions?
Our team is happy to help! Contact us for more details.

You can also find additional details, including our cancellation policy, on our frequently asked questions (FAQ) page.

Custom program

  • Do you have 10 or more team members who would benefit from taking this program? Many of our open enrolment programs can be customized for your team and delivered exclusively to your organization. Find out more about our custom programs by contacting us today at 204-946-0232 or via email at ExecEdInfo@umanitoba.ca.

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James W. Burns Executive Education Centre
2nd floor
177 Lombard Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba  R3B 0W5