National Directors Education Program for business leaders expands to Newfoundland and Labrador

Gardiner-Centre-logoOct. 29, 2015

A national program for corporate directors will now be offered at Memorial University through Gardiner Centre.

The Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) announced last week that it will offer the ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program at Gardiner Centre beginning in October 2016. Gardiner Centre is an outreach arm of the Faculty of Business Administration that offers management and professional development training to business professionals, employees, executives and entrepreneurs in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Directors Education Program is a 12-day course delivered over four three-day modules that offers practical learning through lectures, real-life case studies, board simulations and peer-to-peer learning, Jointly developed by the ICD and University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, the program attracts high-calibre participants from some of the country’s most renowned public, private and Crown corporations.

“The ICD has been active in St. John’s for the past several years through the development of our local chapter. Through discussions at chapter events and participation in other ICD courses in the province, there appeared to be a strong interest in effective directorship,” Christian Buhagiar, ICD’s vice-president of education, said in a press release. “We felt that this was the opportune time to launch the DEP in St. John’s to help directors in Newfoundland and Labrador hone their skills and better equip them to handle evolving challenges in directorship.”

The DEP is Canada’s leading program for experienced directors, offered in 11 cities and with a network of over 3,800 graduates coast to coast. St. John’s is the second city in Atlantic Canada to host the DEP. The first DEP in the region was launched in Halifax last year.

“The program’s strength is in the ability to adapt the curriculum to address local and regional business dynamics, issues and challenges. The end goal is to design a learning experience that helps directors hone their skills, be more effective in discharging their duties and add value to the organizations they serve,” said Richard Powers, the program’s national academic director at Rotman.

“Gardiner Centre is pleased to partner with the ICD and University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management to bring the Directors Education Program to Newfoundland and Labrador,” said Dr. Wilfred Zerbe, dean of the Faculty of Business Administration. “St. John’s has a thriving economy and this program will enhance our school’s commitment to serving Newfoundland and Labrador’s business community and keep us at the forefront of business education in Canada.”

Notable graduates of the DEP include Jo Mark Zurel, chair of Newfoundland Power, Rob Crosbie, past-chair of Marine Atlantic, and Siobhan Coady, president of Novocom Inc. All three hold the ICD.D designation, which is awarded to graduates of the DEP upon completion of a written and oral peer-review exam. The designation denotes a director’s commitment to excellence in the boardroom through ongoing learning and development.