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Develop a deeper understanding of the intricacies of how boards function while gaining new insights and building concrete skills to enhance your impact on board decisions.

Jointly developed by the Institute of Corporate Directors and the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, Board Dynamics for Executives (BDE) offers a fresh perspective on optimizing management-board effectiveness. This program is specifically for executives in For-Profit, Not-for-Profit and Crown organizations who are increasingly engaged in working directly with their board of directors.

Current Offerings

  • City Course 
    Online BDE10 July 27, 2021 August 23, 24, 25, and 26, 2021 (Half-days online)
    Online BDE11 September 7, 2021 October 5 and 6, 2021 (Full days online)
    Online BDE12 October 26 ,2021 November 22, 23, 24, and 25, 2021 (Half days online)


    • Experienced senior executives with good business acumen developed through 5+ years in a senior executive management role (C-suite, managing director).
    • Except in exceptional situations, all admitted participants would have appropriate experience as an executive reporting and/or presenting to a board of directors within the last 12 months. Consideration will also be given to executives who will be presenting to a board in the near future.
    Potential applicants who are unsure if their experience is suitable for admission to the Board Dynamics for Executives Program, are encouraged to email the Program Officer, Education at to request a consultation regarding their eligibility.


    • Understand management-board dynamics: clearly define the roles, accountabilities and responsibilities of both management and the board
    • Optimize interactions with board members: develop strategies to effectively communicate and inform both inside and outside of board meetings
    • Improve organizational decision-making: learn how to bridge the information gap between management and the board
    • Listen to the real-world boardroom experiences of directors from leading Canadian organizations


Enhance your impact and effectiveness in board meetings by building the necessary understanding, skills and strategies to optimize board-management relationships and communication with board members, ultimately resulting in improved organizational decision-making.


The current program format consists of four synchronous, half-day sessions delivered online.

Note: Sessions are not delivered on consecutive days.

Directors In Residence

  • ICD works with exceptional industry leaders who reside in the classroom during the program, offering participants first-hand insights.


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