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 Artificial intelligence (AI) has touched almost every industry, and its reach is continuously expanding. With AI’s promise to significantly enhance business processes and innovations across all facets of the economy, organizations need to seriously consider embracing it in order to stay competitive.  However, the growing prevalence of AI-enabled applications has created risks around the impacts, ethics and accountability of these technologies, that boards of directors must understand in order to oversee effectively.
This course is for all directors— those serving on boards of organizations that have not yet adopted AI at all, as well as those working with organizations that are already embracing AI. By attending this course, participants will gain knowledge and skills to effectively oversee their organizations’ adoption and embracing of ethical AI, and the risks of AI technologies.  Discussion will explore the fundamentals of AI governance and the board’s role in adopting innovations that leverage data to enable or deliver AI.  Participants will be equipped with practical insights and methods to bring to their boards’ agendas.

Current Offerings

  • City


    Instructor Led 







Learning Objectives

  • Participants will:
    • Understand the promise, common language and risks of AI
    • Learn how principles of AI governance can be applied in board oversight and decision making,
    • Understand the elements of a comprehensive AI governance framework,
    • Develop a checklist of questions to ask on how to monitor and mitigate new risks in AI
    • Learn nuances, possible measures and guardrails of AI governance for organizations considering, developing or deploying AI
    • Identify and decipher leading global frameworks, such as the Government of Canada Treasury Board directives on AI (e.g., the Algorithmic Impact Assessment Directive (AIA)) and others
    • Understand how to ensure their organizations are conducting sufficient due diligence around new AI technology risks, and reputational risks stemming from ethical questions
    • Gain practical experience by engaging in board-oriented case studies on AI oversight


This program uses a blended online learning model that weaves together best practices in adult education with creative networking opportunities.
  • The model includes:

    Independent online learning (up to three hours)

    Comprised of e-learning modules, videos, webinars, podcasts, readings, polls and more, independent learning enables participants to work through material at the time and pace that best suits their individual needs. It also allows for content to be broken into shorter, more digestible sections, and delivered in multiple formats to appeal to different preferences.

    Live, instructor-led session (approximately three hours)

    This instructor-led online session will focus on the application of concepts covered through independent learning. The live session might include class discussions, breakout group discussions and exercises, Q & A with instructors and other experts, simulations, live interactive panel discussions, live polling and online chats.

    Peer group exchange (approximately one hour)

    With small participant groups, facilitated online peer exchange will enable learners to build meaningful connections with peers, and exchange ideas and experiences that flesh out newly acquired knowledge and skills.

    Learning sustainment tools and resources

    Following course completion, participants may receive follow-up resources – such as recommended reading materials, videos, webinars, portals, courses and self-directed peer exchange. These resources help course alumni maintain up-to-date knowledge and feel engaged as part of the ICD community.