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In this critical course, participants will receive practical guidance and real-world perspectives on how boards can better monitor and evaluate culture, including questions board members need to ask to identify red flags that can contribute to a toxic work environment.

Current Offerings

  • City Course
    Instructor Led 


The Board Oversight of Culture (BOC) course is ideal for boards of directors of for-profit, Crown and not-for-profit organizations who want to improve oversight of culture for a healthy and productive workplace.



  • Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
    • Understand the greater societal and social context organizations now operate in and how this can impact their cultures
    • Understand why culture is important within the boardroom
    • Identify the evolving legal duties and potential liabilities of directors
    • How to effectively assess, monitor and change your culture
    • Differentiate the responsibilities of the board vs.  management for building and maintaining a healthy environment.
    • Recognizing the importance of culture within the boardroom – from the selection of directors to avoiding unconscious bias.
    • Uncovering issues related to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion within your organization and understanding the board’s role in their oversight.


Benefits to your board work: You will be equipped with the necessary tools and practical insights to situate your organization within a wider social context, and develop a subsequent framework to effectively assess, monitor and transform the culture into an optimal one for your organization’s purpose.


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.


Hubert T. Lacroix, ICD.D Headshot


Leah Malone, J.D. Headshot
Tracey Riley, CPA, FCA Headshot
Annick Routhier Labadie, M.Sc., PPCC, Integral Facilitator Headshot
Kim Vander Aerschot	 Headshot
Paul DeNicola Headshot
Susan Wolburgh Jenah, JD, ICD.D Headshot
Dr. Linda Maxwell, AB, MD, MBA, FRCSC, ICD.D Headshot


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