FAQs

General

What is the Institute of Corporate Directors?
The Institute of Corporate Directors is a not-for-profit, member-based association promoting the effectiveness of Canadian directors and boards.
 
What kind of organizations are currently members of the ICD?
The ICD is pleased to have members across all business sectors including private, public, not-for-profit and Crown corporations.
 
Do you offer a designation for program graduates?
Yes. The Institute of Corporate Directors offers the ICD.D designation to graduates of the ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program. The designation can be acquired by members in good standing who demonstrate a clear commitment to practice and build on the knowledge they’ve learned through the program. Learn more about the ICD.D designation.
 
How does ICD advocate on behalf of its membership?
When deemed necessary, the ICD will submit a comment letter to organizations or governing bodies offering feedback. The ICD also participates in research studies in order to gain knowledge needed to aid board directors in the pursuit of excellence in directorship.
 
Where in Canada are your chapters located?
We are pleased to serve members across the country with chapters in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador. You can find direct chapter contact details here.
 
Does ICD have a privacy policy?
The ICD respects the privacy of its membership and we do not share your information with anyone. Please view our Privacy Policy
 

About Becoming a Member

How do I qualify to become an individual member of ICD?
There is no formal qualification for becoming a member of the ICD. Our membership is open to individuals in the private, public, not-for-profit and Crown sectors who are either corporate directors or professionals with a broader interest in corporate governance. Complete a membership application.
 
How can I sign up my full board for membership?
If your company or organization is in the private, public, not-for-profit or Crown sectors, simply complete the Application Form. Learn more about pricing options for your board.
 
What kind of organizations are members of ICD?
The ICD is pleased to have members across all business sectors including private, public, not-for-profit and Crown corporations.
 
Can I join ICD if I am not currently serving as a director?
Yes. We have members who are retired directors as well as members who are professional service providers. The common link between all members is their interest in corporate governance and their desire to contribute to, and benefit from, the collective knowledge of experienced board directors.
 
How much does an individual membership cost?
Individual membership fees are $395 per annum plus applicable taxes.
 
How much does a full board membership cost?
Board membership fees vary based on what type of organization you are with and how many board members wish to join. For details, see our Board Membership.
 
What benefits are offered to ICD members?
One of the biggest perks of membership is the vast array of benefits that can be enjoyed. Not only do our members have the opportunity to network with experienced board directors, but they also have access to exclusive professional development opportunities. For a detailed list of the many benefits we offer, visit our Member Benefits page.
 

About taking a course

How do I register for the Director Education Program?
The admissions process for the Director Education Program is competitive due to the limited space and the need to ensure diversity of skill and experience to provide a balanced experience for all participants. Visit our Admission Overview for further instructions and an application form.
 
Do you offer brief duration director education programs?
Yes. We offer a suite of one-day courses, such as Audit Committee Effectiveness, Boardroom Financial Essentials, Crown Director Effectiveness, Enterprise Risk Oversight for Directors, and Human Resources & Compensation Committee Effectiveness. Visit our Short Courses program page.
 
What is the application process for the individual director education programs?
In order to maintain a positive learning environment, classes are constructed by balancing diversity, experience, and the ability of participants to contribute positively within the group. We have therefore established an application process to determine the eligibility of participants. Click on the course you are interested in to learn about its application process.
 
What if I’ve registered, but am now no longer able to participate in the program?
Cancellations are subject to an administration fee depending on how much notice is given to ICD. Visit each course page for full details of our cancellation policy. 
 
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