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Directors' Education & Accreditation Program (DEAP)
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Directors' Education & Accreditation Program (DEAP)
June 7-9 , 2017
Holiday Inn Toronto International (Pearson) Airport - 970 Dixon Road, Toronto, ON

The DEAP welcomes experienced and newly appointed directors with management or professional experience. Participants are drawn from a mix of backgrounds including public, Crown and not-for-profit corporations.

Before the session

DEAP is a sharply focused program, delivering critical content in 4 areas, Governance, Finance, Strategy and Risk Management in a condensed period of time. When you register for DEAP, you will receive material 3 weeks in advance of the session to be reviewed ahead time – one document for each of the modules.

During the Session

The workshop will be three days in duration and will be a mix of presentations, discussions, case studies and a quiz (completed in class) for each module. The open session provides a unique opportunity to learn about many different sectors; come prepared to share your experiences and perspectives with the group!

Each day begins at 8:00am with a light breakfast. We break for a provided lunch from 12-1pm and the sessions conclude at 4:30pm. Assessments are done in class.

After the session

Upon successful completion, you will be awarded the Accredited Director designation (Acc.Dir.) and receive membership in our Affiliate Group.  As an Affiliate Group member, you will have a subscription to Corporate Governance Quarterly, our premier publication on good governance practice; access to special rates for seminars, workshops and other continuing professional development opportunities; and the same benefits package extended to our professional members.


Click here to register before Wednesday, May 17, 2017 and save $250 - $3,750 (4,237.50 HST included)

Click here to register after May 17, before the June 2 deadline - $4,000 ($4,520.00 HST included)

To register by fax or mail, please click here to access the fill-able word form.

A room rate of $180 has been secured with the Holiday Inn, contact Christina for more details.


Janis A. Riven, BCL, LLB, MBA, FCIS, Acc.Dir.

Based in Montreal, Janis has an established consulting practice on governance and compliance matters with clients encompassing publicly listed and closely held companies, as well as various types of not-for-profits, and is currently Adjunct Professor at the John Molson School of Business, Concordia University, where she teaches Corporate Governance.  She is a well known speaker both in Canada and abroad at conferences on corporate governance, and has acted as a facilitator for boards and board committees of a number of different organizations seeking to improve their governance effectiveness.

Janis was formerly Vice President, Compliance and Secretary for the Canadian and global operations of RBC Insurance.  Ms. Riven is Past President of Chartered Secretaries Canada, the Canadian division of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA), an international teaching organization focussed on governance. She is a member of the Quebec Bar, a Fellow of the ICSA, and currently serves on the boards of the Ombusdsman for Financial Services and Investments (OBSI), the Facility Association and Worldwide Magnesium Inc.
John Dinner, FCIS, Consultant, Board Governance Services

For more than 16 years, John T. Dinner Board Governance Services has been helping clients across sectors and across Canada achieve their organizational objectives through excellence in board governance.  Board members and organizational leaders value John Dinner’s insights, practical approach and ability to facilitate needed governance change or transformation. 

In addition to helping boards improve their governance structures and processes, John is keenly adept at fostering trust and confidence in the sharing of power and authority between boards and those to whom they give oversight.

John uses his unique boardroom experience and expertise to help boards to deliver on their accountabilities to promote organizational strength, viability and effectiveness through critical governance processes:

  1. setting the organization’s strategic priorities;
  2. monitoring the implementation of these priorities;
  3. providing management oversight; and,
  4. reporting to stakeholders on their stewardship.

John’s hands-on, in-the-trenches board work helped develop and refine leading edge governance practices, including director recruitment, board education, meeting effectiveness and best practices, information management and decision-making, and board and director performance evaluations.   He knows and understands the needs of directors, trustees, councilors and other organizational leaders first-hand. 

John Dinner is:

  • a founding member of The Directors College faculty (McMaster University);
  • a regular conference presenter and workshop leader;
  • a recipient of the National Award in Governance;
  • a contributor to the Joint Committee on Corporate Governance; and,
  • a widely published author and media spokesperson on board topics.
John also brings relevant knowledge and expert presentation and facilitation skills to board consulting, training and development.

Garnet Fenn, FCIS, Acc.Dir., P.Adm., CPA

Garnet was the Group Assistant Treasurer of the Chrysler Group in Auburn Hills, Michigan before retiring in late 2008. He was also the Chrysler Group Chief Compliance Officer for its world-wide pension plans and CFO of Chrysler Canada during his 28 year career with Chrysler.

Since retirement, Garnet has been the CFO and Chief Administrative Officer of The Hospice of Windsor and Essex County and most recently a financial planning consulting specialist with RBC Dominion Securities. He is also the Chair of the Windsor Utilities Commission Audit and Finance Committee.

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