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Directors' Education & Accreditation Program (DEAP)

We hold open sessions throughout the year. If our upcoming sessions do not work for your schedule but you are interested in taking DEAP in the future, click here to join our mailing list to stay up to date as they become available!

2018 session dates now available:

Is This You?

  • Director of a public, private, not-for-profit or governmental organization
  • Considering becoming a director of such an organization
  • Unsure of what your duties and responsibilities are
  • Unclear on how you can perform at your best in your new role
  • Concerned about the legal ramifications of being a director

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.

What separates DEAP from other directors’ programs?

DEAP is a sharply focused program, delivering critical content in a condensed period of time.  It is designed for busy people who want to get what they need in a timely fashion.

When you register for DEAP, you will receive material to be read ahead time – one document for each of the modules in pdf format. The workshop is three days in duration and includes a mix of presentations, discussions, case studies and an assessment for each module.

Upon successful completion, you will be awarded the Accredited Director designation (Acc.Dir.) and receive membership in our Affiliate Group for the remainder of the year (membership runs from January 1 to December 31). Affiliate membership includes:

  • 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.

In addition to our DEAP content partners, ICSA Canada has also partnered with the Eastern Caribbean Securities Exchange to offer a variation of DEAP in the Caribbean, as well as with the government to offer DEAP in Nunavut.

In this program, you will learn:
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  • Governance
    • What is corporate governance
    • Directors and the board
    • Directors and management
    • The board and shareholders
  • Financial Disclosure and Reporting
    • Financial objectives
    • Accounting concepts and financial statements
    • Financial management
    • Ratio analysis
    • Financial disclosures
  • Enterprise Risk Management (ERM)
    • The ERM Revolution
    • ERM definition and conceptual framework
    • ERM language, measures, models and tools
    • ERM case studies
    • Practical considerations in implementing ERM
  • Strategy
    • Introducing strategy
    • Strategic management
    • Rational model
    • Emergent strategy
    • Strategic management in different contexts

Armed with this toolkit, you will be able to address the challenges and opportunities of your directorship with confidence and skill.

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