Directors Education Program - ICD

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Applications open. New cohort begins in November 2023. 
Halifax, Nova Scotia | Sobey School of Business

Information gaps, time squeezes and behavioural dynamics are pressures commonly faced in the boardroom. The ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program (DEP) has been designed to help experienced directors overcome these challenges.

This highly interactive program is delivered in four modules, and each module is typically three days. It includes roundtable discussions, real-time case studies, and on-point insights from leading governance experts.

The DEP allows experienced directors to:

  • build on their expertise
  • fine-tune skills for around the boardroom table
  • strengthen their capacity to create and protect value for their organizations


Vivek Sood

“The ICD-Rotman DEP is a smart, deliberate, and dynamic curriculum that challenges us to elevate our thinking and approach to good governance practice. Skilled instruction with many opportunities to share knowledge and new perspectives, combined with comradery and meaningful discussions with my peers, not only allowed me to embrace the joy of being a student again, but prepared me to be a valuable contributor in my role as director.”

Vivek Sood
Executive Vice President, Related Businesses for Sobeys Inc. & Empire Company Limited Halifax
DEP 5 Valedictorian

About the program

The Directors Education Program (DEP) - jointly developed by the Institute of Corporate Directors and the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto - is the leading national education program for experienced board directors in Canada. The Sobey School of Business is pleased to collaborate in offering this internationally recognized program for directors, in Halifax.

Currently, each of the four modules consists of five-six in person sessions, although this format is subject to change. The modules sessions are taught by leading faculty of prominent business schools, some of Canada’s most experienced directors, regional and national DEP leaders and leading governance experts. Classes consist of 30-40 participants. This program connects you to an extended network of leading directors who are bringing better governance to Canada and its communities.

Completing the Directors Education Program is the first step in attaining the ICD.D designation granted by the Institute of Corporate Directors, the professional body representing the director community in Canada.

Directors Education Brochure


Fourth floor Sobey School of Business
Saint Mary's University
923 Robie St.
Halifax, Nova Scotia


The program is typically offered every 18-24 months. See more information on upcoming dates in HalifaxPlease note the Institute of Corporate Directors handles all program applications.


Application fee: $500 + tax*
Program fee: $20,950 for all four modules plus applicable taxes.

This fee includes tuition, all reading materials, and ICD.D examination fees. The DEP is a tax-deductible expense. A T2202A form will be issued for the payment of DEP tuition fees.

  • The application fee for current ICD Members is $250 + tax for individual members and $0 for members via boards.
    ** Non-members receive a one-year ICD membership on application to the DEP, valued at $395.

The ICD-Rotman DEP Diversity Scholarship

This scholarship enables underrepresented individuals to gain a strong governance education through Canada's leading director education program, the ICD-Rotman DEP.

Preference is given to those who demonstrate a financial need and belong to one of the following groups: women, Indigenous Peoples, people with visible or invisible/episodic disabilities, members of racialized communities, and those who identify as 2SLGBTQI+.

Additional information on the scholarship, application, and review process

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To inquire about the program, including your eligibility, please contact:

Maureen Finlan
Phone: 416.593.7741 x248