Welcome to the Directors’ Education and Accreditation Program (DEAP). This is a short, intensive and effective way for you to have a good insight into the role of a director of a board and provide you with knowledge of key areas related to that role. Designed for busy people who want to enhance their competencies, DEAP offers knowledge in the areas of governance, financial reporting and disclosure, strategy development and risk management that current board directors, or those considering becoming board directors, need to know.
Candidates come from many backgrounds, but all have a common interest in either improving their performance as a director or preparing themselves to serve as a director. Upon successful completion you are awarded the Accredited Director designation (Acc.Dir.), demonstrating your professional ability to take on the challenges of the role.
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Before the Session: When you register for DEAP, you will receive access to the pre-reading study guides for each module (including Governance, Finance, Risk and Strategy). Depending on your background, plan on spending up to 30-40 hours with these materials in advance to familiarize yourself with the subject matter.
During the Session - The workshop is three days in duration consisting of presentations, discussions, case studies and an assessment (completed in class) for each module. Each day begins at 8:00am with hot breakfast. We break for a provided lunch from 12-1pm and the sessions conclude at 4:30pm.
After the session - 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 calendar year. As an Affiliate Group member, you will receive access to special rates for seminars, workshops and other continuing professional development opportunities.
Certification Maintenance - Although no formal Professional Development hours are currently required, certification is maintained through continuous annual membership.
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Upon successful completion and receipt of your Accredited Director designation (Acc.Dir.), you will also receive membership in our Affiliate Group for the remainder of the year (membership runs from January 1 to December 31). Certification is maintained through continuous annual membership, check out the membership fee structure here. Facilitators
Full details for the Program, including the biographies of the industry-leading expert facilitators, can be found within the tabs of the upcoming sessions.
Governance for Directors - This module will introduce you to the general governance standards and principles of current day corporate governance through the following learning objectives:
Finance for Directors - The directors of any entity must be concerned with the well being of the entity they are entrusted to oversee. Directors must be independent and objective in fulfilling their fiduciary duties. An understanding of the basics of accounting, financial reporting and internal control is crucial to this objective.
The most important aspects of finance for the director to understand include:
Strategy and Risk Management for Directors - Boards have a key role to play in strategy and risk management. However, it is not always clear on what that role should be. In addition, there may be challenges in understanding the fundamentals of strategy development and risk management amongst a Board of Directors. This module is designed to address these issues.
At the end of this module candidates will:
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