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Series Levels

Level I

Admissions:

The 3 day series is for aspiring directors in management or professional roles with little or no board experience who are interested in serving on a not-for-profit board.

The ideal candidate includes high potential individuals, emerging leaders and/or employees who interact with their company board.

Participants will come away from the program with a solid foundation in board governance and practical knowledge on how to get on boards.

The goals of the Level I are to:
  • Build your knowledge of not-for-profit governance including the roles and functions of a board and key responsibilities
  • Become familiar with how not-for-profit boards identify and recruit candidates
  • Develop your Personal Action Plan and Board Résumé
At the end of the Level I, you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of not-for-profit governance including the roles and functions of a board and key responsibilities
  • Use your Personal Action Plan and Board Résumé to guide you in identifying board opportunities and interviews with not-for-profit board executives and directors
  • Identify the gaps in your management and professional experience as well as in your board network that must be addressed to satisfy your director goal(s)
Additional Benefits:
  • Join an exclusive cross-industry alumni network of over 950 graduates and be connected to CBDC's 56 Founding and Corporate members
  • Receive a complimentary, lifelong individual membership to Women's Executive Network (WXN) the sister company to CBDC

Curriculum:

The Level I curriculum delivers foundation level governance knowledge. Each module is facilitated by top tier facilitators. Ten modules cover the following topics:

  • Unconscious Bias
  • Diversity in Governance
  • Key Responsibilities and Decision Making
  • Governance
  • Finance
  • Risk Management
  • Duties and Liabilities
  • Recruitment Process
  • Directors’ Panel
  • Preparation of your Personal Action Plan and Board Résumé

Completion:

To complete Level I, you are required to:

  • Apply and be accepted into the Level I CBDC Get on Board Governance Education Program
  • Pay all fees
  • Attend all session series classes and complete within 12 months of starting

Fees:

  • Non-members: $1,745 + applicable taxes
  • Founding and Corporate Members: $1,245 + applicable taxes

There is a $95 application fee, plus applicable taxes.

Level II

Become a Fellow in Board Governance (FBG)

Admissions

The 4 day series is for experienced directors. Ideal candidates have 10+ years of management/professional experience and small/medium not-for-profit board experience, who are interested in joining a complex national not-for-profit, Crown Corporation, Advisory and/or small/medium private company board.

The curriculum is grounded in experiential learning including case studies and a mock board meeting.

Pre-Requisites:

You must have completed the Level I CBDC GoB program*. In addition, you should have accumulated 24 months of experience in board governance by:

  • Serving on a Crown Corporation, not-for-profit (NFP), non-governmental (NGO) or for-profit corporation board; and/or
  • Serving on an Advisory Board; and/or
  • Serving as an elected official at the municipal, provincial or federal level; and/or
  • Reporting to a Board or a Board committee. For example, regularly reporting to the Audit committee of a Board or acting as a Corporate Secretary.

*In select situations, equivalency may be granted if you have not completed the Level I CBDC GoB program. You can seek exemption from the Level I program, but must meet the following requirements:

Board service in excess of:
  • 36 months on a NFP, NGO or Crown Corporation Board; and/or
  • 12 months on a publicly traded For Profit Board; and/or
  • 36 months on an Advisory Board.
The goals of the Level II are to:
  • Build your knowledge of public sector governance and small/medium for-profit governance including an in-depth review of the key responsibilities of directors and board operations
  • Become familiar with how provincial/federal public sector boards and small/medium private company boards identify and recruit candidates
  • Develop your Personal Action Plan and Board Résumé
  • Prepare to lead the boardrooms of tomorrow through real life case studies
At the end of the Level II, you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate foundational knowledge of corporate board governance including the roles and functions of a board and key responsibilities
  • Use your Personal Action Plan and Board Résumé to guide you in identifying board opportunities and interviews with corporate board executives and directors
  • Identify the gaps in your management and professional experience as well as in your board network that must be addressed to satisfy your director goal(s)
Additional Benefits:
  • Join an exclusive cross-industry alumni network of over 950 graduates and be connected to CBDC's 56 Founding and Corporate members
  • Receive a complimentary, lifelong individual membership to Women's Executive Network (WXN) the sister company to CBDC

Curriculum

The Level II is an intense learning experience, where in-depth curriculum will be covered. The higher admission criteria creates a high caliber learning environment, fostered by rich, fulsome dialogue between participants. Each module is facilitated by top tier facilitators who are experienced board members, academics and other governance professionals. Eleven modules cover the following topics:

  • Unconscious Bias,
  • Diversity in Governance
  • Governance
  • Finance
  • Risk Management
  • Duties and Liabilities
  • Key Responsibilities and Decision Making
  • Leading Boardrooms of Tomorrow
  • Recruitment Process
  • Directors’ Panel
  • Preparation of Your Personal Action Plan and Board Résumé

You will work through three real life case studies, participate in a mock board meeting and learn about the board recruitment process from national executive search firm.

A full session is dedicated to Governance allowing for deeper discussion into the current and prevailing themes in governance. Participants will gain insight into topics that include, but are not limited to shareholder engagement, executive compensation, and the impact of technology on governance. The module, Leading Boardrooms of Tomorrow, provides a thorough examination of navigating board dynamics from the point of onboarding to the role of boards in strategy development. Participants will apply their learning through a mock board meeting.

Level II Certification

As of fall 2015, CBDC will grant certification upon completion of the program requirements: Fellow in Board Governance (FBG) to Level II program graduates. In order to ensure a baseline knowledge is attained, you will be required to take a final exam and achieve a passing score. This exam will test for a minimum standard of knowledge and skill in the areas of:

  • Board member duties and liabilities
  • Board governance and operations
  • Ethical behaviour and decision making
  • Finance and risk management
  • Board dynamics in diverse boardrooms
  • Current trends in board governance

In addition to the above, you are required to:

  • Have successfully completed Level I CBDC Get on Board or equivalent
  • Completed a minimum of 24 months of accumulated experience in board governance
  • Attend all session series classes and complete within 12 months of starting
  • Sign the declaration for Level II certification at the time of application

Once certified you are expected to be “in good standing” with the CBDC. “Good standing” refers to timely payment of all fees and commitment to continuing education.

What obligations am I committed to adhere to as a Level II program graduate?

Level II program graduates are expected to:

  • Act with integrity, obeying all applicable laws that govern their duties as a board director
  • Uphold the principles of diversity as put forth by CBDC, seeking to increase the diversity of thinking and membership on boards where they serve
  • Perform their director duties with due care and professional judgement in a manner that reflects positively on the certification
  • Demonstrate honesty, fairness and confidentiality consistent with their board obligations

Honorary Certification

In extraordinary circumstances, the CBDC reserves the right to grant Level II certification upon individuals who meet the following criteria:

  • Experience in board governance is of the highest caliber
  • Education from highly respected institutions has been successfully completed
  • Exhibit the highest understanding and value of diversity in board governance

Fees

  • Non-Member: $7,995 + applicable taxes
  • Founding & Corporate Member: $5,995 + applicable taxes
  • Not-for-Profit and/or Public Sector Employee/Director: $4,695 + applicable taxes

There is a $250 application fee, plus applicable taxes.

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Rajan Bansi elected to University Settlements, July 2015

Lori Martin elected to Canadian Skin Cancer Foundation, April 2015

Laurie Copithorne elected to Canadian Foundation for Dietetic Research, November 2014

Guy Flavelle elected to Canadian Egg Marketing Agency, March 2014

Kim Koster elected to Invest Toronto, February 2014

Dawneen Boyle elected to Unity Charity, December 2013

Christie Stephenson elected to Board of Canadian Centre for International Justice, 2013

Julie Jai, elected to the Board of St. Joseph’s Health Centre, October 2013.

Patrick Merz, elected to the Board of ALS Society of Alberta, April 2013.

Jennifer McGill, elected to the Board of VOICE for Deaf Kids.

Ellis Perryman, elected as President of Urban Financial Services Coalition.

Kumee Rao, elected to the Board of the Canadian Mental Health Association.

Testimonials

Testimonials

"Diversity in Canada’s boardrooms is critical to enhancing corporate innovation and fostering a resilient economy. CBDC’s “Get on Board” Program makes an outstanding contribution to developing a pipeline of board ready candidates. The Intermediate program was an excellent opportunity to connect with a diverse cohort of directors committed to strengthening their governance skills and knowledge."

Christie Stephenson
Manager, ESG Evaluations & Research

"The Get on Board program speakers and facilitators are extremely knowledgeable with valuable experiences to share with participants. It has been an extremely interesting learning experience and continues to feed desire to learn more about Board Governance. I have already been able to take some of the best practices back to my board, which were accepted and are being implemented."

Lucy Coschignano
Vice President and National Manager, Service Excellence, Aon Canada