Building a better board of directors

By Costa Maragos Posted: June 12, 2015 6:00 a.m.

The Levene Graduate School of Business brings Directors Education Program to Saskatchewan.
The Levene Graduate School of Business brings Directors Education Program to Saskatchewan. (Photo - U of R Photography).

Those people who sit on board of directors can certainly bring immense value to the table of any company or corporation. However, leadership problems at the top can also have huge negative consequences.

Enter the Directors Education Program.

The Kenneth Levene Graduate School of Business at the U of R has partnered with the Edwards School of Business to offer the program June 12-14, 2015.
 
“Directors of organizations have great challenges. Not only are they tasked with protecting and creating value for the organization, they do so from a distance,” says Dr. Andrew Gaudes, Dean of the Kenneth Levene Graduate School of Business. “I’m proud that the Levene School will assist directors in working through these challenges by co-delivering the Directors Education Program with Edwards. We look forward to providing local access to the program and contributing to the skillset of directors in Saskatchewan boardrooms.”

The Directors Education Program is offered at leading business schools. It has been developed by the Institute of Corporate Directors and Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.

The program is designed for executives who want to be more effective in the boardroom. At the U of R sessions, 42 directors are taking the program.

“This program is designed for executives with board experience who want to improve their skills and be more effective in the boardroom. A director is continually challenged by the absence of complete information, limited time to learn and respond, and conflicting personalities in the boardroom. The Directors Education Program assists directors in working through these challenges in an experiential learning environment,” says Dr. Gaudes.

There are four 3-day sessions offered and are being shared by the U of R and the University of Saskatchewan.
The sessions cover such areas as  legal issues, personal effectiveness, assessing risk and other scenarios that ultimately face almost any company or corporation.

“The Rotman/Institute of Corporate Directors program is an invaluable course – not only for directors who want to ensure they are fully equipped to meet their fiduciary obligations in a rapidly-changing, global business environment, but equally for managers who want a better understanding of what is expected of them by their boards,” says Lisa Baiton, Managing Director and Head of Global Public Affairs for the Canada Pension Plan Investment board.

The Directors Education Program has caught the interest of many board members in Saskatchewan. The sessions are sold out.

The Levene Graduate School of Business offers a suite of programs including: the Executive MBA, the Levene MBA with Specializations, the Master of Administration in Leadership (MAdmin Leadership), the Master of Human Resource Management (MHRM) as well as Master’s Certificates. An information session on the Executive MBA Program takes place June 17, 2015. For details please visit here.