Innovation Governance for Directors

Short Program
APRIL 5-7, 2018

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Innovation has always been a key ingredient in competitive success, but in the 21st century economy, dominated by digital technology, innovation is becoming a carefully managed corporate attribute. Although the title “Chief Innovation Officer” (CINO) did not even exist before 1998, a recent survey revealed that almost half of all large companies have a CINO, or an executive with identical accountabilities.

Whether or not an organization has appointed a CINO, board members can work with the executive team to develop an innovation culture, establish an innovation strategy, and manage innovation risk. Increasingly, board members will need to understand innovation.

Program Outline

Taking place April 5-7, 2018, the two and a half-day residential short program will be held at a space renowned for collaboration and innovation, The Communitech Hub in Kitchener/Waterloo. Participants will work with world-class instructors who have years of expertise in this area. Topics to be covered will include:

  • Overcoming barriers to innovation
  • Innovation and the role of the board
  • Exponential innovation
  • Balancing innovation risks and opportunities
  • Strategies of innovation
  • Leadership and innovation
  • Building an innovation culture
  • Models of innovation
  • Design thinking in the boardroom
  • Ethics of innovation
  • Navigating digital disruption

The course will feature a number of different learning approaches, including instructor-led group discussions, case-based simulations, and personal reflection. Sessions will include thought-provoking speakers and experts addressing key questions. Participants will also complete self-assessment tools related to their own innovation profile, and that of their organizations, which will be debriefed during the workshop.

Lead Faculty

  • Dr. Michael Hartmann, Principal Faculty of The Directors College, Professor of Human Resource Management and Executive Director of EMBA in Digital Transformation at the DeGroote School of Business
  • Jean-Philippe Deschamps, Emeritus Professor of Innovation Management at IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland

Program Speakers

  • Rob Burgess, Director, Adobe Systems Inc
  • John Dalla Costa, Founding Director at the Centre for Ethical Orientation
  • Lloyd Komori, Senior Vice President, Risk Management at OMERS Administration Corporation
  • Barry Libert, CEO, Founder of OpenMatters and Board Member, Digital Advisor of Enterprise Community Investment, Inc.
  • Dr. Blair Sheppard, Global Leader, Strategy and Leadership Development at PwC
  • Alfredo Tan, Start-up Executive and Advisor, Facebook
  • Karel Vredenburg, Director, IBM Design
  • Other leading experts - to be announced

Admission Requirements

  • Accredited C.Dir., A.C.C., H.R.C.C.C. or similar accredited program designations.
  • Subject to approval: Other senior level executives and board directors will be reviewed on an individual basis.

Continuing Professional Development

  • For graduates of The Directors College programs (C.Dir., A.C.C., H.R.C.C.C.) this course qualifies for 15 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).


The registration fee is $4,495 which includes all sessions over the two and a half-day period, all program materials, all meals and accommodations during the duration of the program. Participants will stay at the nearby Walper Hotel - Waterloo's luxurious boutique hotel.

Registration will open early January, 2018.
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