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David Gibbons, Executive Education, SFU Business, 604.291.5133 or
Perry Atwal, Executive Education, Sauder School of Business, 604-822 8859 or

November 16, 2004
SFU Business and UBC's Sauder School of Business, in partnership with the ICD Corporate Governance College and the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management, are introducing B.C.'s first comprehensive Directors Education Program (DEP) to help corporate directors continue to meet and exceed good corporate governance practices.

“With so many of our Executive MBA students and alumni moving forward in their careers to directorship positions, offering this course is a natural progression,” says dean Ernie Love. “It also ties in well with our new Centre for Corporate Governance and Risk Management.”

"I am pleased to welcome SFU Business and the Sauder School of Business on board as partners in delivering our College's Directors Education Program,” says David Gavsie, senior partner of the law firm, Ogilvy Renault in Toronto, and Chairman of the College. “Vancouver will be an important market for this program as demand for education and training for directors continues to grow.”

Originally developed and delivered in Toronto, the DEP teaches current and aspiring directors appropriate skills for dealing with the issues they encounter in and out of the boardroom. Directors will learn about current regulations and best practices related to board strategy, function and composition; financial reporting and auditing; monitoring, assessing and evaluating compensation issues; and bankruptcies, mergers and acquisitions.

The DEP comprises four, three-day modules between April and November 2005 and will be taught by faculty from SFU Business, the Sauder School of Business and the Rotman School of Management, as well as by governance experts and Fellows of the Institute of Corporate Directors. The modules reflect current, real-world issues and include break-out sessions, board simulations with guest CEOs and current directors of public companies, and case studies.

Successfully completing the DEP is a key prerequisite for obtaining certification from the Institute of Corporate Directors as an ICD.D.