Board Governance Program Canada – Programs for Board Directors
JWI understands the value of promoting inclusive and diverse boardrooms in Canada in addition to the current board governance programmes. JWI is introducing the Board Governance Programme Canada to address the unique requirements of the Canadian context. By developing a pool of highly qualified board members with a variety of backgrounds, this programme hopes to improve governance procedures in Canadian organisations. The programme will provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of the role and responsibilities of board directors in the Canadian context.
To address the supply-side issues that are pervasive in Canadian boardrooms, the Board Governance Programme Canada will concentrate on creating a core group of reputable black and minority board directors. Within the next five years, the programme will identify and train 100 black and minority executives for board service, with a focus on boosting their representation on Canadian boards.
- Fellows: Much like the current John Ware Fellowship, senior managers or executives with more than 10 years of professional experience will make the best candidates for the Board Governance Programme Canada. Additionally, they should have at least five years of experience serving on nonprofit boards. A JWI-created advisory board will choose the fellows on an annual basis, ensuring a fair and open selection process.
- Programme Benefits: The Board Governance Programme Canada will provide the chosen candidates with a thorough two-year fellowship. JWI will work with the fellows to find paid board positions that fit with their areas of expertise and interests during this time. Each fellow will also be assigned a board mentor and join a peer group of board members to encourage networking and knowledge sharing.
The ICD.D. credential, a recognised governance certification in Canada, will also be supported by JWI in the fellows’ pursuit of it. Financial support will be given to cover programme expenses, allowing the fellows to concentrate on honing their skills as board directors. In addition, the fellows will have the opportunity to attend various events and workshops organised by JWI throughout the year, providing them with further learning and networking opportunities. These experiences will help prepare them for future board roles and contribute to their ongoing professional development.