Innovation Governance for Directors

APRIL 5-7, 2018

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Is your board proactively supporting innovation and driving an innovation agenda?

Digital innovation, driven by cloud computing, mobile technologies, social media, and big data analytics, is disrupting traditional business approaches in favor of new models and market valuations.

Progressive organizations are now placing innovation at the core of their strategy and require directors who understand the challenges, opportunities and risks arising from digital innovation, so they may help build forward-thinking agendas and minimize the impacts of evolving cyber threats.

This 2.5 day residential program will help expand director skill sets by sharing new research on innovation governance, and strategic insights and tools from faculty with extensive experience in the innovation space.

Hear more about the relevance of Innovation Governance for Directors in this brief video from Principal of The Directors College, Dr. Michael Hartmann. 

Program Outline

Taking place April 5-7, 2018, the two and a half-day residential special 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 to cover the following topics:     

  • Overcoming barriers to innovation
  • Innovation & the role of the board
  • Emerging disruptive technologies
  • Balancing innovation risks & opportunities
  • Strategic approaches and tools
  • Leadership and innovation

  • Building an innovation culture
  • Innovation models
  • 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. and Former Chairman, Macromedia Inc.
  • John Dalla Costa, Founding Director at the Centre for Ethical Orientation
  • Philip Evans, Senior Advisor at The Boston Consulting Group and BCG Fellow
  • Lloyd Komori, Former 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 and Dean Emeritus of Duke University's Fuqua School of Business
  • Alfredo Tan, Chief Digital Innovation Officer, WestJet and Former Facebook Executive
  • Karel Vredenburg, Director, IBM Design
  • Other leading experts - to be announced

Admission Requirements

  • Program is open to The Directors College Alumni, graduates of other accredited programs on governance, and those looking to enhance their knowledge on innovation and its impact on the boardroom.

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.

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 If you have questions about this program please contact us at or 1-855-905-4943.

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