Innovation Governance for Directors


Digital innovation, driven by an unprecedented pandemic event that has accelerated the adoption of cloud computing, mobile technologies, social media, artificial intelligence, and big data analytics, is disrupting traditional business approaches in favor of new models and market valuations.

To succeed in these times of rapid change, organizations must place 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 multi-day virtual program will help expand director skill sets through strategic insights and tools from faculty with extensive experience in the innovation space to be values-driven and change-enabling to support organizations in the information age.

The world is increasingly dynamic and no organization can survive if it is not innovative.  Boards have no choice but to tackle the challenge of transformative change. –  Blair Sheppard, Global Leader, Strategy and Development, PwC

Program Outline

This special program offers the opportunity for participants to hear from world-class instructors on the following topics:

  • Innovation & the roles, responsibilities and accountabilities of the board
  • Building an innovation culture
  • Navigating the ethics of disruptive innovation and technology
  • Design thinking
  • Strategy models for innovation
  • Balancing innovation risks with opportunities
  • Overcoming resistance to change in and outside of the boardroom
  • Real business cases in real-time

The course features 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 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 of The Directors College and Executive Director of the EMBA in Digital Transformation at the DeGroote School of Business

Program Speakers

  • Rob Burgess, Director, Adobe and NVIDIA, and Former Chairman, Macromedia Inc.
  • John Dalla Costa, Founding Director at the Centre for Ethical Orientation
  • Liselotte Engstam, Non-executive Chair and Board Director
  • Lloyd Komori, Independent Board Director, ERM Consultant, and Former Chief Risk Officer
  • Barry Libert, CEO Advisor, Digital Board Member and Chief Execuitve Officer, AI Matters
  • Jessica Nordlander, Chief Operations Officer, Thoughtexchange
  • Tim O’Brien, GM AI Programs, AI Policy and Ethics Advocacy and Evangelism, Microsoft
  • Sean Park, Assistant Professor, McMaster University
  • Carole Piovesan, Partner and Co-Founder, INQ Law
  • Rob Siegel, Lecturer in Management, Stanford Graduate Business School
  • Alfredo Tan, Senior Vice-President – Strategy, Data and Partnerships, Rogers Sports & Media
  • Karel Vredenburg, Director, Global Design Leadership and Academic Programs, IBM
  • Kee Wong,  National Director and Chair of the Innovation Committee, Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD)

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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 next date for Innovation Governance for Directors has not yet been set. Contact us for updates or to inquire about a Custom Course.

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