NFP Governance Essentials Program


Program Overview

Better serve your Not-for-Profit organization AND ITS MISSION.

The NFP Governance Essentials Program (NFP Program), presented by RBC Foundation, was jointly developed by the Rotman School of Management and the Institute of Corporate Directors.

The NFP Program is an intensive 2-day program taught by prominent faculty and some of Canada's most accomplished directors of not-for-profit organizations. This innovative program provides learning on key accountabilities and responsibilities of not-for-profit leaders. The NFP Program is supported by the RBC Foundation. A limited number of RBC Foundation scholarships valued at $1,000 are available for each offering

In addition to being offered in Saskatoon, the program is also offered at other leading business schools in Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, St. John's and Winnipeg.

  • Why the NFP Program

    This innovative program is the only national program offered across the country and provides learning that can be immediately applied. Participating directors in this premier course will focus on key accountabilities and responsibilities for NFP leaders through extensive use of team-based learning to ensure participants learn from both faculty and their peers.

    Attend this program and gain the following benefits:

    • Understand your fiduciary duty
    • Learn best practices in governance
    • Build group decision-making skills
    • Apply change management principles to elevate board effectiveness
    • Leverage board contacts built through the program

    For more information or to apply visit the ICD Website. 

  • Who Should Attend
    • Directors and Executive Directors of small and large not-for-profit organizations.
    • The NFP Program learning environment balances diversity, experience, and the ability of participants to contribute positively within the group.
    • To be eligible for admission, applicants should have either board experience, senior management experience, or professional experience. Preference will be given to applicants who have demonstrated experience with, or a desire to become involved in, the corporate governance of not-for-profit organizations. 
  • What Is Included
    • All learning materials provided digitally through Canvas
    • Certificate of Completion
    • Credential to add to your CV and LinkedIn Profile 

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Fees: $2,500 plus Taxes

Registration Deadline: To Be Announced


Course Planner

For more information, contact

Rebecca Schweighardt
Learning and Development Specialist
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"Great session. Great to meet new people, great relevant information. I will certainly recommend the NFP Program to others."

Ray Morrison

Board Chair, Saskatoon Public Schools

Instructor Profiles

Rick Richard Powers, MBA, LL.B; National Academic Director
After receiving his MBA and LLB from Queen’s University, Rick worked as a corporate lawyer for a national Canadian law firm.  He later served as Corporate Counsel for Honda Canada Inc., before joining the University of Toronto.  After teaching and serving in several administrative roles at the University of Toronto at Scarborough, Rick joined the Rotman School of Management in 2005.  He has recently completed a 5-Year term as the Associate Dean and Executive Director of the Rotman MBA and Master of Finance Programs.
Rick’s areas of expertise include corporate governance, ethics, business and corporate law and sports marketing.  A recipient of numerous teaching and student awards, Rick received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching at the Rotman School of Management in January, 2013.
An internationally recognized expert in both corporate and not-for-profit governance, Rick is the National Academic Director of The Directors Education Program and the Not-For-Profit Governance Essentials Program (in partnership with the Institute of Corporate Directors – ICD).  He also teaches in Rotman’s Executive MBA, OMNIUM, MBA and Executive Education Programs.  He is a director of several not-for-profit organizations and frequently comments on legal and governance issues in various media across Canada. 
John John Oesch, Ph.D, MSc, MBA, Med, BEd, BSc.
John Oesch is currently teaching Foundations of Integrative Thinking and Organizational Leadership in the MBA Programs at the Rotman School of Management.  He has research interests in the areas of decision making, managerial negotiations, and organizational justice.  His teaching interests are in the areas of negotiation, decision making, organizational behaviour, and emotions in management.  He received the Rotman MBA and EMBA Teaching Awards in 2005 and 2006 as well as the Roger Martin and Nancy Lang Teaching Award in 2009.  His publication record includes the Journal of Business Venturing, Social Justice Research, Games and Economic Behavior, and Organization Science.
Nouman Nouman Ashraf, B.Com, MBA
Nouman Ashraf is Research Fellow at the Desautels Centre for Integrative Thinking at the Rotman School of Management within the University of Toronto. He possesses a broad range of professional, academic and research interests. For the last decade, he has held progressively senior roles at the University of Toronto. He has taught in the national program on Governance for Not-for-Profits across Canada through a partnership between the Rotman School of Management and the Institute for Corporate Directors since its inception. He is also the Academic Director of the Strategic Diversity Program at Rotman.
He has also worked in change management consulting in the private sector. With a particular interest in understanding organizational behaviour and drivers of systems- wide cultural change, Nouman has also served as a consultant to important organizations such as the United Way of Canada, the Ontario Public Service, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the City of Toronto, Bayer, Moriyama + Teshima Architects and numerous post-secondary institutions.
He has won numerous awards for his community engagement initiatives nationally. At lunch time, he can often be found at Massey College, where he is Senior Fellow.


Partnership Program



Together with our partners, we continue to add value and enhance our educational experiences to our community through professional development and training in a supportive and welcoming environment.

This Edwards Executive Education program was jointly developed by the Institute of Corporate Directors and the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.

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