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Program Overview

Get On Board

Developed by CBDC, the Get on Board Governance Education Program is the fastest growing and most affordable program of its kind. The CBDC mandate includes equipping board-ready and high-potential candidates with the tools to pursue board placements. The Get on Board (GoB) program helps you:

  • Prepare for the boardrooms of tomorrow
  • Build your board credentials
  • Improve your ability to work with diverse colleagues
  • Learn the fundamentals of board governance
  • Prepare your board résumé
  • Engage with industry leaders and directors
  • Connect with board recruitment professionals

Why the Get on Board Program?

First-Rate Education Preparing Participants for the Boardrooms of Tomorrow

Get on Board will help you hone business and leadership skills, expand your network, and learn more about operations, finance and risk management. You will develop a strong foundation on the role of boards, governance principles, and how to be an effective board member through excellent course content and materials.

Affordably-priced, our program is designed to help men and women be effective directors of public sector corporations, large national non-profit organizations, and mid-cap/small-cap companies. Get on Board is designed to complement existing governance education programs.

Ideal program candidates include board-ready and high-potential employees or current directors. Get on Board is offered at two levels depending on your leadership and/or board experience.

Gain the tools you need to help change the face of Corporate Canada by registering for the Get on Board Governance Education Program today.

Diverse Learning Environment

Immerse in an experiential learning environment, which includes several case studies and the preparation of a board résumé. Embedded in the curriculum are modules on Unconscious Bias and Diversity in Governance. In 2015, CBDC introduced a new Level II module, Leading the Boardrooms of Tomorrow, which includes a mock board meeting for students.

To ensure a high-quality, individualized learning experience, classes are capped at 30 students.

Top Instructors

Receive instruction in an intimate learning environment from top-rated, experienced board members, academics and other governance professionals who will provide you with hands-on individualized guidance.

Thank you to our national instructional Partners:


Participate in the most affordably-priced governance education of its kind in Canada.

Access to Recruiters

Acquire key tools for pursuing board positions; understanding board recruiting processes; preparing a board résumé; and developing an individual board career action plan.

Alumni Network

Join a large and growing network of program graduates and be connected to our 56 Founding and Corporate Members. Add top business leaders from the governance community and highly skilled colleagues from a broad range of sectors and professions to your network.


Receive certification upon completion of the Level II program requirements: Fellow in Board Governance (FBG). This certification acknowledges the learning and experience the candidates have completed, and positions them well to lead the boardrooms of tomorrow.