Governing an Organization

Learn the best practices for governing all kinds of organizations from multinationals and smaller for profit organizations to not for profits and crown corporations.

Why take this course?

  • Learn the best practices of what a Board should do and how they should do it
  • Learn the principles behind good governance practice
  • Understanding Director’s duties
  • Learn the difference between governance and management
  • Understand why good governance is important

Course Overview

Good governance has become an increasingly hot topic amongst those that run and direct organizations. The reason? If governance is not good, the results can be disastrous – from Enron to Lehman Brothers, to Madoff to eHealth to Quebec’s Green Fund. For profit, not for profit, government, or crown corporation – every organization needs to examine, benchmark and practice good governance.  This introductory course will take you through the principles of good governance, how they should be applied in real life to all kinds of organizations and what you as a manager, executive, director, or advisor needs to do to help your organization practice good governance.  Specific topics such as Board/management separation, strategy, risk and ESG will also be covered.


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This course can be customized to your organization’s needs and can be delivered online, onsite or at the Ron Joyce Centre in Burlington.  For more information, click here.

Facilitator Information

Dr. David Kunsch received his Ph.D. from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University where his thesis was based upon corporate governance failures.  His research centers upon the cognitive biases, processes and critical thinking of Directors and Executives and how this impacts decision making in the Boardroom.  Dr. Kunsch focuses on mistakes, misperceptions, omissions, deviance, and other sub optimal behaviors in the Boardroom from both an individual and group decision making perspective.  His research has recently centered on how risk is perceived and acted upon in the Boardroom.

Dr. Kunsch is an Associate Professor of Management at St John Fisher College in Rochester, NY, a Lead Facilitator at The Directors College at McMaster University and has taught at the EMBA, MBA and undergraduate level in Strategy and Corporate Governance at the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University, the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University, Ryerson University and St John Fisher College.

Before receiving his Ph.D. he obtained his B.S.E.E. at GMI in Michigan, LL.B. at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, M.Sc. in Hazardous Waste Management at Wayne State University in Michigan and has extensive legal and business experience in private practice and with large multinationals including a DOW 30 firm.

  • Upcoming Sessions

    Interested in bringing this course to your organization? Contact Steve Walker, our Manager of Business Development.

    Dates and Fees

    $795.00 + HST

    $700+ HST per course if you sign up for 5 or more courses.*Registration for all 5 courses must be done in the same transaction.

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  • Who Should Attend?

    • Directors of any type of organization – for profit, not for profit, governmental, crown corporation
    • Aspiring directors of these organizations
    • Executives of these organizations
    • Aspiring executives of these organization
    • Advisors such as lawyers, accountants and management consultants of these organizations
  • The Setting

    This is an online course.

    If you’d like more information about our online format, please contact Lynn at

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