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The Pro.Dir Program

The Professional Director Certification Program™ is both an online and an in-person university level director education program. The program has been designed to ensure directors have the skills, knowledge, attitude and capabilities to fully contribute to the pursuit of excellence in corporate governance.

The program is comprised of five separate modules available entirely online, plus a comprehensive practicum exam.   

The online program can be completed at your own pace.  We anticipate that most students could comfortably complete the entire course over a period of six months.  But you may take up to three years if needed to complete all five modules and the practicum exam. 

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The Founders

The Partnership

Governance Solutions Inc. and The Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy of the Universities of Saskatchewan and Regina have established a strategic partnership that specializes in designing and delivering world-class, university level, professional director education programs.  Our approach is not only to meet the needs of training directors in technical and structural governance, but to move beyond the basics to addressing the behavioural and cultural aspects of good board governance.  And, we don’t stop there.  Most importantly, we ensure the particular nuances of a given sector including those aspects of the public good and public policy, that other programs neglect, are a key component of our programs.  Our philosophy is to:

  1. Build on well established, foundational, principles-based governance practices;
  2. Design customized programs that meet the unique needs and regulations of a specific sector;
  3. Integrate the political character of board governance into each distinctive program; and
  4. Provide a university level, professional designation of Pro.Dir™ (Professional Director) for graduates of the program.

Governance Solutions Inc.

Governance Solutions (formerly Brown Governance) has been a leader in director education for over 20 years, having trained some of the most senior leaders across North America, the Middle East, Asia, the Caribbean, Central and South America. 

GSI helps organizations strengthen their governance practices.  We understand your challenges and are trusted by leading organizations around the world because we have walked in your shoes as CEOs and Board members. 

Governance Solutions Inc. employs a principles-based approach that empowers board members and senior executives who are responsible for governance.  Our comprehensive principles-based governance system that has been tested, adopted and adapted by award-winning, leading organizations in the private sector, federal and provincial governments in the public sector, and in the broader not-for-profit, association, co-operative, charitable and voluntary sector.

We will work with you to develop actionable steps that support the foundation of good governance: a credible, reliable, trustworthy, responsible and accountable organization.

Debra BrownPresident & CEO | Governance Solutions Inc.

David BrownExecutive Director | Governance Solutions Inc.

Rob DeRooyPrincipal | Governance Solutions Inc.

Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy

The Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy is the only provincial policy school in Canada, housing a strong outreach and training team, with campuses at both the University of Regina and the University of Saskatchewan.  Its unique three-part structure positions it to fulfill the intellectual and training requirements of the public sector, today and in the future.

The school is committed to the development of professionals and leaders in the Saskatchewan and Canadian public sector, addressing contemporary public policy and administration challenges in an academic environment renowned for innovation.  The JSGS faculty offer high-level policy research and advanced education.  Students from all over the world are taking Master's and doctorate degrees in public policy under the guidance of faculty members.  Through its outreach activities, JSGS provides quality training programs at the executive and management-level in the public sector.  Training activities are led by experienced former public servants grounded in the knowledge of Saskatchewan's political and policy environment.  At all levels, JSGS is making important contributions to creating and maintaining a well-educated public workforce.

Michael AtkinsonExecutive Director | Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy

Dan PerrinsExecutive-in-Residence and Senior Policy Fellow | Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy

Kathleen McNuttAssociate Director | Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy

Andrea Geisbauer, Manager of Outreach & Training | Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy

Kendra Gellner, Governance Training Program Coordinator | Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy

Erna Pearson, Executive Assistant | Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy

Governance Solutions  Graduate School of Public Policy University of Regina University of Saskatchewan