Jean-René Halde to Deliver Keynote Address to our 2015 Graduates

We are pleased to announce the keynote speaker for the upcoming Annual Graduation and Alumni Event will be Jean-René Halde, President and CEO, Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC).


The Directors College

Delivering Canada’s First University Accredited Chartered Director Development Program

In February 2003, The Conference Board of Canada joined with the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University to create The Directors College*, Canada’s first university accredited corporate director development program. We deliver a university-accredited corporate director development program that leads to a university designation. Our curriculum recognizes both the “technical and structural” (rules-based) and the “cultural” (principle-based and behavioural) sides of directorship. It raises the bar for professional standards and the dynamic relationship between corporate governance and corporate social responsibility. For more details on our history and our partners see our About Us page.

*The Directors College, Chartered Director, C.Dir., The Board Simulation, Human Resources and Compensation Committee Certified, H.R.C.C.C., Audit Committee Certified, and A.C.C. are official marks of McMaster University. 

Chartered Director (C.Dir.) Program

The Directors College signature program, the Chartered Director (C.Dir.) Program, offers a unique learning experience covering the full range of formal rules and practices that directors need to know about in their role. The C.Dir. program is the first university accredited director development program in Canada. The Board Simulation, unique to The Directors College, gives participants the opportunity to apply the skills they’ve built throughout the program. The C.Dir. designation comes from McMaster University as Directors College is a joint venture of The Conference Board of Canada and the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University.

Participants have the flexibility of choosing the modules they wish to participate in, around their own schedules. Apart from the final Module, Board Simulation, modules do not need to be completed in sequence. This allows completion of the program at a customized pace and provides a broader network for relationship-building opportunities.

The program is residential and off-site to encourage more comprehensive and diverse learning.

Registration fee: $4,120 per module. The fee includes all sessions over the 2¼-day period (a total of 125 hours for all five modules), all program materials, all meals and accommodation during the session, and the proctored exam.

Specialized Programs

The Directors College also offers specialized programs and courses tailored to the needs of board and committee chairs and members who want to learn how leading corporations apply the latest corporate governance principles, practices and insights.

Audit Committee Certified (A.C.C.) Program
Human Resources and Compensation Committee Certified (H.R.C.C.C.) Program

Now Taking Registrations

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Affiliated Program

The Directors College and the Collège des administrateurs de sociétés (CAS) of Université Laval have a reciprocal agreement, whereby their respective designations Chartered Director (C.Dir.) and Administrateur de Sociétés Certifié (ASC) are recognized as equivalent. Upon completion graduates of either program can apply for dual designation.

*Note: All three Directors College Programs qualify participants for a tax tuition receipt.