Lessons from The Honourable John Manley P.C., O.C., C.Dir.

On Thursday April 09th we hosted a joint event with FEI Canada's National Capital Chapter to have a candid conversation with The Honourable John Manley, Directors College Chartered Directors (C.Dir.) Program Alumni, about governance in Canada today. Answering our questions and giving his perspective on good governance.

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Franca Gucciardi Wins 2015 Gil Bennett Gold Standard Governance Award

The 2015 Gil Bennett Gold Standard Governance was awarded to Franca Gucciardi for her superior achievements as one of the College’s latest Chartered Director graduates. Ms. Gucciardi is the CEO of the Loran Scholars Foundation, an organization that recognizes and supports exceptional young Canadians for their character, service and leadership.

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Congratulations to The Directors College 2015 Graduates!

Congratulations to our 2015 graduates of the Chartered Director Program (C.Dir.) along with our two specialized programs, Human Resources and Compensation Committee program (H.R.C.C.C.) and the Audit Committee program (A.C.C.). The graduates have all successfully attained a university accredited professional designation from McMaster University upon completion of the programs.

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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 is based on Canada’s principles-based approach to technical and structural corporate governance, and is further distinguished by a strong focus on the ethical and behavioural sides of directorship. The Directors College program accreditations are from The Degroote School of Business at McMaster University.. 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, Audit Committee Certified, and A.C.C. are official marks of McMaster University. 

Signature Program: 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.

Specialized Program: Audit Committee Certified (A.C.C.) Program

The Audit Committee Certified (A.C.C.) specialized program helps you perform effectively on board audit committees. As a program participant, you not only learn the audit and financial aspects of the audit committee’s responsibilities, you also gain a deep understanding of the management components and relationship tactics involved in committee effectiveness.


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*Note: All Directors College Programs qualify participants for a tax tuition receipt. All Programs are also HST Exempt.

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