Gil Bennett Award

The Gil Bennett Gold Standard Award was named in honour of former Canadian Tire Chair, Gil Bennett. Since 2006, the annual award has been presented to a Directors College graduate who demonstrates dedication to raising the bar for professional standards in corporate governance through his or her progress in the Chartered Director (C.Dir.) program.

Award Criteria

  • score in the top 10 percent of final exam
  • positive contribution to class discussion
  • constructive behaviour as a director during the board simulation in Module 5

Previous Recipients

  • Carol Hunter, Independent, Independent, 2016
  • Franca Gucciardi, CEO, Loran Scholars Foundation, 2015
  • Brian Friedrich, Principal, friedrich & friedrich Corporation, 2014
  • Dr. Richard Florizone, President, Dalhousie University, 2013
  • Reena Sagoo, Executive Vice-President, Finance, Borealis Infrastructure, 2012
  • Jim Adamson, Director, Com Dev International, 2011
  • John Ryan, CEO, Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants, 2010
  • Andy Poprawa, President and CEO of the Deposit Insurance Corporation of Ontario (DICO), 2009
  • Adam Cooper, Former Chair of the Board of Directors, Educators Financial Group, Inc., 2008
  • Michael MacBean, Managing Director, TriWest Capital Partners, 2007
  • Don McCreesh, Corporate Director and President, The Garnet Group Inc., 2006

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