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.
The Conference Board of Canada has a long track record in director training, governance research, and the organization of learning events. It has developed and tested a principle-based governance model, whose competencies form the basis of programs of The Directors College.
The DeGroote School of Business at McMaster has demonstrated expertise in developing and implementing adult learning models, executive education, governance research, substantive content, and professional accreditation.
The Directors College founders and sponsors bring their national and international expertise in strong corporate governance to the program, improving the capability of corporate directors.
The Directors College Chartered Director* program was developed using the components of excellence in board governance, codified in The Conference Board of Canada’s principle-based governance model. These principles guide leaders in the development of governance guidelines and the implementation and evaluation of specific governance practices, appropriate to their organization.
The Directors College 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.
*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.
The Conference Board of Canada’s Principle-Based Governance Model
- Annual Graduation and Alumni Event in Toronto, ON (March 26-26, 2015)
- Module 1: Accountability and Change in Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (April 9-11, 2015)
- Module 3: Oversight and Finance in Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (April 23-25, 2015)
- HRCC Module 2 in Calgary, AB (April 27-28, 2015)
- Module 5: The Board Simulation in Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (May 7-9, 2015)