Our Alumni are a diverse group of accomplished individuals that span industry sectors and crown, non-profit, and corporate boards. Each has demonstrated a firm commitment to director education and elevating good governance in Canada.

Graduates of The Directors College Programs—Chartered Director (C.Dir.),  Human Resources and Compensation Committee Certified (H.R.C.C.C.), and Audit Committee Certified (A.C.C.)—are granted designations by McMaster University upon successfully completing their program’s exam. Chartered Director graduates are held to a code of conduct and a continuing professional development quota.

We are exceedingly proud of our Alumni and the knowledge, insight, and credibility they bring to our boardrooms. Please view our distinguished graduates in the annual graduation announcement.




The Gil Bennett Award

The Directors College presented this award to a new graduate who raised the bar for professional standards in corporate governance through the Chartered Director Program. View criteria, this year's and previous years recipients.

The Outstanding Achievement in Governance Award

This award is a nomination-based award and was presented to an alumni of The Directors College who displayed the core values and strategies taught in our programs to further good governance in Canada. View criteria, this year's and previous years recipients

Engage with The Directors College on LinkedIn

The Directors College LinkedIn group, and LinkedIn company page allows current students, program graduates, and faculty of the college to share insider news, board opportunities and thought leadership on leading practices, critical issues, key trends and important insights related to board governance. 

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Congratulations to C.Dir. Alumna Marlis Butcher!

C.Dir. Alumna, Marlis Butcher (2016) was elected a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society on November 20, 2019.  Also a member of The Explorers Club and a director on the board of the Bruce Trail Conservancy, Marlis is the first visitor to explore all 47 Canadian national parks.  She is publishing a book “Park Bagger – Adventures in the Canadian National Parks” to share the park experience. 

Congratulations to C.Dir. Alumna Brian Hutchings, William Koornstra and Beili Wong!

C.Dir. Alumna, Brian Hutchings (2019) , William Koornstra (2012) and Beili Wong (2017) were all bestowed The Fellows (FCPA) distinction from CPA Ontario for 2019. The FCPA distinction is reserved for those at the pinnacle of their careers and recognizes CPA's whose achievements, at work and in their communities, bring honour to the profession.

Congratulations to all for their well deserved recognitions!

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