The Directors College Events

The Directors College Annual Event

Annual Graduation and Alumni Event

Our Annual Graduation and Alumni Event honours the participants who have successfully completed their accredited program and recognizes the many distinguished Alumni of The Directors College. We present the annual Gil Bennett Award and, new this year, we will present the award for Outstanding Achievement in Governance to an alumni of The Directors College for their contributions to Good Governance in Canada. Our keynote speaker will share governance insights with us during the celebration dinner. The combination of the convocation ceremony and the gala provides a great opportunity for students and alumni to network and share their experiences, both within and outside of The Directors College.

May 19, 2016, in Toronto, ON
InterContinental Toronto Centre
225 Front Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5V 2X3


Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Workshops

The Directors College offers a series of professional development workshops that take place across the country and are designed to build skills and contribute to the overall success of our students. Each workshop features a different topic related to governance in Canada. Completed workshops contribute to the overall CPD hours.

In Focus Session

May 19, 2016 in Toronto ON

Introducing our first annual In Focus SessionThe new continuing education workshop designed in tandem with the Annual Graduation and Alumni event. The workshop will give our Alumni, CPDM Members and Governance Industry Professionals an opportunity to delve deeper into today's governance hot topics. This year's topic areas:

  • Risk
  • Corporate Responsibility
  • Strategy
  • Cyber Security

Recent Workshops

  • Corporate Reputation: April 13, 2016 in Vancouver BC
    Faciltiated by faculty members Tamara Little and Michelle Ward, NATIONAL Public Relations
  • Risk Governance: October 7, 2016 in Toronto ON
    Facilitated by faculty member Prof. Richard Leblanc

Networking Events

The Directors College hosts regular networking events for both alumni and faculty to socialize with their peers. We also work closely with partners and affiliate organizations to present interest joint events. Events take place throughout the year to provide a chance to develop and build connections.

Upcoming Networking Events

2nd Annual Q&A on Board Governance

April 27, 2016 in Ottawa, ON
The Rideau Club
99 Bank Street, 15th Floor

5:30–6:15 p.m.—Cocktails & Networking
6:15–8:30 p.m.—Dinner and Fireside Conversation
Guest Speaker: George Weber, President & CEO of The Royal Ottawa Health Care Group and Alumni of The Directors College Audit Committee Certified (A.C.C.) program

CPD Hours: 2
Registration is $85 (including taxes). Event is exclusive to The Directors College alumni and FEI chapter members. 

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Watch the Video from last year's event - Q&A With John Manley

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John Manley answers questions about what makes a successful board, a good CEO, and what are the characteristics of a good board member.

Recent Networking Events

September 1, 2015 in Toronto, ON
Celebrate our rebrand and new programming for the upcoming year, we hosted a networking reception with our partners at NATIONAL Public Relations. This event was exclusive and complimentary for all Directors College alumni and faculty.

October 6, 2015 in Toronto, ON
Innovation Governance: The Role of the Board in Value Creation

The joint event with the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University featured panelist; Eugene Roman Chief Technology Officer at Canadian Tire, Gino Scapillati Vice Chair of PwC Canada and a member of the PwC Global Governance Board, The Directors College Faculty and Group General Counsel for Travelers Canada Jordan Solway, and The Directors College alumni Anna Paluzzi C.Dir. Program Manager of Technology at Canadian Tire, moderated by our Principal Faculty Michael Hartmann. The event was free to The Directors College alumni. 

January 27, 2016 in Vancouver BC
This Lunch & Learn event was exclusive and complimentary for all CPA Members and prospective students of The Directors College. Hosted with our friends at CPA BC and featured a candid conversation on the program experience with alumni and 2014 Gil Bennett winner, Brian Friedrich C.Dir..

February 11, 2016 in Toronto, ON
Better Balance, Better Business
Gender Diversity on Boards: Comply or Explain. The event featured panelist: Mary Lou Maher Chief Diversity Officer at KPMG, Kevin Patterson Senior Executive VP at CIBC, Wendi Locke The Directors College Faculty and Partner at McCarthy Tétrault and The Directors College alumni Selma Lussenburg C.Dir. Vice President and Corporate Secretary at the Greater Toronto Airport Authority. 
Presented in partnership with the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University and KPMG.

April 12, 2016 in Vancouver, BC
Networking & Reception

The networking reception was presented jointly with CPA BC and the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade. This invitation only event was complimentary for Alumni, CPA BC members and special guests. We featured a keynote speech from George Cadman. George is Chair of the Governance Committee at Vancouver Airport Authority and Executive Board Member, Finance and Audit Committee Chair, of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade. Guests had the opportunity to ask George their governance questions and get his insight and experience on their current challenges. 


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Would you like to host an alumni or faculty reception with The Directors College? Contact:
Kathleen McGuire
Sr. Marketing and Program Coordinator
613-526-3090 ext. 301

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