The Directors College Faculty
Our faculty of professionals, corporate directors and academics covers the full range of governance, accounting, law, regulations and human dynamics. Modules are delivered through a combination of lectures, interactive working sessions and case studies.
Dr. Christopher K Bart
Principal and Lead Professor, The Directors College
Dr. Chris Bart is the world’s leading authority on organizational mission and vision statements. He is the Founder, Principal and Lead Professor of The Directors College at McMaster University, Canada’s first university accredited corporate director certification program. Dr. Bart is also the author of the Canadian business #1 best seller (2010), “A Tale of Two Employees and the Person Who Wanted to Lead Them” as well as the widely acclaimed CICA publication “20 Questions Directors Should Ask About Strategy”.
Through his pioneering research and teachings, Dr. Bart has become highly sought after by organizations seeking to develop vision and mission statements that get results. His practical approach for bringing mission statements to life has inspired business leaders and audiences around the world.
As a Professor of Strategic Market Leadership (Strategy and Governance) at McMaster University's DeGroote School of Business, Dr. Bart has published over 100 articles, cases and reviews. He currently serves as Associate Editor of the International Journal of Business Governance & Ethics. He is also an innovator. He helped establish the Management of Innovation and New Technology Research Centre at McMaster and was its first Director. Later, he devised and created the Innovation Management Network; a worldwide association of academics and practitioners who collaborate through the internet on matters of innovation and new technology.
Dr. Bart has been awarded the Ontario Chamber of Commerce “Outstanding Business Achievement Award for Corporate Governance”, the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce “HR Hero Award”, the United Way “Chairman’s Award”, the HRPA 2011 “Summit Award for Corporate Governance & Strategic Leadership”, and McMaster’s “Innovation Award”. For his research, he has received both the McMaster Research Recognition Award and its Theory to Practice Award. A highly regarded lecturer, Dr. Bart has received both the “Outstanding Undergraduate Business Professor” and “MBA Professor of the Year” awards on multiple occasions. He has also won “The President’s Award for Teaching Excellence”, McMaster’s highest teaching award – which made him the most decorated professor at the DeGroote School. In 2009, his CA designation was elevated to FCA (Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants).
Over the years, Dr. Bart has been invited to lecture at numerous institutions throughout the world, including South Africa, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Australia, the Czech Republic and China.
Dr. Bart is listed in Canadian Who’s Who and has been a director on many Boards.
- Module 5: The Board Simulation in Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (July 11-13, 2013)
- Module 1: Accountability and Change in Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (September 19-21, 2013)
- Module 3: Oversight and Finance in Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (October 3-5, 2013)
- HRCC Module 1 in Toronto, ON (October 7-8, 2013)
- ACC Module 1 in Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (October 18-19, 2013)