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
Founder and Lead Faculty, The Directors College
Dr. Chris Bart, FCPA is the world’s leading researcher on organizational mission statements (the most widely used management tool in the world) and how companies can use them more effectively to become a “mission driven” organization. He is currently the CEO of Corporate Missions Inc – an international consulting firm dedicated to helping organizations excel in the execution of their strategies. He is the also the founder of The Directors College where from its inception in 2003 to 2013, he served as its inaugural Principal and Lead Professor. He now assists the College as its Founding Faculty and continues in his role as the Founder of the Not-For-Profit Governance Institute.
Dr. Bart has authored the 10 year Canadian business best seller (2003-2013), “A Tale of Two Employees and the Person Who Wanted to Lead Them” as well as the widely acclaimed publications: “20 Essential Questions Corporate Directors Should Ask About Strategy (2013) – 3rd Edition” and “20 Essential Questions Directors of Not-For-Profit Organizations Should Ask About Strategy" (2009). He also has recently released two new books: “Achieving the Execution Edge: 20 Essential Questions Corporate Directors Need to Get Answered About Strategy Execution” (with E.S. Schreiber); and “The Mission Driven Hospital: Turning Noble Aspirations into Accountability and Action”.
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.
A retired Professor of Strategy and Governance from McMaster University (1981-2013), Dr. Bart has published over 170 articles, cases and reviews. He currently serves as Associate Editor of the International Journal of Business Governance & Ethics and he continues as a Research Fellow of the Asian Institute of Corporate Governance at Korea University. Previously, he helped establish the Management of Innovation and New Technology Research Centre (MINT~RC) at McMaster and was named its first Director.
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 CPA designation was elevated to FCPA (Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants). And in 2012, Dr. Bart was the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his service to Canada.
Over the years, Dr. Bart has been invited to lecture at numerous institutions throughout the world, including the USA, South Africa, Egypt, Greece, the Caribbean, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Australia, the Czech Republic and China.
Dr. Bart is listed in the Canadian Who’s Who. He is currently a Trustee of the Committee for Economic Development of the United States of America and a Director of Terra Firma Capital Corporation (TII.V) where he serves on the firm’s Audit Committee. He is a past Director of St. Joseph’s Hospital, The Harshman Foundation, the Canadian Foundation for Education and Research on Finance, the United Way of Burlington and Greater Hamilton and Eagle Precision Technologies (a former TSE listed company) where he chaired its Compensation Committee.
- 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)
- Module 3: Oversight and Finance in Vancouver, BC (May 14-16, 2015)