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.

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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.

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“The Chartered Director program provided me with a solid foundation in governance which built my confidence to comprehensively serve as a director. The exceptional content and educational process enhanced my curiosity, courage and ability to ask the right questions on crown, non-profit and corporate boards.”

Victor T. Thomas, C.Dir., H.R.C.C.C., Vice Chair, SaskEnergy

“I thought the entire program was very well developed and comprehensive. You never know what to expect when you sign-up for these programs and this exceeded my expectations and was a great learning opportunity.”

James Scongack, C.Dir., Vice-President of Corporate Affairs, Bruce Power LP

“I found the Chartered Director Program to be an excellent forum to understand how strong governance complements effective management. The ability to create and execute an effective strategy is significantly enhanced by a robust process inclusive of board engagement where the right questions are asked and expected outcomes are identified. I truly enjoyed the setting which fostered a strong level of interaction that was supported by quality presentations and material. As CEO of a Shared Service Organization set to deliver benefits to its members, I see the advantage of having a number of our board members participating in this program.”

Tony Di Emanuele, MBA, C.Dir., President and CEO, Mohawk Shared Services

“I found the Directors College to be an excellent survey of the important matters of which a director must be aware in today’s corporate environment. The quality of the presentation and materials was first-rate and the perspectives gained were invaluable. I would highly recommend the Directors College.”

The Honourable John Manley, P.C., O.C., C.Dir., Former Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister

“The changes that impact corporate governance are establishing a pattern of increased accountability for the delivery of long-term value to customers, shareholders, employees and society. Proper corporate governance is now being defined to include knowledge of critical elements such as risk management and the measurement of strategic performance. At the end of the day, each board will be judged on its ability to effectively deliver value, rather than on its structure. The Directors College innovative program fills a unique and important gap in providing knowledge and insight as to how this expectation can be met. CMA Canada is pleased to be a sponsor of this timely initiative.”

Steve Vieweg, C.Dir., Director, Executive Development, I.H. Asper School of Business – University of Manitoba

“As an organization focused on educating corporate secretaries, the ICSA believes in furthering the potential of board members to better contribute to building effective governance structures. Given the key role of directors and corporate secretaries in applying proper boardroom practices, corporations need to ensure that these individuals meet a professional standard. The Directors College curriculum covers all the formal regulatory issues for directors and also addresses the informal skills of building effective and appropriate relationships with senior management. We see significant benefits to this program and ICSA is pleased to endorse it.”

Lynn Beauregard, President, Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries

The Directors College has developed a director education program which goes well beyond the fundamentals to address the structures and the behavioural components of principle-based governance. I am proud to be associated with the Directors College and I am honoured to lend my name to the College’s graduate award.

Gilbert Bennett, Director and Former Chairman of the Board, Canadian Tire Corporation Limited

“Our strategy is to raise the horizons and potential of directors by deepening and enriching their knowledge and application of advanced skills. Increasing the effectiveness of existing directors and broadening the pool of potential directors will contribute to the professionalism of boards across Canada.”

David Beatty, Managing Director, Canadian Coalition for Good Governance