Canada’s Chartered Directors
The Directors College is pleased to present Canada’s Chartered Directors. The graduates listed below have completed The Chartered Director Program, an intensive individual examination, and have met the other requirements to become a Chartered Director (C.Dir.)
The Directors College and the Collège des administrateurs de sociétés (CAS) of Université Laval have a reciprocal agreement, whereby their respective designations – Chartered Director (C.Dir.) and Administrateur de sociétés certifié (ASC) are recognized as equivalent.
To see the ASC Graduates who also hold the Chartered Director designation please click here.
Mr. James Adamson, C.Dir.
Director, Com Dev International
James C. Adamson, BSE, MSAE, PE, C.Dir.
Jim brings over four decades of experience as a chief executive, NASA Astronaut, US Army Colonel, Professional Engineer, and Chartered Director. He is a senior consultant to the Aerospace & Defense Industry through his own company, Monarch Precision. He serves on NASA's Advisory Committee for the International Space Station, and was the Operations Panel Chairman of the Return to Flight Task Group for the Space Shuttle following the Columbia accident. Jim is currently Director and Chairman of the HR and Compensation Committee for Com Dev International, a global designer and manufacturer of space hardware. He is also an Independent Director of ImageSat International, NA., a global provider of high resolution satellite imagery Headquartered in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Jim has a long and distinguished career in public service as well as the private sector providing strategic direction to leading aerospace companies. Before his corporate retirement he was president of Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc. Prior to HTSI, Jim was Chief Operating Officer and Co-founder of United Space Alliance, a $1.5B company, consolidating all of NASA’s Space Shuttle and Space Station Operations Production and Maintenance under a single prime contractor. Before that, Jim was President and CEO of Lockheed Engineering and Sciences Company, a $350M engineering products and service company operating and maintaining satellite tracking stations, designing and manufacturing high-tech equipment, and developing and maintaining flight research facilities.
During his career at NASA Jim was an Astronaut and held leadership positions in management, operations and R&D. In the early years of the Shuttle Program he was a research test pilot and flight controller. He was selected as an astronaut in 1984. Following the Challenger accident he was deputy director of Space Shuttle Engineering shepherding many of the design and operational changes during the reconstruction period. In 1988 he was assigned to the flight crew of STS-28, the first flight of Columbia following the Challenger accident. Columbia launched in 1989 carrying Defense Department payloads and operated in space for five Days. Two years later, he was back in space again aboard Atlantis. During the 10 day STS-43 mission Jim performed the first flight test of the Orbital Digital Autopilot following Shuttle retrofit with new General Purpose Computers and new software. In total, the veteran astronaut logged over 334 hours in space.
During his 23-year Army career, he held unit commands in Europe, Vietnam, and the United States, including the Army Space Flight Detachment at Johnson Space Center. He is a graduate of the US Navy Test Pilot School, Army Special Weapons School, Rotary and Fixed Wing Pilot training, Nike Hercules and Hawk missile courses, Airborne School, Basic and Advanced Officers Courses, Command and General Staff School, and various survival schools. During combat in Southeast Asia he earned 2 Distinguished Flying Crosses, 18 air medals, the Bronze Star, and 3 Vietnamese Crosses of Gallantry for valor. In 2007 he was inducted into the Army Aviation Hall of Fame.
Jim completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering at the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1969. In 1977 he completed a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University. He was certified as a Professional Engineer (PE) by the State of Virginia. In 2010 he was certified as a Chartered Director (C.Dir) by the Directors College, a joint venture of McMaster University and The Conference Board of Canada.
Among Jim's many other awards he has earned the Defense Superior Service Medal, The Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, The Army’s Meritorious Service Medal, 2 Army Commendation Medals, The National Intelligence Medal, NASA’s Exceptional Service Medal, 2 NASA Space Flight Medals, three NASA Public Service Medals, and is a world record holder for space flight lifting the most weight to orbit.
He and his wife, Ellen reside in Fishersville, VA in the winter and spend their summers in the 1000 Islands, NY. They have a daughter and two sons.
- Module 5: The Board Simulation in Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (September 11-13, 2014)
- Module 1: Accountability and Change in Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (September 18-20, 2014)
- Module 1: Accountability and Change in Halifax, NS (October 2-4, 2014)
- Module 3: Oversight and Finance in Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (October 16-18, 2014)
- HRCC Module 1 in Toronto, ON (October 20-21, 2014)