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.

C.Dir. Graduates

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.

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What our graduates say?

“I performed a significant amount of research when selecting an option for advanced governance education. All of my research pointed to The Directors College. Being the only university accredited program was important, but more important, was that the faculty has an amazing balance of academic and professional background. No other program offers such a unique and high learning environment – the perfect balance of academia and real examples. The experience is demanding and allows you to generate a vast networks of peers who are dedicated to raising the bar on governance – truly the gold standard.”

Daniel Johnson, B.Comm, C.Dir., Chief Executive Officer, Innovation Credit Union

“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

“A strong board needs a combination of industry knowledge and sound judgement. You need people able to challenge one another, but in a productive environment. The Directors College provides skills, perspectives and tactics to drive value as an effective and successful board member. As a graduate of the Chartered Director Program, I found The Directors College an excellent survey of the critical issues and developing trends of today’s corporate environment. I highly recommend The Directors College.”

The Honourable John Manley, P.C., O.C., C.Dir., President & Chief Executive, Canadian Council of Chief Executives and former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada

“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 CSCS 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 CSCS 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