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. Don McCreesh, C.Dir., H.R.C.C.C.
Chair, Educators Financial Group
Don is a corporate director and consultant following a career as an HR professional with five major international blue chip corporations. Subsequently, he has served on a number of corporate boards and is currently Chair of Educators Financial Group; a director of Oakville Hydro, and member of both the HR and Governance / Risk Committees; and, Chair of the Independent Review Committee of CST (Cdn Scholarship Trust Plans). He has previously served as Chair of Brainhunter Inc. (TSX:BH); Lead Director of Rand Technology (TSX:RND) and Chair of both the Corporate Governance and HR Committees; and a member of the Independent Review Committee for CA Bancorp mutual fund. He participates in the development of other directors as a faculty member and director in residence at the Directors College, both at the Director Program and the HRCC Program, where he led the program design. At the Chartered Director graduation ceremony in February, 2006, Don was awarded the inaugural “Gilbert Bennett Gold Standard Award” in recognition of outstanding achievement in the Chartered Director Program.
As a consultant, President of The Garnet Group Inc., Don focuses on governance, executive compensation, and personal and organization performance issues. He has a particular interest and expertise in the governance, strategic direction and organization issues facing not for profits and charities across Canada. In the past he has delivered over 65 governance workshops and interventions across Canada.
As a corporate officer and global head of Human Resources (Nortel Networks, CIBC and Celestica) during his final 11 years as a corporate executive, he provided the key management interface with those organizations’ respective MRCC / HR / Compensation committees and had significant interaction with the full boards of directors of these corporations. In these business leadership roles, Don experienced business, human resource and organization challenges throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia.
Don has been an active leader in voluntary sector governance for over four decades having served as a leader on the boards of 13 different not for profit organizations. He currently serves as Vice Chair of Camp Oochigeas, providing in-hospital and year round programming to children with cancer. He is Past Chair of Imagine Canada (formerly the Canadian Centre for Philanthropy), where he Chairs the National Standards Initiative implementing governance, fundraising, accountability and management standards across Canada’s voluntary sector. In the past Don has served as the Chair of the YMCAs of Hamilton-Burlington, Greater Toronto and YMCA Canada and has served 11 years on the Executive Board of the World Alliance of YMCAs. He also led the Peel Region United Way Campaign and has served on the boards of the United Ways of both the Peel Region and the Greater Toronto Area.
Don has an MBA and BA, Psychology from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.
- 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)