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The Directors College is an Executive Program from the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University.

The Gold Standard in Governance Education

For more than 20 years, The Directors College has been equipping directors of public and private companies, not-for-profit and crown corporations with the practical tools, knowledge and credentials to make a positive and immediate impact in the boardroom.

Going beyond theory to prepare you for the real world by exploring the behaviours associated with high-performing boards, the McMaster University accredited Chartered Director Program (C.Dir.) bridges the knowing-doing gap.

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Get the practical tools and respected credentials that will make an immediate impact on your role as a director and on the boards you serve.


Go beyond theory to explore the structural and cultural aspects of directorship and the dynamic relationship between corporate governance and corporate purpose through exceptional content on vital and emerging governance topics.


Benefit from informed and diverse perspectives of accomplished faculty and participants with experience across a wide range of industries, roles, board structures (public, private, non-profit and crown) and cultural backgrounds.


Learn at your own pace with the module based Chartered Director Program, choose any order you like for new connections and greater diversity of thought and interaction.


Maximize your opportunities to focus, gain deep insights, and augment your network with peers virtually or in a residential setting in beautiful Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.


Gain fresh outlooks with collaborative sessions, interesting case studies and unique board simulations. Enhance your skills with custom and special programs, like Innovation Governance.

The Chartered Director Program

Fantastic! Having participated in the in-person modules, I found the virtual learning experience to be just as effective as the in-person modules. I felt that the technical management of the program was done very well! The presenters were all clearly very knowledgeable and experienced professionals in their areas of expertise… This was another excellent module; robust, well-paced, inspiring and intense.

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