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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

The Directors College is Canada’s premier provider of board governance training. Since 2003 we have been preparing senior executives and directors with the knowledge, insights, and credentials to make a positive impact in the boardroom.

Our Chartered Director Program goes beyond theory to cover not only formal rules and practices, but also the behaviours associated with high-performing boards. We help raise the bar for professional standards and the dynamic relationship between corporate governance and corporate purpose.


Go beyond theory to explore the structural and cultural aspects of directorship through programs with 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 and board structures (public, private, non-profit and crown).


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


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


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.


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.

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.


Apply for the Alectra Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (ED&I) Scholarship

The DeGroote School of Business and Alectra are pleased to share the ‘Alectra Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (ED&I) Scholarship’. The scholarship will offer more racialized individuals the opportunity to attain governance education and certification, by completing The Directors College Chartered Director (C.Dir.) Program, a DeGroote Executive Program.

The 2021 scholarship application window will be open from September 13 – December 10, 2021. Click here to learn more.



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