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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 with the knowledge, insights, and credentials to make a positive impact in the boardroom.

Our Chartered Director Programs go 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 social responsibility.


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

UPCOMING SPECIAL PROGRAM: Innovation Governance for Directors

March 24-27, 2021 

To succeed in these times of rapid change, organizations must place innovation at the core of their strategy and require directors who understand the challenges, opportunities and risks arising from digital innovation, so they may help build forward-thinking agendas and minimize the impacts of evolving cyber threats.

This multi-day virtual program will help expand director skill sets through strategic insights and tools from faculty with extensive experience in the innovation space to be values driven and change enabling to support organizations in the information age.

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