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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.

At The Directors College, you don’t just learn it … you live it.  Learn More >>


Applications are closed for the 2023 Alectra Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (ED&I) scholarship

This scholarship for Ontario-based individuals who self-identify as Indigenous or racialized and wish to attain governance education and certification. This scholarship will cover the cost for all 5 modules of the Chartered Director Program and is part of efforts to foster inclusivity and support those who are currently under-represented on boards.

For more information, click here.


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 at the Ron Joyce Centre in Burlington, 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

We are celebrating 20 years as the Gold Standard in Governance Education. 

Join us as we reflect on the evolution of the program, our accomplished alumni and the governance landscape in Canada and beyond in a content series from our Principal, Dr. Michael Hartmann.

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The Directors College
Phone: (905) 525-9140 ext. 26009
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