Alumni

Our Alumni are a diverse group of accomplished individuals that span industry sectors and crown, non-profit, and corporate boards. Each has demonstrated a firm commitment to director education and elevating good governance in Canada.

Graduates of The Directors College Programs—Chartered Director (C.Dir.), Human Resources and Compensation Committee Certified (H.R.C.C.C.), and Audit Committee Certified (A.C.C.)—are granted designations by McMaster University upon successfully completing their program’s exam. Chartered Director graduates are held to a code of conduct and a continuing professional development quota.

We are exceedingly proud of our Alumni and the knowledge, insight, and credibility they bring to our boardrooms. Please view our distinguished graduates in the annual graduation announcement.

Awards

The Gil Bennett Award

The Directors College presented this award to a new graduate who raised the bar for professional standards in corporate governance through the Chartered Director Program. View criteria, this year’s and previous years recipients.

The Outstanding Achievement in Governance Award

The Directors College presented this award to a new graduate who raised the bar for professional standards in corporate governance through the Chartered Director Program. View criteria, this year’s and previous years recipients.

Engage with the Directors College on LinkedIn

The Directors College LinkedIn company page allows current students, program graduates, and faculty of the college to share insider news, board opportunities and thought leadership on leading practices, critical issues, key trends and important insights related to board governance.

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Want to contact a fellow alumni?

Send us an email thedirectorscollege@mcmaster.ca with their name and we can put you in touch.

Congratulations to C.Dir. Alumna David Collie!

David Collie (2005), Special Advisor to the Board of the Electrical Safety Authority, has been appointed by the Minister of Energy as Chair of the Electrification and Energy Transformation Panel for Ontario. It is an independent panel that will conduct a one year study and review to make recommendations on a pathway to decarbonizing the energy system by 2050.

Congratulations to C.Dir. Alumna Karen Farbridge!

Karen Farbridge (2009), Board Chair, Meridian Credit Union has been awarded the Board and Director Effectiveness Award from the Governance Professionals Association of Canada’s Excellence in Governance Awards.

Congratulations to C.Dir. Alumna Tracey Taylor-O'Reilly!

Tracey Taylor-O’Reilly (2019) has been named Female Executive of the Year in the 18th Annual Stevie® Awards. The Stevie Awards have been hailed as the world’s premier business awards and have been called the ‘Oscars of the business world.’ Taylor-O’Reilly was recognized as the Gold Award Winner in the Government or Non-Profit category for organizations with 2,500 or more employees.

Congratulations to C.Dir. Alumna Earl Davis!

Earl Davis (2022) successfully completed the Chartered Director Program as the first recipient of the Alectra Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (ED&I) Scholarship.  Read about his journey here: https://www.degroote.mcmaster.ca/articles/speaking-the-language-of-directorship-earl-davis/

If you’re interested in sharing your success story, please send your submissions to thedirectorscollege@mcmaster.ca