Annual Graduation and Alumni Event

A Night of Celebration for 2023 Chartered Director Graduates

The Directors College was pleased to celebrate its 2023 Chartered Director program graduates and recognize their achievement at convocation on October 19 at the Ron Joyce Centre, DeGroote School of Business in Burlington, Ontario.

Group photo of 2023 Chartered Director graduates

The 2023 Chartered Director program graduates represent a diverse group of graduates, including the first graduates from a partnership between The Directors College and the John Ware Institute, a Canadian non-profit focused on increasing the supply of BIPOC directors for agencies, boards and commissions.

Those in attendance were happy to connect with peers and receive their university-accredited C.Dir. designations from The Directors College, an Executive Program from the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University.

The Directors College was also delighted to present Uma Gopinath with the Gil Bennett Gold Standard Award recognizing dedication in raising the bar for professional standards in corporate governance.

2023 Gil Bennett Gold Standard Award

Uma Gopinath is the 2023 recipient of the Gil Bennett Gold Standard Award, presented to a graduate who has received a top grade on the Chartered Director exam and has demonstrated, over the course of the program, the technical and personal characteristics needed to be an effective board director.

Ms. Gopinath, CIO, Metrolinx, was an active contributor throughout all five modules of the Chartered Director program and recognized for asking insightful questions and engaging fellow participants and faculty.

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From left to right: Nancy Lum-Wilson, C.Dir., 2022 Gil Bennett Gold Standard Award recipient, Uma Gopinath, C.Dir., 2023 Gil Bennett Gold Standard Award recipient, Andy Poprawa, C.Dir., recipient of the 2019 Outstanding Achievement in Governance Award and Module 5 simulator, and Dr. Michael Hartmann, Principal, The Directors College.

Keynote Speaker

The evening’s celebration featured a thought-provoking discussion with Marianne Meed Ward, C.Dir., Mayor of the City of Burlington, Ont., 2018 – 2026 around leadership, resilience and managing disruption through change.Two people in conversation on a stage

It was a truly enjoyable evening where graduates, faculty, alumni, and guests came together to recognize those committed to strong leadership and to advancing the state of governance in Canada.

Collage of graduates celebrating

To view twenty years of Chartered Director graduates, please visit our Alumni page.


Founded in 2003, The Directors College is the original university-accredited director education program in Canada. The College’s mission—to advance transformative governance for the benefit of business and society—is at the heart of its Gold Standard in Governance Education.

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