The Directors College would like to thank all of our valued sponsors!

Your ongoing support and commitment to our vision has enabled The Directors College to remain the premier choice for Director Education.


Joint Venture Partners


The Conference Board of Canada a founding member of the joint venture partnership forming The Directors College in 2003. They are the foremost independent, not-for-profit research organization in Canada. They deliver insights on economics, public policy and organizational performance. With The Conference Board of Canada we are able to offer access to thought leadership in Governance, Compliance, CSR, Risk and Public Policy relevant to our alumni.




The DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University is a founding member of the joint venture partnership which formed The Directors College. Degroote School of Business delivers education with purpose. While they instill a sense of purpose in their graduates, they also have a collective purpose to help transform business and society. Through McMaster University all of The Directors College delegates have a universally recognized university designation upon successful completion of the programs.

Program Sponsors

Chartered Professional Accountants (CPAs) are Canada’s trusted business leaders. They are highly valued for their financial expertise, strategic thinking, business insight, management skills and leadership. The CPA Certification Program is a challenging and rigorous education program that meets the needs of business, public practice and government. Becoming a CPA means a commitment to excellence and high professional  standards, and is your key to a highly successful career.

Special Discount: CMAO and CPAO  members are entitled to receive 10% off Directors College programs. Enter the discount code CMAO or CPAO on the checkout page when registering for courses. All discount codes are verified by Directors College staff.

Ernst & Young is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. We’re committed to doing our part in building a better working world for our people, our clients and our communities.

McCarthy Tétrault is a Canadian law firm that delivers integrated business law, litigation services, tax law, real property law, labour and employment law nationally and globally through offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal and Québec City, as well as London, UK.

NATIONAL is Canada’s largest communications consultancy, with offices in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, Ottawa, Quebec City, Halifax and Saint John, as well as international offices in New York and London. NATIONAL is the Canadian partner of Burson-Marsteller, a WPP company.

Hay Group is a global management consulting firm that works with leaders to transform strategy into reality. We develop talent, organize people to be more effective and motivate them to perform at their best. Our focus is on making change happen and helping people and organizations realize their potential.

Contributing Sponsors

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The Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia delivers forward-thinking executive education programs for forward-looking organizations. Sauder Executive Education delivers programs designed to make a real difference in the way you do business. Their aim is to help individuals and organizations achieve hard-hitting business results through relevant, integrated and action-oriented learning. Sauder School of Business is our partner for the Chartered Director (C.Dir.) program delivery in Vancouver BC.

image003 Travelers Canada is part of an industry-leading international team. Committed to continuously evolving to meet your ever-changing needs, approximately 1,700 employees across Canada help customers prepare for, prevent, and recover from loss. Their commitment to outstanding service combined with our comprehensive insurance-based solutions gives individuals and businesses the confidence they need to feel secure.

Special Coverage For Alumni: See details for alumni coverage available here.


The Institute of Internal Auditors of Canada is a professional association with headquarters in Ottawa, Canada. IIA Canada has over 7500 members within Canada in internal audit, risk management, governance, internal control, IT audit, education and security.  IIA Canada works in partnership with

12 Chapters across the nation to provide training, publications and services to members, and advocating for the profession to key government and regulatory bodies and related organizations.

Special Discount: IIA Canada members are entitled to receive 10% off Directors College programs. Enter the discount code IIA Canada on the checkout page when registering for courses. All discount codes are verified by Directors College staff.

Affiliate Partner


The Directors College and the Collège des administrateurs de sociétés (CAS) of Université Laval have a reciprocal agreement, whereby their respective designations Chartered Director (C.Dir.) and Administrateur de Sociétés Certifié (ASC) are recognized as equivalent. Upon completion graduates of either program can apply for dual designation.


What our graduates say?

“The Directors College experience has been nothing short of exceptional, with immediate benefit within the boards on which I serve. Undoubtedly, this program supports its brand of being the gold standard in board governance effectiveness. Of particular benefit was the opportunity to share the learning experience with colleagues within their various roles at the boardroom table. I have developed an enriched knowledge base from which to draw, as well as an enhanced quality network. Without hesitation, I recommend this program, and congratulate its faculty and staff for its commitment to excellence within its mandate.”

Silvia Martini, Vice-President, Interlink Research Inc.

“I performed a significant amount of research when selecting an option for advanced governance education. All of my research pointed to The Directors College. Being the only university accredited program was important, but more important, was that the faculty has an amazing balance of academic and professional background. No other program offers such a unique and high learning environment – the perfect balance of academia and real examples. The experience is demanding and allows you to generate a vast networks of peers who are dedicated to raising the bar on governance – truly the gold standard.”

Daniel Johnson, B.Comm, C.Dir., Chief Executive Officer, Innovation Credit Union

“The Chartered Director program provided me with a solid foundation in governance which built my confidence to comprehensively serve as a director. The exceptional content and educational process enhanced my curiosity, courage and ability to ask the right questions on crown, non-profit and corporate boards.”

Victor T. Thomas, C.Dir., H.R.C.C.C., Vice Chair, SaskEnergy

“I thought the entire program was very well developed and comprehensive. You never know what to expect when you sign-up for these programs and this exceeded my expectations and was a great learning opportunity.”

James Scongack, C.Dir., Vice-President of Corporate Affairs, Bruce Power LP

“I found the Chartered Director Program to be an excellent forum to understand how strong governance complements effective management. The ability to create and execute an effective strategy is significantly enhanced by a robust process inclusive of board engagement where the right questions are asked and expected outcomes are identified. I truly enjoyed the setting which fostered a strong level of interaction that was supported by quality presentations and material. As CEO of a Shared Service Organization set to deliver benefits to its members, I see the advantage of having a number of our board members participating in this program.”

Tony Di Emanuele, MBA, C.Dir., President and CEO, Mohawk Shared Services

“A strong board needs a combination of industry knowledge and sound judgement. You need people able to challenge one another, but in a productive environment. The Directors College provides skills, perspectives and tactics to drive value as an effective and successful board member. As a graduate of the Chartered Director Program, I found The Directors College an excellent survey of the critical issues and developing trends of today’s corporate environment. I highly recommend The Directors College.”

The Honourable John Manley, P.C., O.C., C.Dir., President & Chief Executive, Canadian Council of Chief Executives and former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada

“The changes that impact corporate governance are establishing a pattern of increased accountability for the delivery of long-term value to customers, shareholders, employees and society. Proper corporate governance is now being defined to include knowledge of critical elements such as risk management and the measurement of strategic performance. At the end of the day, each board will be judged on its ability to effectively deliver value, rather than on its structure. The Directors College innovative program fills a unique and important gap in providing knowledge and insight as to how this expectation can be met. CMA Canada is pleased to be a sponsor of this timely initiative.”

Steve Vieweg, C.Dir., CPFA (Hon), FCPA FCMA, CEO, CPA Western School of Business

“As an organization focused on educating corporate secretaries, the CSCS believes in furthering the potential of board members to better contribute to building effective governance structures. Given the key role of directors and corporate secretaries in applying proper boardroom practices, corporations need to ensure that these individuals meet a professional standard. The Directors College curriculum covers all the formal regulatory issues for directors and also addresses the informal skills of building effective and appropriate relationships with senior management. We see significant benefits to this program and CSCS is pleased to endorse it.”

Lynn Beauregard, President, Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries

The Directors College has developed a director education program which goes well beyond the fundamentals to address the structures and the behavioural components of principle-based governance. I am proud to be associated with the Directors College and I am honoured to lend my name to the College’s graduate award.

Gilbert Bennett, Director and Former Chairman of the Board, Canadian Tire Corporation Limited