The Chartered Director (C.Dir.) Program

About the Program

The Chartered Director (C.Dir.) program offers a unique learning experience covering the full range of formal rules and practices that directors need to know about in their role. The C.Dir. program is the first university accredited director development program in Canada. The Board Simulation in module 5 gives participants the opportunity to apply the skills they’ve built throughout the program. The C.Dir. designation comes from McMaster University as The Directors College is a joint venture between The Conference Board of Canada and the Degroote School of Business at McMaster University.

What Sets Us Apart

  • C.Dir. is Canada’s first university-accredited certificate program meets the highest academic standards by the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University to receive its prestigious designation.
  • The Board Simulation in module 5, unique to The Directors College, gives candidates a chance to experience realistic board situations which results in a higher level of personal accountability and a deeper experience.
  • Diverse faculty of professionals, corporate directors and academics covering the full range of governance, accounting, law, regulations and human dynamics.
  • C.Dir. Alumni also have special access to relevant research, programs and events from The Conference Board of Canada
  • Principle based curriculum that is focused on strategic thinking enabling board directors to expand their competencies in dialogue, decision-making, problem solving, risk oversight, and sustainable strategic alignment.
  • The C.Dir. program is residential to encourage the learning and networking that occurs among participants outside the classroom.
  • Modules are delivered through a combination of lectures, interactive working sessions, and case studies.
  • Apart from the final Module (5 – Board Simulation), the program does not need to be taken in sequence. So there is flexibility in planning a program plan to work with your schedule.

Candidates for the C.Dir. Program would have

  • Senior Level/Executive Experience
  • Board Experience
  • University Graduate
  • Note: Program designed for those currently sitting on Boards or the Senior Executives who intend to or work with Boards of Directors. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis to determine whether they are suitable candidates for the C.Dir. designation.
Registration fee: $4,370 per module. The fee includes all sessions over the 2¼-day period, all program materials, all meals and accommodation during the session, and the proctored exam.
Timeline: It is a total of 125 hours to complete all five modules. Modules must be completed within 18 months. Once complete delegates have 14 months to successfully write the exam to received their Chartered Director (C.Dir.) Designation.
Tax Note: All Directors College Programs qualify participants for a tax tuition receipt.


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NEWS: The Chartered Director Program is now also being offered in Vancouver, BC in partnership with the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia.

Please note that C.Dir Modules 1–4 do not need to be taken in sequence. Module 5 must be completed last by all program graduates.

Complete Module Outlines

Module 1 – Accountability and Change
Module 2 – Leadership and Strategy
Module 3 – Oversight and Finance
Module 4 – Communication & Social Responsibility
Module 5 – The Board Simulation

Upcoming C.Dir. Module Dates

2015 C.Dir.









C.Dir. 2016*Niaraga-on-the-Lake (NOTL): Programs hosted in Niagara-on-the-Lake are usually hosted at White Oaks. See venue information here.

* Vancouver venue information available here.

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