Audit Committee Certified Graduates

Congratulations to the graduates of The Directors College* Audit Committee Program. These graduates have successfully completed the Audit Committee Program and rigorous individual exam, to be granted the privilege to use the official mark Audit Committee Certified (A.C.C.)

The Audit Committee Program was developed in partnership with, and delivered by faculty from, Deloitte Touche, McCarthy Tetrault, and Financial Executives International Canada along with experienced Audit Committee Chairs and behavioral experts.

A.C.C. Graduates

  • Mr. Tim Bancroft
    Director, United Farmers of Alberta
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  • Mr. Gilles Bernier
    Directeur des programmes , Collège des administrateurs de sociétés
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  • Mr. Daniel Burns
    Lawyer, Accountant, Corporate Director, The Cooperators Group Ltd.
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  • Mr. Tom Bursey
    Vice President, Corporate Services & CFO , Council of Canadian Academies
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  • Mr. Jeff Campbell
    Profit & Cost Analysis Manager, Ford Motor Company of Canada, Ltd.
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  • Ms. Jill Carleton
    General Manager, Strategic Planning and Governance, Canadian Forces Housing Agency
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  • Mr. Robert Chisholm
    Director, United Farmers of Alberta
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  • Mr. Brian Cloney
    CFO Principal, CA & Associates, Cenit Corp, HMZ Metals
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  • Ms. J'Neene Coghlan
    Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Kingston Health Sciences Centre
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  • Mr. Robert Cooper
    Vice President Transformation, Portfolio and Relationship Management, Manulife/John Hancock
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  • Dr. Daniel Coulombe
    Professor, Université Laval
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  • Mr. Christopher Cowell
    Chief Financial & Regulatory Officer and VP Administration, Entegrus Inc.
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  • Mr. Charles Cox
    lawyer, C.F. COXLAW OFFICES
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  • Mr. Calvin Crocker
    Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Royal Ottawa Health Care Group
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  • Mr. Jim Daley
    Senior Manager Commercial Banking Support, BMO Bank of Montreal (Retired)
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  • Ms. Katherine Dalziel
    Senior Director, CIBC
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  • Mr. Peter Dans
    Senior Vice President and CFO, MDS Inc.
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  • Mr. Matthew Davies
    Sr. Director, IT Risk Management & Cybersecurity, Ciena Canada Inc.
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  • Mr. Robert Dietrich
    Chief Financial Officer, S.A. Armstrong Limited
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  • Mr. Alan Dilworth
    Director, Medical Facilities Corp
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  • Mr. Robert Dryburgh
    President and Chief Executive Officer, Strongco Corporation
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  • Mr. Vaughn Embro-Pantalony
    President and Chief Executive Officer, Microbix Biosystems Inc.
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  • Mr. Douglas J. Enns
    President, Upturn Consulting Ltd.
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  • Mr. Richard Fox
    Director, Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College
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  • Ms. Chantal Frechette
    Senior Underwriter, Export Development Canada
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  • Dr. David T. Fung
    Board of Directors, CSA Group
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  • Mr. Andrew Gall
    Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Pharmacists Association
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  • Ms. Lesley Gallinger
    Vice-President,Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer, Electrical Safety Authority
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  • Mr. Anthony Giovinazzo
    President & Chief Executive Officer, Cynapsus Therapeutics Inc. & Independent Board Member
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  • Mr. Kevin Greer
    Director of Finance, Electrical Safety Authority
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  • Mr. R. Gordon Griffiths
    Executive Director, BC Oil and Gas Commission
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  • Ms. Jane Halford
    Co-Founder, BOLT Transition
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  • Ms. Tracy Hepworth
    Vice President, Internal Audit, Farm Credit Canada
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  • Mr. William Hilson
    President, Hillhurst Capital
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  • Mr. Cliff Inskip
    President, Polar Star Advisory Services Inc.
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  • Mr. John Klippenstein
    President, JD Klippenstein CMA Corp.
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  • Mr. Lloyd Komori
    Professional Board Director, Former CRO and Cyber Risk Authority, Independent
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  • Mr. Michael Lem
    Vice President, BMO Nesbitt Burns
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  • Mr. Carol Lemelin
    Director, Deposit Insurance Corporation of Ontario
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  • Ms. Leslie Markow
    Chief Financial Officer, Bionik Laboratories Corp.
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  • Mr. Phil Martin
    VP Finance & Regulatory Compliance, Oshawa Power and Utilities Corporation
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  • Mr. Don McCreesh
    Chair, Educators Financial Group
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  • Ms. Cathy McIntyre
    Principal, Strategic Initiatives Inc.
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  • Ms. Isabel Meharry
    Corporate Director, APRIO and Jeff Alpaugh Custom
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  • Mr. Bill Merklinger
    Comptroller General, Government of the Northwest Territories
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  • Mr. Richard Monk
    President and Chief Executive Officer, M Sight Global Inc
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  • Mr. Robert Morton
    Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice-President, Home Capital Group Inc.
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  • Ms. Janet Mrenica
    Director, Financial Planning and Reporting, Finance Directorate, Environment Canada
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  • Ms. Pamela Nowina
    Director, Electrical Safety Authority
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  • Mr. Peter Ostapchuk
    President and Insight Principal, icorp.ca inc.
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  • Mr. Joseph Palumbo
    Chief Significance Officer, Success2Significance
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  • Mr. Denis Perrault
    President, Paradise Consulting
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  • Mr. Fred Peters
    Corporate Director, Peters Associates Ltd.
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  • Ms. Jackie Porter
    Senior Manager of Budget and Audit Services, York Catholic District School Board
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  • Mr. Brian Reddy
    Independent, Independent
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  • Mr. John P. Ryan
    Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants
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  • Mr. John A. Sabo
    Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Education Collobarative Marketplace
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  • Dr. Vinay Sharma
    CEO, London Hydro Inc.
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  • Ms. Sheila Smigarowski
    Internal Audit and Risk Management Executive, Institute of Internal Auditors Canada
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  • Mr. Randall Smith
    Executive Financial Officer, BC Oil and Gas Commission
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  • Mr. Richard Sroka
    Director, First Ontario Credit Union
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  • Mr. Ralph Steedman
    Chief Executive Officer, Cancapleo Group Inc.
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  • Mr. Arnold Strub
    Board Vice-Chair and Audit Committee Chair, Ontario Educational Collaborative Marketplace
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  • Mr. Cornie Teichroeb
    Director (Retired), UFA Co-operative Limited
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  • Ms. Anne-Marie Thomas
    Corporate Director, The Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group
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  • Mr. John Vail
    President, Real Estate Strategy Ltd.
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  • Mr. Arn van Iersel
    Financial Consultant/Board Member, Community Living BC
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  • Ms. Sheila Vandenberk
    Director, Independent
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  • Mr. David Wagstaff
    Director, Just Energy Group Inc.
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  • Mr. Stuart Walker
    Director, Chair Audit Committee, FirstOntario Credit Union
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  • Mr. Richard Wathy
    Director, Entegrus Powerlines Inc.
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  • Mr. George Weber
    President & CEO, Royal Ottawa Health Care Group
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  • Mrs. Sandy Whyte
    Director, CGA Ontario
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  • Mr. Robert B. Wickham
    Director, Oakville Enterprises Corporation
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  • Mr. Doug Wilkes
    Corporate Director, Self Employed
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  • Mrs. Christine Elizabeth Williams
    Chartered Director, Centennial College
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  • Mr. Anthony Wohlfarth
    Director, RA
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  • Dr. Lisa Zingaro
    Director Audit & Compliance, Stewardship Ontario
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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