Canada’s Chartered Directors

The Directors College is pleased to present Canada’s Chartered Directors. The graduates listed below have completed The Chartered Director Program, an intensive individual examination, and have met the other requirements to become a Chartered Director (C.Dir.)

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.

To see the ASC Graduates who also hold the Chartered Director designation please click here.

C.Dir. Graduates

Ms. Deanna Williams, C.Dir.
President, Dundee Consulting Group Ltd


Deanna Williams is the President of Dundee Consulting Group Ltd, a non profit group consulting in governance, organization culture and change, strategic planning and negotiation- with special expertise in professional and occupational regulation

In June, 2011, Deanna retired from her position as Registrar of the Ontario College of Pharmacists. She assumed the position of Registrar/CEO at the Ontario College of Pharmacists in 2000. Her breadth of professional experience includes pharmacy practice in both community and hospital settings and various positions within the Ontario government's Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.She has held various Board positions over the years including six years as Director and then Chair, Halton District Health Council (1989-1995)and four years as Board member and Chair of the School Council, Lorne Park Secondary School. In 2002 Deanna was appointed by Ontario's Minister of Health Tony Clement to Chair the Advisory Committee on Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. Deanna joined the Board of the international organization CLEAR (Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation)in 1999 and served as its first Canadian President from 2003-04. She was President of the Federation of Health Regulatory Colleges of Ontario in 2006-07 and was on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors. She served as a member of the Audit and Finance Committee of the University of St. Michael's College, University of Toronto from 2007-10 and is currently a Director and Board Chair on the Board of the Haldimand War Memorial Hospital and Edgewater Gardens, in Dunnville, ON. She also serves as the only Canadian member on the Board of the Vistana Spas Condominium Owners Association in Orlando, FL.

Deanna earned her CAE designation through the Canadian Society of Association Executives in 1998 and graduated with her Chartered Director (C.Dir) designation in 2008.

In March of 2012 Ontario's Minister of Health and Long Term Care in an unprecedented move, appointed Deanna as Supervisor to assume operational control of the College of Denturists of Ontario, and in the fall of 2013, full authority for self-regulation was restored to the CDO.

Deanna currently acts as Risk Officer, for the Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority, based in Toronto.

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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