NEWS UPDATES: Change is coming to The Directors College

Some of you may have already heard the rumours … We are here to tell you it’s all true. We have big changes coming to The Directors College on September 01st 2015. We will be launching the news to our Alumni and Faculty first at an exclusive event in Toronto ON that evening. But we’re not going to spoil the fun with any more details just yet. So keep your eyes peeled as the news unfolds this September! For now we will share all the details in regards to the Continuing Professional Development Membership (CPDM) that was announced in the Spring.

This membership will be complimentary for our Director College alumni to join for our inaugural year of the program. We will also offer a discounted membership rate for current Executive Network members at the Conference Board of Canada and the Executive Education Alumni at the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University for the same inaugural year. It is important to note that you will need to complete the registration form for the membership to receive the benefits. The Directors College CPDM will provide our alumni with access to key resources to complete their CPD hours required for their designation while providing insights and information that is leading edge in the governance field.


The membership will include:

  • Complimentary access for :
    • The Conference Board of Canada Webinars with our Directors College Faculty.
    • Networking events hosted by The Directors College.
    • Knowledge @ DeGroote Breakfast series with The DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University
  • 50% reduction for:
    • Governance research & webinars offered by The Conference Board of Canada.
    • Economic Forecasts offered by The Conference Board of Canada.
  • Preferred rate for:
    • The Directors College new Professional Development programs offered across Canada.
    • Select Governance related events and webinars offered by The Conference Board of Canada.
    • Select Niagara Institute leadership workshops.
    • Governance events offered by McMaster University
    • Programs presented by our partners including EY, HayGroup, McCarthy Tetrault and Thomson Reuters
  • Special Alumni rate for a guest attendance to Executive Network meetings offered by The Conference Board of Canada.


Bonus Offer During the Inaugural Year:

  • Complimentary Access to Federal, Provincial, and Municipal Economic Forecasts
  • Special $450 registration for any of the below conferences:
    • Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) 2016
    • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) 2016
    • Intergovernmental Forum on Risk Management 2015
    • Business Innovation Summit 2016
    • Change Management 2016
    • Resilience Canada 2016

Membership Rates for the Inaugural Year:

The Directors College Alumni – Complimentary (Regular $249)

The Conference Board of Canada Network Members $259 (Regular $299)

DeGroote School of Business Executive Education Alumni $259 (Regular $299)

Regular Registration $329 (Regular $369)


Download the Registration Form here.


For more information contact

Kathleen McGuire
613-526-3090 ext 301

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