Chartered Director program expands across Canada

HAMILTON, ON, May 1, 2014 /CNW/ - The Directors College, Canada's first university-accredited corporate director development program, is expanding the delivery of its Chartered Director program to British Columbia and Nova Scotia through two new partnerships.

Beginning this summer, the Chartered Director program will be delivered in Vancouver and Halifax through partnerships with Executive Education at the University of British Columbia's Sauder School of Business and with Dalhousie University's Faculty of Management. This national expansion increases regional access to the same program offered in Ontario and Quebec.

The Directors College, a joint venture of The Conference Board of Canada and the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University, offers participants a Chartered Director (C. Dir.) designation upon completion of the five-module program.

The Chartered Director program focuses on practical governance issues, as well as the cultural and behavioural aspects of good governance. Board members and senior executives gain understanding of both the processes and behaviours that underpin today's best practices in corporate governance.

Under these new partnerships, participants will be able to complete any of the five modules that make up the Chartered Director program in Vancouver or Halifax. The first offering in Vancouver will be Module 1 in July. The first program to be offered in Halifax will occur in October.

Participants also can continue to attend modules in Ontario, or through our affiliate, Le Collège des Administrateurs de Sociétés (CAS) in Quebec. These new partnerships will give participants greater regional choice and flexibility to schedule their completion of the program at a customized pace and will provide participants with opportunities to build a broader network of relationships.

"Our strong partner organizations and sponsors recognize the strategic value of shared expertise in governance and executive education. We are thrilled to leverage The Directors College's considerable knowledge and relationships with its faculty, sponsors, alumni and to gain new synergies with UBC's and Dalhousie's communities and corporate connections," said Dr. Chris Bart, Lead Faculty, The Directors College.

About the Directors College
In February 2003, The Conference Board of Canada joined with the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University to create The Directors College, Canada's first university accredited corporate director development program. The Conference Board of Canada has a long track record in director training, governance research, and the organization of learning events. It has developed and tested a principle-based governance model, whose competencies form the basis of programs of The Directors College. The DeGroote School of Business at McMaster has demonstrated expertise in developing and implementing adult learning models, executive education, governance research, substantive content, and professional accreditation. The Directors College founders and sponsors bring their national and international expertise in strong corporate governance to the program, improving the capability of corporate directors.

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About the University of British Columbia's Sauder School of Business

The Sauder School of Business is one of the world's leading academic business schools, providing a global business perspective at a dynamic crossroads of the international marketplace. Sauder's Executive Education delivers over 115 programs to more than 2,500 executives every year, from shorter courses for the broader business community to immersive residential courses for senior leaders.  Dedicated to rigorous and relevant teaching, UBC's programs generate business leaders who drive change and shape industries and organizations around the world.

About Dalhousie University's Faculty of Management

Dalhousie University's Faculty of Management is Canada's leader in advancing values-based management to bring sustainable prosperity to individuals and communities. By bringing together the Rowe School of Business with the Schools of Information Management, Public Administration and Resource and Environmental Studies, the University has created a unique environment for the advancement of management education and research. Together, the four schools provide experiential learning and academic excellence in programs delivered at the undergraduate, graduate, mid-career and executive levels.

Learn more about The Directors College and view highlights of the 10th Annual Graduation Ceremony.

For more information visit: www.thedirectorscollege.com

SOURCE The Directors College

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