OTTAWA, April 6 /CNW/ - Jim Adamson - chief executive, NASA Astronaut,
US Army Colonel, Professional Engineer, and Chartered Director - has
been named the 2011 winner of the Gil Bennett Gold Standard Governance
Award, presented by The Directors College.
The award was presented Tuesday evening at the graduation ceremony for
newly certified Chartered Directors (C. Dir) of The Directors College,
a joint venture of McMaster University and The Conference Board of
Canada. Founded in 2003, The Directors College is Canada's first
university accredited corporate director development program.
"The growing relevance and importance of the Directors College program
is underscored by the turmoil that led the world into the 2008-09
recession. Much of the financial trouble that precipitated the
recession can be traced to failures of governance," said Anne Golden,
President and Chief Executive Officer, The Conference Board of Canada.
Named in honour of former Canadian Tire Chair, Gil Bennett, this award
has been presented annually since 2006 to a Directors College graduate
who demonstrates dedication to raising the bar for professional
standards in corporate governance through his or her progress in the
Chartered Director program.
The criteria for the award include scoring in the top 10 per cent on the
final exam for Chartered Directors; providing a positive contribution
to the class discussion; and displaying constructive behavior as a
director during the unique Board Simulation exercise of the Chartered
"We are privileged to have an individual of Jim Adamson's calibre
receive the Gil Bennett award this year," said Dr. Chris Bart,
Principal & Lead Professor, The Directors College.
Jim Adamson is a senior consultant to the Aerospace & Defense Industry
through his own company, Monarch Precision. He is currently Director
and Governance Committee Chairman for Com Dev International (TSX: CDV),
a global designer and manufacturer of space hardware.
Adamson also serves on NASA's Advisory Committee for the International
Space Station, and was the Operations Panel Chairman of the Return to
Flight Task Group for the Space Shuttle following the Columbia
Over four decades, Adamson has had a long and distinguished career in
public service and in the private sector providing strategic direction
to leading aerospace companies.
During his 23-year Army career, he held unit commands in Europe,
Vietnam, and the United States, including the Army Space Flight
Detachment at the Johnson Space Center.
During his career at NASA, Adamson was an Astronaut and held leadership
positions in management, operations and R&D. He served on the space
shuttle Columbia in 1989, and he returned to space in 1991 aboard
Atlantis. That mission set a new world record for payload weight lifted
to orbit. In total, the veteran astronaut logged over 334 hours in
For more information on The Directors College and its Chartered Director
Program, visit: www.thedirectorscollege.com.
SOURCE CONFERENCE BOARD OF CANADA
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