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Canada’s first university-accredited training program for corporate directors is coming to the Sauder School of Business in a new partnership with national organization The Directors College. The first courses will begin this summer through Executive Education at Sauder.

The Directors College’s 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 a deeper understanding of today’s best practices in corporate governance, and earn a Chartered Director (C. Dir.) designation upon completion of the five-module program. The college is a joint venture of The Conference Board of Canada and the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University.

The new partnership will give students of The Directors College greater regional choice, flexibility to complete the program at their own pace, and a broader network of relationships.

"Our strong partner organizations and sponsors recognize the strategic value of shared expertise in governance and executive education,” says Dr. Chris Bart, lead faculty of The Directors College. “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.”

Participants will be able to complete any of the five modules that make up the Chartered Director program in Vancouver, starting in July with the first module. The program is also expanding to Nova Scotia, to build on its existing offerings in Ontario and Quebec.

Sauder 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.