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Leadership Development

The Niagara Institute

The Niagara Institute, a division of the Conference Board, was established in 1971 to enhance the quality of Canadian leadership-in business, government and non-governmental organizations. The institute's programs are highly concentrated, engaging and student-focused-attracting leaders from across Canada and around the world.

We equip leaders with the essential leadership competencies needed to achieve organizational results. Each year, thousands of employees from hundreds of organizations turn to Niagara programs for their leadership development.

More than half of the top 100 companies named by the Financial Post are Niagara Institute clients; and 20 of the top 25 are our clients.

The Directors College

The Directors College is Canada’s first accredited corporate director development program.

The Chartered Director (C.Dir.) Program and the selection of Specialized Programs address both the structural and behavioral skills required to be an effective board and committee member, focusing on practical governance skills and processes, as well as the behavioral and cultural elements of good governance.


The Chartered Director (C.Dir.) Program covers the full range of formal rules and practices that directors need to know about in their role as stewards of corporations. As well, the program examines the “behavioural” side of directorship—the human dynamics that influence a board and its decisions. This program is offered across Canada in the following cities: Halifax, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Vancouver.

Specialized Programs

Audit Committee Certified (A.C.C.) Program
Taught by seasoned audit committee chairs, academics and advisers, this program helps you perform effectively on board audit committees. As a program participant, you not only learn the audit and financial aspects of the audit committee’s responsibilities, you also gain a deep understanding of the management components and relationship tactics involved in committee effectiveness.

Human Resources and Compensation Committee Certified (H.R.C.C.C.) Program
This program is an exclusive education opportunity for senior HR professionals and board directors. It teaches board directors and senior corporate officers about the role of the board HR and compensation committee in aligning an organization’s HR processes, risk and culture, to its chosen business strategy.