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Dr. Chris Bart

Dr. Chris Bart the world’s leading researcher on organizational mission statements.  He is the Founder, Principal and Lead Professor of The Directors College at McMaster University, Canada’s first university accredited corporate director certification program. Dr. Bart is also the author of TWO Canadian business best sellers for 2012: A Tale of Two Employees and the Person Who Wanted to Lead Them” and “20 Essential Questions Directors of Not-for-profit Organizations Should Ask About Strategy”.

Through his pioneering research and teachings, Dr. Bart has become highly sought after by organizations seeking to develop vision and mission statements that get results.  His practical approach for bringing mission statements to life has inspired business leaders and audiences around the world.

As a Professor of Strategic Market Leadership (Strategy and Governance) at McMaster University’s DeGroote School of Business, Dr. Bart has published over 100 articles, cases and reviews. He currently serves as Associate Editor of the International Journal of Business Governance & Ethics. He is also an innovator.  He helped establish the Management of Innovation and New Technology Research Centre (MINT~RC) at McMaster and was its first Director.  Later, he devised and created the Innovation Management Network; a worldwide association of academics and practitioners who collaborate through the internet on matters of innovation and new technology.

Dr. Bart has been awarded the Ontario Chamber of Commerce “Outstanding Business Achievement Award for Corporate Governance”, the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce “HR Hero Award”, the United Way “Chairman’s Award”, the HRPA 2011 “Summit Award for Corporate Governance & Strategic Leadership”, and McMaster’s “Innovation Award”.  For his research, he has received both the McMaster Research Recognition Award and its Theory to Practice Award. A highly regarded lecturer, Dr. Bart has received both the “Outstanding Undergraduate Business Professor” and “MBA Professor of the Year” awards on multiple occasions.  He has also won “The President’s Award for Teaching Excellence”, McMaster’s highest teaching award – which made him the most decorated professor at the DeGroote School. In 2009, his CA designation was elevated to FCA (Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants). And in 2012, Dr. Bart was the recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for service to Canada.

Former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada recommends Dr. Bart


Very Well presented in an atmosphere of ease. Presenter was knowledgeable & effective in delivering the objectives. Generally was constructive meaningful information.
- An excellent presentation on a complex theme and topic by Dr. Bart.
- Highly articulate, appropriately humorous and the great ability to convey a vast example of real cases of Board failures and successes.
- His presentation will have an important impact on assisting Lucelec to advance its Board/Management relationships further and accelerate the process...Thank you
Excellent seminar. This has come at a most opportune time and is a must for all boards to help improve their effectiveness. Improved Boards will only help to to enhance St. Lucia's competitiveness.
Excellent day! Material was relevant and practical. Chris' experience and ability to relate the material to real world examples was also very valuable.
As an individual operating on three different Boards, I found the content very interesting. I have never participated in Board Training at this level so it brings clarity on my role as a Board Member.
Great Refresher
A timely refresher, reinforcing as well as introducing other critical aspects of relevant to promoting excellent governance practices.
Fabulous, Fabulous, Fabulous, appropriate and relevant. Could not have come at a better time.

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