Chris Bart


Chris Bart
BornJanuary 6, 1974
Occupationeducator, professional speaker, management consultant, author

Chris Bart is an educator, former university professor, professional speaker, business consultant and author. He is a notable authority on organizational mission and vision statements, and also for his knowledge both on the roles and responsibilities of corporate directors and the strategic governance of for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.[1][2]

Bart received his PhD from the Richard Ivey School of Business of the University of Western Ontario and his MBA and BA (Hons. Bus.) from the Schulich School of Business, York University. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario and the Caribbean Institute of Directors.


After 33 years of service, Bart retired from his position as Professor of Strategy and Governance at McMaster University's DeGroote School of Business in Hamilton, Ontario. During his time at McMaster, he founded The Directors College of Canada where, from its inception in 2003 to 2013, he served as its inaugural Principal and Lead Professor and remained the College's top rated instructor. The College is Canada's first university-accredited certification program for corporate directors.[3] He now assists the College as its Lead Faculty.

Dr. Bart is currently the Co-founder and Executive Chairman of the Caribbean Governance Training Institute, and the Caribbean Institute of Directors.[4][5] He is also Associate Editor of the International Journal of Business Governance & Ethics and a Research Fellow at the Asian Institute of Corporate Governance.

He was named "Outstanding Undergraduate Business Professor" in 1982, 1987 and 1996 and "MBA Professor of the Year" in 1984, 1989 and 1991. Bart became DeGroote's most decorated professor in 1995, when he won the school's highest teaching award: The President's Award for Teaching Excellence.[6]

In 1993, Bart helped found the Management of Innovation & New Technology Research Center at McMaster University and was named its first director. The following year, he created the Innovation Management Network, a global association of professionals who collaborate through the Internet on matters of innovation and new technology.[7]

Bart retired from the university in 2013 after he and 5 other professors were suspended by a secret university tribunal that found they had pressured other faculty in an effort to deny their faculty's Dean a second term. However, with the moral support and financial backing of the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT), the five professors asked, in 2014, the courts to review the tribunal's work, conduct and penalties. Commenting on the case, CAUT's representative Jim Turk claimed that the tribunal's process was fatally flawed and added: "This was a staged trial ordered by the university under rules that violated every concept of natural justice in this country…It had some of the character of a show trial, except it was in secret." For instance, none of the three academics on the panel had any training in law and the University's policies allowed no right of appeal, leaving an application for judicial review as the only available response.[8] A decision from the courts was rendered in 2017 ordering the University into remedial arbitration.


Bart is a featured speaker of the National Speakers Bureau with two unique presentations: "Sex, Lies and Mission Statements"; and "Achieving Excellence in Customer Service through Leadership & Mission". Among his other popular presentations are: "The Service Mission"; "The Role of the Board in Strategy"; and "Competing in the Experience Economy" (Reference 6). In the past, Bart has lectured at institutions around the world, including the University of Cape Town, South Africa, Cranfield Institute of Technology, the UK, Monash University, Australia, the Czech Management Center and both Fudan and Tsinghua Universities in China.


Bart conducts keynote speaking and business consulting through his company, Corporate Missions Inc. He serves as a consultant to many organizations helping them to improve both their mission/vision statements and governance practices.[9] Bart has consulted in numerous industries such as banking, health care, high technology, municipal governance, human resources and manufacturing.


Bart has internationally published more than 190 articles, cases and reviews. He is the author of the number 1 bestselling business book of 2010 in Canada, A Tale of Two Employees and the Person Who Wanted to Lead Them,.[10][11] Among his other works are the acclaimed CICA publication 20 Questions Directors Should Ask About Strategy: Second Edition.[12] Business publications such as The New York Times, The Financial Post, Profit magazine, The Globe and Mail, Maclean's, and Canadian Business have each quoted Bart in their articles.


In 2011, Bart was awarded the TD Insurance Meloche Monnex Corporate Governance and Strategic Leadership Award.[13][14] In 2009, his Chartered Accountants designation was elevated to FCA (Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants).[15] In the past, Bart has served on a number of organizational Boards and continues to maintain some of those positions.[16] He is a past director of the Planning Executives Institute and listed in the Canadian Who's Who.

Partial bibliography

  • A Tale of Two Employees. Corporate Missions Inc. Press, 2002. ISBN 0-9732247-0-3.
  • Twenty Questions for Directors Should Ask about Strategy. Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, 2003, ISBN 1-55385-031-9.
  • Twenty Questions Directors Should Ask about Strategy – Second Edition. Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, 2006. ISBN 1-55385-031-9.
  • Twenty Essential Questions Directors of Not-for-profit Organizations Should Ask about Strategy. Corporate Missions Inc. Press, 2009. ISBN 978-0-9732247-3-3.
Other publications
  • "IT and the board of directors: An empirical investigation into the 'Governance questions' directors should ask about IT, JIS, 224, 2, Fall 2010, 147–172.
  • An exploration into the content of the compensation discussion & analysis document", Corporate Board, 5, 2, 2009, 6–15
  • The role of the board in IT governance: Current and desired oversight practices." International Journal of Business Governance and Ethics, 4, 4, 2009, 316–329.
  • Leveraging human intellectual capital through an employee volunteer program and service-learning: The case of Ford Motor Company of Canada." Journal of Intellectual Capital, 10, 1, 2009, 121–134.
  • Improving the board's involvement in corporate strategy: Directors speak out", International Journal of Business Governance and Ethics, V 3, no. 4, 2007, pp. 382–393.
  • A comparative analysis of mission statement content in secular and faith based hospitals", Journal of Intellectual Capital, Vol 8, No. 4, 2007, 682–694
  • Issues in Canadian board transparency", Corporate Board, Vol 3, No 1, 2007, pp. 43–48.
  • The performance impact of content and process in product innovation charters", Journal of Product Innovation Management, V24, No. 1, 2007, pp. 3–19.


  • Ontario Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Business Achievement Award for Corporate Governance
  • Hamilton Chamber of Commerce HR Hero Award
  • United Way Chairman's Award
  • McMaster's Innovation Award
  • TD Insurance Meloche Monnex Corporate Governance and Strategic Leadership Award - 2009 [17][18][16]
  • Outstanding McMaster Undergraduate Business Professor in 1982, 1987 and 1996
  • McMaster MBA Professor of the Year (1984, 1989 and 1991)[19]
  • DeGroote Research to Practice Award of Excellence[20]
  • “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, Bart's CPA designation was elevated to FCPA (Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants).
  • In 2012, Bart was the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his service to Canada.
  • In December 2018, Bart was given an honorary Chartered Director designation (the first of its kind) by The Directors College of Canada.


  1. ^ "Bart, Chris". December 11, 2007. Archived from the original on September 28, 2011. Retrieved October 2, 2011.
  2. ^ "Faculty". Retrieved October 2, 2011.
  3. ^ "Bank of Montreal, TD Canada Trust, Deloitte & Touche, a few of our clients". Retrieved October 2, 2011.
  4. ^ "Caribbean Governance Training Institute". Retrieved October 2, 2011.
  5. ^ "International Journal of Business Governance and Ethics – IJBGE". Retrieved October 2, 2011.
  6. ^ "Chris Bart" Archived March 30, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. CAL Entertainment. Retrieved October 2, 2011.
  7. ^ "Chris Bart" Archived July 28, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. National Speakers Bureau. Retrieved October 2, 2011.
  8. ^ [1]. The Hamilton Spectator. Retrieved August 26, 2014.
  9. ^ Guelph Mercury; Councillors Begin Ranking of Municipal Services; Scott Tracey; May 26, 2011 [2]
  10. ^ The Globe and Mail; The List Bestselling Business Books of 2010; January 11, 2011 [3]
  11. ^ Canada (April 19, 2011). "Fund alerts and market update alerts". Retrieved October 2, 2011.
  12. ^ [4][permanent dead link]
  13. ^ The Directors College
  14. ^ "2011 HR Summit Awards: Corporate Governance and Strategic Leadership Award". YouTube. Retrieved October 2, 2011.
  15. ^ "CA Institute Confers FCA Designations on Two Hamilton-Area Chartered Accountants". September 24, 2009. Retrieved October 2, 2011.
  16. ^ a b Board of Directors. "Terra Firma – Dr. Chris Bart". Archived from the original on March 30, 2012. Retrieved October 2, 2011.
  17. ^ "Congratulations to Dr. Chris Bart, Recipient of the 2011 Corporate Governance and Strategic Leadership Award". Retrieved October 2, 2011.
  18. ^ "Canadian HR Reporter – Article – 2011 HR Summit Award winners announced". February 2, 2011. Archived from the original on March 18, 2012. Retrieved October 2, 2011.
  19. ^ "Dr. Chris Bart, C.A". Archived from the original on February 17, 2011. Retrieved October 2, 2011.
  20. ^ "McMaster Daily News". March 11, 2010. Archived from the original on March 22, 2012. Retrieved October 2, 2011.

External links

  • Corporate Missions
  • Chris Bart's Blog