By now, all of you should have received your consent package mailed to your home address on record. They were posted on March 25th and if the package has not arrived, you should contact Human Resources at x52142 to obtain a replacement. You will need the hard copy package so that you can send in your consent ballot. If a ballot is not returned, you are considered to withhold your consent to the UPP.

To aid members in understanding various aspects of the consent package, the PSA has scheduled a Townhall on Tuesday, May 14th in Peter Clark Hall 12:00 – 1:00 pm for all P&M employees. The meeting is scheduled for an hour, and PSA Executive members will be available until 1:30 if required. Our plan is to discuss the various sections of the package and answer questions or address concerns.

The deadline to return you ballot is June 28th, 2019. To ensure that it is received by this date, you will need to post it up to a week in advance. The PSA encourages all P&M staff to engage with the process and recommend providing your consent to the UPP.

The UPP is a sustainable jointly sponsored pension plan that will be a model for the University sector.


The PSA AGM will be on Friday June 7 this year. 
Location: Peter Clark Hall, University Centre
Time: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm, Registration opens at 10:15 am
All Professional & Managerial Employees are invited to attend, only PSA members can vote.
Please join us for the BBQ in the Conservatory Gardens following the AGM, rain location is PCH.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019, at 12:00 pm University Centre – Peter Clark Hall

New Member Sign-up & Member Ballot Registration Opens at 11:15 am, arrive early to allow time for processing.

To register to vote electronically (only for off-campus members), please register with the PSA Office at by 5:00 pm  TOMORROW Friday, February 22nd, 2019.

Off-Campus PSA members (Guelph-Humber, Ridgetown College, Research Stations) will vote via electronic survey ballot. Those members who cannot physically attend, i.e. off campus for meetings, events or other reasons, can request an electronic ballot by registering and providing the rationale for their request.


Purpose of meeting:

To ratify the memorandum of agreement between the University of Guelph and the PSA.



  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Presentation of Memorandum of Agreement between PSA and UofG
  • Question and Answer Period
  • Voting by Ballot to accept/reject the Memorandum of Agreement


  • All Professional/Managerial Employees are welcome & granted release time to attend.
  • Only PSA Members can Vote, new PSA membership applications completed prior to the commencement of the meeting will be eligible for voting privileges.


The PSA Executive fully endorses the UPP project. Remember the UPP = A sustainable pension plan!

Presented by Jon Spenceley, CCS Analyst & PSA member volunteer. The PSA is excited to have Jon share some tips and tools that will make working with Office 365 and other productivity applications offered by CCS easier and more efficient. This training will be coupled with CCS online resources that will be made available shortly after. 

What to Expect:

  • Overview of communication tools available within Office 365 and beyond, including Outlook, ListServ/Maestro, and Microsoft Teams.
  • O365 tools for event planning and project collaboration, including Microsoft Planner, OneDrive, and Teams.
  • OneNote for note taking - a deep dive into the tools available within this powerful application.
  • Open time for discussion and questions.

Email to Reserve your Spot.

12:00 – 1:00 pm March 26, OVC LLC Room 1713

Doors open at 11:45 am, bring your lunch, light refreshments supplied.

This presentation offered to you by the PSA Professional Development Committee.

Young Professionals on Board is a initiative of the People and Information Network (PIN) program, (formerly the Volunteer Centre of Guelph/Wellington), whereby two members of the PSA will be trained in board governance and mentored by community leaders to sit on boards of local community organizations. This program is modelled on a program called Youth on Board that included such organizations as Family and Children’s Services, The Children’s Foundation, the Guelph Community Health Centre and Focus on Nature. This is an opportunity to join other young professionals in Guelph to build the leadership capacity of our community while gaining valuable skills and connections to add to your professional portfolio.

The PSA sees this as an opportunity for both personal and professional growth and as a way to develop leadership capacity both within the University community and the community at large.  

See link:

See pdf: YPOB Pilot Program 

“Contributing to the function and process of a well established board has been an invaluable learning experience for me as a young professional. The integration of young people into community boards is so important for increasing the diversity of boards and the YPOB program provides an excellent and supportive pathway for young people to step into leadership positions within their community.”  Lindsey Thomson, PSA sponsored YPOB Rep 2017


Hustle in the New Year at the PSA Member Networking Event!
Gryphons Basketball Double Header vs. Brock
January 16, Athletic Centre, Bird Elinesky Schuett VIP Suite
Your $15.00 Ticket Includes:
  • VIP Suite Reception with light Buffet
  • Two games
  • Tour of new Guelph Gryphons Athletic Centre
  • Cash Bar available
5:30 pm VIP Suite Reception
6:00 pm Women’s Game
8:00 pm Men’s Game
Two Ticket Limit, PSA Member + Guest
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After recent mediation, the University, UGFA, USW and the PSA (along with OANUE) are moving forward with the University Pension Plan. The next phase of this project is the educational phase which will be followed by the consent process in March 2019.

The University is granting pension plan members (P&M) the necessary time to attend.

Friday, December 14th at 12:00 pm, Peter Clark Hall, University Centre - Central Campus

Please RSVP to

For more information, read the UPP material and consult the PSA website (, the University website ( or the UPP website (

"The Art of Negotiation" Oct 2, 12:00-1:00 pm Science Complex #1511

Cherolyn R. Knapp - Nelson, Watson LLP, Guelph, Ontario

Success as a leader requires you to negotiate with team members, stakeholders, clients, lenders, suppliers and superiors. Yet many of us lack confidence in how negotiation works and how to negotiate competently for desired results. As a litigation lawyer, Cherolyn Knapp has built a career around negotiating successfully on behalf of clients and advising clients on conducting their own fruitful negotiations.

Here’s what you will learn in this dynamic workshop:

  • 1. Surprising truths about the cost of failing to negotiate
  • 2. Insights into misperceptions and barriers that prevent us from entering the negotiation arena
  • 3. Practical tips for building on your own strengths to develop negotiation strategies

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RSVP now for the annnual PSA Kick Off Lunch!

All P&M invited to attend.

Join us for P&M networking, buffet lunch & PSA updates 2018/19

Peter Clark Hall, UC 11:45 – 1:15 pm

vegetarian & gluten-free options available

Please RSVP for catering #’s by Friday Sept 20

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The Professional Staff Association has been working with HR Learning & Development to bring a session to learn about GOAL 2.0 - a simpler, more impactful and evidence-based framework for supporting employee success.

June 25th, 2018
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Rozanski 103 - Please note room change!
If you cannot attend in person the session will be available through Adobe at:
Linda Watt , Director of Learning and Development will provide a brief overview of GOAL 2.0 including the many resources available for you to learn and practice this new approach. This will be followed by an open Q&A.
The University of Guelph is committed to improve life. This valuable commitment necessitates the nurturing of a learning and work environment that inspires people to do their best work. Consistent and effective leadership and management practices that support performance success is critical. For this purpose, the UofG has modernized its performance success framework.

 If you would like to learn more please register at



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