Call for External Nominations - Board of Governors

The Governance and Human Resources Committee of the University of Guelph’s Board of Governors invites recommendations of individuals external to the University who might be considered for appointment to the Board. In light of upcoming vacancies over the next three years (2021, 2022, 2023), there is particular interest in recruiting individuals who possess the competencies and experience outlined below:


The ideal candidate will possess a high level of expertise in at least one of the competency areas identified below, dealing with issues and challenges facing a complex institution, or in an equivalent capacity:

  • Information Technology (IT): has experience with IT strategy and digital transformation; expertise with large-scale IT project oversight, assessment, or implementation, as well as an understanding of related risk oversight considerations within large, complex organizations. 
  • Government Relations: has expertise in the public sector and particularly with federal or provincial governments, at a senior and strategic level.
  • Strategic Planning: Has experience with strategic planning, implementation and transformation, and evaluation in a complex organization.
  • Senior Management: Has experience at the executive leadership table, dealing with the issues and challenges facing a complex institution.

For each of the above, experience and understanding in the context of broader public sector organizations will be an asset. Experience in fundraising, as well as international experience and an ability to link with and understand global context will also be considered assets.

Sector Experience

The ideal candidate works or has worked or been engaged in one of the following:

  • Environment: works or has worked or been engaged in organizations and operations that address research and/or exploration of the environment, and stewardship of the environment.
  • Health: works or has worked or been engaged in the public health system or in other sectors related to human or animal health. 
  • Education: Has experience with/knowledge of/expertise in post-secondary systems including those outside of Canada.
  • Not-for-Profit: works or has worked or been engaged in the not-for-profit sector in complex organizations that may be local, national, or international in scope.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)

The University of Guelph recognizes that an inclusive campus and a culture of inclusion is an institutional and social imperative. A culture of inclusion necessitates the involvement of diverse stakeholders on the Board of Governors to support, oversee and drive a strategic and system-wide approach to EDI.  
The University is committed to fostering a culture of inclusion and to designing, reviewing, and rebuilding structures – including policies, programs, and practices – that are inclusive, equitable, and accessible to all.  In keeping with this commitment, the Governance & Human Resources Committee will ensure that applications from members of underrepresented groups are seriously considered. Nominations of qualified individuals who would contribute to further diversification of our University community are encouraged and will be actively sought. 

Other Considerations

  • Desire to serve, willingness and ability to commit the time and effort required as a member of the Board of Governors
  • Personal values alignment with the values of the University of Guelph
  • Additional assets include: graduate of the University of Guelph, or other affiliation; past experience as a board committee chair and willingness to serve in this capacity; access to a network that includes potential new major University donors, and wiliness to assist the University’s fundraising efforts by engaging that network

The Board of Governors’ overriding consideration in identifying and confirming individuals to serve as Governors is merit, experience, and ability to serve in relation to the governance needs of the University. All candidates must possess the qualifications, experience and commitment required to govern an institution of the size, complexity and reputation of the University of Guelph and should reflect the diversity of the communities served by the University 

All individuals appointed to the Board of Governors are required to perform the duties assigned in the University of Guelph Act, 1964, which as part of a bi-cameral governance structure assigns to the Board responsibility for “… property, revenues, expenditures, business and affairs [of the University] …”. The Board of Governors General Bylaws, terms of reference for committees and Good Governance Policy provide more precise information on the responsibilities of Governors. These documents and other related information may be found at:

Submission of Nominations

Recommendations of individuals in response to this profile are requested by January 30, 2021 Nominations of those who may be suitable for future appointment to the Board of Governors are welcome at any time and, normally, will be kept on file for at least three years from the date of submission.

Recommendations can be provided in confidence by email to the University Secretariat at or may be sent by mail to:

University of Guelph Board of Governors 
c/o University Secretariat
Level 4, University Centre
University of Guelph
Guelph ON, N1G 2W1

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