Call for Nominations – Board of Trustees: 2019-2021

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 University’s Board of Trustees. In light of current and upcoming vacancies over the next three years (2019-2021), there is particular interest in recruiting individuals who possess the competencies and experience outlined below:

About the Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is a Standing Committee of the University’s Board of Governors, established in 1991, with a mandate to oversee the Heritage Fund which is comprised of designated non-core real estate owned by the University and a related endowment fund. The Board of Trustees support the vision, mission and strategic direction of the University through prudent long-term governance of these endowed assets. Over the last 25 years the University has monetized the Heritage Trust lands with great success. Revenue from the management of the endowed lands has contributed to the growth of the Heritage Trust Endowment from an initial $10 million in 1991 to $141 million today.


The ideal candidate will possess a high level of expertise in at least one of the competency areas identified below; and, has gained this experience through operation at a senior leadership level, dealing with issues and challenges facing a complex institution, or in an equivalent capacity:

  • Strategic Planning: Experience with strategic planning and evaluation of implementation of the plan within an organization, including public sector or not-for-profit entities.
  • Market Strategy: Experience in a role focused on strategy and strategic planning, ideally as it relates to a range of organizations; focuses on the future, trends, economic and demographic shifts that will affect long-term planning.
  • Real Estate Development & Management: Experience with commercial and residential real estate development within a dynamic urban environment.  Experience with commercial leasing and facilities management.  Appreciation for management of risk and opportunity assessment in the context of developing and sustaining long-term economic return. Knowledge about appropriate property return, financial analysis for capital development, and assessment of market conditions and opportunities. Appreciation for community relations and issue/reputation management in relation to real estate development.
  • Legal: Expertise in the law and its application in organizations, including public sector or not-for-profit entities. Expertise in municipal or planning and development law.
  • Urban Planning: Urban planning expertise and/or understanding of urban planning in the context of complex not-for-profit institutions.
  • Financial / Investment: Financial expertise and/or understanding of financial planning in a complex not-for-profit institution, including institutional investment oversight and reporting.
  • Governance: Training and/or experience in board management, building, and assessment together with knowledge of governance processes and practices.  Experience serving on a public sector or not-for-profit board and/or governance committee.  Experience serving as a committee chair.
  • Risk Management: Experience with enterprise risk management processes/activities, including those in the private, public or not-for-profit sector.

Other Considerations

  • Desire to serve, willingness and ability to commit the time and effort required as a member of the Board of Trustees
  • Personal values alignment with the values of the University of Guelph
  • Ideally has access to a network that includes potential new major University donors, and is willing to assist the University’s fundraising efforts by engaging that network
  • Graduate of the University of Guelph
  • Other affiliation with the University of Guelph
  • Appreciates and respects the unique characteristics of University governance.

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

The Board of Trustees Declaration of Trust, terms of reference and Board statements concerning the roles and responsibilities of Trustees provide more precise information on the responsibilities of its members.  These documents and other related information may be found at:

Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

The University of Guelph is committed to equity in its policies, practices, and programs, and supports diversity and inclusion in its teaching, learning and work environments. In keeping with this commitment, the Governance and Human Resources Committee of the Board will ensure that applications from members of hitherto underrepresented groups are seriously considered. Nominations of qualified individuals who would contribute to further diversification of our University community are encouraged and will be welcomed.

Submission of Nominations

Recommendations of individuals in response to this profile are requested by February 15, 2019. 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