Call for Nominations – Investment Subcommittee: 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 Investment Subcommittee. 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 Investment Subcommittee

The Investment Subcommittee provides expert advice and oversight in regards to the investment responsibilities for pension and endowment assets assigned to the University of Guelph’s Board of Governors standing committees including the Pensions Committee, the Finance Committee and the Heritage Trust Board of Trustees. The Investment Subcommittee currently provides advice in relation to approximately $2 billion in assets and meets quarterly in downtown Toronto.

Competencies

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:

  • Investment: Experience and / or knowledge of the complexity of managing large investment portfolios associated with endowments and pension plans including the related risks and the role of ESG. A good understanding of the full range of investment asset classes and their attributes, including risks and the role of asset allocation and manager selection. Experience in oversight of investment managers.
  • Risk Management: Experience with enterprise risk management processes/activities, particularly those affecting oversight of investment management in private, public and/or not-for-profit organizations.
  • Legal/Policy: Expertise in the law and/or policy development in public sector or not-for-profit entities, particularly as it concerns responsibilities for the development and oversight of investment related policies and procedures.
  • Financial: Financial expertise and/or understanding of financial planning in a complex not-for-profit institution, including an appreciation for the role of institutional investment policy, oversight and reporting within this context.
  • Governance Knowledge: 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.

Other Considerations

  • Desire to serve, willingness and ability to commit the time and effort required as a member of the University’s Investment Subcommittee
  • Personal values alignment with the values of the University of Guelph
  • 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 Members of the Investment Subcommittee is merit and experience in relation to the governance needs of the University. All candidates must possess the qualification, experience and commitment required to provide investment expert advice and oversight of assets of the size and complexity of the University of Guelph’s pension plans and endowment funds and should reflect the diversity of the communities served by the University

The Investment Subcommittee terms of reference provide more precise information on the responsibilities of its members.  These documents and other related information may be found at: https://www.uoguelph.ca/secretariat/.

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 Investment Subcommittee 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 univsec@uoguelph.ca 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, N1G2W1