Chancellor Search 2021-22

The University of Guelph will commence a search for its tenth Chancellor this fall. Senate is responsible for the election of the Chancellor and, in keeping with the Regulations Governing the Election of the Chancellor to the University of Guelph, a Chancellor Selection Committee must be struck. 

The work of the Chancellor Selection Committee is not expected to commence until December 2021/January 2022 and conclude by late March or early April 2022.

The University community is invited to help identify faculty, staff and student nominees for the selection committee. The Committee will consist of:

  • President & Vice-Chancellor (Chair)
  • Three (3) tenured faculty members (librarians are also eligible)
  • Two (2) undergraduate students
  • One (1) graduate student
  • One (1) regular full-time staff member
  • One (1) member of the Board of Governors (appointed by the Board)
  • One (1) member of the alumni community (appointed by the University of Guelph Alumni Association)

The full Call for Nominations and Nomination Form are available below. Nominations must be submitted by Thursday, October 28, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.

Questions may be directed to the University Secretary Gen Gauthier-Chalifour at

Role of the Chancellor

Under the University of Guelph Act (1964) the Senate is responsible for the election of the Chancellor. The Chancellor, subject to the will of the Senate, holds office for a renewable three-year term. 

The Chancellor is the titular head of the University, and confers all degrees. The Chancellor is an ex-officio voting member of the Senate and the Board of Governors. 

The office of Chancellor is currently vacant. In keeping with the University of Guelph Act, the President & Vice-Chancellor will fulfill the ceremonial duties of the Chancellor for the duration of the vacancy. 

George Drew – 1965-1971​
Former Mayor of Guelph, Premier of Ontario and Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom

Emmett Hall – 1971-1977
Former Chief Justice of Saskatchewan and justice of the Supreme Court of Canada

Pauline McGibbon – 1977-1983
Former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

William Stewart – 1983-1989
Former Ontario Minister of Agriculture

Edmund Bovey – 1989-1990
Business and arts leader

Lincoln Alexander – 1991-2007
Former federal Minister of Labour and Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

Pamela Wallin – 2007-2011
Senator, former Consul General of Canada in New York and former television journalist

David Mirvish – 2012-2017
Theatre producer, art collector

Martha Billes – 2017-2020
Business leader, founder of Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities

Contact Information

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