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Governing Council

Governing Council
Governing Council

Steering U of T to our best possible future

Eight alumni governors share unique leadership skills to help shape U of T’s educational excellence, research priorities and global impact.

The volunteers shaping U of T’s future

Eight volunteer Alumni Governors elected by U of T's College of Electors represent U of T alumni interests on Governing Council, the senior body that oversees the academic, business, and student affairs of the University. Meet our current volunteers and explore how you could help.

Collectively and individually, governors are stewards of the University who:

  • Support and advance U of T's mission
  • Provide relevant input into U of T's vision
  • Advise on, oversee, and approve a range of University matters, within the framework of delegated authority
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Needed: Two Alumni

Two alumni members of Governing Council will be elected by the College of Electors on February 23, 2021.

Are you an alumni member committed to the mission of Canada’s leading institution of learning, discovery, and knowledge creation? Are you looking for a way to make a significant volunteer contribution to the University of Toronto?

If so, consider applying for one of two (2) alumni governor seats on the Governing Council, the senior body that oversees the University’s academic, business, and student affairs.

The College of Electors is seeking candidates who:

  • Are inspired to enrich the University with special perspectives, experiences, and connections
  • Will actively participate in the governance of the University
  • Will reflect the diversity of the University’s alumni

Each seat is for a three-year term beginning July 1, 2021 and ending June 30, 2023. Of the 2 incumbents, one Alumni Governor has advised that he will not be standing for re-election; and the other Alumni Governor has reached the maximum service permitted and is not eligible to seek re-election.

Download the application package below or on the Governing Council website.

*The deadline to submit a complete application package is Thursday, December 17, 2020 by 5:00 p.m.

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TIME COMMITMENT

Members of the Governing Council make a significant time commitment in their volunteer service to the University. This is a minimum of 150 hours per year but generally is considerably more, depending on the depth to which a governor chooses to contribute to particular issues. Sufficient time must be dedicated in the governor’s first term to become familiar with the University’s governance processes.

  • In addition to serving on the Governing Council, there is an expectation that governors will also serve on one or more of its Boards or Committees
  • Regular meetings are scheduled from September to June, usually begin at 4:00 or 5:00 p.m., and continue for about two or two and a half hours
  • In considering this rewarding volunteer commitment, applicants should take into account the time needed to prepare for and attend a minimum of twelve meetings over the academic year. Alumni Governors serve as a volunteers, and receive no remuneration
DESIRED ATTRIBUTES FOR 2021

As part of this year's application process, there is particular interest in recruiting outstanding alumni who:

  • Reflect the diversity of the University alumni and who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas
  • Are engaging and persuasive communicators with consensus-building skills
  • Are highly creative, strategic and critical thinkers, who engage with emerging ideas and technologies to reimagine the University of the future
  • Have demonstrated governance experience in large organizations, particularly in a leadership role
  • Have demonstrated volunteer service commitment; have a strong community presence and networks
  • Have a general knowledge of and experience in one or more areas important to the University (for example: real estate and strategic asset management (e.g. public-private partnerships), human resources and senior leadership succession planning, entrepreneurship, innovation, risk management (including cyber & reputational), and/or financial services (e.g. audit)
  • Can act as dedicated advocates for post-secondary education on behalf of the University
  • Can commit time and energy as a volunteer to actively participate and master the complexity of the University; with a genuine interest in championing its evolution as a preeminent teaching and research institution
  • Have international experience and/or exposure
  • Have an interest in shaping and guiding the changing student experience including promoting student success and wellness
How to apply

All applications are subject to a verification process by the Secretary of the College of Electors. An application will be certified as complete only if all of the following criteria are fulfilled:

  • The candidate is an alumnus/a of the University of Toronto as defined by the Act (reference application package for more details)
  • Each section of the application form has been completed following the directions contained in the Instruction Guide
  • Five (5) letters of reference provided: two (2) of the letters must be provided by U of T alumni
  • All sections of the application package are received by the Secretary of the College of Electors by email (patrick.mcneill@utoronto.ca) by Thursday, December 17, 2020, at 5:00 p.m.

Diversity

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons/persons of colour, women, Aboriginal/Indigenous People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

Questions or comments? Please contact Patrick F. McNeill, Secretary, College of Electors by email (patrick.mcneill@utoronto.ca).

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