Strategic University Governance

Governance is a path to organizational effectiveness

Universities are amazing places of discovery and learning.  They make huge contributions to Canadian society and are more important than ever.  The governance environment is complex.  I help universities navigate governance issues effectively. 

What’s Coming Up?

Governance Workshop


Early Birdy Pricing in effect until midnight July 12th


Canadian university-level Micro Certificate in Governance
Fall 2024

Cheryl has worked with the University of Manitoba to design, develop and secure approval of the first Canadian university-level Micro Certificate in Governance in Canadian Universities.  This 12-week program explores Canadian university governance, its foundational principles and relationships, and consider the role of the governance professional.

Extended Education at University of Manitoba has started a wait list for the next program (targeted for Fall 2024).


Cheryl has been invited to speak at many events and conferences, where she discusses a wide array of governance topics.
Details of Cheryl’s upcoming and past events as well as copies of her presentations are available here.


I am the President of Strategic Governance Consulting Services Ltd. and the author of An Introduction to University Governance. I wrote this book to support colleagues in the university sector understand governance. I have been providing governance consulting support in the higher education and other sectors for five years.

Good governance is strategic because it is an essential condition to maintaining institutional autonomy.

I write about university governance and provide support to my colleagues in the university sector because I want to contribute to the continuous improvement of governance practices.  I believe that strengthened governance is an essential condition for institutional autonomy and that improved governance practices are necessary to combat current threats to institutional autonomy.


The Book

This book introduces you to the aspects of university governance that are unique. It’s a book intended to help you learn about the sector more quickly so that you can contribute more fully and feel more engaged.

If you agree that

  • organizations have to be strategic…

  • effective decision-making is key…

  • communication is essential to success…

Then you support a good governance culture and I can help you remove the obstacles in the way of good governance.

Contact Cheryl to Discuss Your Governance Questions