University governance is an important and hot topic, I look forward to presenting, speaking and continuing the discussion.


September 12, 2024

Governance Workshop 2024 – Registration Now Open

Don’t Miss the Early Bird Pricing Until July 12th Midnight

2nd Annual University Board Governance Workshop for University Board Members at all levels and the governance professionals attending with their board members.

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).


April 3, 2024

Cheryl was invited to present to the Academic Colleagues of the Council of Ontario Universities.  She presented ‘5 thoughts on University Governance’ and responded to a variety of questions and comments.  (Presentation materials restricted to COU Academic Colleagues)

March 21, 2024

Cheryl was invited by the University of Saskatchewan Faculty Association, Committee on Women’s Issues to speak to women faculty about Redefining Leadership: Women’s Involvement in University Governance. (Presentation materials restricted to attendees of the session). 

January 19, 2024

Confederation of University Faculty Associations – British Columbia

On January 19, 2024, Cheryl presented at the CUFA-BC national conference in Vancouver.  The theme of the conference was: Can Governance Survive? The Future of the University.  Her presentation in a facilitated group discussion was on “Building bridges: On facilitating collaboration between senate and board”.

November 8 & 9, 2023

Faculty Bargaining Services (FBS)

On November 8, 2023, Cheryl facilitated and spoke in Montreal at the Faculty Bargaining Services’ Provost’s Summit.  She facilitated and presented at the day-long session on topics that included the Canadian university governance context; the shifting concepts in governance and labour relations; a workshop on defining the challenges; and laying the groundwork for change.   Cheryl was the opening keynote speaker on November 9, 2023 at the FBS National Conference – her presentation was entitled: Words Matter: Dealing with the appropriation of key governance concepts.  FBS 2024 will be held in Toronto from November 6 to the 8. Watch the FBS website for more details.

October 18, 2023

On October 18, Cheryl presented a session on governance and culture as part of the University of Manitoba, Centre for Higher Education Research and Development, University Management Course.   

January 31 - Feb 1, 2024

Canadian Association of University Business Officers

CAUBO invited Cheryl back to speak about the role of senior administrators in effective governance at the Canadian Association of University Business Officers (CAUBO) OnBoarding Workshop.

September 7, 2023

Governance Workshop

On September 7, 2023, over 50 board members and governance professionals from 11 Canadian institutions attended Cheryl’s inaugural university board workshop: “Foundations of University Governance”.  This will be an annual event with different topics each year and is being offered this year on September 12, 2024.  Visit Governance Workshop 2024 for more information on 2024’s workshop and to be added to the waitlist.

May 23, 2023

On May 23, 2023, Cheryl participated as a governance expert in the roundtable consultations held by the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, on protecting the public interest when public, post-secondary educational institutions (PSEIs) become insolvent. To get a summary of her key points, download the presentation below.

May 10, 2023

On May 10th, Cheryl spoke to an audience of over 100 attendees at the annual Canadian Association of University Business Officers conference in Toronto.  She spoke about Developments in University Governance – Why University Administrators Should Care. The presentation is available to conference attendees only.

December 14th, 2022

On December 14th Cheryl spoke about the intersection of university governance and labour relations. 

November 18th, 2022

On November 18th, Cheryl was invited to speak with Julia Eastman at the Council of Ontario University Secretaries’ conference.  In this one-hour armchair chat, Julia and Cheryl explored the last chapter of Julia’s recent book – and elaborated on those aspects that give rise to particularly relevant advice for university governance professionals as they support more effective university governance at their institutions.

November 15th, 2022

On November 15th, Cheryl was invited back to speak about Governance and Administration at the Canadian Association of University Business Officers (CAUBO) Vice President OnBoarding Conference.

October 18th, 2022

Cheryl was invited to speak at a Faculty Bargaining Services webinar on October 18th about the intersection of governance and labour relations. This webinar was open to FBS members only.

JUNE 16th, 2022

Cheryl was invited by the Council of Ontario Universities (COU) to participate as a panellist at their June 16th conference.  The panel presented to COU university board members and presidents about the implications of the recent report of the Auditor General of Ontario on Laurentian University.

May 3-4, 2022

On May 3rd and 4th, 2022 Cheryl spoke in Ottawa at the Canadian Association of University Business Officers (CAUBO) Inaugural Vice President OnBoarding Conference.  She delivered a session on “Governance and Administration”, and supported sessions on Academic Culture, University Risk Management, and University Labour Relations.

APRIL 27, 2022

Cheryl spoke at the Senate of Canada on April 27th, 2022 regarding Bill S-215, an Act respecting measures in relation to the financial stability of post-secondary institutions.


APRIL 27, 2022

Cheryl spoke about whether it’s possible to establish a set of nationally-applicable university governance best practices.


University Governance 101- a very brief introduction

Cheryl gave a high-level overview of university governance to Ontario Bar Association Members in the context of a program on Post-Secondary Institutions and Insolvency.