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




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Canadian university-level Micro Certificate in Governance

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 the role of the governance professional.

Extended Education at University of Manitoba has started a wait list for the next program (targeted for Fall 2023).


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.