Be better prepared!
Attend the Foundations of University Governance Workshop

Based on her book An Introduction to University Governance , Cheryl Foy, President of Strategic Governance Consulting Services Ltd., is offering a half-day virtual training session intended to provide university board members with the essential knowledge necessary to be an effective board member.

Topics covered will include:

  • The importance of institutional autonomy
  • Fundamentals of shared governance
  • Role of a university board
  • Need-to-know concepts and aspects of university culture underpinning university governance (collegiality/collegialism, unicameralism/bicameralism/tricameralism, academic freedom, tenure, academic labour relations)
  • Working with the university President/Principal or Rector
  • Making a multi-stakeholder university board work with a focus on fiduciary duty

Who Should Attend?

University board members wanting to build their confidence and understanding of the underpinnings of University governance, including those who are new and those with experience.


Thursday September 7, 2023
3.5 hours
1:00 – 4:30 EDT
12:00 to 3:30 CDT
10:00 -1:30 PDT
12:00 – 3:30 ADT


$450 per attendee

Email Cheryl for pricing for attendance for 10 board members or more

Complimentary attendance for a secretariat member from a university who sends 2 or more board members



Why Attend This Training?

Designed to provide a foundation to the training university board members receive from governance professionals at their specific universities, this training will help Board members approach the role more strategically and confidently. Canadian universities are facing a period of unprecedented challenge. As important and influential institutions in Canadian society, more is being demanded at a time when fewer resources are being given.

University boards are also under scrutiny in the wake of the Laurentian university financial crisis.  University governance is unique and complex.  More than ever, it is incumbent upon the university board to operate effectively while not only navigating the changing environment, but helping chart the course for the future. It can take years for board members to comprehend the context and accountabilities well enough to deliver the oversight required to support institutional success. This course will give you a head start.