Needed: Three Alumni

Three alumni members of Governing Council will be elected by the College of Electors on February 23, 2023.

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 three (3) 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; who will actively participate in the governance of the University; and who will reflect the diversity of the University’s alumni.

Each seat is for a three-year term beginning July 1, 2023 and ending June 30, 2026. Of the 3 incumbents, two Alumni Governors are eligible to seek re-election; and the other Alumni Governor has reached the maximum service permitted and is not eligible to seek re-election.

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

  • support and advance its mission;
  • provide relevant input into its vision; and
  • advise on, oversee, and approve a range of University matters, within the framework of delegated authority.

Time Commitment

Members of the Governing Council make a significant time commitment in their volunteer service to the University. This is a minimum of 200 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 3:10, 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.

Desired Attributes for 2023 - "ATTRIBUTES" TO BE UPDATED ON THIS WEBSITE ON NOVEMBER 17, 2022

As part of the 2022 application process, there was particular interest in recruiting outstanding alumni who:

  • Are strongly committed to diversity as reflected by its alumni, faculty, staff and student body, and who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas, skills and knowledge. (The College of Electors welcomes applications from racialized persons/persons of colour, women, Indigenous/Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others);
  • 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 complex organizations, particularly in a leadership role;
  • Have demonstrated UofT volunteer experience and a service commitment; have a strong community presence and networks;
  • Have a knowledge of and expertise 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 significant 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; and
  • Have an interest in shaping and guiding the changing student experience including promoting student success and wellness.

The 2023 Alumni Governor application WILL OPEN ON NOVEMBER 17, 2022.

Please note, the deadline to submit a complete application package will be Thursday, December 15, 2022 by 5:00 p.m.

For additional information, please contact the Secretary of the College of Electors, Mr. Awar Kazimi at


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 Anwar Kazimi, Secretary, College of Electors by email (

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