Needed: Two Alumni

Two alumni members of Governing Council will be elected by the College of Electors on February 23, 2020.

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 two (2) 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, 2021 and ending June 30, 2023. One incumbent is eligible to stand for re-election and one incumbent has reached the maximum service and is not eligible to stand for 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 150 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 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 2020


As part of the past year's application process, there was a particular interest in recruiting outstanding alumni who:

  • Are engaging and persuasive communicators;
  • Are highly creative, strategic and critical thinkers, who engage with emerging ideas and technologies to reimagine the University of the future;
  • Have governance experience particularly in a leadership role and consensus-building skills;
  • Have a general knowledge of and experience in one or more areas important to the University (for example: real estate and asset management, entrepreneurship, innovation, risk management (including cyber & reputational), financial and investment management);
  • Are energetic and can act as dedicated advocates for post-secondary education on behalf of the University;
  • Have capacity to master the complexity of the University, and its evolution as a preeminent teaching and research institution;
  • Are an active volunteer within the University and have a strong community presence and networks;
  • Have international experience and/or exposure;
  • Have an affinity for mentorship and willing to act as an inspirational role model; and
  • Have an interest in shaping and guiding the changing student experience including promoting student success and wellness.

The 2021 Alumni Governor application package (including guideline) will be available on this webpage on THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2020 at 12:00 p.m.

Please note, the deadline to submit a complete application package is Thursday, December 17, 2020 by 5:00 p.m.


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 Patrick F. McNeill, Secretary, College of Electors by email (

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