How to participate on Board Standing Committees

Get involved by joining a Board Standing Committee!

With the focus on building the University of Alberta as the university of tomorrow, the time is never more important to strengthen the impact that U of A students and researchers are making on society today, solving problems, creating jobs, diversifying and strengthening the economy and training the workforce of tomorrow.

As an advocate for one of Canada’s top five universities—the largest in the province of Alberta—you can play a role in University of Alberta decision making through service on a governance committee. 

The University of Alberta Board of Governors is legislated by the Post-secondary Learning Act (PSLA) to manage and operate the university in accordance with the university’s mandate and to act in the best interests of the University. To assist the Board in its work, the Board has established seven Board Standing Committees and delegated to each committee responsibility and authority to make decisions on behalf of the Board in the committee's defined area of responsibility. Membership on these committees includes Non-Governor Committee Members (NGCMs), individuals who are not members of the Board of Governors but who serve as voting members of Board Standing Committees.


The 2024 recruitment for NGCMs closed on April 8, 2024. The next anticipated recruitment will take place in early 2025.

Time commitment:

NGCMs are appointed by the Board of Governors for a term of up to three (3) years, with the possibility of reappointment for two (2) additional terms, up to a maximum term of nine (9) years. In exceptional circumstances, the Board, in its sole discretion, may appoint a Committee member even if the appointment will result in a total term that exceeds nine (9) years.

Each NGCM should be able to commit the necessary time for committee meetings (typically 4 to 5 per governance year), development sessions, and meeting preparation (which varies depending on the committee and individual). NGCMs may also be invited to attend occasional Board events.

Governance meeting schedules

Recruitment Process:

Email Juli Zinken ( with any questions regarding recruitment of Non-Governor Committee Members.