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 University of Alberta Board of Governors is seeking individuals to serve as NGCMs, with terms beginning in July 2024. All applications are welcome, however the 2024 recruitment is focused on seeking individuals with:

  • lived experience as a member of First Nations, Inuit, or Métis communities with experience in post-secondary, research, and/or community engagement;

and/or expertise in the following areas*:

  • Risk management: understanding and experience identifying, assessing and managing financial and non-financial risk;
  • IT and Cybersecurity: understanding and experience with the needs of a large, complex organization in areas of information technology and information security, including cyber security.

*risk management and IT/cybersecurity expertise is being sought for membership on the Board Audit and Risk Committee, which requires independence of its members. See page 10 of the Board Bylaws for further information.

Additional information regarding member expectations, roles, and responsibilities is outlined in the Board Bylaws and Board Code of Conduct.

The University of Alberta values the diversity of its community and is dedicated to achieving a more diverse, equitable, accessible, and inclusive environment for all who work, learn, and live within our community. We encourage women; individuals who identify as First Nations, Métis, or Inuit; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the university to apply.

Time commitment:

NGCMs are appointed by the Board of Governors for a three (3) year term, with the possibility of reappointment for two (2) additional three (3) year terms, up to a maximum term of 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

To apply, please complete the online application form. Applications must be received by April 8, 2024 to be considered.

*Should you require alternate submissions options or support in completing the application, please reach out to Juli Zinken (contact information below) for assistance.

Recruitment Process:

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