Board Standing Committees

Committee Transformation 2018-2019

On June 15, 2018, the Board of Governors approved the Report & Recommendations of the Board Working Group. The report included the following recommendations for Board Standing Committees:

  • Establish a Board Governance Committee to enhance board governance integrity and oversee the organization and procedures of the Board of Governors.
  • Rename the Board Audit Committee as the "Board Audit and Risk Committee" to properly reflect and more overtly state the committee’s overarching oversight responsibility for the university’s enterprise-wide risk management process.
  • Rename the Board Learning and Discovery Committee as the “Board Learning, Research and Student Experience Committee".
  • Dissolve the Board Safety, Health and Environment Committee, with its mandate distributed among the other Board standing committees as follows:
    • Oversight for environmental health, safety and security of the University community shall be transferred to the Board Audit and Risk Committee.
    • Oversight for student health and wellness initiatives and strategies on campus shall be transferred to the Board Learning, Research and Student Experience Committee.
  • Rename the Board University Relations Committee as the “Board Reputation and Public Affairs Committee”.

The recommendations were finalized by the Board in June 2019 with the approval of revised committee Terms of Reference, effective July 1, 2019.


Board Audit and Risk Committee

The Board Audit and Risk Committee assists the Board of Governors in fulfilling its governance responsibilities by providing strategic oversight, insight, and foresight with respect to all auditing, financial reporting and internal control functions; occupational health, safety, environmental stewardship, and security of the University community; and enterprise-wide risk management.

Board Finance and Property Committee

The Board Finance and Property Committee shall monitor, evaluate, advise and make decisions on behalf of the Board with respect to all strategic and significant financial and property matters and policies of the University. The Committee shall also consider any other matter delegated to the Committee by the Board. For more detailed information on the Finance and Property Committee, please see the Finance and Property Committee Terms of Reference.

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Board Governance Committee

The Board Governance Committee was established by the Board of Governors on October 12, 2018 and assists the Board of Governors in fulfilling its governance responsibilities by providing strategic oversight, insight, and foresight with respect to the effectiveness, impact, organization, and procedures of the Board of Governors, to enhance board governance performance. The Committee shall also consider any other matter delegated to the Committee by the Board. For more detailed information on the Governance Committee, please see the Governance Committee Terms of Reference.

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Board Human Resources and Compensation Committee

The Board Human Resources and Compensation Committee assists the Board of Governors in fulfilling its governance responsibilities by providing strategic oversight, insight, and foresight with respect to University human resources policies, procedures, and trends; collective bargaining and related service contracts; and senior administration selection, review, compensation, and succession planning.

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Board Investment Committee

The Board Investment Committee assists the Board of Governors in fulfilling its governance responsibilities by providing strategic oversight, insight, and foresight with respect to all investments.

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Board Learning, Research and Student Experience Committee

The Board Learning, Research, and Student Experience Committee assists the Board of Governors in fulfilling its governance responsibilities by providing strategic oversight, insight, and foresight with respect to University teaching and research affairs, student mental health and wellness, and future educational expectations and challenges.

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Board Reputation and Public Affairs Committee

The Board Reputation and Public Affairs Committee assists the Board of Governors in fulfilling its governance responsibilities by providing strategic oversight, insight, and foresight with respect to University reputation, identity, strategic communication, community engagement, philanthropy and advancement.

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Board Safety, Health, and Environment Committee

Please note: The final meeting of the Board Safety, Health and Environment Committee took place on February 27, 2019 and the Committee was dissolved on June 30, 2019 with the Board of Governors' rescission of the Committee's Terms of Reference.

On June 15, 2018, the Board of Governors approved the Report & Recommendations of the Board Working Group. One of the recommendations was that the Board Safety, Health and Environment Committee be dissolved as a standing committee of the University of Alberta Board of Governors, with its mandate distributed among the other Board standing committees as follows:


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