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About the Board of Governors

The University has a bi-cameral governance structure which means that there are two governing bodies working at the University, the Board of Governors and the Senate. These two bodies are closely intertwined through the budget process, but remain quite separate from each other in terms of decision-making.

The Senate governs all academic matters. The Board of Governors is responsible for the governance of the university; control of its property and revenues; the conduct of its business and affairs, except for matters assigned by the Act to Senate; powers specifically enumerated by the Ryerson University Act and the By-Laws of the University. The Board’s implied powers include institutional strategic planning, risk management, and financial management of the university.

The Board of Governors is comprised of 24 Board Members:

  • The President
  • The Chancellor
  • 11 external members
  • 11 elected members (staff, faculty, students and alumni)


The members of the Board come from diverse backgrounds. Whether elected or appointed, the members of the Board are not advocates for any one constituency. All decisions of the Board are made in the best interests of the University.

Board members are vested with the responsibility of ensuring that future generations inherit a university that continues to be a great centre of advancement and of applied knowledge and research which ultimately addresses societal need.

Role of the Board Secretariat

The Board Secretariat is responsible for:

  • providing governance advice and expertise to the Board Chair, the administration and the broader university community,
  • assisting the Board and its Committees to conduct themselves in accordance with the Ryerson University Act and By-Laws,
  • setting the schedule of Board and Committee meetings for each year,
  • setting agendas for the Board and its committees in conjunction with the Board and Committee Chairs and the senior administration of the University,
  • providing effective and efficient service to Board members including providing materials for all Board and Committee meetings,
  • designing and providing orientation and governance education for new Board members,
  • administering the search process for new Board members,
  • administering elections to the Board for students, alumni, faculty and staff, and
  • administering the Chancellor and Presidential search processes.


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