Board of Governors

The Board of Governors is responsible for the governance of the University including control of is property and revenues, the conduct of its business and affairs, except such matters assigned by the University of Waterloo Act, 1972 to the Senate.

The Act prescribes that there are 36 voting Board members. Governors include community leaders, staff, faculty, students, and alumni. Governors also include a handful of citizens of Ontario, appointed by the provincial government. The Board conducts its business through committees that bring recommendations to the full Board at four regularly scheduled meetings. Meetings include open sessions, which guests are welcome to attend and confidential and in camera sessions reserved for Board members.

  • The Chair of the Board of Governors is Murray Gamble.
  • The Vice-Chair of the Board of Governors is Teresa Fortney.
  • The Secretary of the Board of Governors is Genevieve Gauthier-Chalifour, with Sarah Willey-Thomas designated as the Associate University Secretary for the Board of Governors.

Board of Governors - Membership

Last Updated: 1 May 2024

Constituency Position Name
Ex-Officio Chancellor Jagdeep Singh Bachher
President and Vice-Chancellor Vivek Goel
City of Waterloo Dorothy McCabe
City of Kitchener Berry Vrbanovic
Region of Waterloo Karen Redman
Community-at-large
(three-year terms)
  Michael Ashmore (25)
  Aubrey Basdeo (26) +
  Linda Blair (26) +
  Teresa Fortney (25) +
  Murray Gamble [Chair] (25) +
  Bilal Khan (26) +
  Brian Lipskie (27) +
  Sahezad Pardhan (27)+
  Tracy Primeau (27)+
  John Saabas (27) 
Lieutenant Governor in Council
(three-year terms)
  Andre Hladio (17 September 2026) +
  Dan Weber (7 July 2024) +
  Michael Eubanks (11 August 2024) +
  Terry Mundell (11 January 2027) +
  Vacancy
  Vacancy
  Vacancy
Faculty
(two-year terms)
Faculty of Engineering Marc Aucoin (25)
Renison University College Kristiina Montero (25)
Faculty of Arts David Porreca (25)
Faculty of Engineering Nasser Abukhdeir (26)
Faculty of Mathematics Achim Kempf (26)
Faculty of Arts Neil Randall (26)
Faculty of Arts James Skidmore (26)
Staff
(three-year terms)
Director, Anti-Racism Jennisha Wilson (26)
Director, Student Service Centre Nancy Heide (27)
Undergraduate student senators 
(two-year terms)
Faculty of Engineering Asher Scaini (25)
Faculty of Mathematics Catherine Dong (26)
Faculty of Health Avery Akkerman (26)
Graduate student senators 
(two-year terms)
Faculty of Arts Neela Hassan (25)
Faculty of Engineering Nicholas Pellegrino (26)

Legend

(25) = to 30 April 2025
(26) = to 30 April 2026
(27) = to 30 April 2027
+ = Eligible for renewal

Board of Governors - Meeting Dates

2024-2025 Meeting Dates

Date Time Place
June 18, 2024 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Needles Hall 3407 & Zoom
October 29, 2024 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Needles Hall 3407 & Zoom
February 4, 2025 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Needles Hall 3407 & Zoom
April 15, 2025 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Needles Hall 3407 & Zoom

Report Submission Deadlines

Board of Governors meeting date Report Deadline
June 18, 2024 June 4, 2024
October 29, 2024 October 15, 2024
February 4, 2025 January 21, 2025
April 15, 2025 April 1, 2025

Board of Governors - Agendas & Minutes

NOTE: minutes of meetings are not official until approved at the next Board of Governors meeting.

2024-2025

Agenda Minutes
April 15, 2025 April 15, 2025
February 4, 2025 February 4, 2025
October 29, 2024 October 29, 2024
June 18, 2024 June 18, 2024

2023-2024

Agenda Minutes
April 16, 2024 April 16, 2024
February 6, 2024 February 6, 2024
October 31, 2023 October 31, 2023
June 6, 2023 June 6, 2023

2022-2023

Agenda Minutes
April 4, 2023 April 4, 2023
February 7, 2023 February 7, 2023
October 25, 2022 October 25, 2022
June 7, 2022 June 7, 2022

 2021-2022

Agenda Minutes
April 5, 2022 April 5, 2022
February 1, 2022 February 1, 2022
October 26, 2021 October 26, 2021
June 1,  2021 June 1, 2021

2020-2021

Agenda Minutes
April 6, 2021 April 6, 2021
February 2, 2021 February 2, 2021
October 27, 2020 October 27, 2020
June 2, 2020 June 2, 2020

2019-2020

Agenda Minutes
April 7, 2020 April 7, 2020
February 4, 2020 February 4, 2020
October 29, 2019 October 29, 2019
June 4, 2019 June 4, 2019

Please contact the Secretariat for archived open session materials.