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 Jagdeep Singh Bachher.
  • 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 2023

Constituency Position Name
Ex-Officio Chancellor Dominic Barton
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)
  Jagdeep Singh Bachher [Vice-Chair] (24) 
  Aubrey Basdeo (26) +
  Linda Blair (26) +
  Teresa Fortney (25) +
  Murray Gamble [Chair] (25) +
  Russell Hiscock (24)
  Bilal Khan (26) +
  John Saabas (24) +
  Kevin Strain (24) +
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 Nasser Mohieddin Abukhdeir (24)
Faculty of Environment Rob Gorbet (24)
Faculty of Health Ellen MacEachen (24)
Faculty of Science Stan Woo (24)
Faculty of Engineering Marc Aucoin (25)
Renison University College Kristiina Montero (25)
Faculty of Arts David Porreca (25)
Staff
(three-year terms)
Director, Student Service Centre Nancy Heide (24)
Director, Anti-Racism Jennisha Wilson (26)
Undergraduate student senators 
(two-year terms)
President, Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association Rory Norris (24)
Director, Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association Catherine Dong (24)
Director, Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association Asher Scaini (25)
Graduate student senators 
(two-year terms)
Faculty of Engineering Jack deGooyer (24)
Faculty of Arts Neela Hassan (25)

Legend

(24) = to 30 April 2024
(25) = to 30 April 2025
(26) = to 30 April 2026
+ = Eligible for renewal

Board of Governors - Meeting Dates

2023-2024 Meeting Dates

Date Time Place
6 June 2023 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Needles Hall 3407 & Zoom
31 October 2023 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Needles Hall 3407 & Zoom
6 February 2024 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Needles Hall 3407 & Zoom
16 April 2024 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Needles Hall 3407 & Zoom


Report Submission Deadlines

Board of Governors meeting date Report Deadline
6 June 2023 23 May 2023
31 October 2023 17 October 2023
6 February 2024 23 January 2024
16 April 2024 2 April 2024

2024-2025 Meeting Dates

Date Time Place
29 May 2024 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Needles Hall 3407 & Zoom
9 October 2024 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Needles Hall 3407 & Zoom
15 January 2025 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Needles Hall 3407 & Zoom
19 March 2025 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Needles Hall 3407 & Zoom

Board of Governors - Agendas & Minutes

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

2023-2024

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

2022-2023

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

 2021-2022

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

2020-2021

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

2019-2020

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

Please contact the Secretariat for archived open session materials.