Executive Director

The U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities, which comprises Canada’s fifteen leading research-intensive universities, works in the collective interests of its members to advance the development and delivery of long-term, sustainable higher education and research policy in Canada. The U15 champions the benefits of university-based research excellence, works with federal policy makers, produces data and analysis on university research to advance the policy discussion, and fosters collaborations with the private and public sectors. Please visit for more detail. 

The Executive Director of the U15, who reports to the Board of the U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities, works with the Executive Heads of member institutions to ensure the development and implementation of advocacy strategies in alignment with the organization’s priority objectives, bringing a coordinated U15 voice to issues of importance for the leading research-intensive universities in the country. The U15 offices are located in Ottawa, where a small staff directorate supports the work of advancing research and innovation vital to the future of Canada. 

The Board of the U15 seeks an individual for the role of Executive Director who exemplifies outstanding leadership qualities, possesses a deep understanding and respect for the culture of research-intensive universities, and demonstrates a record of achievement in building partner relationships through the credibility of his/her own extensive networks and contacts. Experience working in the research and innovation sector, strong communications abilities, the capacity to function effectively in both of Canada’s official languages, and an advanced university degree are hallmarks of the successful candidate.  

The U15 is an equal opportunity employer. The terms of the contract of the Executive Director will be negotiated with the successful candidate, subject to the approval of the Board. Consideration of candidates will begin in early June, and will continue until the position is filled. Nominations, applications, or expressions of interest should be submitted to Gerri Woodford or Tom Foster at Odgers Berndtson who may be reached through