Governance & Administration

U15 Executive Heads – Executive Committee

The Executive Heads of the member universities govern the U15, supported by their respective chief academic officers and vice-presidents research. The U15 appoints a Chair through a process of peer nomination to lead the governing body. Two vice-chairs also serve on the executive committee.  

The Executive Committee consists of the current chair and two other members nominated by the overall membership. The committee is charged with acting on behalf of the U15 concerning operational matters related to the Secretariat. The Executive Heads may also, from time to time, delegate authority to the Executive Committee to act on behalf of the full membership in particular areas.

Chair: Amit Chakma (Western)

Vice-Chairs: Indira Samarasekera (Alberta), Elizabeth Cannon (Calgary), Feridun Hamdullahpur (Waterloo)

The U15 Academic Affairs Committee

The U15 Academic Affairs Committee shares knowledge, advances collaborative initiatives and discusses ways to maximize the full benefits of cooperation among the member institutions. The Committee functions as a sub-committee of the U15 Executive Heads. The Committee also provides advice, research and guidance to the Executive Heads or other U15 committees. 

Chair: Carolyn Watters (Dalhousie)

Vice-Chair: David Wilkinson (McMaster)

The U15 Research Committee

The U15 Research Committee meets for the purpose of advancing the research agenda, sharing knowledge, advancing collaborative initiatives and discussing ways to maximize the full benefits of cooperation among the member institutions. The Committee functions as a sub-committee of the U15 Executive Heads. The Committee provides advice, research and guidance to the issues discussed by the Executive Heads or other committees of the U15 as is appropriate.

Chair: Lorne Babiuk (Alberta)

Vice-Chair: Martha Crago (Dalhousie)

The U15 Data Exchange (U15DE)

The Data Exchange helps develop and enhance the distinctive mission of the U15 and its advocacy objectives, through the formal and informal exchange of data sets and information. The Data Exchange creates and maintains the resources necessary to construct inter-institutional and inter-jurisdictional comparisons to support local and collective, and internal and external policy decisions. 

Chair: Thelma Lussier (Manitoba)

Vice-Chair: Allan Starr (Waterloo)

Ad Hoc Committees

The Executive Heads may constitute Ad Hoc Committees as required. All U15 committee positions are filled after considering the following criteria: regional representation, gender balance and diversity.