Governance & Administration

U15 Executive Heads – Executive Committee

The word “Executive Head” refers to the president, rector, or principal of a U15 member university.  The Executive Heads make up the U15 Board of Directors, the governing body of The U15.  The Executive Heads are supported by their respective chief academic officer (provost, vice-president, vice-principal or vice-rector) and their senior research officer (vice-president, vice-principal or vice-rector, research).

The U15 appoints a Chair through a process of peer nomination to lead the governing body. One to four Executive Heads are appointed as Vice-Chairs and also serve on the U15 Executive Committee.

The Executive Committee consists of the current chair and one to four other members nominated by the overall membership. The committee is charged with acting on behalf of The U15 concerning operational matters related to the Directorate. 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: Santa Ono (The University of British Columbia)

Vice-Chairs: Suzanne Fortier (McGill University), Peter Stoicheff (University of Saskatchewan), Alan Shepard (Western University), Deep Saini (Dalhousie University)

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: Robert Beauregard (Université Laval)

Vice-Chair: Steven Dew (University of Alberta)

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: Gail Murphy (The University of British Columbia)

Vice-Chair: Marie-Josée Hébert (University of Montreal)

The U15 Data Exchange (U15DE)

Under the leadership of the Academic Affairs Committee, the Data Exchange group 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 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. 

Interim Chair: Claudia Rangel (Dalhousie University)

Vice-Chair:  Jodi Magee (Queen's University)

Ad Hoc Committees

The Executive Heads may constitute Ad Hoc Committees as required.