The Carleton University Board of Governors acknowledges that the location of Carleton’s campus is on the traditional, unceded territories of the Algonquin nation.

In compliance with Ontario’s Essential Services Order, the Board met remotely on Dec. 3, 2021.  Minutes from the meeting will be posted on the Board of Governors website once available.  The following are the highlights from the meeting:

New Vice-President (Finance and Administration)

Upon the unanimous recommendation of the advisory committee, the Board approved the appointment of Dr. Lorraine Dyke for the position of Vice-President (Finance and Administration) for a five-year term commencing April 1, 2022. Dr. Dyke has held a number of leadership positions at Carleton over the past 30 years, most recently serving as Deputy Provost (Academic Operations and Planning). The committee highlighted her deep knowledge of the university and ability to think strategically, as well as the significant overlap between the Deputy Provost and VPFA positions.

Operating Budget 2022/23 Framework

The Board approved Carleton’s budget planning framework for the fiscal 2022/23 year. The framework is guided by the university’s Strategic Integrated Plan priorities and continues to manage the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic while setting the university up for continued success following the public health crisis. The budget planning framework anticipates approval of a balanced operating budget at the April Board meeting.

Residence Implementation Report

The Board approved the new 465-bed student residence implementation report at a total project cost not to exceed $90 million. Construction will proceed in winter 2022 with an expected completion date of 2024/2025.

Winter 2022 Update

The President updated the Board on the ongoing safe and gradual return-to-campus plan and addressed the potential impact of the new COVID-19 variant of concern Omicron. The university is staying true to its commitment of a safe return and decisions are made with the health and wellness of students, faculty and staff as the top priority. The university is offering more in-person courses for winter 2022 with online options available for maximum flexibility and on-campus activities will also gradually increase. Remaining staff will begin their gradual return to campus on a unit-by-unit basis beginning in February.

Community Engagement Strategy

Lorraine Dyke, Deputy Provost and Chantal Trudel, inaugural Director of the Centre for Community Engagement provided the Board with an overview of the new Centre for Community Engagement and the planning process for the university’s first dedicated community engagement strategic plan. Internal consultations are underway and external community consultations are set to begin in spring 2022.

President’s Report

President Bacon provided an update on recent activities and accomplishments that have taken place at Carleton since the September Board meeting. Please have a look at the full President’s Report.

Governor Spotlight: Christina Tessier, Community-at-Large

Christina Tessier is the President and CEO of Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation. She has worked in the cultural field for close to 20 years at various institutions, including the Portrait Gallery of Canada and Ottawa’s Bytown Museum. Christina joined Carleton’s Board of Governors in 2020 as a community representative for a three-year term. Learn more about Christina.

Next Meeting: March 10, 2022

The next Board of Governors meeting is scheduled for Mar. 10, 2022.  Open session meeting materials are posted one week in advance of each meeting. More information on items approved, as well as minutes from previous meetings, can be found on the Board of Governors website.


Dan Fortin
Chair, Carleton University Board of Governors