Board of Governors Chair’s Report 2018/2019

The past year has been a great one for Carleton University. As your Board Chair, I’m pleased to report that our President Benoit-Antoine Bacon has had an exceptional year and we have also recruited a very distinguished Canadian and retired senior civil servant, Yaprak Baltacioğlu as our new chancellor. It was an honour for me, on behalf of the Board of Governors, to welcome them to the Carleton family and to install Benoit as President and Yaprak as Chancellor.

In 2018/19, the university also achieved great strides with the closing of the $300-million Collaborate Campaign as well as successfully closing the strategic integrated plan which drives the mission of Carleton. At the Board level, this past year has focused on stewardship, transparency, relationship building and reflection. We’re pleased to have:

  • Brought outside voices to the Board on topics important to our community such as sexual violence, mental health and Indigenous conciliation.
  • Enhanced Board transparency through community reports, new risk assessment oversight and better communications.
  • Increased focus and commitment to Board diversity, equity and inclusion (EDI) through recruitment efforts and the establishment of our first-ever EDI statement.
  • Conducted a Board best practices review to ensure good governance and that your Board continues to support the good work done at Carleton.

We are proud to have ended the year in financial strength as we steer the university into its new strategic planning phase.

But none of this could have been possible without the hard work of our people, the Carleton community. You have my heartfelt thanks because of your positive commitment. You are what makes Carleton great.

Listening and learning is at the core of the Carleton culture. That extends from the Board, through to the school’s leadership, academics, staff and students. The more we listen, the more we discover how Carleton’s culture is rooted in the community we serve. Feel free to share your thoughts and ideas with us by emailing


Nik Nanos
Chair, Board of Governors