Become a Community-at-Large Board Representative

The Carleton University Board of Governors is seeking two community-at-large members with expertise in the following fields:

  • Financial expertise at a senior leadership level and/or understanding of financial planning and management in a complex organization.
  • Research and innovation

In addition, the Board is seeking Indigenous representation and members from underrepresented groups including but not limited to those represented by race, sex, Indigeneity, disability, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation.

To learn more about the role, commitment, and governance at Carleton, please consult the Recruitment Handbook.

Application Deadline

The Community-at-Large applications for the 2023-2024 year is now open. The deadline to apply is February 14, 2023.

Term Length

Selected individuals will begin their appointment on July 1, 2023, for an initial three-year term.

About the Board

Carleton’s Board of Governors are a diverse group of 32 volunteers with a unique understanding of higher education and its force for good.  The Board is responsible for oversight of the university’s governance and administration, which includes approving budgetary decisions and establishing policies.  The primary function of the Board is strategic oversight that is removed from the day-to-day decision-making of the university. The university’s administration presents information, seeks advice and requests the approval of proposals by the Board of Governors.  All of the Board members are volunteers with the exception of the President.

Governors owe a fiduciary duty to Carleton University as a whole, which consists of a duty of care, diligence and loyalty.  As fiduciaries, members of the Board must act honestly, in good faith and at all times in the best interests of the university.

Standing Committees

There are six standing committees of the Board. Governors typically serve on one or two of these committees each year during their term.

  1. Audit and Risk
  2. Finance
  3. Building Program
  4. Advancement and University Relations
  5. Executive
  6. Governance

Time Commitment

The full Board meets approximately five times each year (from September to June) for approximately three hours.  Unless otherwise specified, meetings begin at 3:00 p.m.  Usually, meetings will take place on campus.  However, for the course of the pandemic, all board business has been conducted virtually. In addition, members typically serve on one or two of the Board’s standing Committees, who each meet three to five times per year with varying dates/times.

The full meeting schedule is provided to members in advance. Governors are provided with an electronic meeting binder approximately one week in advance which includes all materials to review in preparation for the meeting.

Commitment to Diversity

Carleton University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment and social strength. The Board is committed to fostering and supporting equity, diversity and inclusion at the university. This includes a commitment to achieving a membership that reflects the broadest range of qualifications, skills, experiences, perspectives and the myriad of human identities essential to advancing the university’s mission. Carleton welcomes applications from highly-skilled potential candidates who reflect the diversity of Canadian society and the university.


Office of the Board of Governors
607 Robertson Hall
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, ON
Phone: 613 520-3811
Fax: 613 520-3731

University Secretary
Amanda Goth
Phone: 613-520-2600 ext. 2386