Vice-President (Research)

The University of Regina is situated on Treaty 4 lands with a presence in Treaty 6. These are the ancestral territories of the nêhiyawak, Anihšināpēk, Dakota, Lakota, and Nakoda peoples, and the homeland of the Métis/Michif Nation. Today, these lands continue to be the shared territory of many diverse peoples from near and far.
With its main and College Avenue campuses located next to Wascana Lake in the heart of Regina’s idyllic Wascana Park, and with a presence in Saskatoon, the University of Regina is a dynamic provincial institution that has an established reputation for innovative programming and research excellence. The University of Regina, along with its three Federated Colleges, Campion College, First Nations University of Canada, and Luther College, has more than 2,500 faculty and staff, including approximately 500 tenured or tenure-track faculty, as well as more than 15,000 full-time and part-time undergraduate and graduate students across 10 faculties and 25 academic departments. Collectively, they form a diverse community devoted to research, teaching, scholarship, and social responsibility.
It is within this context that the University of Regina invites applications and nominations for the appointment of its next Vice-President (Research).
The University of Regina is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that reflects the richness of the communities it serves. The University encourages applications from members of equity-deserving groups such as Indigenous peoples including First Nations (status and non-status), Métis and Inuit peoples; racialized/ persons of colour, persons with disabilities, women and people from gender and sexually diverse groups.

Reporting to President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Jeff Keshen, the Vice-President (Research) (“VPR”) is a member of the University Executive Team and provides vision, strategy and oversight of the University’s research operations and administration, centres and institutes, commercialization initiatives and research partnerships. To achieve this goal, the VPR leads and supports the growth, innovation and expansion of the University of Regina’s research culture; advocates, and champions research, and deepens and extends the nexus between research, teaching, and service across the University’s programs. Through the Office of the Vice President (Research) (VPRO), the VPR plays a prominent role in advocating for decolonization at the University. The VPR also prioritizes and enacts equity, diversity and inclusion principles throughout the implementation of the research strategy. The VPR reinforces the University’s commitments to Indigenous and racialized researchers, as well as students, through funding supports and mentorship programs. The VPR’s fosters a shared sense of vision, supports decisions and processes in alignment with the University’s student-centered mission, and advances the key themes arising from the 2020 – 2025 Strategic Plan, “All Our Relations: kahkiyaw kiwâhkômâkaninawak”. The VPR also leads and implements the University of Regina’s “Research Action Plan 2020-2025”, with particular attention to innovation, discovery, and community-based research initiatives. The VPR enacts a key role in the development and execution of the University’s government relations strategy with regard to research, and enhances relationships with federal and provincial granting councils, ministries, the private sector, and other funding partners.
Through a collegial leadership style, the VPR provides guidance, mentoring, and support for the Associate Deans Research, faculty members, graduate students and post-doctoral scholars in their pursuit of research funding, and helps to identify new approaches to support faculty research pursuits. Working with a high performing team, the VPR provides direct and indirect supervision to constituents including the entire VPRO and the Associate Vice-President (Research). The VPR works to ensure that a comprehensive research infrastructure is in place that will strengthen and streamline all key functional areas that support individual researchers, departments, and faculties. Through oversight of the Director of the Sustainability Office, who serves as a lead and key advisor on sustainability and climate action for the University of Regina, the VPR facilitates support for the University’s sustainability efforts including promoting interdisciplinary research to address complex sustainability issues. In collaboration with the Provost and Vice-President (Academic), the VPR works to further the relationship between research and teaching, at both undergraduate and graduate levels.
As the ideal candidate, your consultative and effective leadership style has empowered you to sustain and accelerate the activities and momentum of your University’s research enterprise with an entrepreneurial spirit and a commitment to transparency. As an accomplished scholar, you hold a PhD from a recognized university, have a record of scholarship consistent with appointment to the rank of Full Professor. You have demonstrated success in attracting Tri-Agency and contract funding for research, established a reputable personal research profile locally, nationally, and internationally, and provide evidence of broad scholarly interests. You have enthusiastically supported and nurtured scholars outside of your own discipline and promoted cross-disciplinary research activities. You are adept with all aspects of financial management and ensure that all revenue allocations appropriately reflect the University’s research priorities. Your career includes successful management experience ideally gained in a university environment. You are known and respected by colleagues and partners for your exceptional interpersonal skills and your ability to engender trust among researchers, faculty and staff. To be considered as a candidate, you must be able to demonstrate your understanding of, and ability to offer strong support for, Indigenous research, including community-driven research, and through action or support, your commitment to reconciliation, Indigenous engagement, and equity, diversity, and inclusion.
To apply or explore this exceptional leadership opportunity with the University of Regina, please submit a curriculum vitae along with a cover letter in confidence to Jane Griffith (jane@griffithgroup.ca) and/or Sam Walton (sam@griffithgroup.ca), or visit https://griffithgroup.ca/vice-president-research-university-of-regina
The University or Regina is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with provincial guidelines, upon request, accommodation will be provided by both Griffith Group and the University of Regina throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities.

Vice-President, Finance & Administration and Chief Financial Officer

Acadia University is in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq. This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship” which the Mi’kmaq, Wəlastəkwiyik (Maliseet), and Passamaquoddy Peoples first signed with the British Crown in 1726. The treaties did not deal with surrender of lands and resources but in fact recognized Mi’kmaq and Wəlastəkwiyik (Maliseet) title and established the rules for what was to be an ongoing relationship between nations. Acknowledging the land that we are on means that we are working towards decolonization.
Founded in 1838, Acadia University is one of the oldest and most respected universities in Canada known for providing a quality, high-engagement, primarily undergraduate student experience. Acadia is just a one-hour drive from Halifax, Nova Scotia, and is an integral part of the quintessential college town of Wolfville, overlooking the Annapolis Valley and the Bay of Fundy. With a total enrollment of almost 4,000, Acadia attracts students from every province and territory and more than 60 countries to take advantage of strong academic programs, a curriculum that encourages personal development, and collaborative learning experiences led by award-winning professors. As a member of the Maple League of Universities, Acadia is committed to the delivery of excellent, 21st-century liberal education that distinguishes its students as leaders making a positive difference in communities across the world.
It is within this dynamic context that Acadia University invites applications and nominations for the appointment of its next Vice-President, Finance & Administration and Chief Financial Officer.
Reporting to the incoming 17th President & Vice-Chancellor of Acadia, Dr. Jeff Hennessey, the Vice-President, Finance & Administration and Chief Financial Officer (“VP & CFO”) leads a broad pan-University portfolio including financial services, facilities management, risk management, human resources and the Equity Office, information technology and services, safety and security, Events Acadia, ancillary services, and athletics and recreation. As a member of the President’s senior executive team, the VP & CFO provides strategic counsel to the President on all financial and administrative matters. The VP & CFO works closely with the Acadia University Board of Governors, including the Investment Committee; the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee; and the Human Resources Committee, as they steward the University’s operating and capital budgets. Externally, the VP & CFO develops and maintains relationships with governments, corporate partners, and community leaders to advance both the University’s short- and long-term goals as well as student and academic excellence. Leading a dedicated team of professionals, the VP & CFO must communicate with purpose and clarity, ensuring that there are strong bridges between all areas of the University, and with faculty, staff, students, community and funding partners. The VP & CFO inspires confidence and fosters a culture of integrity, openness and transparency across the team and University with all faculty, staff and students.
As the ideal candidate for the Vice-President, Finance & Administration and Chief Financial Officer role, you are a seasoned executive with a forward-looking, strategic perspective. You are a data-informed decision-maker with extensive experience overseeing a broad range of administrative and financial functions, ideally including budgeting, strategic and financial planning, economic forecasting and resource allocation, capital development, facilities management, residence planning, human resources, information technology and risk planning. You have experience working in complex and unionized organizations, ideally in the public or academic sector. You are committed to the highest standards of ethics, transparency, and honesty, and you are prepared to make principled, and sometimes, difficult decisions. As a leader, you build teams based on trust and mutual respect, and a culture committed to social justice, equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism. The successful candidate must appreciate and understand the multi-faceted and dynamic environment of university funding and will need to make budgetary decisions in a timely, transparent manner. Candidates must hold a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university, coupled with significant relevant senior leadership experience. A professional accounting designation is considered an asset.
To apply or explore this exceptional leadership opportunity with Acadia University, please submit a curriculum vitae along with a cover letter in confidence to Jane Griffith (jane@griffithgroup.ca) and/or Caroline McLean (caroline@griffithgroup.ca), or visit https://griffithgroup.ca/XXXXX /.
Acadia University is strongly committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, Indigenous peoples, African Canadians/people of African descent and other racialized persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.
As part of your application, you will be invited to complete a brief Employment Equity Voluntary Self-Identification Form. This form is voluntary.
The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact jane@griffithgroup.ca.
Please be advised that only those invited for an interview will be contacted. The University reserves the right not to fill this position.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

[APPLICATIONS CLOSED] Dean, Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics

The University of Guelph’s campuses reside within the lands of the Dish with One Spoon Wampum. The University recognizes that the Anishinaabeg, Hodinohso:ni, Lūnaapéewak and Huron-Wendat peoples have inhabited these lands for centuries and that today these lands are home to a rich diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people. The University upholds its commitments to seeking truth and advancing reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and affirms its responsibility to realize these commitments through its ongoing actions.
The University is committed to fostering inclusive excellence within and across communities, founded on the principles of reconciliation and diversity. The Indigenization of higher education and the fostering of equitable learning and work environments empower the University in its pursuit of student, faculty and staff success, research excellence, innovation and impact. Programs like the Indigenous Initiatives Strategy, the Black and Indigenous Hiring Initiative, EDI in Research, GenEQ: Advancing the Status of Women at UofG, and the President’s Advisory Committee on Anti-Racism ensure the University makes good on its commitments to Indigenization, equity, diversity and inclusion.
The University of Guelph’s mission is to Improve Life. These two simple words are the cornerstone of an institution committed to building a better future.
The institution’s culture is what draws the best and the brightest to the University of Guelph. Students, faculty and staff choose the University of Guelph for its reputation as one of the best comprehensive and research-intensive universities in Canada. The University’s reputation for academic excellence is matched by its dedication to student success. The University consistently places at the top of student satisfaction rankings year-over-year. Its graduates and researchers change the world for the better every day in big ways and small.
The University’s strength is in its people. If you are looking for a place to make a difference and improve life, you’ve found it at the University of Guelph.
It is within this context that the University of Guelph invites applications and nominations for the appointment of its next Dean, Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics (the Lang School). This appointment, for an initial five-year term, begins as soon as possible thereafter.
Reflecting the University of Guelph’s commitment to ‘Improve Life’, the Lang School’s mission is built upon the belief that ‘business as a force for good’ is important in the world. The Lang School’s priorities are to enhance its reputation for excellence and leadership in sustainability; to create leaders for an inclusive future; research excellence; educational innovation and exceptional student experiences; and to foster strong external partnerships and meaningful career development.
The Lang School offers a wide range of disciplines in business and economics across undergraduate, graduate and professional programs. The Lang School is home to four academic units: Economics and Finance; Management; Marketing and Consumer Studies; and Hospitality, Food and Tourism Management. It also hosts five centres and institutes: the John F. Wood Centre for Business and Student Enterprise; the International Institute for Sport Business and Leadership; the Marketing Analytics Centre; the Institute for Sustainable Commerce at Guelph; and the Business Career Development Centre. The Lang School is proud to be an AACSB accredited institution. The School’s commitment to accreditation is indicative of its high standards and excellence across all its initiatives; from academic programming and community engagement, to research with impact.
Renamed in April 2019 for the late businessman Gordon Saunders Lang, the Lang School fosters business education and scholarship and reflects a shared commitment to sustainability and community. A transformational gift of $21 million from Stu and Kim Lang, the largest in the University’s 150-year history, provides support for new faculty, scholarships, experiential education and capital improvements.
Reporting to the Provost and Vice President (Academic), the Dean is a key member of the senior leadership team of the University. As the Chief Academic Officer of the School, the Dean is responsible for the academic and administrative leadership of all aspects of the operations of the Lang School, including budgeting and fund development. The Dean has overall responsibility for ensuring educational innovation, exceptional student experiences, and excellence in teaching and research/scholarship. The Dean will build on the Lang School’s commitment to global experiences, Indigenization, reconciliation, and equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility, and foster a thriving community of students, scholars, researchers, and leaders where each person is valued and supported.
The Dean is also responsible for advancing the Lang School’s vision to be recognized locally and globally for its commitment to developing future leaders for a sustainable and equitable world. Working in partnership with the Lang School’s community of scholars, faculty, students, and staff, and externally with the broader business sector, the Dean will elevate the Lang School’s reputation and profile. The Dean will continue the Lang School’s leadership in sustainability and responsible business, and its steadfast commitment to inspiring future leaders to use business as a force for good.
As the ideal candidate you have proven leadership and administrative experience, in addition to possessing a solid teaching profile and exemplary record of scholarship in business administration, economics, or a related field. Candidates must hold a doctoral degree in a relevant discipline (suitable for appointment at the rank of Full Professor). You have a strong reputation in the business community and can interact credibly with senior leaders in the private sector. You have the ability to promote excellence, integrity, and creativity in research and scholarly activity; a commitment to student success and experience in enhancing the student experience; and the ability to engage in advancement activities intended to enhance the academic and financial strength of the Lang School. You have strong interpersonal, communication, and relationship-building skills, coupled with a passionate commitment to developing an outstanding and collegial community of faculty, students and staff. A demonstrated commitment to advancing Indigenization, reconciliation, and equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility is required.
To apply or explore this key leadership position at the University of Guelph, please submit a comprehensive curriculum vitae along with a cover letter in confidence to Sam Walton (sam@griffithgroup.ca) and Caroline McLean (caroline@griffithgroup.ca) or visit insert Griffith Group hyperlink
At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion is an institutional imperative. The University welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, and strongly encourages applications from women, members of Indigenous, Black, and racialized communities; Two-Spirit, non-binary, trans, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer people; people with disabilities; and members of other equity-deserving groups.
The University of Guelph acknowledges the potential impact that career interruptions can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement and encourages applicants to explain in their application the impact that career interruptions may have had on their record of research achievement.
The University of Guelph and Griffith Group are committed to an inclusive, accessible and welcoming hiring process that provides reasonable accommodation to all applicants. Please advise Sam Walton (sam@griffithgroup.ca) should you require any accommodation to participate in the recruitment and assessment processes.
Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority, in accordance with Canadian immigration regulations. Candidates must therefore indicate in their application if they are a permanent resident or citizen of Canada.

Vice-Provost, Faculty Affairs

Guided by a bold Academic Plan, an ambitious research agenda, and a Master Plan to revitalize the campus and surrounding neighbourhood, Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU) is among the most applied-to universities in Ontario and its reputation with business and community leaders continues to rise. TMU offers more than 125 undergraduate and graduate programs. Culturally diverse and inclusive, the university is home to more than 48,000 students, including nearly 3,000 master’s and PhD students, over 3,800 faculty and staff, and more than 200,000 alumni worldwide. In 2023, TMU was ranked number one on the Forbes list of Canada’s Best Employers for Diversity 2023, a ranking of the top 150 organizations across the country promoting creative, diverse, equitable and inclusive workplaces.
About TMU
TMU’s programs combine the foundational knowledge of a discipline with real-world experiential learning experiences and the development of life skills such as self-confidence to take calculated risks and creativity to generate new ideas. Effective communication, critical thinking, and resourceful problem-solving skills are emphasized across programs. Cross-cultural competence and a deep appreciation of the linguistic and cultural diversity of the campus and the city help students become responsible and engaged global citizens. Research at TMU has been on a consistent trajectory of success and growth: externally funded research has more than doubled in the past four years. A solid foundation of scholarly, research and creative (SRC) excellence has resulted in the University experiencing outstanding success in the Research Infosource 20-year retrospective where it placed first in total comprehensive university income growth, second in not-for-profit research income growth, and third in corporate research income growth. TMU has also been successful in receiving both CERC and CFREF grants.

Vice-Provost, Student Affairs

The University of Guelph’s campuses reside within the lands of the Dish with One Spoon Wampum. The University recognizes that the Anishinaabeg, Hodinohso:ni, Lūnaapéewak and Huron-Wendat peoples have inhabited these lands for centuries and that today these lands are home to a rich diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people. The University upholds its commitments to seeking truth and advancing reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and affirms its responsibility to realize these commitments through its ongoing actions.
The University of Guelph’s mission is to Improve Life. These two simple words are the cornerstone of an institution committed to building a better future.
The University is committed to fostering inclusive excellence within and across communities, founded on the principles of reconciliation and diversity. Collaborating with Indigenous communities, the University is committed to advancing truth and reconciliation. The Indigenization of higher education and the fostering of equitable learning, living, and work environments empower the University in its pursuit of student, faculty and staff success, research excellence, innovation and impact. Programs like the Indigenous Initiatives Strategy, the Black and Indigenous Hiring Initiative, EDI in Research, GenEQ: Advancing the Status of Women at UofG, and the President’s Advisory Committee on Anti-Racism ensure the University makes good on its commitments to Indigenization, equity, diversity and inclusion.
The institution’s culture is what draws the best and the brightest to the University of Guelph. Students, faculty and staff choose the University of Guelph for its reputation as one of the best comprehensive and research-intensive universities in Canada. The University’s reputation for academic excellence is matched by its dedication to student success. The University consistently places at the top of student satisfaction rankings year-over-year. Its graduates and researchers change the world for the better every day in big ways and small.
Students are at the heart of everything the University does. Students come to the University of Guelph because of the distinctive living and learning experiences offered by the University. Building on its deep commitment to the whole student and its promise to Improve Life, the University commits to investing in an exceptional student experience, inside and outside of the classroom, thus preparing students for success in all facets of their education and life as well as their role as global citizens.
Within the University, Student Affairs is a major contributor to recruitment and retention initiatives, with mentoring, support, and guidance offered to the earliest prospective students, at every stage of the student experience, and well beyond graduation. Student Affairs also promotes healthy communities that form the bedrock of learning, belonging, and academic achievement, and has worked with students to articulate the Gryphon values of being determined, caring, engaged, respectful and authentic.
Programs and services offered by the Student Affairs departments have been recognized both nationally and internationally, as have the students who benefit from these opportunities. The division is known for providing valuable training for early-career professionals, for advancing innovative approaches to emerging student issues, and for contributing to a strong and vibrant community of professionals in Ontario and Canada.
The University’s strength is in its people. If you are looking for a place to make a difference and improve life, you’ve found it at the University of Guelph.
It is within this context that the University of Guelph invites applications and nominations for the appointment of its next Vice-Provost, Student Affairs (“Vice-Provost”).
Reporting to the Provost and Vice-President Academic, the Vice-Provost is accountable for the strategic leadership and support of a range of student services that enhance student engagement, propel student success both inside and outside of the classroom, and advance the University’s distinctive student experience that fuels success and future impact. The Student Affairs portfolio includes the Department of Athletics, the Experiential Learning Hub, Residence Life, Student Experience, Student Wellness Services, and the Child Care & Learning Centre.
The Vice-Provost fosters and maintains collaborative, transparent, and meaningful relationships with student leaders and student organizations, and ensures the voices of students are heard, that their interests are represented and advanced, and that the risks for students and the University are anticipated, mitigated and managed. The Vice-Provost is a key member of the senior leadership team and positions Student Affairs as a strategic partner for, and ensures close collaboration between, the university Colleges, departments, and units. The Vice-Provost works collaboratively and closely with students, faculty, and staff and with other members of the senior leadership team, aligning the strategic plans, programs and policies of student affairs with the realization of the University’s academic and student experience objectives and goals. An advocate for Indigenization, equity, diversity and inclusion, the Vice-Provost helps advance the transformation of systems and practices across the University that demonstrate its commitment to inclusive excellence, founded on the principles of reconciliation and diversity. The Vice-Provost also fosters thoughtful discussion and appropriate decision-making by participating in a variety of committees including as a member of Senate and Senate Committees, Provost’s Leadership Team, Enrolment Management Executive and has involvement on committees related to Non-Academic Misconduct, Mental Health, Alcohol and Addictions, Student Budget Group, Students at Risk, and Sexual and Gender-based Violence.
The University seeks a leader who is committed to innovation and passionate about student success, and ensuring students are at the heart of everything the University does. As the ideal candidate, you have progressive leadership experience in student services gained from a post-secondary institution, including strong financial and administrative acumen and change management skills. You are knowledgeable about current policies, practices, trends, and information affecting student affairs, student development and innovative service design. You have successfully developed and led new initiatives and programs which foster exceptional student experience, and you have the ability to advance services that ensure international students thrive and have a sense of belonging.
You can build and develop productive relationships with students, faculty, staff, other members of the senior team, and members of the public. You are a skilled and dedicated mentor, coach, and facilitator, with excellent communication and collaboration skills, allowing you to inspire a team of dedicated student-focused professionals and work across administrative and academic units. You have experience creating an environment where staff feel empowered and are encouraged to provide ideas for continuous improvement. A demonstrated commitment to advancing Indigenization and equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility is required. An advanced degree is required.
To apply or explore this key leadership position at the University of Guelph, please submit a comprehensive curriculum vitae along with a cover letter in confidence to Sam Walton (sam@griffithgroup.ca) and Sravanthi Bagirathi (sravanthi@griffithgroup.ca) or visit https://griffithgroup.ca/vice-provost-student-affairs-university-of-guelph/
One of the University of Guelph’s five strategic priorities is to transform the University through Indigenization and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. The University welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, and strongly encourages applications from women, members of Indigenous, Black, and racialized communities; Two-Spirit, non-binary, trans, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer people; people with disabilities; and members of other equity-deserving groups.
The University of Guelph acknowledges the potential impact that career interruptions can have on a candidate’s record and encourages applicants to explain in their application the impact that interruptions may have had on their career progress.
The University of Guelph and Griffith Group are committed to an inclusive, accessible and welcoming hiring process that provides reasonable accommodation to all applicants. Please advise Sam Walton (sam@griffithgroup.ca) should you require any accommodation to participate in the recruitment and assessment processes.
Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, applications from Canadians citizens and permanent residents will be given priority, in accordance with Canadian immigration regulations. Candidates must therefore indicate in their application if they are a permanent resident or citizen of Canada.

Senior Vice President, Corporate Services & Chief Financial Officer

Senior Vice President, Corporate Services & Chief Financial Officer{St. Lawrence CollegeThe opportunitySt. Lawrence College is situated on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee …

President & Chief Executive Officer / Présidente-directrice générale ou président-directeur général

Universities Canada is located in Ottawa, un-ceded Anishinabe Algonquin territory. The peoples of the Anishinabe Algonquin Nation have lived on this territory for millennia. Their culture and presence have nurtured and continue to nurture this land. We honour the peoples and land of the Anishinabe Algonquin Nation and honour all First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and their valuable past and present contributions to this land.
Universities Canada is the voice of Canadian universities, with a mandate to foster and promote the interests of Canadian higher education, at home and abroad. Universities Canada provides Canadian university leaders with a unified voice and strong advocacy for higher education, research and innovation. Universities Canada advances the mission of its member institutions to transform lives, strengthen communities and find solutions to the most pressing challenges facing the world. Based in Ottawa, near Parliament Hill, Universities Canada is a membership-based organization with 97 member institutions drawn from every Canadian province.
The organization’s five main priority areas are: advocating for Canadian universities at the federal level; providing a forum for university leaders to share ideas and address challenges in higher education; supporting students by providing online information on university study and offering scholarships on behalf of public and private sector organizations; promoting Canadian universities abroad (international student recruitment, exchange of best practices and information sharing with international counterpart organizations); and, fostering collaboration among universities, governments, the private sector, communities and international partners to help build a better world.
It is within this dynamic and evolving context that Universities Canada invites applications and nominations for the appointment of its next President and Chief Executive Officer, commencing in late 2023, or soon after.
Reporting to a 13-member Board of Directors, the President and Chief Executive Officer provides the strategic and visionary leadership of the organization. Acting as the main spokesperson, the President & CEO ensures the organization’s short- and long-term sustainability through the development of strong government advocacy strategies that represent the interests of Canadian universities to federal ministers, departments of the federal government, parliamentary committees, and task forces concerned with higher education, talent development, research, innovation and other topics of importance to universities. To achieve this goal, the President & CEO hosts a number of annual events for members, forges strategic alliances with likeminded organizations in Canada and internationally, facilitates cohesion with respect to federal government programs and initiatives that affect all of its member universities’ operations and administration, and represents Canadian universities to domestic and foreign governments, institutions and media. The President & CEO plays a key role in supporting the Executive Heads by offering training and leadership development opportunities, and by providing sound guidance for the diverse 97 member universities who can hold similar or different views, perspectives, and priorities. The President & CEO leads an established and highly professional team and works closely with the Senior Management Committee (SMC) to ensure that the organization respects the highest standards in its relations with Indigenous Peoples, Accessibility and in promoting Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.
As the ideal candidate, you are an accomplished, bilingual, results-oriented and forward-looking executive. Your deep commitment to higher education provides you with an understanding, and appreciation of its complexities and of its importance to individuals, communities and Canadian society; knowledge of the global context of higher education is considered an asset. Your career includes progressive roles in senior leadership from a similarly large and complex organization, ideally from the university, government or NGO sector. You bring significant senior administration experience with financial management, human resources, governance policies and procedures, and with government relations. You are well versed in public policy, including fiscal policy and with political and bureaucratic processes at both the federal and provincial government levels. You are adept at building and maintaining strong, collaborative relationships with a wide array of partners who may hold different, and sometimes, opposing priorities. Colleagues describe your leadership style as inclusive and engaging. You enjoy mentoring your team and create a culture that embraces teamwork and collegiality. Candidates must hold a university degree at the master’s level or higher from a recognized university. Oral bilingualism in both of Canada’s official languages (English/French) is a must have requirement, and full proficiency in both languages is considered a desirable asset.
This role requires candidates to be based in Ottawa, Ontario and includes a heavy domestic, and global, travel commitment for the purpose of maintaining contact with member institutions, regional organizations, affiliated groups, and international institutions and partners.
To apply or explore this exceptional leadership opportunity with Universities Canada, please submit a curriculum vitae along with a cover letter in confidence to Jane Griffith (jane@griffithgroup.ca) and/or Sam Walton (sam@griffithgroup.ca), or visit www.griffithgroup.ca/universities-canada-president-and-ceo
Universities Canada is committed to advancing equity, diversity, inclusion and anti-racism in all aspects of its work. It recognizes and upholds its responsibility to advance truth and reconciliation with First Nations, Métis and Inuit people. Universities Canada seeks to empower all members of its organization and is committed to removing all barriers to personal and collective success that are caused by inequality, discrimination, social injustice and racial trauma. It is working to create an environment that fosters greater awareness of inclusive practices, enables open communication and cultivates strong collaborative relationships.
As such, Universities Canada provides equal opportunity for all applicants and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, record of offences, marital status, family status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by local law. Self-identification by candidates in the process is completely voluntary.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.
Universities Canada and Griffith Group Executive Search are committed to an inclusive, accessible and welcoming hiring process that provides reasonable accommodation to all applicants. Please advise Jane Griffith (jane@griffithgroup.ca) should you require any accommodation to participate in the recruitment processes.
Please be advised that only those invited for an interview will be contacted. Universities Canada reserves the right not to fill this position.

Director, Continuing Education

We wish to acknowledge this land on which the University of St. Michael’s College operates. For thousands of years, it has been the traditional land of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and the Mississaugas of the Credit. Today, this meeting place is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land.
The University of St. Michael’s College (“USMC”) is a Catholic institution of higher learning federated with the University of Toronto. USMC boasts a large and dynamic undergraduate division where students study across the full breadth of disciplines in the arts and the sciences. It also boasts a growing program in Sustainability & Social Responsibility in its Continuing Education Division, a renowned Faculty of Theology, and the Kelly Library, which is one of the busiest and most important libraries at the University of Toronto. USMC is looking forward to its 180th anniversary in 2032 and has formulated a strategic plan St. Mike’s 180, whose three pillars—academics, community, and sustainability point to its commitment to transformative leadership in service of the common good and of the planet we share.
It is within this context that the University of St. Michael’s College seeks to grow its Continuing Education Division and is embarking on a search for its next Director, Continuing Education.
Reporting directly to Dr. David Sylvester, President & Vice-Chancellor, the Director, Continuing Education (“Director”) leads the Continuing Education Division of USMC. The Director designs, delivers, markets, and administers non-degree courses, workshops, and other learning opportunities. While the Director is responsible for supporting, promoting, and growing existing programs, they are also responsible for advancing the mission and strategic objectives of USMC by developing new financially sustainable programming based on the needs of the community and market research. The Director is a member of the USMC senior leadership team, and the USMC Senate, and collaborates across the institution and with external partners. The Director works closely with, and supervises, external contractors, and both unionized and non-unionized USMC staff. The Director has full responsibility for the division’s finances and budgets, and for identifying available funding opportunities, including provincial and federal government grants. The Director also chairs the Council of the Continuing Education Division of the USMC Senate, sits on the Committee on Academic Planning, and represents USMC in professional associations, including but not limited to CAUCE, OCULL, and UPCEA.
As the ideal candidate, you are a continuing education professional whose career includes advancement into senior leadership roles with more complex and broad mandates. You are knowledgeable about pedagogical and course-design best practices associated with adult learning and have developed and implemented strategies to attract and retain students and instructors. Your management experience includes fostering an inclusive work environment within an employment equity framework. It also includes the management of human, financial and material resources in a sustainable and responsible manner. As a continuous learner, you keep abreast of novel forms of course delivery and new technologies, delivery methods, and experiential learning opportunities, and you have a depth of knowledge regarding issues, emerging trends, policies, and legislation that affect Canadian, and Ontario-based, postsecondary institutions. As a leader, you are described as a diplomatic consensus-builder who leverages collaborative skills to translate ideas from brainstorming to realization. Candidates must hold a completed Masters level degree in a related field from a recognized university. A Doctorate level degree and experience working in Catholic education are both considered assets.
To apply or explore this leadership position at University of St. Michael’s College further, please submit a curriculum vitae along with a cover letter in confidence to Jane Griffith (jane@griffithgroup.ca) and Sam Walton (sam@griffithgroup.ca) or visit https://griffithgroup.ca/university-st-michaels-college-director-continuing-education
We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those considered for an interview will be contacted. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
The University of St. Michael’s College is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons/persons of colour, women, Indigenous/Aboriginal people of North America, persons with disabilities, 2SLGBTQ+ persons, people who take a religiously informed view of human experience, and others who may contribute to further diversification of ideas.
The University will provide support in its recruitment process to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes an applicant’s accessibility needs into account. If you require accommodations during the interview process, please contact Jane Griffith at jane@griffithgroup.ca and hr.stmikes@utoronto.ca.

President and Vice-Chancellor

Acadia University acknowledges that we are in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq. This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship” which the Mi’kmaq, Wəlastəkwiyik (Maliseet), and Passamaquoddy Peoples first signed with the British Crown in 1726. The treaties did not deal with surrender of lands and resources but in fact recognized Mi’kmaq and Wəlastəkwiyik (Maliseet) title and established the rules for what was to be an ongoing relationship between nations. Acknowledging the land that we are on means that we are working towards decolonization across campus.
Founded in 1838, Acadia University is one of the oldest and most respected universities in Canada known for providing a quality, high-engagement, primarily undergraduate student experience. Acadia is just a one-hour drive from Halifax, Nova Scotia, and is an integral part of the quintessential college town of Wolfville, overlooking the Annapolis Valley and the Bay of Fundy. With a total enrollment of almost 4,000, Acadia attracts students from every province and territory and more than 60 countries to take advantage of strong academic programs, a curriculum that encourages personal development, and collaborative learning experiences led by award-winning professors. As a member of the Maple League of universities, Acadia is committed to the delivery of excellent, 21st-century liberal education that distinguishes its students as leaders making a positive difference in communities across the world.
It is within this dynamic context that Acadia University invites applications and nominations for the appointment of its next President and Vice-Chancellor, commencing July 1, 2023, or soon after.
Reporting to the Board of Governors, and working with engaged and committed faculty, staff, students and a renowned alumni network, the President and Vice-Chancellor (“President”) champions Acadia’s mission to provide a personalized and rigorous liberal arts education; promotes a robust and respectful scholarly community; and inspires a diversity of students to become critical thinkers, lifelong learners, engaged citizens, and responsible global leaders. A proven relationship builder, Acadia’s President builds, strengthens, and sustains relationships across campus, provincially, nationally, and globally through an authentic, transparent, collegial leadership style. The President fosters academic renewal, excellence and creativity through supporting and enabling faculty and staff to pursue innovative teaching and research strategies. In conjunction with student leaders, the President supports a holistic student-centric environment that includes access to supports for all students’ mental, physical, and emotional health. The President serves as a champion of the University’s advancement activities, and as an ambassador and representative for Acadia with the Acadia Alumni Association, with other Maple League University Presidents, and with municipal, provincial, and federal government partners. The President will also enhance the University’s commitment to social justice, equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism.
As the ideal candidate, you are a courageous, inspirational and accomplished leader who has a track record of successful senior administrative roles from either a post-secondary institution, or another organization of like calibre. Experience from within the Canadian university sector and with a bicameral governance structure are both considered strong assets. You are knowledgeable and comfortable working in an institution with rigorous financial standards and program accreditations and hold the appropriate level of financial skills to manage the University’s large and complex budget. Your budgetary skills and desire to ensure a financially sustainable model, however, must be balanced with an appreciation for the academic pursuits of the University and its commitment to delivering an exceptional liberal arts education. Peers and colleagues describe you as a skilled relationship builder who fosters a collegial and collaborative culture that attracts, retains, and ensures the success of students, faculty, staff and community. As a values-based, community-engaged leader, your commitment to all aspects of social justice, equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism is evident in your knowledge, relationships and actions.
To apply or explore this exceptional leadership opportunity with Acadia University, please submit a curriculum vitae along with a cover letter in confidence to Jane Griffith (jane@griffithgroup.ca) and/or Sam Walton (sam@griffithgroup.ca), or visit https://griffithgroup.ca/president-vice-chancellor-acadia-university/.
Acadia University is strongly committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, Indigenous peoples, African Canadians/people of African descent and other racialized persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.
As part of your application, you will be invited to complete a brief Employment Equity Voluntary Self-Identification Form. This form is voluntary.
The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact jennifer.veinot@acadiau.ca.
Please be advised that only those invited for an interview will be contacted. The University reserves the right not to fill this position.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives, Office of the President

Brock University is located on the Traditional Territory of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples. This Territory is covered by the One Dish One Spoon Wampum Agreement and the Upper Canada Treaties. We express our gratitude and respect for the honour of living and working with Indigenous peoples, and strive to honour and support the Indigenous peoples on whose Traditional Territory Brock is located. Brock’s commitment to Reconciliation and Decolonization is one of four strategic priorities of Brock’s 2018-2025 Strategic Plan. Brock believes that a diverse and welcoming learning community is built upon the foundation of exceptional students, faculty, staff and alumni. This requires that Brock be attractive and welcoming to people of all identities and accepting of the unique histories and experiences of Indigenous people within the Canadian state.
Following an international search, Dr. Lesley Rigg, a highly accomplished academic leader, research scientist and professor, was appointed Brock’s President and Vice-Chancellor on November 1, 2022 and leads an institution long recognized for its commitment to student excellence and experience, and which continues to be ranked highly among its peers across Canada.
It is within this context that Brock welcomes nominations and applications for the position of Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives, Office of the President (“Executive Director”).
Reporting to the President & Vice-Chancellor, and as a member of the senior administration, the Executive Director provides strategic oversight, leadership and direction in the Office of the President and supports its efforts to continue to advance the University. Working in partnership with the President, the Executive Director will be accountable for providing strategic administrative leadership and advising on projects to ensure that the Office of the President is effective in achieving its goals, while enabling the President to work effectively with internal and external stakeholders. The Executive Director will work with various stakeholders across the University and its broader community to bring the University’s Institutional Strategic Plan to life, continuing to improve Brock’s ability to support students, increase inclusion and to build a strong institutional reputation. In addition, the Executive Director will take a key leadership role in developing the University’s next institutional strategic plan, helping to chart Brock University’s path forward. As well, the Executive Director will work closely with the senior team to further strategic initiatives and special projects, and resolve complex issues that have been elevated to the Office of the President. Finally, the Executive Director will support the work of the President and Vice-Presidents, acting in a leadership capacity in managing the Office of the President, and when appropriate, acting on behalf of the President.
As the ideal candidate, you have a comprehensive understanding of the challenges and opportunities in the Canadian post-secondary sector and a proven record of excellence in administrative leadership within a complex public-funded organization/institution. You have experience in academic and university governance and knowledge of university strategic planning processes. You have demonstrated leadership abilities and experience, coupled with a strong appreciation for collegiality and collaboration with colleagues and stakeholders to advance a shared mission and the University’s priorities. You have experience in leading broad and complex change initiatives and in writing proposals and coordinating major projects/initiatives. You are highly organized, have exceptional communication skills, superb attention to detail, and the ability to keep focused on Brock’s mission and vision. You have a proactive approach, a high level of confidentiality and discretion, and the ability to manage multiple priorities with changing levels of urgency. You can leverage opportunities, identify and address challenges to support the mission of the University, and demonstrate a strong strategic and creative vision for Brock’s academic future. A graduate degree is required.
To apply for, or explore, the Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives, Office of the President opportunity with Brock University, please submit a curriculum vitae along with a cover letter in confidence to Sam Walton (sam@griffithgroup.ca) and Noshina Choudhary (noshina@griffithgroup.ca).
About Brock University – Located in the historic Niagara region, Brock offers all the benefits of a modern university in a safe, community-minded city, with beautiful natural surroundings. With 19,000 students, 5,000 faculty and staff, an operating budget of around $360 million, and more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs in seven diverse Faculties, Brock offers an academic experience that’s second to none. Brock is a comprehensive university known for its excellence in teaching and learning, positive student experience, and strong university-community engagement. Brock is home to a community of highly regarded researchers who are improving society by undertaking impactful and significant research.
Brock University is committed to a positive, supportive and inclusive environment. The University welcomes and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including, but not limited to women, Indigenous persons, racialized persons, persons with disabilities and persons of a minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity. All qualified candidates are welcome to apply; however, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.
In accordance with the provincial legislation, accommodation will be provided by Griffith Group and Brock University throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process, upon request, to applicants with disabilities. If you require accommodations during the recruitment process, please contact sam@griffithgroup.ca.