Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 63.22
Liaison Jessica Russell
Submission Date Oct. 17, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Mount Royal University
PA-3: Participatory Governance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.25 / 3.00 Courtney Stange
Administrative Assistant
Institute for Environmental Sustainability
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Do the institution’s students have a representative body through which they can participate in governance (e.g. a student council)? :
Yes

Do the institution’s students have an elected representative on the institution’s highest governing body?:
Yes

A brief description of the bodies and mechanisms through which students are engaged in governance, including information to support each affirmative response above:

The Board of Governors is the highest level of governance on campus responsible for the direction and oversight of the organization. The board is made up of community leaders from non-profit and private sectors as well as one student appointed by the Students' Association is a representative on this board usually the President.

General Faculties Council is another governance body that includes 10 student positions all with voting rights. These meetings are normally monthly and conduct all academic affairs related business.

The Students' Association executive team is also invited to sit on over 70 committees campuswide regarding diversity, human rights, sustainability, curriculum, finances, hiring committees and nearly all other high-level systems that may influence policy or process modifications.


Do the institution’s staff members have a representative body through which they can participate in governance (e.g. a staff council)?:
Yes

Do the institution’s non-supervisory staff members have an elected representative on the institution’s highest governing body?:
Yes

A brief description of the bodies and mechanisms through which staff are engaged in governance, including information to support each affirmative response above:

The Board of Governors includes one staff and one faculty member to represent the interests of their respective peers. In both cases, the staff and faculty member are elected from their respective associations and serve to represent the needs of their membership.

Donna Palmer was appointed to the Board of Governors in September 2017 as the elected nominee of the Mount Royal Staff Association (MRSA).


Do the institution’s teaching and research faculty have a representative body through which they can participate in governance (e.g. a faculty senate)?:
Yes

Do the institution’s teaching and research faculty have an elected representative on the institution’s highest governing body? :
Yes

A brief description of the bodies and mechanisms through which teaching and research faculty are engaged in governance, including information to support each affirmative response above:

The Board of Governors includes one staff and one faculty member to represent the interests of there respective peers.

David Clemis was appointed to the Board of Governors in July 2015 as the nominee of the Mount Royal Faculty Association.

Faculty are also heavily involved in General Faculties Council and have up to 80 seats with voting rights all who oversee the academic decisions of the institution.


Does the institution have written policies and procedures to identify and engage external stakeholders (i.e. local residents) in land use planning, capital investment projects, and other institutional decisions that affect the community?:
No

A copy of the written policies and procedures:
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The policies and procedures:
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Does the institution have formal participatory or shared governance bodies through which community members representing the interests of the following stakeholder groups can regularly participate in institutional governance?:
Yes or No
Local government and/or educational organizations Yes
Private sector organizations Yes
Civil society (e.g. NGOs, NPOs) Yes

A brief description of the bodies and mechanisms through which external stakeholders are engaged in institutional governance (including information about each stakeholder group selected above):

Board of Governors hosts public meetings that all members of community can attend. There are also members from NGO's, private sector and educational organizations involved in the decision making.

The recruitment of public members is competency based and led by the Department of Advanced Education in consultation with the Board. The Department develops competencies for all public board members against which the candidates are screened. The Board develops a competency matrix for the Board as a whole as well as competencies required for individual members for each search. The steps that are taken or intended to be taken in the recruitment process and any identified skills, knowledge, experience or attributes required of a member to be appointed will be made public either before the member is appointed [APAGA Section 13(2)]. A public posting of all vacancies is the responsibility of the Department.

Current members include:
Ms. Sue Mallon (Board Chair), Public Member, CEO, Carya (formerly Calgary Family Services)
Mr. Paul Singh Kundan (Board Vice-Chair), Public Member, CEO and Founder of Stone West Homes Inc.
Ms. Tracee Collins, Public Member, Commission Member, Alberta Utilities Commission
Ms. Corinne Jamieson, Public Member, Executive Director and General Counsel, Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta
Dr. Jen Magnus, Public Member, President of Magnus Consulting Inc.
Ms. Shannon Ryhorchuk, Public Member, Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Ms. Keri Smith, Public Member
Ms. Whitney Smithers, Public Member
Ms. Michèle Stanners, Public Member
Ms. Susan Swan, Public Member


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