Planning and Priorities Committee

Terms of Reference

Terms of Reference

Eleven members of the General Academic Assembly, at least six of whom will be elected members of Council, normally one of whom will be chair.  At least one member from the General Academic Assembly with some expertise in financial analysis will be nominated.
One Dean appointed by the Council
One undergraduate student appointed by the U.S.S.U.
One graduate student appointed by the G.S.A.
One sessional lecturer

Ex Officio Members
The Provost & Vice-president Academic or designate
The Vice-president (Finance & Resources) or designate
The Vice-president (Research) or designate
The President (non-voting member)
The Chair of Council (non-voting member)

Resource Personnel (Non-voting members)
The Assistant Provost, Institutional Planning and Assessment
The Director of Budget, Planning and Strategy
The Director of Integrated Facilities Planning
The Associate Vice-president, Facilities Management Division
The Chief Information Officer and Associate Vice-president Information and Communications Technology
The President's designate on Aboriginal matters

Administrative Support
The Office of the University Secretary

The Planning and Priorities Committee of Council is responsible for:

  1. Conducting and reporting to Council on university-wide planning and review activities in consultation with the Provost and Vice-President (Academic).
  2. Evaluating College and Unit plans and reporting the conclusions of those evaluations to Council.
  3. Recommending to Council on academic priorities for the University .
  4. Recommending to Council on outreach and engagement priorities for the University.
  5. Seeking advice from other Council committees to facilitate university-wide academic planning.
  6. Recommending to Council on the establishment, disestablishment or amalgamation of any college, school, department or any unit responsible for the administration of an academic program, with the advice of the Academic Programs Committee.
  7. Balancing academic and fiscal concerns in forming its recommendations.
  8. Providing advice to the President on budgetary implications of the Operations Forecast and reporting to Council.
  9. Considering the main elements of the Operating Budget and the Capital Budget and reporting to Council.
  10. Advising the Academic Programs Committee on the fit with University priorities and the general budgetary appropriateness of proposals for new academic programs and program deletions.
  11. Integrating and recommending to Council on matters referred to it from other Council committees.
  12. Advising the President and senior executive on operating and capital budgetary matters, including infrastructure and space allocation issues, referred from time to time by the President, providing the advice is not inconsistent with the policies of Council. The Planning and Priorities Committee will report to Council on the general nature of the advice and, where practicable, obtain the guidance of Council. However, the Committee need not disclose to Council matters the disclosure of which would be inimical to the interests of the University.


 Membership 2017-18

Council Members
Dirk de Boer (chair)                 Geography and Planning                      2019
Peter Phillips                           Johnson-Shoyama Graduate                2019
                                                of Public Policy
Ralph Deters                           Computer Science                                2018
Veronika Makarova                  Linguistics and Religious Studies        2018
Ken Wilson                              Biology                                                 2018
Louise Racine                          Nursing                                                 2020
Darrell Mousseau                     Psychiatry                                             2020
General Academic Assembly Members
Norman Sheehan                      Accounting                                          2019
Karen Lawson                           Psychology                                          2018
Angela Bedard-Haughn              Soil Science                                        2020
Maxym Chaban                         Economics                                          2020
Keith Willoughby                     Dean, Edwards School of Business          2020
Sessional Lecturer
Meera Kachroo                         Linguistics and Religious Studies           2018
Other members
Tony Vannelli                           Provost and Vice-President Academic (ex officio)
Kevin Schneider                       [VP Research designate] Interim Associate Vice-President Research (ex officio)
Greg Fowler                            VP Finance and Resources (ex officio)
Jacueline Ottmann                   Vice-Provost Indigenous Engagement (ex officio)
Deena Kapacila                       VP Operations and Finance [USSU designate]
Ziad Ghaith                             GSA President [GSA designate]
Peter Stoicheff                        University President (ex officio non-voting)
Kevin Flynn                             Chair, University Council (ex officio non-voting)
Resource members
John Rigby                              Interim Associate Provost, Institutional Planning and Assessment
Jacquie Thomarat                    Director, Budget Strategy and Planning
Troy Harkot                            Director, Institutional Effectiveness
Shari Baraniuk                        Acting Chief Information Officer and Associate Vice-President ICT
Secretary: Sandra Calver, Office of the University Secretary

The President and the Chair of Council are also ex-officio non-voting members of all University Council committees.

Capital & Finance Subcommittee

Capital and Finance Subcommittee


Dirk de Boer, Chair
Lisa Kalynchuk
Susan Whiting
Joel Bruneau
Ralph Deters
Karen Lawson
Leslie Walter

Resource Members:

Jacquie Thomarat
John Rigby
Bryan Bilokreli
Shari Baraniuk
Colin Tennent
Colleen MacDonald*
Andrew Manovich
Tiffany Lepage*

*to attend as guests and a resource at the discretion of their reporting Director of AVP

Centres Subcommittee

Centres Subcommittee

Subcommittee Membership July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018


Dirk de Boer              Geography and Planning     Chair of the Planning and Priorities
Ken Wilson                            Biology                       PPC representative
TBD                                                                            PPC representative
TBD                                                                            RSAW representative
John Gordon                          Medicine                     RSAW representative
TBD                                                                            APC representative
Karsten Liber                         Vice-President Research-Toxicology Centre, representing centres
TBD                                        Designate of the Provost
Piya Sen                                 Financial Services Division - Budget and Special Projects, designate of the Vice-President Finance and Resources
Laura Zink                             Director, Special Projects, designate of the Vice President Research
Troy Harkot                           Institutional Planning and Assessment, Dept. of Information and Communications Technology
Resource Members
Secretary: Sandra Calver, Associate Secretary, Academic Governance

Terms of reference

(from Section 8, Policy on Centres, as approved by Council December 2003)

A standing Subcommittee on Centres will be created.
•    To facilitate the creation of new centres
•    To monitor adherence to the Policy
•    To develop and review the Policy and Guidelines
•    To oversee the disestablishment of centres
•    To maintain a list of active centres

Membership on this Subcommittee will be drawn from the Planning & Priorities and Research, Scholarly & Artistic Work Committees of Council, the Offices of the three Vice-Presidents and will be supported by the University Secretary’s Office.  The Subcommittee will report to Council through the Planning & Priorities Committee.