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Executive Committee


(as of Jan.1, 2015)

End of Term

Mr. Stuart (Kip) Cobbett, Chair, ex officio [12/31/2016]
Prof. Suzanne Fortier, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, ex officio  
Mr. Gerald Butts [12/31/2015]
Mr. Ronald Critchley [12/31/2015]
Mr. Claude Généreux, Vice-Chair [12/31/2015]
Prof. David N. Harpp [12/31/2017]
Prof. Juliet Johnson [12/31/2015]
TBA, Student Member [05/31/2015]
Ms. Martine Turcotte [12/31/2017]
Mr. Thierry Vandal [12/31/2015]

Senior Stewards

Prof. Suzanne Fortier, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, ex officio

Meeting Schedule

Terms of Reference of Executive Committee

Enacting provisions

The Executive Committee (“Committee”) is established under the authority of and is accountable to the Board of Governors (the “Board”) of McGill University (the “University”), and shall function as stipulated in these terms of reference and the Regulations of the Committees of the Board of Governors of McGill University (the “Regulations”). In accordance with the Regulations, meetings of Board Committees shall be held in closed session unless the Committee resolves to carry out a meeting or part of a meeting in open session.  

In addition to these terms of reference, the Committee is governed by the Statutes of McGill University (the “Statutes”).  In case of a conflict between these terms of reference and the Statutes, the Statutes shall have precedence. 

1.   Composition

a.   Appointments to the Committee are approved by the Board, normally on the recommendation of the Nominating, Governance and Ethics Committee.

b.   Consistent with the relevant provisions of the Statutes, the Committee shall consist of ten voting members and one student who shall have voice and no vote, all members of the Board, chosen as follows:

  • four At-Large and Alumni Association members;
  • two Academic Staff and Senate members;
  • one Administrative and Support Staff member; 
  • the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Board;
  • the Principal; and
  • one student member (voice but no vote).

c.   The Chair of the Board shall be the Chair of the Committee, and the Vice-Chair of the Board shall be the Vice-Chair of the Committee.

d.   The Principal shall serve as the Senior Steward to the Committee.

e.   The Secretary-General or delegate shall serve as Secretary and governance advisor to the Committee.

f.    Where necessary or appropriate to facilitate and support the business of the Committee, the Senior Steward may invite University staff to serve as resource persons for particular items of business before the Committee at any meeting.

2.     Mandate of the Committee

a.     In accordance with the Statutes, the Committee shall have the authority to exercise all the powers held by the Board between regular meetings of the Board, except that it shall not have the power to:

  • amend, modify, or repeal any or all of the Statutes;
  • elect a Chancellor;
  • appoint a Principal;
  • dismiss a member of the teaching staff or a senior administrative officer. 

Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the Committee may: 

b.   grant final approval to the University’s operating budget or financial statements only in extraordinary circumstances. 

c.   consider and approve the appointment of a member-at-large of the Board only in extraordinary circumstances. 

d.   consider academic staff human resources matters upon referral by the Human Resources Committee, the Principal or the Provost; 

e.   consider any other matter referred to it by the Board or a Board committee, the Principal, the Provost or any Vice-Principal. 

3.   General provisions

a.  The Committee shall meet regularly, typically during the months that the Board does not meet.  The Committee shall have a calendar of business, maintained by the Secretary-General or her/his delegate, for the purpose of ensuring that each meeting agenda addresses responsibilities as outlined in these terms of reference. 

b.   In accordance with the relevant provisions of the Statutes, the Committee shall submit to each regular meeting of the Board a report on all matters with which it has dealt since the previous regular meeting of the Board.  

c.    The Committee shall review its terms of reference at least once every three years and recommend any changes to the Board’s Nominating, Governance and Ethics Committee.


Final - Approved by the Executive Committee on September 24, 2007

Revised – Approved by the Board of Governors on September 27, 2012