The University of Ottawa Board of Governors has elected a new Chair, Kathryn Butler Malette. Her two-year term began July 1.
Ms. Butler Malette has been a member of the Board of Governors since 2007 and Vice-Chair since 2012. She has also filled other roles on the Board including serving on its Executive, Governance and Nominating, Finance and Treasury, and Buildings and Land committees. She succeeds Robert Giroux, who chaired the Board of Governors for eight years. Board members and other members of the University community have expressed their gratitude for his involvement and outstanding work during his mandate.
Fluently bilingual, Ms. Butler Malette is a University of Ottawa alumna and former Chief Human Resources Officer for the House of Commons of Canada (retired), where she was responsible for leading strategic human resources, corporate strategic planning, business continuity and corporate communications. She gained her senior leadership experience in the health care sector, where she served as Vice-President, Human Resources, for the Ottawa Hospital, Canadian Blood Services, and Bruyère Continuing Care.
In addition to her functions as a member of the Board of Governors of the University of Ottawa, Ms. Butler Malette has served as Chair of the Board of Service Coordination, an Ottawa social services agency that assists children and adults with developmental disabilities. She has been a member of the Board of Governors of the Ottawa Hospital, and is currently a member of the Canadian College of Health Leaders, the Institute of Corporate Directors, the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (serving on the Champions Council) and the Human Resources Professionals Association (Ontario).
Under the University of Ottawa Act, 1965, the Board of Governors is responsible for oversight of the University’s governance and administration. This means making budgetary decisions and establishing policies it deems necessary to ensure sound management of the University. As well, the Board appoints the University President and other key senior officers. It also determines the compensation and other benefits of managers, faculty and support staff.
The Chair of the Board of Governors presides at all Board meetings and is an ex officio member of all Board committees.
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