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Chancellor Candidate Profile

One of Canada’s newest and most innovative universities, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (Ontario Tech) is a place where technology and teaching intersect to generate exceptional student outcomes.  At Ontario Tech, faculty, staff, and students collaborate with community and industry partners to advance cutting-edge research in the university’s seven Faculties.  Founded in 2002, Ontario Tech has already grown to over 10,000 students, and over 700 full-time faculty and staff. The university's educational philosophy is to challenge, encourage innovation, and connect its faculty and students to the community - while respecting the best traditions of Canada's established universities. 

Ontario Tech is seeking its fourth Chancellor to serve as a key ambassador for the university.  The Chancellor will work closely together with the President and Vice-Chancellor and the Board of Governors to continue to enhance the university’s profile for technological innovation with a social conscience on the global stage.  As the ideal candidate, you are passionate about technology, innovation, and higher education.  You are a proven leader and demonstrate expertise in establishing successful partnerships and collaborations. Your values and principles align with those of Ontario Tech and you are committed to public service.  You have strong interpersonal and public speaking skills, and are an excellent communicator in both formal and informal settings.  You also have the ability to lead fund and friend-raising activities, and would derive satisfaction from seeing the university advance as a result of your leadership.   

Role and Responsibilities of the Chancellor

The Chancellor serves as the ceremonial head of the university and confers all degrees, honorary degrees, certificates and diplomas on behalf of the university.  The Chancellor presides over a minimum of four Convocation ceremonies held during the first week of June.  As part of the Convocation events, the Chancellor co-hosts the luncheons and/or dinners celebrating the Honorary Degree recipients. 

The Chancellor also serves as an ex officio member of the university’s Board of Governors and Academic Council, as well as the university’s Honorary Degrees Committee.
The Chancellor represents the university at a variety of other events to promote the university’s interests and actively participates in advancement and fund-raising activities.


Chancellor Profile

The next Chancellor of Ontario Tech will demonstrate the following characteristics:

  • willingness to serve as a high-profile advocate and ambassador for the university;
  • champion of equity, diversity and inclusionary principles;
  • genuine passion for higher education, technology, and the student experience;
  • effective relationship building skills;
  • strong communication and public speaking skills;
  • well-respected reputation and strong public profile;
  • readiness to assist with fund and friend-raising events nationally and internationally;
  • commitment to community service;
  • availability to dedicate time to participate in formal and informal events as a representative of the university, both on and off-campus;
  • readiness to engage in fundraising and friend-raising activities;
  • possesses a wide network of contacts and is willing to facilitate relationship building; and
  • experience aligns with university’s focus on tech with a conscience.


The Chancellor Search Committee welcomes your suggestions as to the names of individuals who could fulfill the above requirements.  Please send your suggestions to