April 20 Board of Governors: Budget Plan and new Research Facility Approved, Membership Changes

The most recent U of G Board of Governors meeting was held on April 21. Below are key highlights from the meeting. A full synopsis of the meeting will be available on the University Secretariat’s website.

Budget Plan Approved

The budget is one of the University’s key strategy documents and articulates how it will allocate resources in support of its mission over the coming fiscal years. At its most recent meeting, the Board approved the 2022-23 budget plan. A further update on the 2022-23 budget plan will be presented at the Board’s next regular meeting in June.

More information on the budget can be found on the University’s budget website.  

Bedrock Aquifer Field Facility Approved

The Bedrock Aquifer Field Facility (BAFF) is the proposed home of the Morwick G360 Groundwater Research Centre (MG360), which is part of the School of Engineering (SOE) within the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences (CEPS).

By incorporating boreholes and real-time monitoring technologies on site, the Centre will redefine the University’s ability to conduct hands-on research and training, and will enable it to develop scientists, innovators and professionals who will lead the next era of groundwater scholarship and stewardship.

The new facility is supported by a $10-million gift from long-time U of G benefactor Edward (Ted) Morwick.

Membership Changes

The Board of Governors approved the appointment of a new Governor. Dr. Statia Elliott, Director of the School of Hospitality, Food and Tourism Management in the Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics, was appointed to the vacant faculty seat on the Board in keeping with the Board’s electoral procedures.

Two additional appointments were also announced at the meeting:

  • Dr. Ashish Sachan, a toxicologist and director of North America Technologies and Business Inc., was appointed to the Board by the Lieutenant Governor in Council on February 17, 2022.
  • Dr. Mary Anne Chambers, a business leader in the banking sector and former provincial minister, assumed an ex-officio seat on the Board upon her election as Chancellor of the University of Guelph on April 7, 2022.

The next regular Board of Governors meeting will take place on Wednesday, June 22. Regular board meetings are open to the public. Guests wishing to view the meeting may request to do so by emailing univsec@uoguelph.ca.