The Emily Carr University Senate Governance Committee presented the first inaugural workshop on university governance facilitated by Neil Gold, our governance consultant. Neil guided us through a series of scenarios designed to help us with our collective decision-making.

Neil will provide an overview of the general structure of university governance and the basics of the statutory authority of Senate. Themes of Accountability; Transparency; Integrity; Stewardship; Efficiency; and Strategic Vision will be highlighted and discussed. In addition the roles and responsibilities of Senate members and the concept of representation will be reviewed and modeled out. The workshop is an opportunity to contribute to our collective understanding of our shared responsibilities as decision-makers in a bicameral framework.

Neil Gold is a Professor of Law Emeritus at the University of Windsor. He has held many university posts including: Vice President Academic and Provost at the University of Windsor, Vice-President International (Windsor), Dean of Law (Windsor and City University of Hong Kong), Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences (Hong Kong), and Dean of Student Affairs and Continuing Education, (Windsor).

He has served on the senates of the University of Victoria, City University of Hong Kong (Academic Board) and Windsor. At Windsor Neil led the review and revisions of the whole of the Senate Bylaws and key policies on transparency and conflict of interest and conflict of commitment. This work included the professionalization and the restructuring of the senate committees and operations, the system of record creation and management, and the role of the Senate Secretariat. At Hong Kong he established the Faculty of Law, its internal and academic management structures and the key committee structure.

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