The Governance Office is a key link between the executive leadership and governance of the university, facilitating the activities of the Board of Governors, Senate, General Academic Assembly and University Council.


The office is also responsible for:

  • Governance
    • Interpretation of institutional bylaws and policies
    • Secretariat for Council, Senate, Board, General Academic Assembly and their committees
    • Secretariat for faculty appeal boards and for student discipline and appeal boards
  • Protocol and Ceremonies (eg. Convocation)

Chelsea Willness

Dr. Willness was appointed University Secretary & Chief Governance Officer as of January 1, 2020. She formerly held the position of associate dean, research and academic, in the Edwards School of Business.

Chelsea has received University, college, and international teaching awards. She maintains an active program of research, publishing her work in top journals and book chapters, and presenting to academic and professional audiences locally, nationally, and internationally.

Dr. Willness has a keen interest in governance and leadership development, and she has been actively involved in governance initiatives for the not-for-profit sector. She has consulted for a wide variety of organizations in expertise areas such as corporate social responsibility, governance, strategy, and stakeholder engagement.


For meeting, speaking or general scheduling requests, and general information or questions please contact Michelle Kjargaard.