Terms of Reference

The Planning and Priorities Committee of University Council is responsible for:

  1. Conducting and reporting to Council on university–wide planning and review activities in consultation with the Provost and Vice-President Academic.

  2. Evaluating college and unit plans and reporting the conclusions of those evaluations to Council.

  3. Recommending to Council on academic priorities for the University.

  4. Recommending to Council on outreach and engagement priorities for the University.

  5. Seeking advice from other Council committees to facilitate university-wide academic planning.

  6. Recommending to Council on the establishment, disestablishment or amalgamation of any college, school, department or any unit responsible for the administration of an academic program, with the advice of the academic programs committee.

  7. Balancing academic and fiscal concerns in forming its recommendations.

  8. Providing advice to the President on budgetary implications of government funding requests and reporting to Council.

  9. Considering the main elements of the comprehensive budget and financial reports and reporting to Council.

  10. Advising the academic programs committee on the fit with University priorities and the general budgetary appropriateness of proposals for new academic programs and program deletions.

  11. Integrating and recommending to Council on matters referred to it from other Council committees.

  12. Advising the President and senior executive on operating and capital budgetary matters, including infrastructure and space allocation issues, referred from time to time by the President, providing the advice is not inconsistent with the policies of Council. The planning and priorities committee will report to Council on the general nature of the advice and, where practicable, obtain the guidance of Council. However, the committee need not disclose to Council matters the disclosure of which would be contrary to the interests of the University.

  13. Designating individuals to act as representatives of the committee on any other bodies, when requested, where such representation is deemed by the committee to be beneficial.

  14. Proactively supporting equity, diversity, and inclusion in all processes and matters coming before the committee.

Reports to Council


Eleven members of the General Academic Assembly, at least six of whom will be elected members of Council, normally one of whom will be chair.  At least one member from the General Academic Assembly with some expertise in financial analysis will be nominated.
One Dean appointed by the Council
One undergraduate student appointed by the U.S.S.U.
One graduate student appointed by the G.S.A.
One sessional lecturer

Ex Officio Members
Provost & Vice-president Academic or designate
Vice-president, Finance & Resources or designate
Vice-president, Research or designate
Vice-provost Indigenous Engagement
President (non-voting member)
Chair of Council (non-voting member)

Resource Personnel (Non-voting members)
Associate Provost, Institutional Planning and Assessment
Director of Resource Allocation and Planning
Director of Assessment and Analytics
The Chief Information Officer and Associate Vice-president Information and Communications Technology
Executive Director, International - Office of the Vice President Research
Vice-Provost, Indigenous Engagement

Administrative Support
The Office of the University Secretary

Membership 2020-21

Council Members

Darrell Mousseau (Chair)-Exec Psychiatry, Medicine 2023
Alec Aitken Geography and Planning 2022
TBD TBD 2022
Vince Bruni-Bossio (Vice-chair)-Exec Management and Marketing 2022
Keith Da Silva Dentistry 2022
Terry Wotherspoon Sociology 2022

General Academic Assembly Members

Shelley Peacock Nursing 2023
Andrew Grosvenor Chemistry 2021
Lynn Lemisko Educational Foundations 2021
Marie Lovrod English 2021
Haizen Mou JSGS 2022


Jane Alcorn Dean, Pharmacy & Nutrition 2023

Sessional Lecturer

TBD TBD 2021

Other Members (voting)

Airini-Exec Provost and Vice-President Academic (ex officio)
Irena Creed Associate Vice-President Research
Greg Fowler VP Finance and Resources (ex officio)
Jacqueline Ottmann Vice-Provost Indigneous Engagement (ex officio)
Jamie Bell USSU Designate 2021
Humaira Inam GSA Designate 2021

Resource Members

Dena McMartin-Exec Associate Provost, Institutional Planning and Assessment (IPA)
Jennifer Beck Director, Resource Allocation and Planning, IPA
Troy Harkot Director, Assessment & Analytics, IPA
Shari Baraniuk Chief Information Officer (CIO), Information and Communciations Technoloogy
Meghna Ramaswamy Director, International Office
Jacquie Thomarat-Exec Associate Secretary, Academic Governance

Meeting Schedule

2020-2021 Meeting Schedule

  • September 9, 2020
  • September 23, 2020
  • October 7, 2020
  • October 21, 2020
  • November 4, 2020
  • November 18, 2020
  • December 2, 2020
  • December 16, 2020
  • January 13, 2021
  • January 27, 2021
  • February 10, 2021
  • February 24, 2021
  • March 10, 2021
  • March 24, 2021
  • April 7, 2021
  • April 21, 2021
  • May 5, 2021
  • May 19, 2021
  • June 2, 2021
  • June 16, 2021

Capital and Finance Subcommittee


Angela Bedard-Haughn, Chair
VP Operations and Finance, USSU
VP Operations and Finance, GSA
Keith Willoughby, PPC
Lynn Lemisko, PPC
Irena Creed, OVPR representative
Patti McDougall, Provost designate
Greg Fowler, VP Finance (ex officio)

Resource Members

Terry Summers, Controller
Dena McMartin, Associate Provost, Institutional Planning and Assessment
Jennifer Beck, Director, Resource Allocation & Planning, Institutional Planning and Assessment
Trever Batters, Director, Operations and Finance, People and Resources
Jacquie Thomarat, Associate Secretary, Academic Governance

Centres Subcommittee


Darrell Mousseau, Chair
TBD, RSAW representative
Ryan Brook, APC representative
Irena Creed, OVPR representative on PPC
David Burgess, PPC
VP Academic, USSU
VP Academic, GSA
Ken Wilson, Provost designate (ex officio)
Greg Fowler, VP Finance (ex officio)

Resource Members

Dena McMartin, Associate Provost, Institutional Planning and Assessment
Janelle Hutchinson, Chief Strategic Officer, People & Resources
Troy Harkot, Director, Assessment & Analytics, Institutional Planning and Assessment
Laura Zink, Director, Strategic Research Initiatives
Jacquie Thomarat, Associate Secretary, Academic Governance

Terms of reference

(from Section 8, Policy on Centres, as approved by Council December 2003)

A standing Subcommittee on Centres will be created:

  • To facilitate the creation of new centres
  • To monitor adherence to the Policy
  • To develop and review the Policy and Guidelines
  • To oversee the disestablishment of centres
  • To maintain a list of active centres

Membership on this Subcommittee will be drawn from the Planning & Priorities and Research, Scholarly & Artistic Work Committees of Council, the Offices of the three Vice-Presidents and will be supported by the University Secretary’s Office.  The Subcommittee will report to Council through the Planning & Priorities Committee.