Connections create possibilities. Possibilities create the future.

Over the past 110 years, Mount Royal students, faculty, staff and alumni have created countless connections to build our communities, strengthen the economy and create a positive future — here and around the world.

We’re seeking a vibrant connector who shares our pride and passion for the communities we serve. Help us tell the Mount Royal story of an exceptional education and experience. Join us as we create great things for the next 110 years.

Applications are now open for Mount Royal University’s first Chancellor!






The Chancellor is the ceremonial head of Mount Royal University and represents the public interest in the University.

As an external-facing proponent of Mount Royal, the Chancellor actively participates in University and community activities. The Chancellor represents the University in formal occasions, such as presiding over Convocation and granting degrees to all graduating students. The Chancellor also serves as an advisor and support to the President and as an ex-officio member of Mount Royal’s Board of Governors.

The ideal candidate for the Chancellor role is distinguished in their field as measured by service, contributions, reputation and record of excellence. The person needs to be keenly interested in higher education and the connection between universities and communities. The role requires a person who has a strong connection to Calgary and Alberta and will promote Mount Royal University’s mission, vision and values to all.

The Chancellor has knowledge and experience with ceremonies and protocols, including feeling a high level of ease with public speaking.

Nominees must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

The person must have time to engage in all the duties involved. The role is for a four-year term and by provincial legislation the Chancellor can only serve one term.

This is a non-remunerated volunteer position, with travel expenses reimbursed.

More details can be found in the Chancellor Role profile.

Have a question? Please contact University Secretary Jane O’Connor at or 403.440.6927.


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Process and Forms

Mount Royal will make a selection on the basis of merit and is committed to equity and diversity. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply.

Confidential nominations for the Chancellor appointment opened on January 20, 2020. The review of the nominations begins in March 2020. Nominations will remain open until the position is filled.

The personal information of nominees and nominators will be managed and protected in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Documentation received by the Chancellor Search Committee during its deliberations will be treated as confidential and will only be used or disclosed for the purpose for which the information was collection.

The nomination and appointment process are described in the Chancellor search process.

To make a nomination you can choose to:

Fill out and submit using a secure online form.

Print this form and attach all supporting documents and mail to:

The Office of the University Secretariat
Attn: Jane O’Connor, University Secretary
Mount Royal University 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW
Calgary, AB T3E 6K6

Print this form, and attach all supporting documents, scan and email to with the subject line: Confidential Chancellor Nomination.

Have a question? Contact University Secretary, Jane O’Connor at or 403.440.6927.


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Search Committee

As outlined in the Post-secondary Learning Act, the Chancellor is elected by the Board of Governors as nominated by the Chancellor Search Committee.

The members are:

Tim Rahilly, President and Vice-Chancellor; Chancellor Search Committee Chair
Jen Magnus, Board of Governors
Sue Riddell Rose, Board of Governors
Michèle Stanners, Board of Governors
Peter Choate, General Faculties Council
Maki Motapanyane, General Faculties Council
Elaine Mullen, General Faculties Council
Jennifer Aubin, Alumni Association
Carolina Serrano Andres, Alumni Association
Mark Sollis, Alumni Association
Shayla Breen, Students’ Association
Kainat Javed, Students’ Association
Jane O’Connor, University Secretary (non-voting)
Kathy Homer, Recording Secretary


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Confidential nominations for the Chancellor appointment opened on January 20. The review of the nominations begins in March and the Search Committee is hoping to have the new Chancellor in place for Spring Convocation in June.

A detailed timeline is below.

January 20 — Start of call for nominations
January 31 — Search Committee identifies key criteria and potential candidates
March 2 — Deadline for receipt of nominations
First half of March — Search Committee shortlists and ranks candidates
Second half of March — President and Vice-Chancellor meets with candidates
Early April — Committee receives report from President, develops a ranked shortlist and meets with the preferred candidate.
Mid-April — Confirmation candidate willing to serve as Chancellor
April 27 — Recommendation to the Board of Governors
April 28 to 30 — Announcement
June — Installation at Spring Convocation


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