University Secretariat

University Secretariat

The University Secretariat, led by the University Secretary, is the administrative office responsible for coordinating and facilitating the activities of the Board of Governors and General Faculties Council, and their various committees, to ensure the effective and efficient operation of Mount Royal University's bicameral system of governance.

The University Secretariat manages and supports the bicameral governance system in accordance with legal requirements and obligations, the Post-secondary Learning Act, the bylaws of the Board and General Faculties Council, and accepted best governance practices. 

While maintaining a neutral role within the governance system, the University Secretariat actively supports effective oversight, decision making and accountability.  This is accomplished through providing support and guidance to the governing bodies, their standing committees and to the Executive Team on all governance, policy and operational issues that might affect the institution.

The University Secretariat serves as the repository for information on all matters relating to these governing bodies, and their respective committees. Additionally, the University Secretariat provides leadership and expertise in protection of privacy compliance, access to information [legislation], data governance and policy management.

University Secretary

Jane-OConnor.jpgJane O’Connor started working at Mount Royal University in 1989 in various roles within the Executive Office and has been in the role of University Secretary since 1997.  In this capacity, she serves as a resource and advisor to the Chancellor, the Chair of the Board, the Chair of General Faculties Council, the President and Vice-Chancellor, senior administration, and committee chairs, to provide advice and guidance on policy and process. Jane is responsible for ensuring there is effective liaison among the decision-making bodies and the Executive Team. She ensures the entire university community receives timely, accurate, and objective information, advice, interpretation and application of policy.  Additionally, Jane oversees the Records Information Management and Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy functions.  She is one of three Directors of the Mount Royal University Emergency Operations Centre and also serves on numerous University committees.

Outside of Mount Royal, Jane has been an active volunteer with numerous community organizations including the United Way, the Kidney Foundation and the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Professionally, she sits on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Universities Board Association.  Jane is an avid outdoors-person who loves to golf, hike, ski and walk her dogs.

University Secretariat Team

University Secretary
Jane O'Connor


Assistant University Secretary
Kathy Homer

Contact for the Board of Governors

Governance Assistant, GFC
Sheena Jensen

Contact for General Faculties Council

Information Management & Privacy (FOIP) Advisor
Jeremy Duffin

Contact for FOIP

Information Management Coordinator
Mary Cheung


Policy Specialist
Tim Harlick

Contact for Policies and Procedures

Administrative Assistant
Améline Guillot