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Board of Governors – Mohawk College


Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology is a dynamic and innovative College located in the Golden Horseshoe of Ontario, Canada.  Mohawk has three main campuses: the Fennell Campus located in Hamilton, the Stoney Creek Campus and the Mohawk-McMaster Institute for Applied Health Sciences located at McMaster University in Hamilton. As of 2016, more than 1,000 faculty instruct roughly 30,000 full-time and part-time students studying in more than 100 post-secondary and apprenticeship programs.  Since its founding in 1966, over 90,000 students have graduated from Mohawk College.

Mohawk College has a diverse program offering at the apprenticeship, continuing education, diploma and collaborative degree level, allowing students to optimize their education.  Cooperative education programs give students real-world experience, preparing them for successful careers in their field.  For the sixth consecutive year, Mohawk finished first in student satisfaction of all the colleges in the GTA and Hamilton area, and first in both graduate employment and satisfaction for the fourth year in a row.

With the launch of the 2016 – 2021 strategic plan, the college has established ambitious plans that commit it to becoming number one in the GTHA for employer satisfaction, number one in the Province for graduate employment and in the top 10 in Canada for applied research activity.  The college aims to double the number of college partners and strengthen its leadership role in simulation learning, Aboriginal education, environmental sustainability and social inclusion.

Mohawk College is fully accredited and funded by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities and is a member of the Association of Community Colleges of Canada (ACCC).


The Board is responsible for the governance of the college, including oversight of the organization and taking a leadership role in the development of its strategic direction.

This is a voluntary Board, comprised of 17 members (12 external and 5 internal).  There are four Standing Board Committees:  Audit, Finance & Infrastructure; Student Services; Program Development & Renewal; and Nominating Committee.

Board responsibilities include the following:

  • Establishing governance structures to enable the achievement of expected institutional outcomes with clear lines of communication and internal accountability.
  • Setting the College vision, mission, strategic directions and overall goals and outcomes with the context of the appropriate laws, government policy and local need.
  • Monitor and evaluate the President’s performance on an annual basis.
  • Delegating to the President responsibilities for the operation of the college as appropriate.
  • Oversight of College Enterprise Risk Management framework and establishment of risk tolerance.
  • Approving the college’s annual business plan, budget and annual report.
  • Oversight of the financial stewardship of the College. Ensure that the College operates in accordance with legal and regulatory requirements.
  • In consultation with the President, monitor and evaluate the college’s outcomes and performance annually in reference to agreed upon metrics and take appropriate corrective action as necessary where expected outcome and performance are not achieved.

General Board and Committee meetings are held on the same day, with Committee meetings taking place in the morning and Board meetings in the afternoon.  Meetings are held in:  September, November, February, April and June, with an overnight retreat taking place in October and a full day retreat in May.


Due to the expiry of Directors’ terms of office, there are opportunities available on the Board.  Potential candidates may bring experience and skills in some combination in the following areas:

  • Public policy/interest and government relations;
  • Building partnerships and strategic alliances, including public-private partnerships;
  • Legal expertise;
  • Executive management, human resources and compensation;
  • Social services;
  • Education, specifically technical research
  • Medical services, healthcare
  • Diversity

The Mohawk Board is sophisticated, diverse and recognizes leadership in Board Governance and best practices.  Members are highly committed to personal growth, teamwork and accountability, as well as to the college and the greater Hamilton community.

How to Apply:

Please send your resume in Word or PDF format to: Copy and Paste the following job title and code and place it in the subject line of your email so we can identify the job and confirm receipt of your application:
AWQH-335436 Board of Governors – Mohawk College, ON – Toronto and GTA (CRPAPPLY)

Please note that only those candidates meeting the selection criteria, established by our client, will be contacted further. Although we may not contact you directly for this particular role, all applications will be reviewed as we would like to consider you for future opportunities that may be appropriate. We encourage you to continue to visit our website at as our opportunities are updated on a regular basis.

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