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Quality Network for Universities

About This Network

The Quality Network for Universities offers participating universities a unique forum for exploring important issues in higher education—unique because it brings together provosts and vice-presidents, associate provosts and associate vice-presidents, often with leaders from other sectors, to pool experience and debate alternatives to the issues they face.

Through the Network, participants can:

  • Identify new opportunities and strategies around topics critical to the university mission and to organizational effectiveness generally, drawing on research and leading practice from across sectors
  • Debate the implications of national and international trends, meeting with policy makers and leading thinkers shaping the public policy framework influencing universities’ choices
  • Engage in candid discussion of common challenges with colleagues and leaders from various sectors and Network informally with colleagues.
  • Access the expertise of The Conference Board of Canada in support of internal initiatives.

Who Should Join

Universities committed to innovation and change. Members are interested in challenging ideas, new insights into important institutional issues and the opportunity to engage with peers from across mandates, disciplines and sectors.

Annual Services

  • One 2-day meeting on a Canadian university campus; one week-long international experiential study tour; member dinner + complimentary access to the Conference Board’s annual skills and education summit.
  • Related services: access to Conference Board research and convening expertise as well as agenda development; partnership and collaboration opportunities; knowledge mobilization and communications capacity.

Recent Topics and Themes

  • Innovation Study Tours to San Francisco and the Bay Area and to Sweden and Finland.
  • Gender Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Canadian PSE
  • The Future of the University
  • Enhancing the Student Experience
  • Internationalization and Research Partnerships
  • Institutional Sustainability


Member Organizations

Business-Higher Education Roundtable

Carleton University

Concordia University

Dalhousie University

Emily Carr University of Art and Design

Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS)

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

MacEwan University

McGill University

McMaster University

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Mount Royal University

OCAD University

Royal Roads University

Ryerson University

Saint Mary’s University

Simon Fraser University

The University of British Columbia

The University of Northern British Columbia

Université du Québec à Montréal

University of Alberta

University of Calgary

University of Fredericton

University of New Brunswick

University of Ottawa

University of Ontario Institute of Technology

University of Saskatchewan

University of Technology, Sydney (Australia)

University of Waterloo

York University

Annual fee: $8,725

Network Documents

Centre for Skills and Post-Secondary Education

Contact Us

Matthew McKean
Associate Director, Education