Council of University Executives

The Council of University Executives (formerly the Quality Network for Universities) offers university executives from across the country both virtual and in-person opportunities to convene, build relationships, and discuss and debate key issues and topics in Canadian higher education.

It provides a venue for senior leaders to network with peers and exchange ideas about strategic university leadership, research and innovation, and international partnership development.

Who Should Join?

University leaders who are committed to excellence, innovation, and change. Current members include university provosts, vice-presidents, and other executive-level leaders interested in meeting and spending time with colleagues who are keen to expand their national and global networks, build partnerships, and enhance the reputation and overall effectiveness of their institutions.

Key Objectives

  • Learn from cross-sectoral experts and thought leaders about top-of-mind challenges and solutions in the Canadian academy.
  • Engage, collaborate, and debate with peers from across the country in a confidential, closed-door setting.
  • Explore diverse ideas and shape discussions that lead to active change.

Benefits of Membership

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Attend virtual events tailored to member interests featuring thought leaders in the field, as well as domestic meetings and week-long experiential study tours focused on exploring academia across the globe.Build new domestic and international partnerships, engage in candid discussions about common challenges, and draw on cross-sectoral research and best practices to develop new strategies on mission-critical topics.Discuss and debate the implications of national and international trends and meet with policy-makers and leading thinkers shaping the public policy framework that influences universities’ choices.

Current Members

Brock University

Carleton University

Concordia University

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

McMaster University – Education Services Faculty of Health Sciences

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Queen’s University

Saint Mary’s University

Toronto Metropolitan University

University of Calgary

York University

Members Only

This section is currently underdevelopment. In the meantime, please visit this page to access all members-only content.

If you’re not a member and would like to become one, please contact us.

Past Meetings

Breaking the Culture of Silence: Fighting Sexual Violence & Misconduct in Canadian Universities

November 3, 2022 •  Dinner Meeting •  Toronto


Winter 2023  •  Two-Day Virtual Event 


May 2023  •  Three-Day International Study Tour •  Barcelona, Spain

Returning to campus: Approaches to Sustainability and Growth

May 9–11, 2022  •  Virtual Experiential Study Tour

Economic priorities in the Canadian academy

February 17, 2022

Cynthia Leach, Senior Director, Economic Thought Leadership, Royal Bank of Canada

Pedro Antunes, Chief Economist, The Conference Board of Canada

Brett House, Vice-President and Deputy Chief Economist, Scotiabank

Dwight Duncan, Senior Strategic Advisor at McMillan LLP

Internationalization, fighting systemic racism, and indigenization in the academy

November 3–4, 2021

Dr. Elena Neiterman, University of Waterloo

Senator Ratna Omidvar

Dr. Ramona Lumpkin, Interim President and Vice-Chancellor, Mount Saint Vincent University

Colin Lumsden, VP of Partner Relations, ApplyBoard

Dr. Sheila Cote-Meek, Vice President, Equity, People, and Culture, York University

The Honourable Murray Sinclair, LLB, MSc, IPC, Queen’s Chancellor

Relevant Research for Members

Become a Member

Don’t miss out on exceptional opportunities to network and exchange ideas with peers and senior leaders in higher education. Join CUE today.