Queen's charter changes receive royal assent
With the governor general's signature, a bill to amend the university charter that will allow Queen’s to reduce the size of the Board of Trustees has become law. The changes will also give University Council the flexibility to determine its size and composition.
"Reducing the size of the Board reflects a general trend among modern charitable, not-for-profit and corporate boards to improve effectiveness," says Georgina Moore, University Secretary. "The historical basis for the current composition of the University Council is no longer relevant and Council can play a more effective role within Queen’s with a modified size and composition."
The roles and responsibilities of the Board and University Council will not change.
The Board, currently one of the largest university boards in Canada, over the next three years plans to shrink from 44 to 25 members to increase effectiveness and efficiency.
The Charter has been amended eight times in the last 170 years, most recently in 1996 when the composition of the Board of Trustees was expanded to include students, faculty and staff. Queen’s was created in 1841 by Queen Victoria, and because it is a pre-confederation corporation with powers extending beyond provincial boundaries, the only Canadian legislative body that can amend its Royal Charter is the Parliament of Canada.