University Governance Conference 2024



January 18-19, 2024
Hyatt Regency Vancouver, 655 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC
Presented by the Confederation of University Faculty Associations of BC



University governance reached a turning point in the pandemic that exposed fundamental flaws in institutional decision-making. Administrations say the pre-pandemic rules and structures are outdated, and no longer serve the purposes they once did. Senates and faculty say they’re displaced from shared governance, their authority and autonomy in decision-making eroded. Faculty associations participate in university governance, but their role is historically peripheral and ambiguous. The overarching questions behind this conference are: What is the state of university governance today, and can it survive modern day challenges? Is there a defined role for faculty associations in the governance model of today’s university?

This national conference will provide valuable opportunity for faculty, staff, university administrators, government policymakers, and other stakeholders to shape the future of university governance.




Registrations on or before October 18, 2023

$375 – * Early bird rate * ENDED

Registrations on October 19, 2023 or later

$450 – Regular Registration Rate





Book your stay at the conference venue at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver for $239/night plus fees & taxes. The deadline for booking a room is Wednesday, December 27th, 2023.


Hotel Booking Link: CUFA BC CONFERENCE 2024 (hyatt.com)



  • State of the Union: Current issues in university governance
  • Use it or lose it: Faculty roles and responsibilities in university governance
  • Legislation, lobbying, bargaining: The role of government and unions in university governance?
  • Open and closed searches: Time, place, and impact on university governance
  • Survive or thrive: What is the future of university governance?
  • Building bridges: On facilitating collaboration between senate and board
  • EDI & university governance: Indigenizing the academy
  • A roundtable discussion among attendees



Conference cancellations: Up to 30 days before the event, we can process requests to cancel registration in which we will return the conference fee (minus a small fee of ~$14 related to the Stripe direct pay app). We cannot process cancellations within 30 days of the event because the food and conference related expenses will have been finalized with the hotel. Please email [email protected] for all cancellation requests.


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