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From the Board of Governors meeting of September 17, 2015

Enterprise Risk Management Project
The Board received an update and draft report from Grant Thornton on the Enterprise Risk Management project (ERM). 

The enterprise risk management process is designed to assist in identifying NSCAD’s most significant risks, determining whether any risks exceed acceptable levels, and developing and monitoring plans to address potential gaps.  It is important to note that risk management is not simply about risk reduction.  It is about making informed decisions to further the University’s objectives, with consideration to the various risks that may impact the organization and/or its people.

The top ten risks will be monitored by the Board of Governors based on quarterly reports provided by the Audit and Risk Oversight Committee.  Fall 2015 will see the rollout of Enterprise Risk Management.

Hello and Goodbye
Past Secretary, Margaret Fountain retires from the Board after more than 15 years of service to NSCAD University.  Mrs. Fountain was appointed Life Governor for her years of dedicated service to the university.  Mrs. Fountain stated it was a great pleasure and privilege to be on the NSCAD Board.  

Joining the NSCAD Board are Greg Bambury of Medavie Inc., Gary Edwards, President of Edwards Family Charitable Foundation, and student representatives Gabriel Soligo SUNSCAD President and Julie Hall, SUNSCAD VP Finance.   Also joining the Governors are Faculty representatives Rudi Meyer, Associate Professor, Design and Rebecca Young University Librarian. Departures include Faculty representatives Mathew Reichertz and Jane Milton whose terms ended on September 17, 2015.  The Board is grateful for the dedicated service of these members. 

Officers of the Board and Committee Chairs
The officers of the Board were appointed:
     Jeff Somerville, Chair
     Julia Rivard-Dexter, Vice Chair
     John Carruthers, Treasurer
     Kim Knoll, Secretary

As Grant Machum steps down, Jeff Somerville takes over the role of Chair of the Board.  As Margaret Fountain steps down, Kim Knoll takes over the role of Secretary. 

The Chairs of the subcommittees of the Board were appointed:
     Matthew MacLellan, Governance and Human Resources
     Louise-Anne Comeau, Audit and Risk Oversight
     Elizabeth Currie, Advancement
     John Carruthers, Financial and Physical Resources

Matthew MacLellan takes over the role of Chair of Governance and Human Resources as Grant Machum steps down and Louise-Anne Comeau takes over the role of Chair of Audit and Risk Oversight as Jeff Somerville steps down and takes over as Chair of the Board. 

Facility Strategy
The Board of Governors held a retreat in August to discuss NSCAD‘s facilities in depth.  After two days of fulsome discussion, including a presentation by student representatives Gabriel Soligo and Julie Hall, the Board agreed that NSCAD needs a facility that facilitates a greater sense of community and supports the kind of interdisciplinary art, design and craft education that the students value.  Consensus was arrived to plan an integrated campus model by 2019.  At the September 17th meeting, the Board passed a motion to proceed with the planning of an exit strategy from the Fountain Campus on or before the year end 2019. 

Collective Agreement - Article 40
The Board agreed to direct the Vice-President (Academic & Research) to advise FUNSCAD of the consequential changes to LOA#3 while the Board exercises its rights and fulfills its obligations under Article 40.

Annual Report Presented at AGM
NSCAD’s 2014-15 Annual Report was presented at the September 17 Board of Governors Annual General Meeting. The Annual Report presents an incredibly full year, with so many accomplishments to be shared and recognized.

Many Thanks
During its Annual General Meeting, the NSCAD Board of Governors took time to express their appreciation to the students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors, Government of Nova Scotia, and to the community at large. 

Next Meeting
The next meeting of the NSCAD Board of Governors is scheduled for November 26, 2015. 


2015/16 Meetings Schedule

Agendas are set and circulated seven days prior to each meeting.

To advance an issue to the Board or address the Board, please contact Kathy Connor, Executive Assistant Governance at kconnor@nscad.ca or 494-8168. Items must be received for consideration a minimum of 10 days prior to the meeting date.


Board of Governors


September 17, 2015

AGM - September 17, 2015

November 26, 2015

February 18, 2016

March 31, 2016

May 12, 2016

June 23, 2016



Governance & Human Resources Committee


September 9, 2015

November 16, 2015

January 14, 2016

February 25, 2016

May 10, 2016

June 14, 2016


Advancement Committee


September 2, 2015

January 20, 2016

March 2, 2016

April 20, 2016

June 8, 2016


Financial & Physical Resources Committee


August 27, 2015

November 5, 2015

February 4, 2016

March 3, 2016

April 7, 2016



Audit & Risk Management Committee


September 1, 2015

December 2, 2015

February 10, 2016

April 5, 2016

June 15, 2016

  All Committees may schedule special meetings as needed.

Board News


Board Briefs Sept. 17, 2015

Board Briefs June 25 2015

Board Briefs May 2015

Board Briefs April 2015

Board Briefs January 2015

Board Briefs November 2014

Board Briefs October 2014

AGM 2014 Review and Reports


Charting a Path Forward

Margaret and David Fountain give $3 million to NSCAD

NSCAD names new President

Board briefs September 2014

Board briefs April 2014

Board briefs  March 2014

Board briefs  February 2014

                       For news items prior to 2014, please go to our Archives

Contact Information

    (902) 494 8168

2014–2015 Annual Report


We are pleased to present NSCAD University’s 2014–2015 Annual Report. The report is inspired by NSCAD's Strategic Framework and its four pillars: Nurture, Curiosity, Steward and Connect.