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Huron was established by an Act of the Province of Canada in 1863 and continued by The Huron College Act, 1958 (amended in 1961 and 1975).

It is currently governed by The Huron University College Act, 2020. An Academic Council is responsible for all matters relating to the academic life of the institution.

Huron is an independent, degree-granting institution, which has been affiliated with Western University since the late nineteenth century. Apart from honorary degrees in divinity, its degree-granting authority is currently held in abeyance, under the terms of our Affiliation Agreement with Western University. The President of Huron is an ex-officio member of the Western Senate.

In February 2021, Huron announced it would seek to renegotiate its affiliation agreement with Western University. At Huron, we are a unique post-secondary institution that prioritizes ethical leadership and community engagement alongside a strong academic experience. What we are seeking is the decision-making power to provide a better, more unique experience for our students. 

In recent months, Huron has been engaged in conversations with Western University and believe we have come to some common ground. These discussions are continuing with a shared determination to create a relationship where each institution can thrive under a renewed agreement.

More information will be communicated once we have finalized an agreement. Any changes will not impact the degrees granted to our students. Incoming Huron students will continue to graduate with a Western University degree.

Board of Governors

2021-2022 Membership
Dr. Barry Craig
President, Huron University College
Prem Watsa
Chancellor, Huron University College & Chairman and CEO, Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd.
Brian Porter
President & CEO, Scotiabank & Chair, Huron’s Board of Governors
Wes Hall
Executive Chairman & Founder, Kingsdale Advisors & Vice-Chair, Huron’s Board of Governors
Melinda Rogers-Hixon
Deputy Chair, Rogers Communications Inc. & External Member of the Executive Committee, Huron’s Board of Governors
Yola Ventresca
Partner, Lerners LLP & Secretary of Huron’s Board of Governors
Michael Medline
President & CEO, Empire Company Ltd. & Sobeys Inc.
Kelly Meighen
President, TR Meighen Family Foundation
David 'Patch' Patchell-Evans
Founder & CEO, GoodLife Fitness
Leigh Allen
Director, Reinsurance Group of America Inc.
Jane Caskey
Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
Andrew Aziz
Partner, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
Gerald Slemko
CEO, Trudell Medical Ltd. & Chair, Ellis Don
Al Donald
Partner, Deloitte Canada
Suzanne Fleming
Managing Partner, Communications & Branding, Brookfield Asset Management
Caleb James Hayhoe
Founder & Chairman, Flowerdale Group Ltd.
Frank Holmes
CEO & Chief Investment Officer, U.S. Global Investors
Lisa Jones Keenan
Vice-President of Sales, Xplornet Communications Inc.
Ranjita Rajan
Founder & Chair of Trustees, The Karta Initiative
Vivek Prabhu
Vice-President & Toronto Lead, Public Affairs, Hill & Knowlton Strategies
Susan Farrow
Occupational Therapist & Assistant Professor, University of Toronto
Andy Truong
Executive Director, AKD International Inc.
Dr. Geoff Read
Provost & Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Science, Huron University College
Dr. Dan Smith
Dean of Theology, Huron University College
The Rt. Rev. Dr. Todd Townshend
Bishop, Diocese of Huron
Dr. Ingrid Mattson
Professor of Islamic Studies at Huron, London and Windsor Community Chair in Islamic Studies (Elected by Faculty of Theology)
Dr. Neil Bradford
Professor of Political Science & Chair, Governance, Leadership and Ethics, Huron (Elected by Faculty of Arts and Social Science)
Ziyana Kotahdia
President, Huron University College Students’ Council (Elected by Huron student body)

Call For Nominations

Each year, Huron aims to confer honorary degrees in divinity at its Spring Theology Convocation and at its Spring FASS Convocation. The Doctor of Divinity degrees are awarded to individuals who exemplify the mission of Huron, based on the following criteria:

(a)        Doctor of Divinity jure dignitatis, given in recognition to persons in Episcopal Office who are graduates of the College; and perhaps selectively to others such as graduates of the College currently serving as Deans of Cathedrals, National and Diocesan Office personnel, significant positions in the church or another faith community and not restricted to Anglicans only;

(b)        Doctor of Divinity honoris causa, is given in recognition to persons who have made significant contributions, directly or indirectly, to the betterment of the life of the University, the local community, and society in general in the province, Canada, or the world. These areas of achievement include academic, scientist, artist, educator, administrator, or public servant, or in any other recognized way.

If you would like to nominate an individual(s) for this award, please return the nomination form to Anne Turvey at, by Monday, November 1, 2021.

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Faculty of Arts and Social Science

2019-2024 FASS Academic Plan

Huron's Organizational Chart

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