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Recruitment and Application


Are you interested in the governance of an amazing, internationally-recognized institution leading higher education, health and research? NOSM University—the first independent medical university in Canada—invites membership on its Board of Governors.

Joining the Board of Governors 

The Board of Governors consists of up to 30 members categorized as Ex-officio, internal, external and are distributed as follows:

  • Ex-officio: The Chancellor and the President shall be ex-officio members of the Board: (2)
  • Internal Seats (student, teaching staff, non-teaching employee): (3)
  • Lieutenant Governor in Council Appointed Representatives: (5)

The remainder of Governors would be selected from current members of the NOSM University Transition Board and new external appointees. Persons in the above categories are not eligible through this process. Please note*** the number of newly appointed Governors may be small, but we wish to have a pool of interested applicants. Not everyone who are selected for an interview will be recommended for appointment.

The eligibility for the NOSM University Board of Governors is mandated by the NOSM University Act, 2021, its accompanying regulations and the NOSM University Board By-Law No 1.

Core Requirements

We seek candidates who possess a high level of expertise at a senior leadership level, experience dealing with issues and challenges facing a complex institution (especially a University) and persons who:

  • have a desire to serve, willingness and ability to commit the time and effort required to carry out duties as a member of the Board of Governors;
  • are committed to the mission, vision and strategic directions of NOSM University;
  • demonstrate individual accountability (influence, leadership, collaboration, and judgment);
  • understand and respect fiduciary duty—as a fiduciary, the Board member’s sole responsibility is to the well-being of the University; and,
  • maintain confidentiality requirements and declare any and all perceived or actual conflicts of interest.

Functional Expertise

  • Financial management and oversight with professional designation.
  • Human resources, including labour relations.
  • Information management strategy.
  • Conflict resolution.
  • Quality improvement and risk management.
  • Strategic planning.
  • Health policy and administration.
  • Knowledge of and experience in Indigenous health care, policy or administration and governance.
  • Knowledge of and experience in Francophone health care, policy or administration and governance.
  • Equity, diversity inclusivity and anti-racism.
  • Health-care delivery and clinical experience.
  • Government relations.
  • Fundraising, media, and public relations.

Experience, Knowledge, and Skillset

The NOSM University Board of Governors is a skills-based Board, not a representational Board. The following skills, knowledge and experience are preferred.


  • University (higher education) policy, governance and/or management experience.
  • NOSM learners, including: medical students and resident doctors, graduate students and health sciences learners.
  • NOSM alumni.
  • Research and scientific discovery.


  • Municipal governance/management with a broad regional perspective and experience.
  • Francophone and/or Indigenous governance and culture.
  • Corporate or not-for-profit governance.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Accessibility

NOSM University is committed to equity in its policies, practices, and programs, and supports diversity and inclusion in its teaching, learning and work environments. The University is also committed to accessibility in all its forms. In keeping with these commitments, the Search Committee of the Board welcomes applications from candidates from all gender identities, racially visible people, Indigenous peoples, people with disabilities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage with diverse communities. Nominations of qualified individuals who would contribute to further diversification of our University community are encouraged and welcomed.

A connection to Northern Ontario is essential.

How to Apply – External applications are closed

If you are interested in an LGIC Appointment you must apply through the Ministry Website

All applicants must complete the online Application Form. Nominations and expressions of interest are being considered for appointment to commence in January 2023. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. To apply as an external nomination or internal nomination visit our Recruitment page for definitions and the online application forms.

The first meeting of the new Board of Governors is expected to occur in January 2023.

If you require assistance with your application, please contact us at