Volume 13, Number 12 February 24, 2006

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Dumont takes over as University Board chair

Art Dumont, a 1967 Engineering graduate of the U of S and chairman and chief executive officer of Technicoil Corporation, has been elected chair of the University Board of Governors.

The election took place at the board’s Feb. 9 meeting.  Dumont replaces Dallas Howe whose term as a board member expired in December of last year.


First appointed by the Saskatchewan government in 2003, Dumont is a native of Whitewood living in Calgary where he heads up Technicoil, an oil and gas industry servicing company.  A member of the College of Engineering’s Advancement Board of Trustees since 1991, Dumont was the recipient of the college’s C.J. MacKenzie Distinguished Graduate award in 1998.

Also at the Feb. 9 meeting, Nancy Hopkins was elected to the position of vice-chair of the board.  Hopkins, a Queen’s Counsel and partner in the firm McDougall Gauley in Saskatoon, earned both a B.Comm and a degree in law from the U of S.  Considered a leading practitioner in corporate, commercial and taxation law, Hopkins has taught as a sessional lecturer in the College of Law.

Also a government appointee to the board, Hopkins three-year term began in April 2005.


University Secretary Lea Pennock said Howe’s departure leaves one vacancy on the 11-member board.  Following an established protocol, the University will approach the provincial government with a short list of potential candidates from which one will be appointed.  She explained the candidates will be selected based on the need for the broadest possible experience among board members.

“The board likes to have someone, for example, with an accounting or financial background, someone with a legal background, someone with a background in real estate, development, architecture or planning, people from various spheres.”

There will be two more vacancies on the board coming up June 30 when the terms for University Senate appointees Gary Carlson and Judy Buzowetsky expire.  Carlson has served two terms and is not eligible to continue, but Buzowetsky can stand for nomination again as she has served only one term, said Pennock.

The appointment of senate representatives involves the senate asking the board what qualities it is seeking in new members.  Pennock said that query has already been made and answered.  The senate executive will then survey its members and forward a list of names to its nominating committee, which will arrange a ballot election.

Pennock expects the new members will be in place by May.

Along with new members will come a new meeting schedule to be implemented on a trial basis next year, she said.  The board currently meets eight times per year, “well above the usual practice at other Canadian universities”.  The new schedule of six meetings per year reflects the board’s intention to move to “a higher level of oversight”.

The board will meet in March, June, September and December 2007 to deal with items requiring quarterly review, she said.  A May meeting will centre on review and approval of capital and operating budgets, and tuition, with a July meeting scheduled to review financial statements and the provincial auditor’s Memo of Observations and Management.

For more information, contact communications.office@usask.ca

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