An external advisor will advise the President and Steering Committee on the strategic planning process, providing recommendations and helping ensure good governance. The external advisor’s role is not to lead the strategic planning process but rather to provide advice on the process based on experience and expertise in strategic planning in higher education.

Bonnie M. Patterson, Consultant, Higher Education Governance and Leadership

Bonnie M. Patterson is a former President & Vice Chancellor of Trent University and former President & CEO of the Council of Ontario Universities (COU). Following her retirement from the COU, she has served as a consultant in the higher education sector. She has been a key advisor to Ryerson University and has worked for the Ontario Ministry of Education in negotiating mandate letters for universities across Ontario.