University of Toronto

Office of the Chancellor

About the Position


The Chancellor is also the titular head of the University, and, with the President and the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Governing Council, represents the University to the external community. In this role, the Chancellor is an advocate for the vision of the University as it is articulated by the President and endorsed by the Governing Council. He/she plays an essential ambassadorial role in advancing the University’s interests within the local, provincial, national and international arenas.

Under the University of Toronto Act, the Chancellor serves as chair of Convocation, and confers all degrees of the University.


The Chancellor will be a distinguished person with a record of demonstrated excellence in his/her chosen field and in service to the community. Ideally, the Chancellor will be an individual whose reputation and experience will assist the Chair of the Governing Council and the President in “opening doors” both nationally and internationally.


The Chancellor will be elected by the alumni in a manner to be determined by the Governing Council. The Chancellor shall serve for a term of three years, commencing on the 1st day of July of the year in which he/she is elected, and will hold office until his/her successor is elected. The Chancellor is eligible for re-election for one additional term of three years. The Chancellor must be a Canadian Citizen.

See the Chancellor’s position description from the College of Electors.