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University Post-Secondary Advisory Committee


Council established the University/Post-Secondary Advisory Committee (UPAC) and adopted the Terms of Reference on May 28, 2018.

The purpose of the Committee is to assist the City in an advisory capacity by considering and making recommendations to Council through the appropriate Standing Committee of Council on the feasibility and opportunities for advancing the establishment of a university/post-secondary institution in Yellowknife, and the associated benefits.

A key focus will include building the case for the establishment of a polytechnic university in Yellowknife, as articulated in the Government of the Northwest Territories’ Aurora College Foundational Review.

The role of the UPAC is to provide advice and guidance to the City on the scope and content of the Study, bring forward information and ideas that can contribute to the work underway, and collaborate on assessing options, recommendations and next steps so that there can be a coordinated and collaborative approach to advancing the presence of a university/post-secondary institution in Yellowknife.   

The  University/Post-Secondary Advisory Committee shall consist of members appointed by Council and shall include the following members:

  • The Mayor of the City of Yellowknife - ex-officio;
  • One (1) Member of City Council;
  • Two (2) non-voting advisory representatives from the Government of the Northwest Territories:

            i.     One (1) representing the Department of Education, Culture and Employment; and

            ii.     One (1) representative with expertise in knowledge, research and leadership;

  • Two (2) representatives from the Yellowknife business community;
  • One (1) recent graduate from a university/post-secondary institution;
  • Up to four (4 )representatives from academic independent research organizations (such as University of Alberta, Institute for Circumpolar Health Research, Hotii T’seeda, Dechinta, etc);
  • Up to four (4)  representatives from Indigenous Governments and/or research institutes attached to Indigenous Governments; and
  • Any additional representation as deemed appropriate.

The UPAC shall meet as required to provide support to the Study. Next meeting date is to be determined.

 University/Post-Secondary Advisory Committee Minutes