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President & CEO, York University Development Corporation

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Posted: 6/17/22
Deadline: 8/14/22
Reference Number: 22-2212

About This Organization

York University Development Corporation (YUDC) has supported York University since the mid-1980s, by providing strong real property advisory, planning, development and project management expertise and experience.

YUDC has a proven track record in working effectively with all levels of government, public and private sector partners, and the communities it serves to successfully deliver transformational projects in innovative and cost-effective ways. Over the past 15 years, YUDC has been directly involved in the delivery of many significant projects on York’s campuses, including:

o The Archives of Ontario/Kaneff Research Tower
o The Pan-Am Games Athletics Stadium
o The Toronto-York-Spadina Subway Expansion
o The Quad Student Residence facilities

YUDC also played a lead role in the development of the business plan and project proposal for the establishment of a new York University campus in Markham. Approved by government in July 2020, YUDC is currently managing the construction of this $300M project.

A proven track record of success provides the basis for a compelling opportunity at YUDC.

Job Duties

York University’s Keele Campus is now a daily destination for close to 60,000 students, faculty, staff and visitors. York is a creative and economic engine for the City of Toronto and the region – and it is on the threshold of an even greater transformation. Under the leadership of the President and Vice-Chancellor and supported by YUDC working with a team of expert planning and real estate advisors, the University has set out a vision and strategy to transform its Keele Campus into a vibrant, walkable, livable, sustainable and complete community centred around one of the country’s great universities.

Living Well Together: Keele Campus Vision and Strategy was approved by the University’s Board of Governors in December 2021. The document underpins an unprecedented opportunity to advance the University’s teaching and research mission, while enhancing the campus, improving the quality of life for its faculty, staff, students and visitors, and meeting a host of economic, social, and sustainability goals for the larger community – on some of the most valuable land in the City of Toronto. It is imperative that York University rise to this challenge – and to do so will require a new leader at YUDC who is up to the task of making this happen.


The York University Development Corporation (YUDC) was established in 1985 as a wholly owned subsidiary of York University. It was established to ensure the appropriate resources were in place to meet the University’s land use planning real estate development needs.
YUDC operates at arms-length from the University. It has its own Board of Directors, appointed on the recommendation of the President and Vice-Chancellor of York University.
Accountable to the YUDC Board and working in consultation and collaboration with the Shareholder (the President and Vice-Chancellor of the University), the YUDC President & CEO is responsible for overall planning, general operations, and administration of YUDC, and reflecting and upholding York University’s vision, values, and objectives at all times.

The President & CEO provides leadership and direction to York University Development Corporation, under the governance and finance rules established by the YUDC Board of Directors and consistent with its mandate to support the University in achieving its strategic academic objectives.

The CEO will need to work effectively with the Board of Directors, the Shareholder, and key internal and external partners to ensure that YUDC is able to effectively support and deliver on the Campus Vision and Strategy. The CEO will play an instrumental role in supporting the University’s ability to use its lands to create a place where people chose to live, work, play and study – thereby ensuring that York University remains an important part of the community and a focal point for the surrounding areas.

As the leader of YUDC the CEO will demonstrate an ongoing commitment to effectively stewarding the lands in all projects and ensuring they are aligned with York University’s overall academic vision, mission, and strategic direction. The CEO will ensure there is a deep respect for the environment, that community connections remain strong, that there is a positive social return on investment, and that economic viability is threaded through everything that YUDC commits to and delivers on all York’s campuses.

Required Qualifications

The successful candidate will have education or applied knowledge in urban planning, urban land economics, business administration, liberal arts, or law, with graduate credentials being preferred. They will be a proven senior executive having worked in a complex business environment, preferably at a CEO or Executive Director level.

Ideally the individual will have a strong track record of success working in the planning and/or real estate development sector. The candidate will have experience working in a broader public sector context and have a demonstrated ability to work effectively in a post-secondary environment.

They will have experience working in a Board governed environment, ideally being ICD.D (or equivalent) designated (or with a willingness to complete the program).

Other Info

To learn more about this opportunity visit:

To apply submit a comprehensive resume along with a cover letter in confidence to Ardyce Kouri or Wendy Romanko via email to

Required Application Materials

Resume and Cover Letter