Chief Risk Officer
University of Ottawa

The University of Ottawa is recognized nationally and internationally as one of the best universities in the country and the largest bilingual (French and English) university in the world. Located on the unceded ancestral land of the Algonquin people, in the heart of downtown Ottawa, it contributes significantly to the economy, culture and quality of life of Canada's Capital.

The University of Ottawa has more than 8,000 employees and approximately 43,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs in one of our 10 faculties.

The Office of Chief Risk Officer (OCRO) strives to be a valued partner and advisor to management, faculty, the audit committee and the Board of Governors.

The Chief Risk Officer (CRO) will lead in the development and execution of strategies for global risk oversight and mitigation, enabling success for all of uOttawa’s students, faculty, staff, partners and public. Reporting to the Vice-President Finance and Administration, the CRO will oversee a portfolio encompassing several divisions, including Emergency Preparedness and Management, Business Continuity Planning, Environmental Health and Safety, Protection Services and Internal Audit. The CRO works across a multi-campus system where these units and responsibilities vary depending on location and calls for a long-term vision and strategic initiative. This is a prominent role in a complex, fast-growing and transformational academic environment.

Your responsibilities will include managing risk leaders who are responsible for identifying, analyzing, and mitigating internal and external risks; and ensure that the organization is in full compliance with applicable regulations and requirements, and that all activities related to internal audit, enterprise risk, emergency and security management, and environmental risks are carried out assiduously and within acceptable risk tolerance thresholds. You will leverage opportunities to develop alliances among stakeholders to promote a culture of risk management.

Your success will be contingent on the following essential qualities: Your proven ability to draw from your extensive risk management experience to influence senior-level decision-makers regarding the respect of risk limits. You also possess heightened capacity to interpret highly complex analytics in the examination of various domains of risk towards evidence-based decision-making.

Finally, you are thoroughly familiar with the organizational structure of universities or of other complex institutions, you excel at interpersonal relationships and you are comfortable communicating in both English and French.

This is a unique opportunity for a dedicated and passionate leader to be part of a vibrant team.  To apply for this position, please submit your application and related materials to and state the title of the position in the subject line of your email.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those under consideration for the role will be contacted.

The University of Ottawa is committed to ensuring equity, diversity and inclusion in the scholarly and leadership environments of our students, staff, and faculty. Accordingly, we strongly encourage applications from Indigenous persons, visible minorities members (racialized persons), persons with disabilities, women, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with equitable, diverse and inclusive communities.

According to government policy, all qualified candidates are invited to apply; however, preference will be given to Canadians and permanent residents. When submitting your application, please indicate if you are legally entitled to work in Canada.

The University of Ottawa provides accommodations for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you are invited to proceed in the selection process, please notify us of any accommodations that you require by contacting the Human Ressources, Talent Acquisition.

The University of Ottawa is proud of its over 160-year tradition of bilingualism. Through its Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute, the University provides staff members and their spouses the means to become bilingual.

Notice of Collection of Personal Information

In accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Ontario) and with University Policy 90, your personal information is collected under the authority of the University of Ottawa Act, 1965 and is intended to be used for the purpose of and those consistent with your employment application and the administration of your employment relationship, if established. If you have any questions regarding this collection of personal information, please contact Human Ressources, Talent Acquisition.

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