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Quick Facts about Ontario Universities
- Ontario university graduates have the third-lowest average debt from government sources among all provinces. (University Works, 2015)
- Of those Ontario undergraduate students who graduated in 2011, 93 per cent had jobs two years after graduation. (2014 Graduates Survey)
- Over a 40-year period, university graduates make an average of $1.1 million more than graduates from other Ontario postsecondary programs and $1.5 million more than the average Canadian high school graduate.
- Ontario universities attract the largest number of international students amongst all provinces and territories, and educate almost 40% of all international students in Canada. (Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada, 2011)
- Students can search ONTransfer.ca and find 105,000 course equivalencies, and more than 1200 pathway agreements representing over 800,000 individual opportunities.
- 18 of our Ontario universities are in the Top 50 Research Institutions in Canada. (Research Infosource, 2014)
- Ontario universities offer 114 entrepreneurship education courses or business incubators, as well as an additional 58 extracurricular entrepreneurship activities to support students who are trying to start their own business.
- The largest university in Ontario contributes $15.7 billion to the economy each year, while a mid-sized university can generate about $2.5 billion.
- Ontario ranks 10th in per-student funding when operating grants are included, and ninth when both grants and tuition are combined.
- The average Ontario faculty member devotes 40 per cent of their time to teaching, 40 per cent to research, and 20 per cent to services, such as informing policy and using their skills and knowledge to enhance communities on local, national and global scales.
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Overview of COU
The Council of Ontario Universities (COU) is the voice of Ontario’s universities, promoting the value of education, research and innovation that leads to social, cultural and economic success. We work closely with our members – who include Ontario’s 20 publicly supported universities and one associate member, the Royal Military College of Canada – to find consensus on a wide range of university issues and advance them with government and other stakeholders.
The COU body was founded in 1962, and our current name – Council of Ontario Universities/Conseil des Universités de l’Ontario – was adopted on May 1, 1971.
COU Chair Dr. Daniel Woolf
Dr. Daniel Woolf became the 20th Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s University in 2009, following a professional and administrative career at four other Canadian universities. He is also a professor in the Department of History at Queen’s.
Woolf began his academic career at Queen’s, earning a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in 1980 before continuing on to Oxford University where he earned his Doctorate (D.Phil ’83). He returned to Queen’s as a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) postdoctoral fellow (’84-’86), during which time he taught in the Queen’s history department.
Woolf is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, of the Society of Antiquaries of London, and of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC). As a scholar, he specializes in early modern British cultural history and in the history of historical thought in Britain and around the world. In 2004, he won the John Ben Snow Foundation Prize, awarded by the North American Conference on British Studies for the best book by a North American scholar in any field of British Studies focusing on the period between the Middle Ages and the 18th century. He is the author or editor of many books and articles and serves on a number of academic editorial or advisory committees.
Woolf serves on the Board of Directors of Historica Canada and is a past member of the Executive Committee of the Royal Society. He is the current Chair of the Council of Ontario Universities.
President and CEO David Lindsay
Mr. Lindsay became President and CEO of the Council of Ontario Universities in January 2016.
He was most recently the President and CEO of Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC). Before this, he was a senior Deputy Minister in the Government of Ontario serving in the portfolios of Energy and Infrastructure, Northern Development, Mines and Forestry, Natural Resources, and Tourism and Culture. He served as President and CEO of the Association of Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology of Ontario. Mr. Lindsay was the founding President of the Ontario SuperBuild Corporation and the Ontario Jobs and Investment Board. He also served as Principal Secretary and Chief of Staff to the Premier of Ontario.
He is a Fellow of the Queen’s University School of Policy Studies and past Director of the Ireland Park Foundation, the Ontario Innovation Trust, the World Wildlife Fund, the Canadian Tourism Commission, the Public Policy Forum and the Empire Club of Canada.