Board of Governors

Bicameral Governance

Trent University has a bicameral system of governance. The authority and responsibilities of our two governing bodies, the Board of Governors and the Senate, are delineated in the Trent Act. Both governing bodies are supported by the University Secretariat.

                                About Armand La Barge
                              Chair, Board of Governors


Armand La Barge began his career with York Regional Police in 1973 and in 2002 he was appointed Chief of Police, a position he held until his retirement in December 2010.  Chief (Ret) La Barge served as the President of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police, the Ontario Director of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and he was an associate member of the First Nations Chiefs of Police Association.  Chief (Ret) La Barge has been recognized with numerous awards, including the 2012 Black Business Professional Association Harry Jerome Award for Diversity, the Wilf Wilkinson Rotary Peace Award, the YMCA Peace Medallion, the National Ethnic Press & Media Council of Canada Distinguished Service Award, the Ontario Volunteer Service Award, the Police Exemplary Services Medal and First Bar and the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals.  He is a member of the Special Olympics Hall of Fame, a Paul Harris Fellow and a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society.  He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and he was invested as an Officer of the Order of Police Merit and a Commander in the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem.  Armand holds a B.A. (Hons) degree and a Multicultural Studies Certificate from York University, an Honorary Bachelor of Applied Studies degree from Seneca College, an M.A. in Canadian and Native Studies from Trent University and an Honorary LL.D. from the University of Guelph.  Chief (Ret) La Barge is a former member and past Chair of the St. John Council for Ontario, as well as the Co-Chair of the Association of Progressive Muslims of Canada Advisory Board and a member of the Universal Peace Federation.   Chief (Ret) La Barge’s second three‐year term on the Trent University Board began July 1, 2018 and after his term as Vice-Chair for the 2018-19 term, Chief (Ret) La Barge has now been appointed for a two-year term as Chair of the Board of Governors, commencing July 1, 2019.