84 Appointment of Steven Moate as Senior Legal Counsel

PDAD&C #84, 2005-06


From: David Naylor
Date: February 9, 2006
Re: Appointment of Steven Moate as Senior Legal Counsel

I am very pleased to advise you that the Governing Council has approved, effective today, the appointment of Steve Moate to the newly created position of Senior Legal Counsel.

The University operates in an increasingly complex legal and regulatory environment. Every area of University activity relies on some form of legal advice - some areas occasionally, others frequently. Although external legal counsel provide advice on complex matters such as real estate transactions, litigation and arbitration, in recent years the University has also appointed a number of legal counsel within various Vice-Presidential portfolios - the Provost's Office, Advancement, Human Resources & Equity, and Research.

During the 2004-05 academic year, in consultation with Interim President Iacobucci, the Vice-Presidents assessed the role of legal counsel at the institutional level and recommended the appointment of a Senior Legal Counsel who will proactively advise the University's senior leadership team on complex legal matters that span multiple portfolios as well as the President's office and the Governing Council. While internal legal counsel will continue their current reporting arrangements, it is expected that the Senior Legal Counsel will assist in the coordination of this team of highly skilled professionals in addressing University wide matters. The Senior Legal Counsel will also support the President and Vice-Presidents in managing relationships with external legal counsel.

Steve Moate has a successful history with the University. He is a graduate of UTS; he received his B.A. (Hons) from Trinity College, where he was awarded the Chancellor's Medal for High Standing in the Humanities; and he received an LL.B. from our Faculty of Law. For close to 20 years, Steve enjoyed a successful career in private practice as a member of Hicks, Morley, Hamilton, Stewart, Storie. Steve left private practice in 2001 and returned to the University as Legal Counsel to the Office of the Provost and the Office of the Vice President Human Resources and Equity. Steve is very well respected by senior academic leaders within the University and over the past 3 years has earned the respect of numerous external officials with whom the University must interact on complex legal issues. My colleagues and I have every confidence that Steve's analytical skills, strategic ability and calm demeanour will serve the University well in this new position.

Please join me in offering Steve our congratulations.