The U15 is a group of 15 leading research-intensive universities in Canada. The group originally formed in 1991 as an informal group of executive heads of 10 universities. Currently, U15 consists of 15 of Canada's most research-intensive universities. The U15 describes itself as bringing "distinguished minds to bear on the most challenges our nation and our world face."
|University of Alberta||Edmonton, Alberta||1908||1991|
|University of British Columbia||Vancouver, British Columbia||1908||1991|
|University of Calgary||Calgary, Alberta||1966||2006|
|Dalhousie University||Halifax, Nova Scotia||1818||2006|
|Université Laval||Quebec City, Quebec||1663||1991|
|University of Manitoba||Winnipeg, Manitoba||1877||2011|
|McGill University||Montreal, Quebec||1821||1991|
|McMaster University||Hamilton, Ontario||1887||1991|
|Université de Montréal||Montreal, Quebec||1878||1991|
|University of Ottawa||Ottawa, Ontario||1848||2006|
|Queen's University||Kingston, Ontario||1841||1991|
|University of Saskatchewan||Saskatoon, Saskatchewan||1907||2011|
|University of Toronto||Toronto, Ontario||1827||1991|
|University of Waterloo||Waterloo, Ontario||1957||1991|
|University of Western Ontario||London, Ontario||1878||1991|
In 1991, representatives from 10 of Canada's most research-intensive universities form an organization called the Group of Ten/Le Group de Dix (G10): Alberta, UBC, Laval, McGill, McMaster, Montréal, Queen's, Toronto, Waterloo, and Western. In 2006, after a lengthy discussion, the G10 invited Dalhousie University, the University of Calgary and the University of Ottawa to join the group, which subsequently became the U13. The group grew again in February 2011, when the University of Manitoba and the University of Saskatchewan joined the organization. The group was renamed the U15 at that time. In 2012, the executive heads created a U15 Secretariat and appointed the organization's first executive director.
Over the years, the U15's purpose has expanded to include developing shared strategies and providing a single voice on behalf of all members on issues including research and development, university funding, accountability, public policy and international and domestic partnerships.
U15 today 
The U15 fosters world-class scholarship that shapes and realizes national and global public policy goals, informs strong industry partnerships, creates social, cultural, economic and environmental innovation and advances Canada's international influence and effectiveness. At the same time, U15 institutions affirm and support curiousity-driven research whose aim is to expand knowledge.
Through the member universities' educational programs, the U15 identifies and nurtures talent and seeks to fulfill the potential of the next generation of Canadian and world leaders.
U15 institutions undertake 80 percent of all competitive university research in Canada, rank among the world's premier institutions, and represent a research enterprise valued at more than $5 billion annually. Collectively, they produce more than 75 percent of all doctorates awarded in Canada.
The U15 functions under the direction of university executive heads and has organized itself into four committees: academic affairs, consisting of provosts of member universities; research, consisting of vice-presidents for research at all of the institutions; the data exchange network consisting of data exchange specialists at the institutions; and a data exchange steering committee. The committees' purpose is to advance the cause of Canada's leading research universities in the development of research and academic policies at the national level.
Notes and references 
- Canada's Top 50 Research Universities 2012, Research Infosource Inc. 2011, http://www.researchinfosource.com/media/2012Top50List.pdf, retrieved 13 December 2011
- "U15 hires staff and sets up shop in Ottawa". Re$earch Money, Volume 26, Number 5, March 29, 2012.
- Suzanne Corbeil appointed to U-15 group of Universities. University Affairs, March 26, 2012. http://www.universityaffairs.ca/suzanne-corbeil-appointed-to-u-15-group-of-universities.aspx
- "U15 starts formalization of organization. "Academica's Top Ten - May 31, 2012; University Affairs http://www.academica.ca/top10/stories/16072