The Canadian University Boards Association was formed in 1987 as a forum for discussion among the governing boards of member institutions. The association exists to improve the governance of Canadian universities by providing a forum for members of governing boards and board professionals to exchange of information about effective governance in higher education. The association promotes and supports the development of policies and programs that enhance the ability of university boards to discharge their fiduciary duties in an accountable way. The association holds an annual conference for board chairs, vice chairs and board professionals each spring. The annual general meeting is also held at that time.
CUBA/ACCAU is a fully bilingual organization with representation from universities in all regions of Canada, and holds associate membership with Universities Canada . Membership is available to institutions that are full members of Universities Canada.
In 2010, the name of the Association changed from the National Association of University Board Chairs and Secretaries (NAUBCS) to the Canadian University Boards Association (CUBA).