Oversight and governance of the SNOLAB facility and the operational management is through the SNOLAB Institute Board of Directors, whose member institutions are Carleton University, Laurentian University, Queen’s University, University of Alberta and the Université de Montréal. Faculty at these institutes are fully active participants in the research programme at the SNOLAB facility.

The SNOLAB Institute, on behalf of these member institutions and other stakeholders, provides direction in all affairs of the organization to ensure the organization has the means, quality, depth and continuity of management required to realize its major scientific and operational objectives. As one component of the accountability of SNOLAB to its stakeholders, the Board of Directors also undertakes audit of the performance of SNOLAB and its Directorate, ensuring financial, health and safety, quality management, technical and scientific performance are exemplary.