Government Relations Officers


The Government Relations Officers Community of Practice 2024-25

The Government Relations Officers Community of Practice convenes Government Relations Officers from universities to provide a forum for discussion and sharing of issues of common interest, serve as a consultative body on provincial advocacy and advise COU on discussions with public officials with respect to sector-wide government advocacy.

Key Contact

Yvonne Robertson

Manager, Government and Stakeholder Relations

ext. | [email protected]

Craig FowlerVice-President, Growth, Innovation & External RelationsAlgoma University
Meaghan RusnellAssociate Vice-President, Government Relations & Strategic PartnershipsBrock University
Alastair MullinDirector, Government RelationsCarleton University
Mellissa McDonaldAssociate Vice-President, Government Relations and Community EngagementUniversity of Guelph
Michael NicinExecutive Director, Government RelationsLakehead University
Shauna LehtimakiDirector, Institutional PlanningLaurentian University
Alexandra LawsonExecutive Advisor, Public AffairsMcMaster University
Cristin ChristopherDirector, External RelationsNipissing University
Miriam KramerExecutive Director, Government and Community RelationsOCAD University
Matthew Mackenzie
Manager, Government and Community RelationsOntario Tech University
Kathryn MooreDirector of Government RelationsUniversity of Ottawa
Jenna DonelsonExecutive Director, Government RelationsQueen's University
Ngina KibathiExecutive Director, Office of the PresidentTrent University
Forrest ParleeExecutive Director, Government RelationsUniversity of Toronto
Matt BakerChief of Staff, Senior Director of GovernmentToronto Metropolitan University
Graeme StewartAssociate Vice-President, Government RelationsUniversity of Waterloo
Sophie Helpard (Chair)Director, Government RelationsWestern University
Matt GrillsAssociate Director, Government and Community RelationsWilfrid Laurier University
Judy BornaisAssociate Vice-President, ExternalUniversity of Windsor
Ijade Maxwell RodriguesChief of Government and Community RelationsYork University