Search for Vice-President, External Relations


Lakehead University is seeking an outstanding communicator, strategist and community builder to be our next Vice-President External Relations. External Relations is a vital portfolio at Lakehead and plays a critical role in advancing the University’s strategic priorities, and building and promoting key relationships with our diverse internal and external audiences.

Reporting to the President & Vice-Chancellor and a member of the Executive Team, the Vice-President, External Relations will be responsible for providing a comprehensive, integrated approach to communications, marketing and web development, advancement and philanthropy, alumni engagement, and with government relations.

The Vice-President will lead and motivate the External Relations team to create transformative opportunities for our students and communities by building the Lakehead brand locally, nationally and internationally while inspiring our Alumni, Staff, Faculty and friends to engage with, and invest in the University.


KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.) has been retained to conduct this search on behalf of Lakehead University. For more information about this new role, please contact Tara George, Partner / Lead, KCI Search + Talent at All inquiries and applications will be held in strict confidence.

All inquiries and applications will be held in strict confidence. Interested candidates should send resume and letter of interest to the email address listed above by November 26, 2020. 

Search Committee: Vice-President External Relations

  • Dr. Moira McPherson, President & Vice-Chancellor, Chair

  • Ms. Debra Woods, Member of the Lakehead University Board of Governors, Past President of the Lakehead University Alumni Association

  • Mr. Paul Capon, Member of the Ogimaawin Indigenous Education Council

  • Dr. Dean Jobin-Bevans, Principal, Orillia Campus

  • Dr. David Barnett, Provost and Vice-President Academic

  • Ms. Amla Sandur, Vice-President Advocacy, Lakehead University Student Union (LUSU)

  • Dr. David Richards, Dean/Associate Professor, Faculty of Business Administration

  • Ms. Denise Baxter, Vice-Provost Indigenous Initiatives 

  • Dr. Kristy Holmes, Chair/Associate Professor, Department of Visual Arts

  • Dr. Pete Hollings, Chair & Professor, Department of Geology, Elected Member of Senate

  • Dr. Michel Beaulieu, Associate Vice-Provost (Academic)-Special Projects

  • Mr. Tom Warden, Athletics Director 

  • Dr. Linda Rodenburg, Director, Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (CELL), Lecturer, Departments of English and Interdisciplinary Studies, Orillia Campus
  • Mr. Adam Shaen, Associate Vice-President, Human Resources, Human Resource/Equity Officer, Non Voting Member

  • Mrs. Rosanna Scaffeo, Executive Assistant to the President, Committee Support, Non Voting Member