Lia Quickert, a senior communications and public affairs advisor, has been appointed to the new post of Communications Director.
Lia was most recently Manager of Communications in the Office of the President at York University. In this capacity, she provided strategic communications and media relations advice to the President, as well as supported the University’s marketing and branding efforts. Prior to joining York, Lia worked in corporate communications at Aviva Canada and the Scotiabank Group where she was responsible for the communications for their Presidents and Senior Executive. She has also served the Government of Canada in a number of progressively senior positions, including press secretary and question period advisor in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. Lia holds an Honours Bachelor of Social Science degree in Political Science and History from the University of Ottawa.
Stacey Young, a senior researcher and policy advisor, has been appointed to the new post of Research Director.
Stacey was most recently the Acting Manager in the Strategic Policy Transformation Branch with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. During a distinguished career in the Ontario Public Service, Stacey has been the policy lead for a wide variety of postsecondary issues including the Ministry’s First Generation Strategy, as well as postsecondary differentiation, learner-centered pathways, credit transfer and college- university collaboration. In 2010, Stacey was seconded to Pathways to Education Canada as Director, Research and Program Evaluation. In this role, she developed a research strategy for the organization. Stacey has also held positions at the University of Toronto as a Special Assistant to the President and was a Post-doctoral Fellow for the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance. Stacey has a Doctor of Philosophy (Education) Degree, as well as a Master of Arts and an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto.
Both Lia and Stacey will be assuming their positions at the end of March.