Universities Canada announces new president and CEO Gabriel Miller

January 17, 2024
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OTTAWA—The board of directors of Universities Canada is pleased to announce that, effective March 18, 2024, Gabriel Miller will assume the role of president and chief executive officer.

Mr. Miller is an experienced not-for-profit leader who has built an extensive track record in member relations, advocacy, stakeholder engagement, and public policy development over his 22-year career. He is currently the president and chief executive officer of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Prior to joining the Federation, he served in a series of senior roles with the Canadian Cancer Society, culminating as vice-president of public issues, policy and cancer information, and at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. Mr. Miller has extensive experience building public dialogue on complex issues such as end-of-life and palliative care, directed successful national campaigns, and been a leader in highly effective coalitions, including one that led to the federal ban on asbestos announced in 2016 and the 10-year national infrastructure plan announced in 2013. He is an experienced media spokesperson who has appeared in major national television news broadcast organizations and leading Canadian newspapers. Previously, Mr. Miller was the government and media relations director of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, which represents big city mayors and municipal governments across the country.

Miller holds a B.A. in philosophy from Queen’s University, and has served as a member of several not-for-profit boards as well as on the Government of Canada’s Diamond Jubilee Advisory Committee.

“The board of directors is pleased to appoint Gabriel as president and CEO of Universities Canada” said Deep Saini, president and vice-chancellor at McGill University and Universities Canada’s board chair. “As we welcome Gabriel Miller to the helm of Universities Canada as president and CEO, we are confident that his wealth of experience in not-for-profit leadership, strategic advocacy, and impactful coalition-building will usher in a new era of innovation and collaboration for the advancement of higher education in our nation. His proven track record and commitment to public dialogue on critical issues make him an ideal leader to guide Universities Canada into a future marked by excellence, engagement, and positive transformation.”

Mr. Miller will succeed Philip Landon, who has served as interim president and CEO of Universities Canada since July 1, 2023.

About Universities Canada
Universities Canada is the voice of Canada’s universities at home and abroad, advancing higher education, research and innovation for the benefit of all Canadians.

Media contact:

Lisa Wallace
Assistant Director, Communications
Universities Canada
[email protected]

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