Pari Johnston is vice-president, policy and public affairs at Universities Canada, leading all federal policy and advocacy initiatives of the association. She is responsible for strategic oversight of Universities Canada’s government relations, communications, policy and research and international relations to promote the role of higher education, research and innovation in Canada’s future, at home and abroad.
Ms. Johnston joined Universities Canada in 1997, and has played increasingly senior roles, including director of international relations, before building a new member relations program and leading the public affairs team.
She is a founding member of the Board of Directors of The Conversation Canada, a new digital media start up for academic journalism launched in June 2017. The Conversation Canada has 27 university members and averages 1.3 million page views monthly.
Ms. Johnston is also a member of the Advisory Committee on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion to the Canada Research Chairs program.