University of Alberta

The University of Alberta is a world-class public education institution that addresses grand challenges faced locally, nationally and internationally. The foundational commitment to inspire the human spirit through outstanding achievements in learning, discovery and citizenship for “an uplifting of the whole people” was reaffirmed by the university’s most recent strategic plan, For the Public Good, where “Engage” is one of the five main goals. This service-focused ethos is at the heart of all the University of Alberta aims to do and is captured most succinctly in our mission statement:

“Within a vibrant and supportive learning environment, the University of Alberta discovers, disseminates, and applies new knowledge for the benefit of society through teaching and learning, research and creative activity, community involvement, and partnerships. The University of Alberta gives a national and international voice to innovation in our province, taking a lead role in placing Canada at the global forefront.”

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Catherine Swindlehurst, Interim Vice-President, University Relations Chief of Staff, University of Alberta Presidents Office

Catherine Swindlehurst

Interim Vice-President, University Relations
Chief of Staff, University of Alberta Presidents Office

Catherine Swindlehurst is the Interim Vice-President (University Relations) and Chief of Staff in the Office of the President at the University of Alberta. With a reputation for a collegial approach to developing and implementing results-driven, strategic, multi-disciplinary partnerships and initiatives, Catherine brings 18 years of experience in academic administration, strategic planning, communication, issues management, and stakeholder engagement to her roles. She has been at the University of Alberta since 2003 in various positions, including industry and community relations, advancement, and strategic initiatives. Catherine has a BA, MA, and MBA from the University of Alberta, a PhD from the University of Cambridge, and is a certified executive coach.

Alexis Ksiazkiewicz

Associate Vice-President, Government and Community Relations

Alexis Ksiazkiewicz completed her bachelor's and a master's degree in Political Science from the U of A and has completed a program on change leadership at Rotman School of Management and now leads institutional Government and Community Relations strategies. Over the past fifteen years, she has held leadership roles within the advanced education sector in constituency organizations, advocacy groups, provincial and national associations, and at the University of Alberta. In her current role, she works to advance the university's relationships with government and communities locally, provincially and nationally.

Alexis Ksiazkiewicz, Associate Vice-President, Government and Community Relations, University of Alberta
Anastasia Lim, Executive Director, Community Relations, University of Alberta

Anastasia Lim

Executive Director, Community Relations

Anastasia Lim is a trilingual alumna of Campus Saint Jean and joined the University of Alberta after 22 years of leadership experience in administration and management, stakeholder relations and partnership building with the Government of Canada. She leads integration and coordination of activities across the institution that support the university’s reputation building, relationship development, and community engagement objectives. Her areas of responsibility include community relations, cross-institution advisory groups, community engagement projects, and institutional initiatives that advance the U of A’s goals.