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About the President's Division

Graeme Stewart The Chief of Staff provides strategic advice and support to the President and senior management team on a wide range of internal and external issues. The Chief of Staff works across all areas of the organization to ensure that York University achieves its mission, vision and priorities.
Ijade Maxwell Rodrigues The Chief of Government and Community Relations is responsible for providing strategic leadership to the University’s government and community relations strategies. In addition, the CGCR provides oversight and direction for the events and initiatives that are organized by the Office of the President.
Lucas AndersonThe Government Relations Officer will be responsible for supporting the advancement of York University’s strategic government relations strategic plan by ensuring opportunities are developed and long-term relationships are cultivated and maintained between the University and its key stakeholders which support the university’s efforts to advance our institutional strategic priorities.
Alexandra DemoeThe Coordinator, Special Projects and Events is responsible for planning and executing projects and special events for the Office of the President.
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Drake Smith
The Director of Communications provides strategic vision and leadership to the communications activities of the President and Vice-Chancellor and for the Office of the President, and ensures that all initiatives are consistent with the wider strategic communications objectives of the University.
Harriet Ng The Front Desk Coordinator is responsible for handling the queries and complaints directed to the Office of the President; providing direct communication between the Office and the York community at all levels and constituencies; and providing assistance to visitors, service providers, and others with business on the 10th floor of the Kaneff Tower.
Irene FezzaThe Executive Assistant provides management and oversight of the President's schedule, briefing materials and correspondence.
Ja’Net HennieThe Administrative Coordinator provides efficient, professional and confidential executive-level support to the Chief of Staff and the Chief of Government and Community Relations, as well as research support to the Communications portfolio and general operational and project-related support to the Office of the President.
Jocelyn LagerquistThe Senior Writer and Communications Specialist supports communications initiatives in the Office of the President.
Saleem LaljiThe Financial Coordinator & Analyst coordinates and processes the daily financial and administrative transactions and maintains the records management (ORMS) in the Office of the President.
Kam MirzaeiThe Business Systems Analyst is responsible for analyzing existing and new systems recommending solutions and aligning the IT aspects of the overall business and operations with the strategic initiatives of the Office of the President, with focus on improving operations and processes involving information technology within the Office of the President.
Ping PengThe Associate Director, Administration is responsible for the direction and oversight of the management of the administrative, financial, human resources, facilities and planning functions for the Office of the President, as well as the resource utilization and budget management throughout the Division.
Arjun SahotaThe Government and Community Relations Assistant (GCRA) will play a supporting role to the government and community relations initiatives in the Office of the President. The GCRA will also assist in the preparation of material to support meetings with government officials and community stakeholders, writing online content for the website, collecting data and preparing correspondence.
Nikolay StanchevThe Office Assistant provides assistance in a variety of tasks and particularly those related to preparation for meetings and special events.
Shawna TeperThe Community and Government Relations Officer is responsible for supporting the advancement of York University’s strategic community and government relations plans by ensuring opportunities are developed and long-term relationships are cultivated and maintained between the University and its key stakeholders.
Laksh VigThe Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator & Policy Analyst supports government and stakeholder relations initiatives in the Office of the President.
Sahar Ghadimi ZakerThe Administrative Assistant to the President is responsible for providing administrative support to the President’s portfolio under the direction of the Executive Assistant to the President.

The President and Vice-Chancellor is the chief executive officer of the University. The President has ultimate responsibility for the academic work and general administration of the University, the members of faculty, officers, other employees and students, and such additional powers and duties as from time to time may be conferred upon or assigned to the President by the Board. The President is expected to bring educational leadership and a visionary approach to defining the academic and administrative focus of the University. The office works to support the President in fulfilling this mandate.

The University Secretariat administers the governance of the University by supporting the Senate and Board of Governors. The Secretariat also maintains the corporate records of the University and administers the licensing of the University's names and marks.

The Office of the Counsel supports York University's mission and priorities by handling all legal matters generated by the activities of the University and its faculties, schools, departments and administrative units.

The Information and Privacy Office (IPO) provides public access to university records and information and protects the personal privacy of the university community in compliance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA).

The role of Communications and Public Affairs is to bring clarity to what York stands for among its many target audiences and to enhance the reputation of York by communicating York in a strategic and consistent way. The unit ensures that all communications, throughout the university, consistently meet high standards, reflect our mission and are in line with our brand strategy.

The AGYU is one of Canada’s leading public art galleries. As a university-affiliated gallery and through the practices of contemporary art, AGYU fosters interdisciplinary research across Faculties, Departments, ORUs, and research clusters on York’s campus while also establishing meaningful relationships externally, with communities in the surrounding Greater Toronto Area, nationally, and internationally. In addition to exhibition, publishing, education, and outreach activities, AGYU is the custodian of York University’s art collection. A new, multi-site facility that holistically brings together all of the AGYU’s diverse activities with a renewed emphasis on the collection opens in fall 2023, centring the campus as a major cultural destination in Toronto and Canada. The expansion will establish the AGYU as an exceptional cultural asset in the York Region, an important resource for the Jane-Finch community, and a hub on York’s campus.