Ms Christine Tausig Ford
Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer, Universities Canada, Canada

Christine Tausig Ford has more than three decades of experience in higher education and association management. She is Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of Universities Canada, the national organization representing Canada’s 97 universities.

In her role as COO, Ms. Tausig Ford serves as internal leader of the organization, with oversight of governance, public affairs, communications, member relations, international relations, research and policy development. She provides the president and Board of Directors with high-level advice on strategic issues, and motivates, mentors and coaches staff to achieve their individual goals and to develop a nimble and high-performance work culture open to change. Her work includes the anticipation of future trends in higher education, research and innovation. She has a special interest in developing and supporting a new network of university women presidents in Canada.

Previously, Ms. Tausig Ford served in a number of positions at Universities Canada (formerly the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada), including corporate secretary, director of communications and publications and editor of the award-winning magazine University Affairs. Ms. Tausig Ford began her career as a journalist, and has written for the Times Higher Education Supplement and the U.S.-based Chronicle of Higher Education. She holds an honours bachelor of journalism from Carleton University and a bachelor of arts in English from the University of Toronto’s Trinity College.