About the Rector

Niki Boytchuk-Hale

Young woman standing and smiling outside among buildings

Niki Boytchuk-Hale, was elected the 39th Rector of Queen’s University during the election for Rector held February 6-7, 2024 and took office May 1, 2024.

Niki came to Queen's in 2019 from Tkaronto and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art in 2023. She is now pursuing a Bachelor of Education in the Indigenous Teacher Education Program, with teachables in grade 7 - 12 Visual Arts and First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Studies. In September 2024, Niki will begin a Master of Education with research focused on the course, Expressions of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Cultures (NAC10) using Indigenous research methodologies.  Niki's first campus job was working for Studio Q, where she fell in love with graphic design. Her passion expanded over the years into marketing, communications, and policy, as she took on jobs as the Director of Marketing at the AMS, Brand Communications and Insights Intern with University Relations, and most recently she is doing special projects for the Sexual Violence Prevention & Response department. 

Niki is an inclusive, action-oriented, and people centered leader. She believes the best decisions are made by diverse groups of people and will work to make Queen's a better place by collaborating with students to co-create outcomes with shared benefits and establish mutual responsibilities between students and the administration.

Niki is dedicated to using this position to connect, advocate, and inform through her commitment to communication, wellbeing, and collaboration. While in office, her goals are to enhance the feedback loop between the Rector and students, improve the holistic safety of students, and amplify student advocacy efforts.

Learn more about Niki:

  February 9, 2024 - The Journal article


  Statement of Beliefs

  January 30, 2024  - The Journal article

Princeps Servusque Es

"Princeps Servusque Es" (Be a leader and a servant) is the motto of the Office of the Rector, and truly embodies what the Rector strives to do for Queen's students.

Motto of the Office of the Rector