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University Relations

Government and Institutional Relations

The Government and Institutional Relations (GIR) unit manages Queen’s University’s relationships with the federal, provincial, and municipal governments, and provides advice and support to senior administrators and the broader campus on matters related to government relations, public policy, and government advocacy.

The GIR team is also responsible for campus and community relations. This includes sharing regular community updates with our neighbours through the Queen’s Community Newsletter or consultation sessions, and ensuring dialogue and engagement with the community on issues and large events through the Community Partners Working Group.

The Community Partners Working Group includes representatives from the university and student leadership, along with local stakeholders from the City of Kingston, police, hospitals, paramedic services, and other community partners.

The GIR team also manages the University’s relationships with external post-secondary advocacy organizations and is responsible for meeting Queen’s legislated reporting obligations under lobbying legislation.

Reporting to Vice-Principal University Relations, Michael Fraser, Government and Institutional Relations is part of a portfolio that also includes University Communications.

Contact the Government and Institutional Relations Team

The Government and Institutional Relations team is led by:

Michael Fraser
Vice-Principal University Relations

Location: Richardson Hall, Room 151
Telephone: 613-533-3126
Email: gir@queensu.ca

Mail to: Queen’s University
Richardson Hall, Room 151
74 University Avenue
Kingston, Ontario  K7L 3N6

Government and Institutional Relations
Craig Leroux Director, Government and Corporate Relations craig.leroux@queensu.ca 613-305-1354
Mark Erdman Manager, Community Relations and Issues mark.erdman@queensu.ca 613-533-6000 x79173
Gillian Shields Government Relations Coordinator gillian.shields@queensu.ca 613-533-6000 x75069
Taylor Irvine Policy Analyst  taylor.irvine@queensu.ca  

Queen’s Community Newsletter

The Queen’s Community Newsletter is emailed monthly and features a broad range of stories that demonstrate the strong connection between the university and the Kingston community, profiles of people who play key roles in our community outreach efforts, notices about upcoming events, and important campus updates.

Anyone interested in receiving the newsletter is welcome to email us at gir@queensu.ca to be included on our distribution list.