Vice-Principal, University Relations

Michael Fraser

As Vice-Principal, University Relations, Michael Fraser oversees the Integrated Communications (iComms), Digital Strategy, and Government and Institutional Relations departments at Queen’s.

The Vice-Principal, along with the University Relations team, leads the continual enhancement of Queen’s reputation through the stewardship of relations with all levels of governments and with higher learning institutions. The portfolio supports the university's vision and academic mission in a variety of ways, and tells Queen’s stories through the Gazette, Research at Queen's, and across the university's various social media accounts. The portfolio also serves as a media resource and strives to build Queen’s profile both nationally and internationally. The team places a special emphasis on building and improving relationships within the Kingston community.

Mr. Fraser joined Queen’s in 2013 after more than 20 years of experience in the public affairs and communications field, including a variety of positions in both the federal and provincial governments. He has served as a chief of staff and senior communications advisor to federal cabinet ministers, members of parliament, and a provincial premier. Additionally, Mr. Fraser has a wealth of experience in developing and executing strategic communications and issues management, stakeholder engagement, and policy development. His portfolios have spanned government, public and media relations, and internal and external communications.

Mr. Fraser is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School and holds degrees in Economics from Glendon College and a Master of Business Administration from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto where he was also a junior fellow of Massey College. He lives in the near-campus neighbourhood with his wife Erica House (ArtSci’91) and their two daughters.

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