Jacline Nyman - Vice-President, External Relations

Jacline Nyman

Jacline Nyman took office as Vice-President, External Relations on August 13, 2018. Her term will end on August 12, 2023.


Dr. Jacline Nyman has been appointed Vice-President, External Relations, for a five-year term beginning August 13, 2018.

As vice-president, external relations, Jacline is responsible for the activities of the Development Office, the Alumni Relations Office, the Communications Directorate, Language Services and Advancement Services, ensuring they are consistent with the University’s mission.

Prior to joining the University of Ottawa, Jacline was the president and CEO of United Way Centraide Canada, where she led a national movement for social change. She engaged with stakeholders through donor, government and media relations, participating in public policy development and driving the United Way mission forward. Jacline was at the forefront of a bold transformation of one of Canada’s oldest and most trusted brands.

Immediately prior to assuming this leadership role, Jacline worked with the Smith School of Business (Queen’s University) as executive director of development and alumni relations, serving as principal gifts strategist and chief development officer. She personally negotiated many significant philanthropic gifts and business partnerships, working with stakeholders around the globe. Prior to that, she worked as vice-president of fundraising and donor relations at the York University Foundation and director of development and external relations at the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business.

As a non-profit sector leader, Jacline engages frequently in public speaking on a wide range of topics, including organizational leadership, philanthropy and fundraising, transformational change and modernization. Most recently, she spoke on the topic of “The Future of Generosity, Philanthropy and Artificial Intelligence” and on “The Future of Corporate Philanthropy and New Technologies” at the Economic Club of Canada. In 2015, she spoke to Canada 2020 about “5 Big Ideas for the Future of Canada.” She currently volunteers on a number of advisory boards, and actively mentors young professionals as they navigate their careers.

Jacline received an adjunct professor appointment at the Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa in 2012 and upon her appointment as vice-president becomes associate professor. Formerly, as an assistant professor at Queen’s School of Business (Queen’s University), Jacline taught marketing, marketing ethics and social responsibility. She has ongoing research interests in marketing, corporate social responsibility, and philanthropy. In 2011, Jacline concluded a major research project entitled “Transformational philanthropy and networks of co-created value in Canada.” In 2016, she co-authored a paper, entitled “Identifying the roles of the university’s fundraiser in securing transformational gifts: Lessons from Canada”, published in Studies in Higher Education (SRHE).

Jacline holds a Bachelor of Administration (University of Ottawa); an MBA (University of Calgary); a doctorate in Business Administration — Marketing (Cranfield University, U.K.); and, the ICD.D corporate governance designation from Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.


The vice-president, external relations advances the goals of the University through a diverse portfolio of activities that centre on raising the University’s profile, establishing strategic internal and external partnerships, fostering stakeholder engagement, and growing revenue to support the University in its research and teaching mission. The vice-president, external relations, oversees the activities of the Development Office, the Alumni Relations Office, the Communications Directorate, Language Services and Advancement Services.

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