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Nobina Robinson

Policy thought leader on Canadian innovation, higher education and skills

Nobina Robinson is an expert in Canadian innovation and skills and higher education policies. In 2018, she was named Senior Fellow of the C.D. Howe Institute, and Executive Fellow of the School of Public Policy of the University of Calgary. She served as Chief Executive Officer of Polytechnics Canada from 2009 to 2018 and had worked at senior levels for Seneca College prior to that. Nobina was appointed to the Expert Panel on the Review of Federal Support to Research and Development, whose 2011 report “Innovation Canada: A Call to Action” still drives federal R&D and innovation policy. Earlier in her career, Nobina had worked for the federal government, including serving as a foreign service officer in Havana, Cuba. Nobina is a Board Member of Informed Opinions, a registered charity that seeks to amplify women’s voices in the media.