Interim Executive Director

Christine Tausig Ford

Christine Tausig Ford is President of Higher Thinking Strategies Limited, a consulting firm specializing in the areas of governance, leadership, and higher education and research policy. She has a special interest in developing and supporting women’s leadership.

Ms. Tausig Ford’s expertise stems from a more than 30-year career at Universities Canada, where she was, until February 2016, Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer. Previously, Ms. Tausig Ford served in a number of positions at the organization, including corporate secretary, director of communications and publications, and publisher of the award-winning magazine University Affairs.

Ms. Tausig Ford is currently a vice-chair of the Ottawa Humane Society, and has served on the boards of the OECD’s Institutional Management of Higher Education Programme and the Science Media Centre of Canada. She holds an honours bachelor of journalism from Carleton University and a bachelor of arts in English from the University of Toronto’s Trinity College. She received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for service to higher education in Canada.

Christine Tausig Ford has been appointed Interim Executive Director of the Federation, effective October 11, 2016 to February 2017. Read the announcement here.


Director of Policy and Programs

Gauri Sreenivasan

Gauri Sreenivasan has been the Director of Policy and Programs
at the Federation since October 2014, bringing nearly
25 years of policy and programming experience in public, parliamentary, and non-profit sectors.  She has an M.A. in International Affairs from Carleton University and a B.A (Honours) in Political Studies from Queens University.   



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