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Nobina Robinson

Chief Executive Officer, Polytechnics Canada

Nobina Robinson is Chief Executive Officer of Polytechnics Canada, a national alliance of colleges and polytechnics.



Nobina Robinson was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Polytechnics Canada in May 2009. She held progressive appointments in the federal government and non-profit sectors since 1990. Mrs. Robinson began her public service career in 1990 when she joined the Treasury Board Secretariat as a management trainee. Two years later, she became a Foreign Service Officer and was posted as a political officer to the Canadian Embassy in Havana from 1994 to 1997. From 1998 to 2002, Mrs. Robinson led FOCAL, a policy institute on Canada’s relations with the Americas. Before joining Polytechnics Canada, Mrs. Robinson was the Ottawa-based Senior Government Relations Advisor for Seneca College, responsible for federal advocacy for one of Canada's largest colleges. Mrs. Robinson has a B.A. from Amherst College, an M.A. from Oxford University (Commonwealth Scholar 1985-1988) and has pursued post-graduate studies at Yale University. Mrs. Robinson served as a member of the Expert Panel on the Review of Federal Support to Research and Development that completed its work in October 2011. Mrs. Robinson is a Board Member of the Rideau Club of Ottawa.


  • Team Leadership
  • R&d and Innovation
  • Public Policy and Advocacy
  • Proposal Writing
  • Program Evaluation
  • Post-Secondary Education in Canada
  • International Relations
  • Higher Education Advocacy
  • Government Relations
  • Cuba Canada Relations
  • Non-profit Boards


  • Yale University
    Ph.D., 1990
  • University of Oxford
    M.A., 1988
  • Amherst College
    B.A., 1984