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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.

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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.
In her capacity as CEO of Polytechnics Canada, Mrs. Robinson supports a number of other like-minded groups, including the Business Higher Education Roundtable, the Human Resources Committee of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the C.D. Howe Institute and is a Champion member of the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum.
Mrs. Robinson has previously served as 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