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Mrs. Nobina Robinson

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Since May 2009, Mrs. Nobina Robinson has held the position of Chief Executive Officer of Polytechnics Canada, a national alliance of the leading research-intensive, publicly funded colleges and institutes of technology. She has 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.

In 1998, Mrs. Robinson joined the Canadian Foundation for the Americas (FOCAL), an independent, non-partisan think tank dedicated to strengthening Canadian relations with Latin America and the Caribbean. She served as the foundation's Executive Director between 1999 and 2002. Mrs. Robinson promoted civil society engagement with the governments of the Americas at all major hemispheric events and co-led the summit of non-governmental organizations at the 2001 Quebec City Summit of the Americas.

Before joining Polytechnics Canada, Mrs. Nobina Robinson was the Ottawa-based Senior Government Relations Advisor for Seneca College, with a principal responsibility for federal advocacy for one of Canada's largest colleges.

Mrs. Nobina Robinson has a B.A. from Amherst College, Massachusetts, M.A. from Oxford University (Commonwealth Scholar 1985-1988), and has pursued post-graduate study at Yale University.