Pari Johnston

Vice-President, Policy and Public Affairs at Universities Canada; The Conversation Canada

Pari Johnston is vice-president, policy and public affairs at Universities Canada, leading all federal policy and advocacy initiatives of the association. She is responsible for strategic oversight of Universities Canada’s government relations, communications, policy and research, and international relations to promote the role of higher education, research and innovation in Canada’s future, at home and abroad. Ms. Johnston joined Universities Canada in 1997, and has played increasingly senior roles, including director of international relations, before building a new member relations program and leading the public affairs team.  She is a member of the Board of Directors of The Conversation Canada, a global platform for academic journalism recently launched in Canada. She holds a bachelor of arts degree (French literature) from the University of Regina and a master’s in international affairs from Carleton University. Ms. Johnston is married to David Heath and has two young sons.

My Sessions

News and Media Literacy: Cultivating a healthy media ecosystem

Room 112 Tabaret Hall, University of Ottawa

Some say journalism is dying, but new media startups and innovative approaches to journalism are cropping up all over Canada. Unfortunately, these startups face significant institutional, financial and social hurdles —not just to launch, but to achieve sustainability as an ongoing venture. This session will explore common challenges in the media innovation space and seek […]

News & Media Literacy

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This Canada 150: Conneted Canada conference was supported by a Canada 150 Connection Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada


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