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Nobina Robinson
Senior Fellow

B.A. Amherst College

M.A. Oxford University


Nobina Robinson is Chair of the Board of the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario. Previously, she served from 2009-2018 as the Chief Executive Officer of Polytechnics Canada.

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 Canadian Foreign Service Officer and was posted as a political officer to the Canadian Embassy in Havana, Cuba 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.

As Polytechnics Canada’s CEO, Mrs. Robinson successfully advocated for to make federal funding for research inclusive of polytechnic and college and applied research, extending beyond university and post-doctoral research. She was instrumental in urging the federal government to establish the Canada Apprentice Loan program in 2014.

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. 

Nobina has written numerous media commentaries about Canada’s innovation and talent challenges and opportunities for modernizing Canada’s skills and research ecosystems. Some of her articles can be found here.