Community Relations

The University of Guelph, guided by its original mandate, has been an active community participant since its inception. From its agricultural roots to its current global influence, Guelph’s teaching and research innovations make a difference where it matters. Community engagement is one of the University’s outstanding attributes that sets it apart from other post-secondary institutions in Canada.

Community Relations directs the work of the Office of the Vice-President (External) in engaging the University with the broader community. Our community engagement strategy includes collaborative activities with municipal, regional, provincial and federal levels of government, funding agencies, NGOs and corporations. These partnerships foster a mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources.

We work to promote the University’s excellence in teaching, research and resources. We also partner with the public and private sectors to enrich teaching and learning; contribute to the region’s global competitiveness through programs and services that span human capital formation; research and innovation in science, public policy and social development, and stewardship of place.

The department’s focus includes partnering with local and regional economic development and community organizations; scheduling University tours; programming for incoming and outgoing official delegations, dignitaries and VIPs; directing University-wide protocol; establishing relationships and developing programs that support the University’s strategic goals; and managing convocation and campus events