Carmen Charette was appointed vice-president external relations at the University of Victoria in August 2012. The external relations portfolio includes alumni relations, fundraising, community and government relations, university communications and marketing, ceremonies and events, the Farquhar Auditorium and the Legacy Art Galleries.
Carmen has been a passionate advocate for the support of post-secondary education, research and innovation for over 25 years. “I am committed to developing strong relationships with the diverse constituencies that make up our regional, national and international communities. Working together, we will increase awareness and support for UVic’s commitment to excellence and for the important contributions our university makes in addressing the key challenges and opportunities facing our society.”
Carmen was previously executive vice-president of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) in Ottawa, where she provided strategic leadership and represented SSHRC with senior government and university officials as well as private-sector and community leaders across Canada. Prior to joining SSHRC in 2007, Carmen was director-general with the Science and Innovation Sector of Industry Canada, senior vice-president with the Canada Foundation for Innovation and director with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council.
In June 2014, Carmen was awarded the national Walter Hitschfeld Award from the Canadian Association of University Research Administrators. The prestigious award is presented to “an individual who has demonstrated an exceptional impact on the enhancement of the research environment in Canada”. Carmen holds degrees in Biochemistry and in Business Administration from the University of Ottawa.