Suzanne Ahearne

Suzanne Ahearne
Communications Officer
Media Relations & Public Affairs
Office: SED C160

My role is dedicated to maintaining and enhancing the university's reputation and position through positive interaction with media and getting UVic stories told by media. I am responsible for proactive outreach to media and quick response to incoming inquiries or requests for information or subject-matter experts. I identify and coordinate interviews and photo/video opportunities with appropriate spokespeople. I also do communications planning for significant university events, news, research and announcements and write media releases/backgrounders, as well as provide interview preparation to spokespeople. I also advise on issues management to help develop and deliver appropriate messaging.


BA (English) from UVic; Master of Journalism from UBC. Before joining the media relations team in 2014, I worked for 20 years as an independent journalist, telling stories with words, pictures and sound for regional, national and international publications.

Beat information

  • Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (comm officer: Amanda Farrell-Low)
  • Centre for Advanced Security, Privacy and Information Systems Research
  • Faculty of Engineering (including research centres)
  • Faculty of Education (comm officer: Julie Rémy)
  • Faculty of Law (comm officer: Julie Sloan)
  • Institute for Integrated Energy Systems
  • Institute on Aging & Lifelong Health
  • Science Venture
  • UVic Industry Partnerships
  • UVic Retirees Association
  • Vancouver Island Technology Park